The southernmost and tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range, majestic Mount Nebo towers at 11,928 feet at its northern peak. Though reaching the summit can be a test of not only body but mind as well, the views from the top are spectacular- 100% worth the climb. The surrounding wilderness provides a welcome getaway from the stresses of life. Along with the magnificent drive along Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway, many campgrounds, hiking trails, horse trails, scenic overlooks, snowmobile trails, stunning vegetation and beautiful wildlife create dozens of opportunities for visitors to have unforgettable experiences.
Andrew’s Ridge Trail
This, the most popular summit trail, begins at the base of the mountain on its east side on Bear Canyon Road. In 6.6 miles of trail, there is a 5,400 foot elevation gain. The trail stops at the southern peak (11,877 feet), but a few hardy souls make the journey from there across a knife-edge summit ridge, over the middle of the three peaks, and up to the northern peak. Though it is doable in one day, an overnight hike is recommended for those who wish to stop and spend time enjoying the back country. The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow; however, there are no water sources along the way, and it is covered in snow from mid-October to July. For additional hiking information view the Andrew's Ridge Trail website.
This trail begins on the Nebo Scenic Byway at Monument Trailhead and approaches the northernmost, highest peak from the north. Easy to follow, it ascends 3,000+ feet to the summit in only 5 miles and offers excellent views along the way.
Willow Creek Canyon Trail
Beginning 4 miles east of Mona, Utah, this trail connects with Nebo Peak trail after only 3.5 miles. From there, it continues along the Nebo Ridge to the south summit where the hiker may look out across Utah Valley, most of Juab and Sanpete counties, and the breathtaking wilderness surrounding Mount Nebo. From there, the hiker can turn back or continue on along the ridge to the north summit. For more information regarding the Willow Creek Canyon Trail visit the Nebo Peak Trail website or the Mount Nebo informational website.
Bear Canyon Campground
This campground sits at the eastern base of Mount Nebo. To get there, head east on highway 132 in Nephi for about 6 miles to the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Turn left and drive 3.5 miles more to the Bear Canyon Turnoff. The campground is located at the end of the road. Services and amenities include fire rings, flush toilets, nature trails, picnic tables, access to Andrew’s Ridge Trailhead, and wildlife viewing. Gates close at 10 p.m. and reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance or sites will be let on a first come, first served basis. Use fees apply. Contact 801-798-3571. For additional camping details view the Bear Canyon Campground website.
Located just before Bear Canyon Campground on the Bear Canyon turnoff, this campground provides a comfort station, fire rings, firewood, grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water, and wildlife viewing. Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance or sites will be let on a first come, first served basis. Use fees apply. Contact 801-798-3571. For additional camping details view the Ponderosa Campground website.
This campground is located right off of the Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway, only 5 miles away from Payson Lake. Amenities and services include:
- BBQ grills
- Bird watching
- Drinking water
- Dump station
- Fire rings
- Flush toilets
- Iron ranger
- Nature trails
- Nature viewing area
- Picnic tables
- Wildlife viewing
Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance or sites will be let on a first come, first served basis. Use fees apply. Contact 801-798-3571. For additional camping details view the Blackhawk Campground website.