Intermountain Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Cascade Springs natural terraces and trail bridge.
Vegetation recovery one year after the Cascade Fire.
Fall scenery near Cascade Springs. Photo by Robert Shorn.
Scrophularia lanceolata. Photo by Teresa Prendusi, U.S. Forest Service.
Forest: Uinta National Forest
District: Pleasant Grove Ranger District
Description: A large artesian spring with naturally-terraced cascades and pools. Over seven million gallons of water flow through the springs each day. Many species of plants grow in and around the water, as well as in the surrounding uplands. Easy boardwalk trails, benches and bridges allow viewing the area and its attractions, including good sightings of trout. Some trails are handicap-accessible. Interpretive signs add to the experience. Restrooms and drinking water are available.
Viewing Information: Cascade Springs is scenic at any time of year, but you will see the most flowers between June and September. Except for columbines, buttercups and monkey flowers, showy flowers are actually more abundant in the nearby uplands, including onions, serviceberries, roses, larkspur, sego lilies, wyethia, violets, penstemons and clematis, so be sure to explore the surrounding hills. Fall colors in the area are nice from September through October, from aspens, maples and oaks. There was a large fire in the area in 2003 that burned very close to the springs. Viewing the recovery of the vegetation and landscape is interesting and usually interpreted in educational signs.
Safety First: Use caution when traveling the mountain roads. Watch children to prevent falling or jumping into the water. There may be some stinging nettle plants near the wetter trails – learn what they look like so you can avoid touching them.
Directions: There are three routes to get to Cascade Springs.
- From Interstate 15, about 20 miles: Take Exit 284 in the Highland/Lehi area and travel east on State Route 92 to American Fork Canyon, where you’ll pay a $3 toll. Drive up the canyon past Timpanogos Cave National Monument and turn right at the South Fork junction. About five miles from the junction turn left onto the Cascade Springs Scenic Drive and continue for another five miles to the spring’s trailhead.
- From Provo/Orem (State Route 189), about 20 miles: From Provo or Orem, drive east on State Route 189 up Provo Canyon and turn left onto State Route 92 (the South Fork road) towards Sundance Ski Resort and the BYU Alumni Camp. Just after the BYU camp you will pay a $3 toll to continue up SR 92. About three miles from the BYU camp turn right onto the Cascade Springs Scenic Drive and continue for another five miles to the spring’s trailhead.
- From Heber City, about 12 miles: From the junction of State Routes 40/189 and 113 in Heber, travel west about three miles to Midway and turn left (south) staying on SR 113. After about two miles, turn right to access the Wasatch Mountain State Park. Drive southwest through the State Park about five miles until you come to the boundary of the Uinta National Forest. The Cascade Springs trailhead access road is just beyond that. There is no toll, but the road through the State Park is gravel.
Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Uinta National Forest, Pleasant Grove Ranger District, Wasatch County.
Closest Town: Heber City, Utah.