- Hiking, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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This scenic, 14-mile drive into the Wasatch Mountain Range runs up to a summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Mountain Resort, and is a popular area for viewing wildlife, wildflowers and fall foliage. The road connects Park City to Brighton or Midway, Utah, and is paved most of the way, except for a short gravel section in the middle.
Recent visitors said this scenic drive is worth the trip, if only for the amazing views from Guardsman Pass (several recommended bringing your camera and stopping along the way for a short hike). Many noted that the drive, which typically takes an hour one-way, is particularly beautiful in the fall when the trees are ablaze.
To reach Guardsman Pass, follow Utah State Route 224 to Deer Valley Drive, heading east to exit on Marsac Avenue at the roundabout, and then continue up Ontario Canyon. The road is free to access. Note that the pass is closed during the winter months due to snow (the road is not plowed). You'll find facilities and services, such as restrooms and restaurants, in Park City, Brighton and Midway, but none along the route. Consult the Visit Park City website for maps and additional information.
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