Scenic Byway 143 weaves through a patchwork of geologic formations, forests, streams, lakes, cultural sites and beautiful meadows. Nearby attractions include Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and the historic communities of Parowan and Panguitch. High on the western slope of Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, you’ll find the resort community of Brian Head. At 9,600 feet, this is Utah’s highest community and a great place for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, plus summer mountain biking and biking.
The Markagunt Plateau is a broad expanse of forest, alpine meadows and open spaces. Cedar Breaks National Monument is on the edge of the plateau. This magnificent 2,000-foot canyon spans three miles and is filled with colorful fins and spires.
On the east slope of the plateau, Panguitch Lake draws anglers from around the western U.S. year round to fish its abundant waters. The word Panguitch means “big fish” in the Native American Paiute language. Panguitch City is the eastern gateway to Utah’s Patchwork Parkway. During the harsh winter of 1864, when pioneer settlers ran low on supplies, seven men headed over the mountain from Panguitch to Parowan for grain. Struggling in the deep snow, they walked on quilts across the snow. This even has been commemorated in the annual Quilt Walk festival and is the source of the name of the Patchwork Parkway.
Today the communities along Scenic Byway 143 offer excellent lodging, dining, guided tours and year-round activities. We invite you to visit us any time of year.