As the Brian Head fire continues to decrease in size, roads and attractions around the mountain are reopening. National Scenic Highway 143 is now reopen on both sides, from Parowan to Panguitch, as well as lodges, restaurants and boat rentals around Panguitch Lake.
“We are so grateful to the firefighters, police force and volunteers who have dedicated time and energy into keeping our community safe,” said Falyn Owens, executive director of the Garfield County Tourism Office. “Because of their hard work, Highway 143, Panguitch Lake and other areas are open again and safe for visitors.”
The area around Brian Head town, including Brian Head Resort, Panguitch Lake, and Cedar Breaks National Monument are open for the rest of the summer, and will include a number of summer activities and attractions.
"The effects of the fire on our residents and businesses will be felt for some time,” said Maria Twitchell, director of Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau. “We hope that people will come out and support those fine folks as they get back on their feet."
Below is an updated list of openings and restriction in the area:
- Highway 143
- Panguitch Lake, including lodging/restaurants/boat rentals
- Brian Head town, including lodging/restaurants/resort activities/ OHV and mountain bike rentals
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
- Five Mile and Three Mile Roads are closed due to fire activity
- Dixie National Forest has an area closure on most lands north of Highway 143, including Sidney Valley and Yankee Meadows
- For more information, please check inciweb.nwcg-gov
Even with some restrictions, most areas and events are still available for visitors. Below is a list of some available activities and events in each area:
(Check website for more information and additional activities)
- Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park
- Fishing and boating at Panguitch Lake
- Camping/hiking and biking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Brian Head Resort
(Some activities are only available Friday-Sunday, please check the website for hours and details)
- Classic Rock Music Festival: July 15 and 16
- Third Annual Car Show: July 22
- Festival of Flavors: August 5
- Flyin’ Brian Race: August 12
- Scenic lift rides
- Mini Zip line
- Avalanche alpine tubing
- Downhill and cross-country mountain biking
Cedar Breaks National Monument
(Check the website for more information and additional activities)
- Wildflower Festival: July 8-23
- Hiking trails
- Scenic drives
About Garfield County:
Garfield County is located in Southern Utah and provides access to nearly a dozen national/state park and forest areas, including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks. Visitors enjoy epic road trips while exploring Scenic Byways 12 and 143—highways so spectacular they’ve been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for their one-of-a-kind features. The area is only an hour drive to a commercial airport and four hours from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. To plan your own world-class vacation, visit: www.brycecanyoncountry.com or call the Garfield County Tourism Office at 800-444-6689.
About Cedar City Brian Head
The Cedar City·Brian Head Tourism Bureau is a division of Iron County Government with a mission to market and promote the area as a premier visitor destination. Centrally located to southwest Utah’s spectacular Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks plus home to the Tony Award® winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Brian Head Ski Resort; travelers find there’s much to see and do in Cedar City/Brian Head all year-round. A Delta Connection® serves the Cedar City regional airport with daily flights to Salt Lake City or Las Vegas is less than three hours from Cedar City for international flight connections. Find out more at www.visitcedarcity.com or call 435-586-5124.