Guardsman Pass

Guardsman Pass is a scenic paved road in Utah

Guardsman Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.969m (9,740ft) above the sea level located on the boundary between Salt Lake and Wasatch counties in the U.S. state of Utah.

How long is Guardsman Pass?

The road to the summit was totally paved in late September 2018. It’s called Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway (also known as Guardsman Pass Road or Utah 190 west). The pass road is 38.94km (24.2 miles) long, running west-east from Cottonwood Heights to Park City. You can drive the route in a family car.

Is Guardsman Pass Utah Open?

Set high in the craggy Wasatch Mountains of Utah, this road is usually closed all winter due to heavy amounts of snow. It’s open from late May or June to October, but sometimes it gets accessible as late as June.

Is Guardsman Pass dangerous?

This drive offers a bit of everything. It’s a little bit curvy, it is not plowed during winter and features steep parts. Starting from Park City the ascent is 11.38 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 808 meters. The average percentage is 7.1 %. Be aware that can become treacherous during major storms, even during summer.

How long does it take to drive the Guardsman Pass road?

The drive typically takes an hour one-way without any stop. There is short-term parking and bathrooms at the summit. The scenery is most spectacular during fall, when the aspens turn orange/yellow and oaks radiate hues of red. You'll probably want to take longer, to stop for photos and perhaps a picnic along the route.

 

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