Autumn is probably our favorite season. We love the crisp feeling in the air, carving pumpkins, eating turkey at Thanksgiving, and, of course, seeing the all the fall colors. Nothing beats a scenic mountain drive amid the changing leaves. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have tried to make autumn scenic drives an annual tradition, and we think you should as well. Here is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s top fall drives. Check them out – you won’t be disappointed.
Fishlake National Forest – right next-door to Capitol Reef (figuratively speaking) Fishlake National Forest has one of the best scenic routes for fall colors in Southern Utah. The road from Fish Lake to Johnson Reservoir is fantastic. Drive it multiple times if you can, and experience the different shades that change as the season grows on. Squeeze in a little fishing on the lake before the ice sets in.
Boulder Mountain – take the drive from Torrey up to the little alpine town of Boulder, Utah. This is one of our favorite scenic drives anytime of the year, but it’s especially good when fall comes around. Be sure to take time to stop at some of the overlooks. You can even come back via the Burr Trail road.
Cedar Breaks – Cedar Breaks is known as “the little Bryce.” As you might expect, it contains similar geology to Bryce Canyon. It is a great place to take the family picnicking, camping, or snowshoeing. It also happens to be our favorite fall drive. Cedar Breaks is on a high elevation plateau, and the aspen leaves promise brilliant splashes of gold and red. Drive up Cedar Canyon from Cedar City and enjoy the many overlooks.