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Patchwork Parkway -- Utah
Patchwork will take you to Cedar Breaks National Monument. IcemanJ/iStock/Thinkstock

Utah's Route 143, also known as Patchwork Parkway, connects Heritage Highway 89 and Scenic Byway 12. The route is 51 miles (82 kilometers) and takes about two hours to drive. With historic pioneer communities at either end, you can drive this route once traveled by Native Americans and American Pioneers as they hunted and gathered. In fact, officials named the road after the pioneers who used to lay quilts on top of the snow in order to protect their feet from the freezing cold as they traversed the area.

The drive features overlooks and pullover areas where visitors can admire various peaks and plateaus, lakes, lava fields and canyons. Route 143 reaches an elevation of 10,567 feet (3,221 meters) at Cedar Breaks National Monument, making it one of the highest paved roads in Utah.

The scenery on Patchwork Parkway, as with most of Utah, is breathtaking. Mother Nature puts on a show with brilliant orange and red canyons, silt cliffs and plateaus covered with forests of pine, fir and spruce. The plateaus in particular offer remarkable stargazing opportunities.

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