Another scenic drive today, up to Mt. Nebo to the south. The Scenic Byway started in Payson, and we stopped to pick up a map at the visitor center which was an old school building from 1901. When it was built at the turn of the century, education in Utah was based on small school systems, so this was quite a commitment to reform, moving away from local autonomous districts.
Mt Nebo Scenic Byway was the opposite of yesterday which was driving mostly in canyons. Today we climbed to over 9,000' and saw some spectacular vistas from the top of Mt. Nebo.
At the beginning of our drive we ran across a couple of cows. After that it just got humorous. Turn after turn we kept running into (almost literally) more and more of them. It wasn't until near the end of the Byway did we finally see a warning sign about the cows.
There were hoodoos and cone erosion rock formations and colored layers in an area they called Devil’s Kitchen. We saw a few RV’s camped out in the open (not in a campground). Besides the pine trees (some with very large pine cones at the top) there were a lot of Quaking Aspens in the mountains.
Again we made it to over 9,000’ elevation, and I don't handle altitudes very well, so since we arrived I have experienced a constant headache. But the views were worth the discomfort of the altitude today and yesterday. This is another recommended day trip.