Utah's drought has dimmed the autumnal glow this year, but among many thousands of acres of drab browns are spots where the foliage gleams with scarlets, purples and golds.
"It's not real good," said Kathy Jo Pollack, spokeswoman for Wasatch-Cache National Forest, "but there are some areas that are coming to a peak a little bit earlier than usual."Paved roads from which admirers of the fall tints can expect some fine views include:
- Northern Utah: Logan Canyon, Blacksmith's Fork near Hardware Ranch, high parts of Monte Cristo Road near Ogden (U-39), Mirror Lake Highway (U-150 - particularly aspen that may become brighter in a week or so), Trapper's Loop connecting Weber Canyon with Ogden Canyon, and U-44 near Flaming Gorge.
- Central Utah: Nebo Loop near Payson, Indian Canyon between Duchesne and Price.
- Southern Utah: Boulder Mountain Road, connecting Grover, Wayne County, with Boulder, Garfield County; and U-12, between Panguitch and Bryce Canyon National Park.
The following dirt roads offer good lookin' too, Pollock said:
- Northern Utah: Farmington Canyon Road between Farmington and Bountiful.
- Central Utah: Skyline Drive near Manti. This route is "pretty washboardy" but passable in a passenger car if the driver goes slow and rain doesn't fall.