One of the most beautiful highways in Utah, it boasts scenic viewpoints and picnic areas, access to over 400 lakes, many hiking, biking and ATV trails, and opportunities for improved camping as well as dispersed camping. Much of the highway parallels the Provo River. The road is the highest paved road in Utah when it crosses Bald Mountain Pass at an altitude of 10,715 feet before descending past its namesake, Mirror Lake.
Visitors are required to purchase a recreation pass to use facilities in this area. A $6 pass is available and good for 3 days; a $12 pass is good for 7 days; there is also a $45 annual pass available. The pass allows access to the picnic areas, fishing areas, and trailheads. The pass is also required for camping outside of the improved campgrounds, which have their own fees.
So how do these fees work together? The short answer is they don’t. If you want to camp in an improved campground and don’t plan to use any of the other Mirror Lake Highway facilities, all you need to pay is the campground fee. If you want to camp in an improved campground and then drive to a trailhead or a lake, you’ll also need to purchase the Mirror Lake Highway recreation pass.
For our fellow retirees – your Senior Pass allows you full access to the Mirror Lake Highway AND gives you half off your camping fees. The Senior Pass is available to anyone 62 or older; the fee is $10 for a lifetime pass. Find out more about obtaining a senior pass at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
See you in the mountains!