Sky­line Drive

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

Sky­line Drive, as the name im­plies, is a road atop the high plateau and ridge lines of the Wasatch moun­tain range in cen­tral Utah. It is a graded gravel road suit­able for pas­sen­ger cars when the road is dry.

The road winds through aspen forests as it gains al­ti­tude for spec­tac­u­lar views of the canyons and val­leys below. This road lies within the Manti-La Sal Na­tional For­est and as de­scribed here cov­ers the north part of Sky­line Drive from US High­way 6 to Utah High­way 31. The south part of Sky­line Drive re­quires a high clear­ance four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle.

The di­rec­tions for the Sky­line Drive be­gin by driv­ing east out of Span­ish Fork on US High­way 6. From the wind­mills to the Tie Fork Rest Area is about 22.8 miles.

On up the road 1.6 miles is a turn off to the right or south­bound. This was the lo­ca­tion of the old Tucker Rest Stop be­fore it was re­moved from the land­scape when high­way 6 was re-aligned and widened in 2009. Orig­i­nally Tucker was a town site that was aban­doned in 1913.

As you leave Tucker the gravel road is nar­row in places, and you should be cau­tious of op­po­site di­rec­tion traf­fic. You should also plan on car­ry­ing wa­ter and lunch for an en­joy­able time. If you zero your odome­ter at Tucker it is about 28.6 miles to the paved high­way 31.

This road is also known as part of the Great Western Trail, and you will see that sig­nage posted along the way. The road ini­tially fol­lows the Clear Creek drainage as it climbs to the top of the Wasatch Plateau.

Wild flow­ers are plen­ti­ful in early spring and sum­mer. It is also com­mon to see deer, elk and other wild life. There are marked side roads that descend to lakes and val­leys in the Lake Fork and Fish Creek drainages.

It is about 28 miles to Utah High­way 31 which will take you west bound to Fairview and high­way 89 and back home.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Spec­tac­u­lar Views Along Sky­line Drive.

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