After driving south on Skyline Drive, we headed north on Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. The road is paved and a much smoother ride than Skyline but lacks that sense of adventure that off-roading adds to a road trip. Nebo ends in Payson, UT (if traveling from the south) and begins near Nephi, UT off RT 132, 38 miles one way. The byway provides overlooks to several of Utah's great mountain peaks, such as Mount Nebo. We were there over Fourth of July and there was still some snow on the peaks (see photos.) Another feature of this route is the view of Devil's Kitchen, another rock formation and an upcoming post.
There were some deer on the sides of the road, so be careful when driving. This, of course, applies to most places as deer inhabit most areas, even urban areas. We saw a groundhog (we think that's what it was), some prairie dogs (do they live in the mountains here?), and birds and butterflies. There were flowers but not as abundantly as Skyline Drive. The aspen were abundant, though, and I can only think of how awesome they will look this fall. Of course, there were pine trees in abundance as well.
The first attraction was as we turned onto Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Right on the corner were awesome rock formations.
There are spaces for camping, especially at the north and south ends of the road.