Fall colors are on the way

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick

You may have no­ticed that the days are get­ting shorter and the morn­ings are get­ting cooler. As we move into the last half of Septem­ber we will start see­ing some color change on our moun­tain slopes.

First, the oak brush turns red and then the aspen trees start turn­ing to a golden yel­low. By the end of the month and into early Oc­to­ber the fall colors re­ally start to ma­ture.

Be pre­pared to grab your cam­era and ven­ture out into the coun­try side for view­ing of th­ese dra­matic fall colors. Right here in our south Utah County back yard is one of the best fall color drives in all of Utah, the Nebo Loop Scenic By­way.

The photo ac­com­pa­ny­ing this ar­ti­cle was taken on the Nebo Loop drive. This paved, nar­row, wind­ing road gets a lot of traf­fic and you need to be slow and pa­tient with other driv­ers en­joy­ing the colors.

If you do the drive early in the morn­ing you will find less traf­fic. Just be safe on this pop­u­lar fall color drive.

If you have a high ground clear­ance 4X4 SUV or ATV the Pole Haven Road, which is a rocky road off of the Left Fork of Hob­ble Creek, leads to Camel Pass and a dra­matic view of Lit­tle Rock Canyon look­ing down on Maple­ton and Springville.

This scenic back coun­try road even­tu­ally con­nects with the Squaw Peak Road and Provo Canyon. This is a great fall color trip if you have an off road vehicle.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Fall colors along the Nebo Loop road.

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