Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, camping, photography, ATV riding and snowmobiling – there’s an abundance of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy along Utah’s Patchwork Parkway.
Brian Head and Panguitch Lake are two of the main draws to this breathtaking alpine region, both attracting visitors year-round.
Activities and Attractions Along Utah’s Patchwork Parkway:
Famous for its downhill skiing and Utah powder, Utah’s highest-elevation resort is host to summer fun as well, thanks to world-class mountain biking trails. Mountain bikers enjoy an extensive trail network of on-slope single-track trails. Also in summer, the ski lift transforms to a “Sky Ride” where sightseers get a birds-eye view of the incredible mountain vistas. Stop and smell the wildflowers in spring and summer, and enjoy a taste of Bavaria during Oktoberfest.
The perfect lake for your next “big fish” story, Panguitch Lake is known for it’s tropy-size rainbow trout in summer and for winter ice fishing. Camp in the cool refuge of the ponderosa pine forest of this alpine retreat, and adventure over 100 miles of ATV trails.
Enjoy rodeos, festivals and sporting events at this pioneer town. Panguitch is host to the annual Quilt Walk and hot air balloon festivals.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
This giant amphitheater carved into the western edge features intricate ridges, pinnacles and buttresses second only to Bryce Canyon’s renowned hoodoos.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and managed by the BLM, the Parowan Gap is an intriguing gallery of preserved ancient petroglyphs.
A 1-mile hike accessed between mile markers 8 and 9 on Scenic Byway 143 takes hikers on a nature excursion that winds through a wildlife study area and riparian zone to the base of a 20-foot waterfall.
Stop for a picnic and explore remains of ancient volcanic activity. Geologists believe the lava rock here is around 2,000 years old.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
Accessed via Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, this lake is a popular Utah fishing spot for rainbow and brook trout.