Activities and Annual Events
Panguitch Area ATV and OHV Maps
- 2017 Panguitch Chicken Lights & Chrome Truck Show Registration Form
- 2017 Panguitch Truck Show Vendor Application
- 2017 Panguitch Invitational High School Rodeo Contestant Form
- Quilt Walk Festival
- Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally
- Panguitch Chicken Lights & Chrome Truck Show
- Bryce ATV Rally
- Panguitch Lake Big Fish Fishing Derby
- Annual Red Rock Rendezvous
For the true adventurist who wants to really make the most of the outdoor beauty surrounding Panguitch, the annual Red Rock Rendezvous is an event that can’t be missed! Motorcycle enthusiasts come together each summer to ride as one and enjoy a stretch of road among Utah’s famous red rock formations. BMW bike enthusiasts in particular began the ride in June in Panguitch Utah as an effort to take advantage of perfect summer weather both day and night. Camping is enjoyed on cool summer nights for those who wish to sleep under the stars, and lodging is available for those who prefer the comfort of a bed. Riders from all of the country numbering in the hundreds enjoy scenes that have made Utah famous.
- The Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally
Enjoy the seemingly endless Southern Utah skies by taking advantage of the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally during the last full weekend in June in Panguitch. Hundreds gather to enjoy an unforgettable scene of colorful hot air balloons as they soar into the open skies above. Saturday night is a balloon glow on Panguitch’s historic Main Street. For more information click here.
- Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally 5K Race
In alignment with the ever popular balloon rally is the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally 5K Race which couldn’t be held anywhere more picturesque than Panguitch. As colorful hot air balloons rise above, runners can enjoy the views below during near-perfect Panguitch weather. A kid’s race is offered afterwards so that everyone can join in on the fun! Independence Day There is nothing better than a small town Independence Day celebration and Panguitch offers the perfect setting for celebrating in true small town style! From rodeos to square dancing to barbeques and Main Street parades, Panguitch is the place to be for families. Those who wish to hit the nearby roads can enjoy all day ATV riding, horseback adventures, hiking, and fishing at Panguitch Lake. Enjoy a campfire in the evening under the stars or with a traditional Panguitch fireworks show!
- Panguitch Invitational High School Rodeo
Those who are serious about attending a real rodeo know that the Panguitch Invitational High School Rodeo is the among the very best. The rodeo is an annual event every July and hosts contestants from over forty states as well as contestants in Canada. This rodeo is a source of pride for Panguitch and attracts many attendants while providing a memorable evening. The rodeo is followed up by a dance which is well attended by the high school aged group and serves as the perfect end to an evening of fun.
- The Desperado Dual
The Desperado Dual is an annual event for serious cyclers who want to take advantage of Utah’s only one-day cycling adventure covering two hundred miles in total. Those who want to participate in the bike ride without going quite the length of distance can choose the fifty or hundred mile alternative. Cyclists will enjoy mile after mile of breathtaking views of wildlife, red rock formations, miles of trees and wildflowers, colorful skies on the horizon and mild temperatures. Registration is required for parties interested in a truly unforgettable ride.
- The Garfield County Fair
The Garfield County Fair is an annual event in late August and is one of the most anticipated events of the year. For nearly 75 years, the Garfield County Fair has provided every event that any real fair could possibly host from live bands to parades, classic car shows, mouth watering BBQ, livestock sales, rodeos, stunt shows, face painting, petting zoos, dancers, a merchant village, gun aficionados tents and much more! The Garfield County Fair is a week-long event providing full days and evenings of endless entertainment for visitors looking to make the most of their summer.
- Bryce ATV Rally
There’s no better place for an ATV adventure than right outside of Panguitch on the many ATV trails that border the famous Bryce Canyon National Park. Known for being among the top ten most scenic trails in the entire country, there’s no better place to spend hours of ATV riding. Late August hosts hundreds of avid riders who come for food, entertainment and ATV-ing with the whole family with several days’ worth of activities and riding trails set up for making the most of the terrain and scenery. For more information visit brycerally.org.
- Panguitch Lake Big Fish Derby
What’s even more fun than fishing? Ice fishing!! Get out on the ice and see who can catch the biggest Panguitch Lake fish–points are awarded for weight and length. There are adult and youth (11 and under) divisions for fish caught between December and February. Cost is $20 to participate and cash prizes are awarded in six categories. Dust off those ice fishing poles and join the fun!
- New Year’s Eve
Panguitch, Utah might not be the first place that comes to mind when considering New Year’s Eve celebrations, but maybe it should be! Enjoy a true sense of community without having to stand in over-crowded streets and celebrate with local bands, great food and games in a safe and fun environment free from chaos.
Visitors to Panguitch, Utah will enjoy the opportunity to view many of the historic structures in this community which was settled by Mormon pioneers.
Famously creative survival skills are not the only heritage the early settlers left behind. Using horse-drawn wagons, iron rich clay, and wood, these innovators fired a kiln to make bricks. Operating on a trade-based economy, workers were then paid in brick rather than money. This lucrative exchange provided families with the material to build brick homes, and eventually allowed residents the proper commerce to establish a local brick factory.
Influenced by both English and Dutch designs, early architecture in Panguitch uniquely expresses the diverse culture of early settlers, and many of the original homes are still standing, shyly spreading their hand-crafted, artisan charm throughout the historic southern town.
Main Street plays host to string of famous brick houses, one in particular was occupied by sheriff, James W. Pace. Local legend tells of federal agents spilling into town under the cover of night to hunt local polygamists. In an attempt to warn residents of their coming, Hanna Pace, the sheriff’s wife, would light a lamp and set it in the window, signaling all the men in the neighborhood to go into hiding.
Log cabin and wood homes also make their appearance on the Wild West streets of Panguitch. Preserved and protected by the local community, tourists can visit the Alexander cabin at the city park on the north entrance of town. This historic tribute to the city’s pioneers was built in 1890 by Thomas Murphy Alexander, and restored as a Utah Centennial Project by the Panguitch Heritage Foundation. The cabin contains artifacts that give visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of early pioneers.
Historic Panguitch Walking Tour (PDF file)
Historic Red Brick Homes in Panguitch (PDF file)
The Quilt Walk
In 1863 a community called Fairview was initially established approximately 20 miles northwest of what is now Bryce Canyon National Park. The valley for the community now called Panguitch sits at an elevation of 6,600 feet and resulting cooler year-round temperatures made this area a more difficult place to produce good crops. Deep snow came very early in the second winter of Fairview’s existence and the residents were faced with wheat that had not matured and was therefore difficult to grind. The people tried boiling the wheat but it was still not very edible. Members of the community fished and hunted but they were competing with the Indians for available meat.
Leaders discussed their lack of food and decided that they would send out two groups to acquire supplies from other communities. One party headed north toward Gunnison, 110 miles away, but on a series of trails where they anticipated they would find less snow. The other group ventured west over a high mountain pass toward the community of Parowan, a distance of about 45 miles. The Gunnison bound party found their passage blocked by snow and returned almost immediately, leaving all hopes on the seven men bound for Parowan. Traveling initially by wagon the Parowan party made good progress on the first stage of their journey, but the snow gradually deepened. At a mountain pass it became apparent that they would have to finish the mountain crossing on foot. The men made little progress as their legs plunged into the deep drifts of snow. With little hope of progressing the men laid a quilt on the snow on which they knelt to pray for guidance and assistance.
As the men prayed they realized that the quilt on which they knelt was supporting their weight on the snow. This began a process of laying one blanket after another, for the men to walk across the mountain. Eventually the men reached Parowan where they acquired as many sacks of flour as they could carry. Parowan settlers assisted the group as far back up the mountain as was possible but soon the men were again walking on their quilts while now carrying heavy sacks of flour. An expedition that is estimated to have taken as much as fourteen days finally brought the men back to Fairview where they were received with great celebration. Do to a subsequent conflict with Native Americans of the region many communities, including Fairview, were evacuated for several years. Upon return to the area in 1871 the name of the community was changed to Panguitch.
The people of Panguitch hold an annual celebration of this quilt walk event and a memorial now stands in the center of town to honor the efforts of these original settlers.