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Know Your Utah Winter Roads

The same thing that makes winter recreation fun can make winter roads dangerous. Driving Beaver Canyon (Hwy 153) up to Eagle Point Resort is no exception. Safety and knowledge about winter travel on canyon roads can save lives. Follow Utah Department of Transportation regulations to ramble responsibly this winter.


Traction devices, such as snow tires, chains, and snow socks, may be required on highways during severe winter weather. Notifications can be reviewed before traveling on the UDOT traffic app and UDOT social media. Road signs may also be in place during travel, but don’t get stuck out in the wild without the proper equipment! Hwy 153, a.k.a. Beaver Canyon, is considered a Class II segment, meaning traction devices may be required for all vehicles, not just trucks. 


All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles must have a minimum of M/S (mud and snow tires). Other acceptable traction devices include 3PMSF (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake) tires, which denote verified safety in snowy conditions, chains, or snow socks. Snow socks are an acceptable device in Utah and work by a fibrous textile penetrating the surface of the snow to create traction. Chains differ by compressing the surface of the snow to create traction. 


Consider which device is best suited for you and your vehicle. Vehicles below 12,000 GVW (most passenger cars and light duty trucks) must have a minimum of 3PMSF tires or chain or snow socks on all drive tires. For additional questions, reference UDOT’s traction device page.


With the right equipment and knowledge, winter travel doesn’t have to be limiting. This winter, look out for your loved ones and fellow travelers by maintaining your vehicle’s tires and traction devices. Stay safe and happy rambling!