Cedar City is the ideal location for those who wish to enjoy all four seasons. With it's rich agricultural background, you can watch baby lambs, calves, and colts playing in the fields and marvel in the beautiful blossoms during the Spring.
Enjoy the warm sunshine and excitement that comes with Summer each year. With block parties, festivals, and the Utah Summer Games, there is never a shortage of activities to keep you entertained!
Fall is a magical time of year when leaves change to vibrant gold, blazing orange, and fiery red. A drive up Cedar Canyon allows you to take in all these colors contrasting against the dark evergreen pines, stunning red cliffs, and a clear blue sky.
Enjoy the peace and magic that comes with a fresh-fallen snow. Cedar City offers beautiful Christmas light displays throughout the city and a wide variety of activities to keep you busy during the Winter months.
Southern Utah is one of the fasting growing areas in the nation. With the beauty and excitement that the area has to offer, it's no wonder that the area continues to draw visitors and new residents every year.
Along with the half dozen beautiful golf courses located in St. George (just a short 45 minute drive south), Cedar Ridge Golf Course is perfect for those looking to get out and dust off their clubs, but want to stay close to home.
With easy access to Dixie National Forest, various national parks and monuments, and reservoirs nearby, there is no shortage of campgrounds near Cedar City!
For more information about camping in Dixie National Forest near Cedar City, visit the USDA website and select "Camping & Cabins."
With nearby reservoirs such as Sand Hollow, Quail Creek, and Kolob, there is no shortage of places to get that next “Big Fish Story".
For more information about fishing in Dixie National Forest near Cedar City, visit the USDA website and select "Fishing."
If you are looking to visit some of the most famous hiking trails in the world, Angel’s Landing and The Narrows for example, you only have to travel a short distance from Cedar City to Zion National Park.
Or if you want a trail that is a little less crowded, you can hit one of the dozens of trails that zig-zag through Dixie National Forest on Cedar Mountain.
For more information about hiking in Dixie National Forest, visit the USDA website and select "Hiking."
Cedar Canyon and other nearby parks offer various climbs for all different skill levels. Check out Mountain Project's website for more information about climbs in and around Cedar or to find a climb to fit your skill level.
can·yon·eer·ing: the sport of exploring a canyon by engaging in such activities as rappelling, rafting, and waterfall jumping. What better place to experience this than one of the top 10 canyoneering destinations in the world Zion National Park.
For those that are interested in road biking, you have come to the right place. Along with different routes to view southern Utah, Cedar City is the official hose for the Tour of Utah’s “America’s Toughest Stage Race”. And those who may want to venture off the beaten path, there are various establishments that rent mountain bikes and offer insight on different trails in the area.
While some think of winter as the time of year when outdoor activities come to a halt, you can continue your exploring on a snowmobile and see the southern Utah landscape in a completely different light. For those who need to rent a snowmobile or are maybe looking for a guided tour, Thunder Mountain Sports can help you out.
Or if you are just looking for information on trails, you can call the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation info line at 800-648-7433 and check out their trail map here.
Brian Head Ski Resort is located just 40 minutes from Cedar and offers access to Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth”
Sand Hollow Reservoir is one of the most popular destinations for “water dogs” in southern Utah. It offers the perfect atmosphere for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just playing in the shallows.
There are over half a dozen options for guided tours in the southern Utah area if you are wanting to experience southern Utah by way of horseback. They say “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”….well the West was founded on horseback, and we are in the west!
For more information about where you can go to ride horses, visit the USDA website and select "Horse Riding & Camping."
Nearby Culture and Entertainment:
The Southern Utah Museum of Art is located on the Southern Utah University campus. It displays artwork of regional artists, faculty, staff, and up-and-coming artists from around the country. For more information about SUMA, visit https://www.suu.edu/pva/suma/
Also known as “Broadway in the Desert”, Tuacahn brings Broadway inspired plays to Utah along with its own flare. Along with these major musical productions, there are various concerts and events hosted here. Check out what is happening this year at https://www.tuacahn.org.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival uses Shakespeare as the cornerstone for their classic and contemporary plays. Along with these Tony Award winning plays, there are interactive festivals to help entertain and educate audiences. For a list of plays and other activities check out https://www.bard.org/.
Fall is a special time of the year for farmers and ranchers. This is when most of the crop harvesting takes place and ranchers move their livestock from the mountain ranges to the desert for winter.
The Cedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival is one way that we honor the farming and ranching heritage that has made up our amazing community. Come celebrate with us and see a parade like no other in the country….’ewe’ won’t want to miss it!
Kanarraville Falls is a local favorite. Located in Kanarraville, just a short drive south of Cedar, this hike is easily accessed and can be customized to fit all skill levels.
Being one of the lesser known parks in southern Utah, Cedar Breaks National Monument is the perfect opportunity to admire the beauty of southern Utah without the typical masses of crowds. See striking amphitheaters of red rock, evergreen pines, and vast meadows of wildflowers.
Utah’s newest state park is also one of the most popular. Whether you are looking for a place to go boating or fishing, a beach for soaking up some sun, a campground to pitch a tent, or sand dunes to explore on an off-highway vehicle, Sand Hollow State Park has everything you need for an unforgettable getaway.
With a campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone, Snow Canyon State Park offers a unique southern Utah experience unlike any of the other parks.
The largest collection of formations called hoodoos on Earth can be found in southern Utah. When visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, there are a wide variety of activities that allow you to take in this phenomenon in a unique way, such as horse rides and mountain biking.
With its towering cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and striking red landscape, it is no wonder that Zion National Park attracts millions of visitors each year. Whether you are hiking the infamous Angel’s Landing, or casually strolling along Pa’rus Trail, Zion offers an unforgettable experience for every adventurer.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a unique park made up of an ever-changing sea of sand. The park has designated areas for those want to explore it via off-highway vehicles and also for those who wish to experience it without motorized vehicles.
Consisting of 3 different sections of land (the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits Plateau, and Canyons of Escalante) totalling 1.9 million acres, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has something for everyone. From jeeping, hiking, canyoneering, fishing, and camping, it is the ultimate destination for those who wish to experience all things outdoors.
67 stone spires, called sedimentary pipes, accent the various shades of sandstone layers that make up the Kodachrome Basin. Along with its various trails that attract visitors from around the globe, the nearby Grosvenor Arch is a must see when visiting Kodachrome Basin.
Located in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden gem of south-central Utah. Filled with canyons, domes, bridges, and various other natural structures, Capitol Reef is sure to captivate those who visit.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world is located right in our backyard. If you are anywhere near southern Utah, the Grand Canyon is a must-see! It is guaranteed to take your breath away.
With over 2,000 natural arches and hundreds of other mesmerizing stone formations, Arches National Park is part of what makes Utah so unique. Its vibrant red rock and sunsets are sure to inspire and reset your soul.