Because of its altitude (5,868′ at Sardine Summit, on the border between Cache and Box Elder Counties), the slope of the road, and its situation high in the mountains), Sardine Canyon often has rapidly changing weather (chains are required from November through March). To help motorists know what to expect before they travel, we created this page.

Entering Sardine Canyon from Cache Valley

Electronic Sign, entering Sardine Canyon from Cache Valley; US8991 WB @ Center St SR23 MP 17.1 WVL

Traffic Camera on US8991 @ Center St SR23 MP 17.2 WVL (Local)

Sardine Summit

Weather Data at US8991 @ Sardine Summit

Traffic Camera on US8991 @ Sardine Summit  MP 10.05  BE (Local)

Entering Sardine Canyon from Brigham City

Brigham City
clear sky
humidity: 11%
wind: 4mph SSW
H 71 • L 66
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Electronic Sign, entering Sardine Canyon from Brigham City; US8991  1100 S EB @ Michelle Dr  MP 2.26  BRC

Traffic Camera, Brigham City 1100 S US8991 @ Main St US89 SR13 BRC

A Brief History of Sardine Canyon

Sardine Canyon is what the locals call the stretch of US Highway 89/91 in Utah, which runs from Brigham City, through Manuta, to Wellsville. It also serves as the primary route into Cache Valley from the South. The road travels through a few canyons including Wellsville Canyon, Dry Canyon, and a portion of Sardine Canyon proper.

Some people say the name “Sardine Canyon” came from early travelers who ate sardines (and left piles of sardine cans) as part of their meals on their way to Cache Valley back in the early 1900’s, others say it’s because the old road was narrow, and to pass someone on the roadway located on the steep canyon ledge was “a very tight undertaking” — like sardines packed in a tin.

Since then, the road has been widened to two lanes in each direction, rumble strips, and a cement barrier separating the directions of travel (for the most part).

Helpful items to Keep in your car