Nine picturesque roads, mainly in the West, are newly designated National Forest Scenic Byways, the government announced Wednesday, extolling the vistas, narrow canyons and rock formations along them.
F. Dale Nelson, chief of the Forest Service, said the roads, including two in Utah, provide motorists with opportunities to view scenic beauty, wildlife and forest management along 560 miles of highways in seven states.The Forest Service initiated the scenic byway program in July by naming the first route, in the Cherokee National Forest in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.
The new byways are:
-Ashley National Forest scenic byway between Vernal and Manila. The 45-mile route passes through five distinct types of environments.
-Logan Canyon Highway between Logan and Bear Lake. The 39-mile route on U.S. Highway 89 features a drive along the Logan River, mountains, unusual rock formations and an outstanding outlook.
-White Mountains Scenic Highway in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona; 123 miles of Ponderosa pine forests, mountain streams and area rich in Apache culture.
-Apache Trail in Tonto National Forest in Arizona; 78 miles of desert scenery, including giant saguaro cactus, narrow canyons and rock formations, on state highway 88.
-Coronado Trail in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona; 123-mile route along U.S. 666 between Clifton and Spring-erville. The route follows Coronado's search for the legendary seven cities of gold.
-Carson Pass Highway in Eldorado and Toiyabe national forests between Dew Drop and Woodfords, Calif. The 59-mile trans-Sierra route has won national awards for its design and vistas.
-Kancamagus Highway in White Mountain National Forest on state highway 112 between Conway and Lincoln, N.H. The Forest Service said the 28-mile route is one of the best in America for viewing fall foliage.
-Sandia Crest Road in Cibola National Forest in central New Mexico; an 11-mile drive on state highway 536 through high des-ert scenery.
-Snowy Range Highway in Medicine Bow National Forest in southeastern Wyoming. The 29-mile route on state highway 130 features 12,000-foot Medicine Bow Peak, several campgrounds and two winter sports areas.