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Utah's Spectacular Millcreek Canyon and Nebo Loop in Winter


Whenever I have free time with my husband, we like going out spending time by doing activities together such as hiking in the canyon.

Utah has the best snow on earth. The canyon is covered with powdery and white snow. I love to be out in the morning during this time of year.

Utah has the best snow on earth. The canyon is covered with powdery and white snow. I love to be out in the morning during this time of year.

Beautiful and Breathtaking Canyons

After living in Utah for many years, I have come to love hiking during wintertime. Utah is so beautiful during this time of year. Every canyon and valley is blanketed with powdery white snow. Most mornings, I hike up to the mountain with my husband to enjoy the crisp air. In addition to smelling the clean and fresh air, we like to appreciate the beauty and charm of nature.

The last two weekends in November, we went to Millcreek Canyon and Nebo Loop. Millcreek Canyon is a beautiful mountain canyon in the Wasatch Mountains and part of Millcreek City on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley.

The Nebo Loop is situated in Uinta National Forest between the cities of Nephi and Payson. It climbs to over 9,000 feet in elevation and provides breathtaking views of Utah Valley, the Wasatch Mountains, and 11,928-foot Mount Nebo, the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range.

Millcreek Canyon

I have never missed a visit to Millcreek Canyon during fall—this place is so enchanted during that time. The leaves are so vibrant in red, pink, yellow, and orange. Millcreek Canyon has a variety of trails for hiking.

But wintertime is almost more spectacular, when the canyon is blanketed with white snow. While we were hiking, we stopped to take some pictures in the surrounding area. This canyon is famous for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, walking, trails, skiing, and mountain biking. If you are an enthusiastic outdoor-activity fan, this place would be perfect for your next adventure!

We parked our car at the picnic area and decided to hike up along the trails. It was cold that morning. We were prepared with jackets, hats, boots, and gloves. We hiked for almost two hours. We came across a few other people who were jogging with their dogs, and some who were hiking like us. Before leaving, I took a few photos to add to my photo collection.

Note: There is a $5.00 fee per vehicle paid upon leaving Millcreek Canyon.

Nebo Loop

I was very excited as this was my first time going to the Nebo Loop. We left quite early that morning as we prefer to escape the traffic. From Salt Lake City, it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there. As we were getting closer to our destination, the road passed through forest communities ranging from oak and juniper to aspen and spruce-fir. As we increased in altitude, I could feel that my ears were about to pop. My heart was beating quite fast because I could not wait to get out of the car to explore.

From the top, we were treated to breathtaking views from Mount Nebo. The snow covered the ground, and it was quite cold, but I was prepared that day with a jacket, boots, hat, and scarf. I took some time to walk around and play in the snow.

We saw several pullouts with scenic overlooks, informational signs, and trails located along the byway. I was a little bit disappointed about not coming here during fall. I imagine the byway was very beautiful bright with fall foliage.

In the moment, I thought to myself that this was one of my favorite scenic drives because I got to see the gorgeous view, especially the Wasatch front and Utah county and the mountains and the valley. I felt fortunate to witness such an incredible display of nature on earth.

Map to The Locations

Excited for More!

I'm excited to continue exploring and sightseeing in this area. While it is beautiful in any season, there is nothing quite like the beauty of winter in Utah.

© 2020 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on December 08, 2020:

You're welcome, Flourish. I must admit, although we are battling with the pandemic, I am grateful to be outside and exploring the nature. I love snow here. By the way, I looked up at some photos of Maine during fall and winter, so beautiful. Thanks for commenting!

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 08, 2020:

Thanks for sharing a little bit of your world. These are lovely photos. I live in an area where we do not have much snow, but I used to live in Maine where there was plenty. Stay warm!

Liza (author) from USA on December 08, 2020:

Yes, it is cold right now in Utah. The mountains are having quite a decent of snowfalls, which is very important for us here. I hope you will get a chance to visit Utah, Eman. Thanks for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on December 08, 2020:

You're welcome, and thanks for your appreciation of the photos. I hope one day you'll able to visit the beehive state! I promise you would be very amusing to witness some of the wildlife and the beauty of nature here. Thanks for commenting, Ankita.

Liza (author) from USA on December 08, 2020:

That's correct! I wish to travel and explore new places, Peggy. Oh, yea, I would share more photos should I going somewhere else before the year-end. I hope next year would be better for us all.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on December 08, 2020:

It looks so cold and beautiful as well. I hope to go there someday. Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

Ankita B on December 08, 2020:

It is always wonderful to witness such breathtaking views of the nature. I would definitely like to visit Utah some day. Thank you for sharing all the descriptions and the lovely photos.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2020:

It could take the better time of a lifetime to explore all that Utah has to offer! I hope you will share more photos of the places you get to visit in the future with us.

Liza (author) from USA on December 07, 2020:

Hi Linda, thank you so much for your appreciation of the photos. I'm very grateful to live here to witness some incredible nature lives within this state. I hope to explore more places soon!

Liza (author) from USA on December 07, 2020:

It sounds like your trip to Utah was great, Peggy. Summer is an excellent time for doing outdoor activities here. I agree that Utah is one of the spectacular states in terms of natural offerings. The state has some incredible and astonishing places to visit. I haven't finished discovering Utah's treasures, and I would like to do so.

Liza (author) from USA on December 07, 2020:

You're welcome. Thank you for your appreciation of the photos, Alyssa. Utah turns into a winter wonderland during winter. It is my favorite time of year besides fall here. We certainly had a great time hiking and walking on the trails to these incredible places. I'm sure one day when you're coming here you won't be disappointed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 07, 2020:

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and the description of your hike. You live in a lovely part of the world!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2020:

Utah is such a spectacular state by way of nature. My mother, niece, and I once spent two weeks there visiting many state parks and all of the national parks. We started by flying to Salt Lake City, rented a car, and ended up back there to fly home. It was during the summertime. Thanks for showing us some of the winter scenery where you got to hike.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 07, 2020:

Your photos are breathtaking! Utah has always been on my must-see places list and this article only reaffirms that desire to travel. Thank you for sharing these gems!

Liza (author) from USA on December 07, 2020:

Hi Sp, I am grateful for things that I'm able to do while there is a lockdown measure in several states. I hope to continue doing stuff that I like to do, especially during wintertime. I like exploring new places and embrace the beauty of our nature. Thanks for commenting!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 07, 2020:

It looks so beautiful with the snow. It's so nice that you can travel to places like this and explore them during every season.

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