Beaver Canyon Byway

The scenic U-153, a hidden gem in central Utah

State Route 153 (SR-153) is a scenic drive located on the boundary of Beaver and Piute counties, in central Utah. The road tops out at 10,242 feet (3.122m) above the sea level.

Located within the Fishlake National Forest, Utah Highway 153 is 40.488 mi (65.159 km) long running east-west from Beaver, a town in eastern Beaver County to Junction, a town in Piute County. The road was built in 1945. The route reaches its highest overall elevation at 10,242 feet (3.122m) above the sea level. Along the route, you’ll find excellent camping, hiking, and some of the best hunting in the state. Beaver Canyon Byway. This area doesn’t get a lot of traffic so the byway is a relatively unknown gem. The drive is open year-round. Plan 45 minutes to complete the drive.

The first 25 miles of the road are paved and suitable for all vehicles. It’s known as Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway. This byway runs from Beaver on I-15, ascends east to the Tushar Mountain Range in the Fishlake National Forest and ends after the Puffer's Lake turn-off. In this area, the route reaches its highest paved elevation at 9,200 feet (2,800 m). Because of heavy snow in the canyon, snow tires or chains are required from November 1 through March 31; the road may be inconvenient for larger vehicles during that period.

The second part of the road, from the Puffer's Lake turn-off to the town of Junction, (after the ski area, over the Tushar Mountains and down to Junction in the Sevier River Valley) is 19 miles long. It is an unpaved, dry-weather-only road and is usually closed in winter across the spine of the Tushars. It is a good idea to check in Beaver about the current status of this road.

 

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