Summit is situated midway between Parowan and Cedar valleys and was originally laid out as a herding ground. Located at 5,955 feet, Summit is the highest little town on I-15 in Utah, and with a population of only about 160 people, this sleepy little town is the perfect place for the locals that have stayed and retirees who have moved in to sit back and relax and enjoy the beauty of scenic southern Utah.

Without the distractions of stores or services the people of Summit have learned to create their own fun. Though horse drawn sleighs have transformed into four-wheelers pulling inner tubes and summer sees more mountain bikers and ATV riders then those on horseback there are still plenty of horses to be found and miles of country to explore.

Summit History

The history of Summit began as a herding ground in 1853 and in the spring of 1858, Samuel T. Orton and others moved near Summit Creek and began farming. As more families joined them, each farmed small plots and herded sheep.

In July 1877 Summit LDS Ward was organized, and a log schoolhouse was replaced with a one-room concrete building which was replaced by a two-room brick school in 1920 that housed students through the seventh grade. Because of this firm foundation in education, Summit has been able to point with pride to the well-qualified and outstanding professional teachers who originated in this little town.

Must See & Do

Scenic Drive

The easiest way to see the the beauty of the backcountry is by vehicle. Just be aware that backways can have surfaces that vary from pavement to gravel with vary degrees for travel difficulty. High clearance vehicles are recommended for most dirt roads and many require 4-wheel drive. Conditions can change quickly after storms. Check at a visitor center before driving on unpaved roads. When planning you trip along a backway it’s advisable to bring preparedness items such as food, water, spare tire, & maps. Cell phones often do not work in the back country. Always tell someone your travel plans.

Dry Lakes Backway / Summit Mountain Road

Backway provides sweeping views of Parowan Canyon, Sugarloaf Mountain, High Mountain, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. This is also the access road to the Twisted Forest hiking trail and Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. Road begins 8 miles up National Scenic Byway SR-143. This is a good gravel road with very steep grade coming off the High Mountain towards Summit township. Road is 19 miles long. Check road conditions ahead of time. Closed in winter.

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV)

Off-highway vehicles are permitted on designated roads. Cross-country travel is prohibited and OHVs are not permitted on hiking trails. Check at visitor centers for maps and informaiton before riding.

Mountain Biking

Experience the great beauty of scenic southern Utah on incredible scenic backways including the Summit Mountain Road and Dry Lakes Road.