photo by Parker Wimmer

American Fork Canyon

American Fork Canyon is one of Utah’s amazing natural wonders. Located in Northern Utah County, American Fork Canyon is home to the historic Timpanogos Cave, Tibble Fork Reservoir, and is a very popular spot amongst photographers.

The Timpanogos Cave Monument is about a 10 minute drive from the mouth of the canyon. A museum and visitor’s center are available to walk through at the base of the trail, just off the highway. However, to see the actual cave, a mile-and-a-half hike up the mountain is required. The cave itself is a natural wonder. Discovered in 1887, the cave is home to a series of pools, helictites, cave popcorn, stalactites, and stalagmites. The average temperature of the cave is 46 degrees fahrenheit. A tour through the cave takes about 55 minutes.

Tibble Fork Reservoir is one of American Fork Canyon’s most visited spots. This area serves many things to do all year long. During the winter months, people grab their sleds and slide down the hill next to the dam. There is also family-friendly snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails bordering the reservoir. In the summer, the lake is used for fishing, swimming, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Given the time of day, there’s a good chance a photographer is at the reservoir taking pictures either of the beautiful nature or an engaged couple. Tibble Fork Reservoir is the perfect destination for nearly any outdoor activity.

American Fork Canyon is one of Utah’s most photographed areas. Tibble Fork Reservoir is easily the most photographed spot of the canyon. Many people get their wedding, engagement, and family photos taken here. A drive on the Alpine Scenic Loop is a great chance to take iconic photos of the canyon, especially in Autumn when the leaves turn bright orange, yellow, and red.

With only 24 hours to spend in American Fork, the canyon is definitely a must-see, especially to get an outdoor taste of Utah. A successful trip up the canyon can be done in a day or less. American Fork Canyon has a lot to offer, including Timpanogos Cave, Tibble Fork Reservoir, and perfect photography opportunities.

Photo taken by Parker Wimmer