Utah's Patchwork Parkway

  • Start: Parowan, UT
  • End: New Harmony, UT
  • Last Modified: 2012-03-27 17:58:51
  • Total Mileage: 55 Miles
  • Number of stops: 25

Description

Utah’s Patchwork Parkway is located in the heart of Utah’s southwest and serves as the northwest gateway to Bryce, Capital Reef, and Zion National Parks; Cedar Breaks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments; Mormon Pioneer Heritage Hwy. 89; Utah Scenic Byway 12 – All American Road; State Scenic Byway 9 – Zion Scenic Byway; Dixie National Forest; and several state parks. Like blocks on a quilt, the byway weaves through an astounding patchwork of historic towns, geologic formations, vegetation, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities that are tied together into one incredible journey through six envirnomental zones . As the starting place for the colonization of Southern Utah, the byway communities showcase the stories of Mormon pioneers and architecture. Utah’s Patchwork Parkway follows a twisting 55-mile route that rises from 6,000 feet on the west to elevations over 10,000 feet on its majestic plateau, and then descends to 6,500 feet along its east. This beautiful roadway follows ancient migration routes used by Native Americans who moved from their high desert valley wintering grounds to their summer mountain hunting and gathering lands. Cool summers on the high alpine plateau provide a wealth of natural beauty from grassy meadows covered with wildflowers, to wildlife, leading up to a brilliant display of Fall colors among the aspens, maples and scrub oak. An unusual stand of aspens whose leaves turn a bright red rather than the normal yellow can be found along the byway.

Stop #1:

Parowan Gap & Petroglyphs
Parowan, UT

Stop #2:

Parowan Heritage Park
Parowan, UT

Stop #3:

Parowan Old Rock Church Museum
Parowan, UT

Stop #4:

Jesse N. Smith Home Museum
Parowan, UT

Stop #6:

Parowan's Historic Cemetery
Parowan, UT

Stop #8:

Hidden Haven
Parowan, UT

Stop #9:

Dry Lakes Scenic Backway
Parowan, UT

Stop #10:

Brian Head Resort
Brian Head, UT

Stop #11:

Twisted Forest
Brian Head, UT

Stop #12:

Brian Head Peak
Brian Head, UT

Stop #18:

Panguitch Lake
Panguitch, UT

Stop #19:

Historic Panguitch City
Panguitch, UT

Stop #20:

Quilt Walk Park
Panguitch, UT

Stop #21:

Panguitch's Historic Red Brick Homes
Panguitch, UT

Stop #23:

Fremont ATV Trailhead
Panguitch, UT

Stop #24:

Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area - Hwy 89
Panguitch, UT

Stop #25:

Zion/Kolob National Park
New Harmony, UT
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