Energy Loop Passport Tour set June 23
USFS-- Energy Loop Scenic Byway Committee will host an Energy Loop Passport Tour on Saturday, June 23. Participants can choose to start either in Huntington Canyon, in Scofield or at the top of Fairview Canyon. There is no fee for this fun day of touring and activities. The committee welcomes families to join the fun.
The Energy Loop Passport Tour is more than an opportunity to enjoy scenery and learn about the byway, it’s a day for kids to get involved in outdoor activities at some of the most prominent panels.
Beginning at 10 a.m., participants can pick up a passport card at the Stuart Guard Station in Huntington Canyon, the snowmobile parking lot at the top of Fairview Canyon, or at the Scofield Town stop.
As participants travel along the byway through Huntington and Eccles Canyons, they can have their passport card stamped at the byway stops. A volunteer at each stop will lead kids through a fun activity.
When participants have stopped at seven signs and had their card stamped, they may take it to the nearest entry or exit station for a bag filled with freebies.
“You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy a drive along the Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byway,” explained Rosann Fillmore, Byway Coordinator. “There is so much to do and see, you could spend the summer.”
The byway corridor is a recreation hub for those who love the outdoors, offering places for fishing, hiking, camping, ATV riding, picnicking, and great scenery.
The byway, which features State Routes 31, 264, and 96, was nationally designated 18 years ago.
During 2017, the committee installed 30 interpretive signs that can be seen at 16 wayside stops. The signs tell the history of the byway corridor, guide travelers to attractions, and explain a little about the environment.
Planning for the signs began several years ago, as members of the byway committee looked over the original 20-year-old signs and decided they were dilapidated and out-of-date.
New, brightly colored signs have been placed on pedestals made of logs cut on the Manti-La Sal National Forest and private property owned by Skyline Mine.
About Energy Loop
The Energy Loop is officially known as the Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byway. Members of the committee are from Carbon, Emery, and Sanpete counties, Rocky Mountain Power, Skyline Mine, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah State Parks and Recreation, the Manti-La Sal National Forest and Scofield Town.
The interpretive panels were designed by Shari Yagodnik and Rebeca Field of Kimley Horn and fabricated by Post Modern. Numerous members of local communities contributed images and information.