Welcome to Utah’s Patchwork Parkway – Scenic Byway 143
This dramatic 55 mile scenic course in southwestern Utah, extends between the communities of Parowan and Panguitch and follows a course over the Markagunt Plateau. This byway weaves through a patchwork of geologic formations, forests, streams, lakes, cultural sites, beautiful meadows, and diverse wildlife. Nearby major attractions include Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.
The historic community of Parowan is situated just off Interstate 15 and is the western gateway to access Scenic Byway 143. Parowan is southwestern Utah’s oldest settlement and offers historic museums and markers related to the Native American and pioneer inhabitants of this region.
High on the western slope of the 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 winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, and summer hiking, mountain biking and more.
The Markagunt Plateau is a broad expanse of forest and open spaces. Alpine meadows offer astounding displays of wildflowers from early July until late summer. On the edge of this plateau you’ll find Cedar Breaks National Monument. This magnificent 2,000 foot canyon spans three miles and is filled with colorful fins, spires and columns.
On the east slope of the plateau, Panguitch Lake is a renowned sport fishery that draws anglers from throughout the west during summer and winter. The word Panguitch actually means ‘big fish’ in the Paiute language.
Panguitch City is the eastern gateway to the Patchwork Parkway. During their first winter when pioneer settlers ran out of supplies, seven men were sent from Panguitch to Parowan for grain. They struggled to walk in the deep snows, but made better progress when they began to use their bedding, actual quilts, to walk on the snow. This event has been memorialized as the famous Quilt Walk and is the source of the name – The Patchwork Parkway.
Today the communities along Scenic Byway 143 offer excellent options for lodging, dining, self guided activities, guided tours, and other visitor services. We invite you to visit this region any time of year to enjoy the Patchwork Parkway – Utah’s Scenic Byway 143.