Agreed, this most certainly is a beautiful spot to visit. Plenty of 3 season opportunities for hiking, camping, picnicking, etc. And in winter add skiing, both downhill and cross country. But if you're out for an adventurous drive when the road's been plowed, take the trip over the pass to Park City. If I lived in Utah, that, rather than I-80, would be my route between SLC and PC when the snow allows.