Driving Tours & Activities
The Tourmeister has assembled five driving tours during the week that include a variety of points of interest. They all include lunch and spectacular scenery and driving roads.
The Bear Lake Driving Tour – “The Ultimate Driver’s Tour”
The High Uinta Driving Tour
Much of the drive parallels the Upper Provo River, well known as a blue-ribbon trout stream. At Upper Provo River Falls, 24 miles from Kamas, a series of terraced cascades can be viewed from walkways near the road. The Mirror Lake road is the highest paved road in Utah as it crosses Bald Mountain Pass at an altitude of approximately 10,719 ft – watch for Rocky Mountain Goats doing their balancing act on the mountainside.
Once at Mirror Lake we will enjoy a lakeside lunch. Those wishing to explore the shoreline may care for a casual stroll to stretch the legs. We will retrace our route home back over Bald Mountain Pass descending into Kamas and back to SLC.
The Canyons Driving Tour
The 15-mile long Big Cottonwood Canyon and 7-mile long Little Cottonwood Canyon with its impressive incline grade of 9.2% provide excellent scenery, hiking, biking, and rock-climbing, camping and fishing, in summer. During winter, four ski resorts, Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird are home to the greatest snow on earth where annual snowfall can exceed 500”. Both canyons are lined with sharp monolithic skyscraping granite walls that seem to guard their tranquility and colorful past including gunfights, mining concerns and religious quarries.
The Canyons Tour will run both Big and Little Cottonwood and include a casual 3/4 mile flat stroll around the moose populated Silver Lake at the head of Big Cottonwood Canyon, a picnic style lunch and an aerial tram ride to the 11,000 ft top of the Wasatch Range atop Hidden Peak at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The Alpine Driving Tour
We will traverse Timp beginning from the North West side via the Alpine Loop situated in the Uinta National Forest to Sundance, the headquarters for the Sundance Film Festival, on her opposite side. The Alpine Tour ascends from the heat of the Utah Valley past Dolomite spires and the secluded Timpanogos Cavern winding through lush sub alpine fir, pine and aspen groves interlaced with rolling flower-covered meadows. Glimpses of waterfalls, the last remaining resemblance of a glacier in the state and snow covered peaks are our journey’s rewards. Sundance Resort offers a break from the road with a sit-down lunch in the Redford Conference Center. There will be time for shopping and sight seeing in and around the legendary resort.
Descending to the Provo Canyon adjacent to the world-class Trout stream, the Lower Provo River, around Deer Creek Reservoir, alongside remnants of pioneer hand-cart paths and into Midway finds us overlooking Jordannelle Reservoir and Park City. We descend back into the Salt Lake valley through Emigration Canyon.
The Rennsport Driving Tour
The Rennsport Tour takes us west to the fastest place on earth and then returns by way of the longest track in North America, Miller Motorsport Park. The full track at 4.5 miles with 23 turns is a state-of-the-art facility for all things racing with a motor and wheels; cars, karts, cycles and off road rigs. Sit back in the air-conditioned clubhouse above the Pit Turn and watch fellow IRPCA drivers navigate the course in a DE event while enjoying a catered buffet lunch. Don’t get too comfortable for there will be post-lunch parade laps on the track. If the pavement isn’t your thing you can enjoy an off-road Cayenne demonstration on the dirt track.