Mount Nebo (Utah)

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Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo Utah.jpg
Mount Nebo, February 2005
Highest point
Elevation 11,928 ft (3,636 m) [1]
Prominence 5,488 ft (1,673 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°49′17″N 111°45′35″W / 39.82139°N 111.75972°W / 39.82139; -111.75972Coordinates: 39°49′17″N 111°45′35″W / 39.82139°N 111.75972°W / 39.82139; -111.75972
Mount Nebo is located in Utah
Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
Utah, U.S.
Location Juab / Utah counties, Utah, U.S.
Parent range Wasatch Range
Topo map USGS Mona
First ascent 1869
Easiest route Hike

Mount Nebo is the southernmost and highest mountain in the Wasatch Range of Utah, in the United States. Named after the biblical Mount Nebo[2] overlooking Israel, which is said to be the place of Moses' death, it is the centerpiece of the Mount Nebo Wilderness, inside the Uinta National Forest.

Mount Nebo is crowned by three peaks, with the northern peak reaching 11,928 ft (3,636 m). Original surveys placed the southern peak as the highest at 11,877 ft (3,620 m). When the mountain was resurveyed in the 1970s and the northern peak was found to be the highest, two substantial trails already led to the south summit. Parts of the mountain are covered in snow from mid-October until July. It is a popular, although strenuous, destination for hikers from the nearby towns of Nephi and Provo, Utah.

Mount Nebo eastern side during winter.

The Mount Nebo Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway, departs I-15 at Payson and climbs to over 9,000 feet before rejoining the interstate at Nephi. The route features panoramic views of Mount Nebo and the Utah Valley and Utah Lake far below. There are numerous trailheads along the route for the hiking enthusiast including a short walk to the "Devil's Kitchen", an area which has been described as a "mini Bryce Canyon".

Mount Nebo panorama, 2007.

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  1. ^ a b "America's 57 - the Ultras". Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ Van Atta, Dale (Jan 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. pp. W6. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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