The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway

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  • The National Christmas Tree Stump

    Angel, Leslie, and Carrie stand on the National Christmas Tree stump for 1995 at the Stuart Guard Station on the Energy Loop.

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  • Huntington Power Plant

    The Huntington Power Plant among green foliage and rainclouds on the Energy Loop.

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  • Matching Headstones in the Scofield Cemetery.

    Two headstones stand side by side-- the old and the new both for the same man killed in the Scofield Mining Disaster.

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  • A Giant Ground Sloth

    A skeletal replica of the Giant Ground Sloth that existed during the last Ice Age in the area of The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

  • Informative Signs near Scofield

    Informative signs near Scofield tell about the mining disaster of May 1900.

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  • The Quiet Town of Scofield

    The overcast day and small group of buildings gives Scofield a subdued feeling.

  • Scofield Reservoir

    Anglers try their luck in the reservoir while families enjoy the beach at Scofield Reservoir.

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  • Shades of Green in Burnout Canyon

    A view of Burnout Canyon in June on the The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Helicopter Scooping Water from Reservoir on The Energy Loop

    A helicopter scoops water from a reservoir on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway, probably for use in fire-fighting.

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  • Welcome Panel at Highway 96 in Utah

    This panel welcomes visitors to The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Historic Interior of Stuart Guard Station

    Historic photos, maps and other items wait above a fireplace and on shelves to tell the story of the Stuart Guard Station and the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

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  • Surveying the Manti-La Sal National Forest

    A display inside the Stuart Guard Station depicts the hard and adventurous life of a forest ranger in the early days of the Manti and La Sal Forests of Utah.

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  • Walkway to Stuart Guard Station

    A nice sidewalk provides access to the Stuart Guard Station.

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  • Learn about Electric Lake and Energy

    A visitor studies an interpretive sign which overlooks Electric Lake surrounded by trees and rolling hills.

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  • How Coal Becomes Electricity in Huntington Canyon

    A visitor reads about energy production in Huntington Canyon, near the Huntington Power Plant.

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  • "Scofield Reservoir: A Great Fishery" Sign Panel

    Beyond this sign panel entitled "Scofield Reservoir: A Great Fishery" lies Scofield Lake surrounded by rocky mountaintops dry with summer.

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  • Wasatch Plateau Information Sign

    Photos illustrate this information sign about the Wasatch Plateau in this closeup photo.

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  • Path to the Historic Stuart Guard Station

    The Stuart Guard Station still stands watch on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Skyline Drive Signs Along The Energy Loop

    A visitor reads about off-roading on the Skyline Drive.

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  • Fairview Museum of History and Art

    Spring rains glisten on the sidewalks near the Fairview Museum of History and Art.

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  • Winding Through the Utah Mountains on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway

    The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway winds its way through Utah mountains.

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  • The Energy Loop Meandering Through Lush Valleys and Over High Peaks

    The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway meanders through lush valleys and over high peaks.

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  • The Huntington Mammoth

    The Huntington Mammoth is on display at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price.

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  • Cloud-Nipped Mountain Peak in Desert Surroundings

    This view from The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway reveals a slice of the scenery.

  • Sign Panels at Scofield Lake Wayside along The Energy Loop

    A visitor reads about fishing Scofield Lake from one of three sign panels at this stop overlooking Scofield Lake which is surrounded by summer-dry mountaintops.

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  • The Upper Meadows and Mountains of The Energy Loop

    A car on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway in the upper canyons has passed a reservoir, of which a tiny glimpse can be seen in the background

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  • Crabapple Trees in Bloom at Fairview Museum

    Crabapple trees frame and outdoor exhibit at the Fairview Museum.

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  • Site Tells Electric Lake Poser Story

    Visitor reads about Electric Lake at this interpretive stop on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Byway Entrance Orientation on The Energy Loop

    With a Byway brochure in hand, a visitor reads a welcome panel in the Huntington entrance kiosk on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Stormy Day at Huntington State Park Beach

    Muddy waters lap the reservoir shore on this windy day.

  • June Larkspur Turning the High Ridges a Brilliant Purple

    Larkspur turns the high ridges a glorious purple in the springtime on the Energy Loop.

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  • Learning About Coal on The Energy Loop

    Visitors read about coal at this interpretive stop on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Interpretive Panel Telling Guard Station Story

    A visitor reads about the Stuart Guard Station on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • A Visitor Reads Interpretation along The Energy Loop

    This visitor stops to read the panel that tells of energy and pipe lines along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • "Bomb-Proof" Sandstone in Joes Valley

    Clinging to a tiny flake of sandstone and praying it will hold, this climber is one move from finishing Sole Food on the Sabotage boulder in Joes Valley. "Bomb-proof" is a climber's term for a hold in which you can have a lot of confidence.

  • Young Fisherman Braving Windy Day at Huntington State Park

    A young fisherman braves the strong winds on the reservoir at Huntington State Park on the Energy Loop.

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  • Boating on Scofield Reservoir

    A boat races across an inlet of the Scofield Reservoir on the Energy Loop.

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  • Junction of the Byway at SR-31 and SR-264

    At the top of the Wasatch Plateau, two of the three roadways that make up The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway. The area has tremendous 360 degree views of mountain ranges and valleys in all directions, some as far as 100 miles away.

  • Byway Signs at Stuart Guard Station along The Energy Loop

    Byway and highway signs along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway alert travelers to the upcoming Stuart Guard Station and other features. Pine trees tower along the roadside.

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  • Dinosaur Bones at the CEU Prehistoric Museum

    The Allosaurus skeleton and other dinosaur bones at the CEU Prehistoric Museum.

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  • Visitor at The Energy Loop Entrance Kiosk at Huntington

    Visitor reads the Huntington entrance kiosk on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • The Huntington River Flowing Beneath Sparsely Forested Canyon Walls

    The Huntington River's spring flow underneath the sparsely forested canyon walls near the east end of Huntington Canyon.

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  • Scofield Town Cemetery

    The Scofield Cemetery sits on a small hill above the town of Scofield.

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  • A Beautiful Day on Scofield Reservoir

    Bright blues describe this little bay of the Scofield Reservoir on the Energy Loop.

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  • The Energy Loop Entrance Kiosk at Huntington

    The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway Entrance Kiosk is located at Huntington with the mountains of Huntington Canyon beyond.

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  • Explaining the Past at Stuart Guard Station

    A USDA Forest Ranger discusses an exhibit at the Stuart Guard Station.

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  • Entrance to the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum

    Entering the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price, Utah, transports visitors to another time.

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  • Stuart Guard Station

    Trees line the driveway and rise behind the grounds of the Stuart Guard Station in summer.

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  • A Passing Shepherd on U-96

    A shepherd follows his flock on U-96.

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  • Tools of the Trade at Stuart Guard Station

    A USDA Forest Ranger presents Tools of the Trade at the Stuart Guard Station.

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  • National Christmas Tree Stump

    A group of visitors pose on the National Christmas Tree Stump at Stuart Guard Station.

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  • Sanpete Overlook

    Heavy clouds create a dramatic view of the Sanpete Overlook right before a rainstorm.

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  • Roadside View of Stuart Guard Station on The Energy Loop

    A cloudy sky presides over a late summer view of the approach and grounds of Stuart Guard Station along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Riverside Boulder Field

    A wafer-thin layer of ice covers much of the creek descending through massive boulders from Joes Valley Reservoir.

  • Wooly Rhinoceros from the Last Ice Age

    A replica of a wooly rhinoceros that lived during the last Ice Age is on display at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum.

  • Interpretative Signs along The Energy Loop

    A visitor reads signs about the power of geology and Wasatch Plateau story.

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  • CCC Exhibit at Stuart Guard Station

    A garage at Stuart Guard Station on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway contains the story of the CCC's work in this area.

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  • Wayside Telling Riparian Community Story

    Cars are parked along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway where people have stopped to read the story of the Riparian community. Tall trees and grassy hills line both sides of the road.

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  • Getting Off the Ground

    Tan and black sandstone boulders make Joes Valley a climber's paradise. A climber practices a move with a ground pad to catch his very short fall.

  • CCC Display at Stuart Guard Station

    A display inside a garage at Stuart Guard Station on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway tells the story of the CCC's work in this area.

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  • Watch Out for Sheep!

    Sheep (and other ranch animals) may be encountered along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway, as they move between pastures and forage lands. These are above Burnout Canyon.

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  • Mine Beside the Energy Loop

    One of the reasons for the name of The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway is quite visible, but not an overly jarring presence, beside the road.

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  • Describing Resources on The Energy Loop

    This panel inside the Stuart Guard Station shows in multi-colored detail the many resources of The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway in central Utah.

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  • "The Riparian Community" Sign on The Energy Loop

    This sign, found along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway, tells about the Riparian Community.

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  • Climbing "The Angler" in Joes Valley

    Taking advantage of extremely grippy sandstone, a climber concentrates on the Joes Valley classic, The Angler.

  • A Bicyclist on The Energy Loop

    Scenic passes make The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway a delightful and challenging bike ride.

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  • Blue Skies over Huntington Canyon

    The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway curves past evergreens in Huntington Canyon.

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  • Mine Conveyor next to The Energy Loop

    A covered mine conveyor belt parallels The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway for a long stretch. This is the section from the high-mountain t-junction at the top of all three canyons, and heading toward Scofield.

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  • Coal Interpretive Site along The Energy Loop

    Several travelers read an interpretive sign about the region's coal. A tall building of the Skyline Mine complex is in the background.

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  • Riparian Interpretation Overlooking Creek

    A visitor admires a beautiful landscape and creek while stopping to read about riparian communities on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • The Angler in Joes Valley

    A climber clings to holds on a sheer cliff above icy, emerald green pools.

  • What's a Graben?

    An interpretive sign at Joes Valley Overlook on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway explains the geology of this popular recreation area.

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  • Junction Signage on The Energy Loop

    A state byway sign underneath the Utah Highway 96 sign indicates an approaching junction along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Enjoying Lunch on The Energy Loop

    A visitor contemplates the high mountain forests while enjoying a picnic lunch on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Fire Fighting Helicopter along The Energy Loop

    A helicopter lifts water from a reservoir to fight fires in the mountains of The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • "Changing Uses: Welcome to Pleasant Valley" Sign on The Energy Loop

    Read about changing land use at this Scofield Lake wayside sign on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Interpretive Signs at Skyline Mine

    Two visitors read about coal mining near Skyline Mine.

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  • Driving Huntington Canyon

    A car passes underneath a pyramidal mountain in Huntington Canyon. Pine trees border the The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Lower Huntington Canyon on The Energy Loop

    Juniper-strewn canyon walls tower over The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway in the lower canyon.

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  • Interpretation at Huntington Reservoir

    Visitor reads about Huntington Reservoir (and probably the discovery of the Huntington Mammoth) at a rest stop beside The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Area Orientation Signs at Hwy 96 in Utah

    National Forest maps and Wasatch Mountains signs provide orientation along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Setting for Highway 96 Entrance Kiosk Along The Energy Loop

    A visitor stops by this roofed information kiosk at Highway 96 on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • Visitor Enjoying Field of Larkspur on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway

    Carrie inspects the larkspur fields of The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway just past the junction.

  • Skyline Mine on SR-264

    The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway includes both historic and modern-day mining and energy operations.

  • Huntington Entrance Kiosk

    This view of the kiosk and parking area reveals green landscaping and a very nice skyscape.

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  • Driving Down Huntington Canyon

    As travelers proceed from the mountains down through Huntington Canyon, they are entering a much drier ecology. The canyonsides are more barren, showing off the striking geology, and the roadside vegetation is sparser and shorter.

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  • "How Did Coal Form" Sign on The Energy Loop

    This sign along The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway informs visiters about how coal is formed.

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  • Ascending the Golden Plates Boulder

    A climber commits to a big move on this overhanging problem in Joes Valley in central Utah.

  • Touring the Stuart Guard Station

    A USDA Forest Ranger guides a group through the exhibits inside the house at the Stuart Guard Station on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • RV by Scofield History Interpretation

    An RV waits in the ample parking area by the History of Scofield Mining Disaster on The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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  • A Tragedy in Triplicate at Scofield Cemetery

    A tragedy in triplicate lives on in the ancient wooden gravemarkers at Scofield Cemetery.

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  • Energy Loop Mammoth Interpretive Sign

    Information about Mammoths in Utah can be found on this sign on the Energy Loop Scenic Byway.

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  • Mammoth Discovery Site Sign

    A new sign found along the Energy Loop in Utah points visitors to the Mammoth Discovery Site.

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  • Huntington Creek Along SR-31

    Huntington Creek runs along a good length of SR-31, providing both pleasing scenery and recreational opportunities. Many campsites, fishing holes, and pull-offs along the creek make it an important part of the The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

  • Springtime at the Fairview Museum of History and Art

    The well-kept grounds of the Fairview Museum of History and Art are decorated with a giant American Indian head.

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  • Abandoned Cabin in the Ashley National Forest

    An old cabin in a meadow in Eccles Canyon stands as a reminder of the settling of the West.

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  • Skyline Mine, a Landmark on the Energy Loop

    The Skyline Mine facilities are near the junction of U-96 and the Eccles Scenic Byway on the Energy Loop.

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  • Driving through Colorful Canyons on the Energy Loop

    Red rocks and plateaus create a panorama from The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway.

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