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Brian Head-Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway

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Address: Highway 143, UT

A 55-mile scenic drive cutting across the Dixie National Forest.

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Beautiful Fall Drive

We used this particular byway several times while we drove from Cedar Breaks to Zion and Bryce and along Highway 12. It was beautiful and provided lots of opportunities for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
North California

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We used this particular byway several times while we drove from Cedar Breaks to Zion and Bryce and along Highway 12. It was beautiful and provided lots of opportunities for pictures - plus sharing the road with a few animals from the local herds.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We decided to take the northern way to get from Bryce Canyon to Zion National park and it was worth the extra time. The scenery was amazing. Groups of the deciduous trees were beginning to change color and the site was a vivid palate of colors. We were slightly disappointed because we hoped to eat in Brian's Head, but since... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We started in Panguitch and I have to say that the first 2/3's of the journey wasn't anything worth spending time on if you've ever lived or toured the upper portion of the US. Lots of trees and rolling hills but really nothing worth the time. But as we passed Lake Panguitch, the scenery got better. Some interesting volcanic rock... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

While this route is longer than going around or directly between Zion and Bryce Canyon, if the aspen trees are turning colors, it is well worth the time. You can also stop by Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is like a very mini version of Bryce Canyon, but without the crowds or hiking trails.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

Lots of wildlife to see along the route. We drove around Panguitch Lake. Nice drive, but the lake level has dropped quite a bit in the past years.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

After visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument, we drove a couple of miles on Hwy 143 north and took a 3-mile gravel road to the Brian Head Peak. An unexpected great surprise was a standing welcome of lots of marmots on the rocks; at first we were wondering who were crossing in front of our car while climbing up the road;... More 

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Tumwater, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Climb high into beautiful Aspen lined meadows, see varied geology - red rocks and volcanic rocks, Panguitch Lake and so much more. Beautiful scenic drive especially if you are on a motorcycle. It is a bucket list ride.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

This is a beautiful drive covering some high elevations with changing scenery throughout the trip . If you go in the fall you might get luck to catch the color change on the trees. The area surrounding the drive is beautiful and exhilarating. Goes by Brian Head Ski resort , one of the less famous ski areas of Utah -... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We checked in early to the Panguitch KOA and decided to take the drive 18 miles up Hwy 143 to the lake. Not only is the drive amazing with picturesque rock formations, meadows bordered by cedars/birch, and running streams but the lake itself was a treat. Very clean and simply beautiful. There are several lodges bordering the lake and I... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

After a weekend of skiing at Brian Head Resort, we were encouraged to take the "scenic route" back to Las Vegas before departing back to the Midwest. So the highway, almost snowed in at some spots, took us to the backside of the ski resort at almost 11,000 ft of elevation, past wind-driven Bristlecone Pines at Cedar Breaks, and finally... More 

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