Utah State Route 208

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State Route 208

Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-126
Maintained by UDOT
Length10.205 mi[1] (16.423 km)
RestrictionsRestrictions for oversized vehicles are the same as for all Utah State Routes[Note 1]
Major junctions
South end US 40 east of Fruitland
North end SR-35 southeast of Tabiona
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Utah State Highway System
SR-204 SR-209

State Route 208 (SR-208) is a 10.205-mile (16.423 km), north–south state highway on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the Uinta Basin in eastern Duchesne County, Utah, United States, that connects U.S. Route 40 (US-40) with Utah State Route 35 (SR-35).

Route description

SR-208 runs through a very rural area as a two-lane road, not passing near any communities and not intersecting with any significant side roads along its course. Though fairly lightly traveled, it functions as a somewhat important western connection between US-40 and SR-35 that can reduce travel distances by over 31 miles (50 km) by bypassing Duchesne.[3]

The southern terminus of SR-208, at its junction with US-40, September 2016

The highway begins at an intersection with US-40, about one mile (1.6 km) west of the Pinion Rest Area on US-40, about 6.3 miles (10.1 km) east of Fruitland, and about 18.2 miles (29.3 km) west of Duchesne. (From the intersection, US-40 heads east toward Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Vernal and west toward Heber City, Provo, and Salt Lake City. Hatch Knife Road [39300 West] heads southerly from the intersection as a dirt road into the foothills of Cedar Mountain.)[3][4]

From its southern terminus, SR-208 heads north–northeast for about 2 miles (3.2 km) before reaching a T intersection with 4 C's Ranch Road (the only named side road along the highway), connecting with several unnamed side dirt roads along the way. (4 C's Ranch Road heads southeasterly into the 4 C's Ranch.) After continuing north–northeast for about another mile (1.6 km) and just after going over a very low mountain pass, SR-208 curves slightly west. The highway then continues on a nearly northward course for about another mile (1.6 km) as it crosses the Santaquin Draw.[5] For the next 3.9 miles (6.3 km) the highway traverses a series of gradual curves through the lowest of the southeast foothills of Tabby Mountain.[3][6]

Just after an S-curve to the east, SR-208 begins a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) east–northeast descent down Golden Stairs Canyon.[7] At the mouth of that canyon, SR-208 crosses the Duchesne River as it curves to head north for its last half mile (0.8 km). Immediately after crossing over the Hicken Ditch[8] irrigation canal, SR-208 reaches its northern terminus at a T intersection with SR-35, about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) southeast of Tabiona. (SR-35 heads southeasterly to its own [eastern] terminus at Utah State Route 87, which in turn, proceeds south to Duchesne. SR-35 heads northwesterly to Tabiona, Hanna, Heber City, and Park City.)[3]

Legal definition

The legal definition of State Route 208 is as follows:

72-4-126. State highways—SR-201 to SR-204, SR-208 to SR-211.
(5) SR-208. From Route 40 east of Fruitland northerly to Route 35 near Tabiona.[9]


Annual average daily traffic[10]
2019 424
2018 419
2017 403
2016 393
2015 375
2014 355
2013 350
2012 335
2011 345
2010 345
2009 340
2008 335
2007 340
2006 340
2005 310
2004 300
2003 285
2002 235
2001 220
2000 215
1999 255
1998 245
1997 239
1996 230
1995 220
1994 205
1993 240
1992 235
1991 215
1990 175
1989 165
1988 160
1987 265
1986 275
1985 285
1984 285
1983 275
1982 270
1981 270

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) collects data for the State Highways and Local Federal-Aid roads. Traffic is measured in both directions and reported Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT). AADT is collected for major intersections and "sections where traffic volumes show a substantial increase or decrease". Reported traffic data for the entire length of SR-208. As of 2019, SR-208 had an AADT of 424. Since 1981, traffic along the highway has increased by nearly 93 percent.[10]

Travel restrictions along SR-208 only apply to oversized vehicles and are the same as those which UDOT has established that apply to all state highways in within the state.[Note 1][11][12]


SR-208 was designated in 1941 by the Utah State Road Commission as running "from a point on route 6 [US-40] approximately six miles east of Fruitland in Duchesne County, thence northerly to route 35 at a point near Tabiona".[2] The route has remained unchanged since then.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Duchesne County. [3]

0.0000.00039300 West (Hatch Knife Road) southRoad continuing south from southern terminus

US 40 east – Duchesne, Roosevelt, Vernal

US 40 west – Heber City, Provo, Salt Lake City
Southern terminus
Bridge over the Duchesne River
10.19216.402Hicken Ditch canal crossing
SR-35 east – Duchesne

SR-35 west – Tabiona, Hanna, Heber City, Park City
Northern terminus;
T intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) defines oversized vehicles as any vehicle exceeding any of the following: 10 feet (3.0 m) in width, 105 feet (32 m) in overall length, or 14 feet (4.3 m) in height. Oversized vehicles are prohibited on all state highways in Utah (unless otherwise permitted) during designated and defined major holidays periods (holiday periods exceed the actual day of the holiday).
    In addition, travel by oversized vehicles, plus any with an overhang of more than 10 feet (3.0 m), is restricted to daylight hours.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Highway Reference Online - SR-208". Utah Department of Transportation. May 2, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Utah State Legislature (1941). "Chapter 34". Session Laws of Utah. Route 208. From a point on route 6 approximately six miles east of Fruitland in Duchesne County, thence northerly to route 35 at a point near Tabiona
  3. ^ a b c d e f Google (August 29, 2021). "Utah State Route 208" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cedar Mountain
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santaquin Draw
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tabby Mountain
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Golden Stairs Canyon
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hicken Ditch
  9. ^ a b AADTHistory.xlsx (xlsx). udot.utah.gov (Report). Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 28, 2021 – via Traffic Statistics. {{cite report}}: External link in |via= (help)
  10. ^ a b "Chapter 23: General Highway Restrictions". udot.utah.gov. Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Utah Administrative Code: R909. Transportation, Motor Carrier: Rule R909-2. Utah Size and Weight Rule". rules.utah.gov. Utah Department of Government Operations. November 12, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2021.

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