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Mt. Nebo Loop Road Run + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Utah Utah37 Miles

By Brad Hatch
on April 1, 2000

4.8out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The directions to and through this route are very easy. Start your route in Payson, UT. Exit off of I-15 at exit 254 on to County Road 115 (AKA Main Street), take that south till you get to intersect E-100 N and go left, take a right on to S-600 E (Peteetneet Drive). This road becomes W Canyon Road and later turns into Nebo Loop Road and your there. Once you get on Nebo Loop Road "get ready to rumble!"

Scenery

This route has been declared by the government's to be one of the country's few official DOT Scenic Byways. You'll see the incredibly beautiful and powerful looking Mt. Nebo one of the highest peaks in Utah and is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range at 11,877 feet. Along the way you'll travel through canyons, aspen groves and pine forests as you pass through the incredible Uinta National Forest. Great route in the fall as the Aspens and Maples change colors.

Road Quality

This road is a blast in terms of its motorcycle-road-quality. The road starts out in a narrow canyon following a trout stream as it finds its way through the canyon. Eventually the road climbs out of the canyon on its way towards Mt. Nebo. It has plenty of switchbacks to keep your handlebars turning. Also keeps your engine challenged with a good deal of climbing, and your brakes might be smoking after racing down some of the fast descents. Caution: this route is closed in the winter and like any mountain road can experience severe weather changes.

Roadside Amenities

These routes specialties are the scenery and the motorcycle road quality. The 'roadside amenities' are few but the highlights are listed below:

The entire route lies in the beautiful Uinta National Forest.

The town of Payson has an annual Payson Golden Onion Days - it features fireworks, flowers and art shows. Call (801) 465-0533 for more information.

Stop at the Utah Lake Overlook for a magnificent look at the turquoise colored waters of Utah Lake. The lakes color comes from its shallow depth (no more then 20 feet deep).

To see some cool sandstone rock formations, make sure you plan to spend an hour or so at the Devils Kitchen Geologic Interest Site.

The Ponderosa and Bear Canyon Campgrounds are located in a quite little area of conifers. You can find the trailhead to the Nebo Bench Trail near by. This trail can take you all the way up to the summit of Mt Nebo, if you're up to the challenge.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Snarkhunter
on October 27, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I do this ride multiple times every year and have to say it's one of the best, if you're looking for twisties with tremendous scenic value. If you're only going one way, best ridden in my opinion from the Payson side. Better is to ride it both directions. The road tops out over 9000 feet, so there is often snow well into June, and it may snow as early as October. Absolutely fabulous in early - mid October when the leaves are changing.

Best ridden on a weekday, when you can carry more speed into the corners without worrying so much about running up the tailpipes of the leaf-peepers in front of you.

Watch for gravel on the road, especially after rainstorms. Also cows and cow leavings.

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By Guest
on August 29, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Buell

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great route. do not wait to late in the summer. very high elevation. Must ride both ways. watch for animals and hunters. Best weekdays if possible.

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By Guest
on May 6, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This ride is a lot of fun especially during the fall, but one warning to those who ride the Nebo Scenic loop, watch out for cows and crazy drivers!! It seems that I always encounter one of the two everytime that I ride on the Loop. Another bit of advice, ride in a group : )

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By Nick Spinicelli
on September 17, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha R6

Motorcycle Type Sport

This is the best motorcycle road I've ever been on. Fun twisties, and mind-blowing scenery especially when the leaves change. I moved to FL, and am now moving back to Utah, and roads like this is one of the main factors in that decision.

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By peterballantine
on September 26, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

There isn't a exit 254 and you want to take exit 250 to get to the loop. The first part of the ride isn't that great but once you gain about 2000 feet then it starts to get beautiful. Watch it on some of the curves for they are sharp and 2nd gear was the norm for a lot of them. Also i encountered gravel on one that moved my back tire to the right about a foot and a half which was real fun. Bring a camera for there are a lot of places to take a great photo

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By safetymatt
on June 25, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make BMW 1200 LT

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of the most scenic and beautiful short rides to experience. I rode it in the beginning of June 2012 and although the road quality was good there were many places that had just been renovated with loose gravel on the south side of the mountain. BE CAREFUL!
Even in June there was snow at the summit albeit off road.
What a fantastic ride, If you are going to be even close to the area it is worth the effort to make a side trip here.

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By Guest
on April 4, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This ride is spectacular in the fall. The beauty of the changing leaves cannot be described. Brad is right on about the fast descents coming down the other side of the Nebo Loop. Use your gears to help slow your descent. Also, watch the weather as at that altitude it may change quickly. We were there in June of '07 and got snowed on. It didn't stick to the pavement but it sure got cold quick. Be prepared!

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