NileGuide Expert Says:
The best escape from Salt Lake's summer heat
Uinta Mountains, Utah, USA
NileGuide Expert tip:
You'll have to wait until July to access this tall, snowy range.
The Uinta Mountains, about 45 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, are the state's tallest mountain range. One of the only east-west running ranges in all of North America, these mountains are quite a unique geological phenomenon on that continent. Pocked by uncounted lakes, this alpine setting is ideal for cool summer hiking, fishing, and rock climbing – but beware the afternoon thunderstorms that hit like clockwork.
Coming from Salt Lake City, the town of Kamas will be your gateway to this range; be sure to fuel up your car (and body!) before heading east and up into this range.
The Mirror Lake Highway, which cuts a crescent into the range's northwestern corner, is one of the most beautiful roadways in all of Utah.