Scenic Byways in the Cedar City Utah area
Brian Head-Panguitch Lake
Highway 143, running between Parowan and Panguitch, is an officially designated Utah scenic byway. From Parowan on the west, it climbs up to Brian Head (town and ski resort), skirts the northern edge of Cedar Breaks National Monument and then descends past Panguitch Lake to the town of Panguitch.
It is a beautiful drive during every season of the year. It is sometimes called the Utah's Patchwork Parkway.
Cedar Breaks Byway
Highway 148 runs along the eastern edge of Cedar Breaks National Monument. It is the main route to visitor facilities and scenic viewpoints. This route connects with Hwy 143 on the north and with Hwy 14 on the south.
Markaguant High Plateau
Hwy 14 climbs over the Markaguant Plateau, across an area also known as Cedar Mountain. From Cedar City, the highway climbs through Cedar Canyon, skirts beautiful Navajo Lake, and descends the east slopes to connect with Hwy 89 in Long Valley (south of Panguitch).
Because these byways are interconnecting, various options exist to create loop drives. One popular loop begins in Cedar City, follows I-15 north to Parowan, follows Hwy 143 up the mountain past Brian Head to Cedar Breaks, follows Hwy 148 south along the edge of Cedar Breaks and then farther south to Hwy 14, and then follows Hwy 14 west to Cedar City.
Another loop begins in the town of Panguitch. It follows Hwy 143 west past Panguitch Lake and continues up the mountain to Cedar Breaks. It then follows Hwy 148 south along Cedar Breaks and continues down to Hwy 14. It follows Hwy 14 east to Hwy 89, and then north to Panguitch to complete the loop.
For more information, please contact the Cedar City & Brian Head Tourism and Convention Bureau at 435-586-5124 or 800-354-4849.
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