Explore Big Mountain Pass

Utah Big Mountain Pass

Added by Lindsay Daniels

This easily accessible area has endless reasons to visit including beautiful overlooks, historic hiking and MTB trails nearby, and tons of colors in the fall.

Famous for being the route of the Mormon Pioneers who crossed this pass on their way into the Salt Lake Valley, Big Mountain Pass is also a beautiful area to take in the fall colors. You can access this road (Utah State Route 65) from Emmigration Canyon or Parley's Canyon, the same way you would access Little Dell Reservoir, just keep going. As you drive, take in all of the beautiful fall colors. Before you reach the pass there are a few places to pull out and take it all in where you can get some really great overlooking shots.

There are also many hiking and mountain biking trails along the way if you feel more inclined to get out and explore. The most famous being the Mormon Pioneer Trail and the Great Western Trail that take you to the summit of Big Mountain. There are several spots as you drive up the road to start your adventure along the Mormon Pioneer Trail. With all of those areas being great for viewing the colorful fall leaves up close. Check out this page for more details on options for riding the trails in Big Mountain Pass. To reach the summit of Big Mountain, start at the pass and get ready for amazing views!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water and snacks
  • MTB gear if you want to ride
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Activities:

Hiking, Mountain Biking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

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Features:

Forest
Scenic

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about 1 month ago

Great Stars at Night

If there is a meteor shower, this is the place to go to watch it.

about 1 month ago

5 months ago

Beautiful Drive! Some Good Exploring Off The Road Too.

Great drive and some nice little trails to explore. We were a little too late for most the leaves, but there were still some gorgeous colors! Only problem is no doggies in this canyon 😕 always a bummer, but enjoyable nonetheless!

5 months ago

9 months ago

A Great Place To View Meteor Showers!

A great place to hike and explore during the day and then to watch the stars at night!

9 months ago

over 1 year ago

great saturday drive

If you need a relaxing afternoon, cruise up big mountain pass...especially in the fall! If you want to be active...there are tons of trails too.

over 1 year ago

Added by Lindsay Daniels

I am a photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I shoot landscapes, and adventure lifestyle, as well as documentary style stories through both stills and motion. Find me on social media @lindsaydanielsphotography.

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