For most of the way across Utah, the high-speed I-70 freeway has replaced US-50, but if you have time to take a couple of detours, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most incredible scenery in the world. Most of this is concentrated in the southeastern corner of the state, where a number of national parks, including Canyonlands and Arches, preserve the sandstone Canyon Country of the Colorado Plateau. In the west a few old mining towns stand amid the arid desert of the Great Basin.
Distances are huge and services few and far between, but if you have the time and plan ahead, this is one of the most satisfying and memorable corners of the country.
Top Sights in Utah on the Loneliest Road
- Soldier Summit: Enjoy the pines and cottonwoods lining this two-lane highway, which also passes through bright red sandstone canyons along the eastern side of the Wasatch Mountains
- Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: Visit the largest national park in Utah and the most feature-packed
Visiting southern Utah? Check out our blog for the best scenic drives in Utah’s national parks.