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Basics
Location:
Hwy 143 through the Markagunt Plateau past Brian Head
Setting:
Mountainous
Surface:
Paved
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
55 miles oneway
Time:
1-1/2 to 2 hours
Season:
Drivable year round

Description

Brian Head/Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway climbs from the town of Parawon steeply through forests of pine and aspen to the resort town of Brian Head. At mile 16, the route reaches it summit of 11,000 feet in the shadow of Brian Head Peak. It continues through alternating heavy timberland and large grassy meadows as it gradually descends the remaining 23 miles to Hwy 89, passing large Panguitch Lake on the way...Stops of interest along the way include: ..Brian Head Peak (Mile 15) - A gravel road intersects the scenic drive and climbs 3 miles to a lookout atop the 11,307 foot Brian Head Peak, the highest point on the Plateau. It offers a good 360 degree panoramic view over the plateau and much of southwestern Utah. The flat-topped peak was named in honor of William Jennings Bryan, the renowned orator (who actually spelled his name with a "y"). ..Cedar Breaks National Monument (Mile 16) - There is a pull-off at mile 16 with views into Cedar Breaks National Monument. Hwy 148 heads south here and runs through the park. ..Mammoth Springs (Turnoff at about Mile 25) - A pleasant tumbling stream issues from the side of the mountain at verdant and beautiful Mammoth Springs. Take the signed dirt road south at mile 25 of the scenic drive and keep to the right. The spring is about 2 miles in on the right side. Cross the footbridge and walk about 30 yards up to the spring. . .
Location:
Hwy 143 through the Markagunt Plateau past Brian Head
Setting:
Mountainous
Surface:
Paved
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
55 miles oneway
Time:
1-1/2 to 2 hours
Main Roads:
UT-143 S
Season:
Drivable year round
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