Highway 143 reopens after Brian Head Fire

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,

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Scenic Byway 143 Flowers

Scenic Byway 143 Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

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Cedar Breaks National Mounument in the Fall Season.

Scenic Byway 143 winds for 55 miles between Panguitch and Parowan, connecting I-15 to Highway 89 and following the historic migration route used by the ancient Anasazi.  The byway is nicknamed Utah’s Patchwork Parkway after the famous Quilt Walk, when pioneers walked on quilts to keep from falling into the deep winter snow as they made the treacherous trek across the mountain pass to save their settlement from starvation.  Bookended by

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument on Scenic Byway 143

Several communities in Bryce Canyon Country offer close access to Cedar Breaks National Monument. From the town of Panguitch this attraction is just a 45-minute drive along Scenic Byway 143. This route will take you past Panguitch Lake, through forests of pine and ponderosa pines and past expansive fields of lava.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a smaller version of Bryce Canyon, and

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