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Cedar City, Utah is one of the best kept secrets for outdoor adventures in the United States. The region has a variety of outdoor & indoor activities for every season, age, and level of activity.
When you think of Southern Utah, gorgeous scenery such as nearby Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument come to mind. Cedar City is in the heart of this beautiful region, and there’s even more to see & do beyond these parks.
During the winter, ski & snowboarding enthusiasts will love Brian Head Ski Resort‘s affordable prices and average annual snowfall of 360 inches. At 9,600 ft., Brian Head has the highest base elevation in Utah. Cedar Breaks National Monument features breathtaking snowy vistas, as well as snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The region’s parks are a great place to connect with nature any time of year, but they become especially peaceful in the quiet of winter.
Enjoying skiing and riding around Brian Head Resort – Mike Saemisch
For those who are looking for a winter adventure that doesn’t involve flying down a mountain at Brian Head, The Glacier, Cedar City’s community ice skating rink, is a non-profit organization that features ice skating, figure skating, and more.
Stargazers will love Cedar City no matter the season. Cedar Breaks National Monument was named as one of USA Today’s Ten Great Places to Stargaze, and it’s easy to see why. Thanks to its high elevation, location, and program to minimize light pollution, Cedar Breaks has one of the darkest night skies in the United States. The Southern Utah Space Foundation hosts events year-round at various stargazing locations near Cedar City.
Composite shot of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Milky Way – Mike Saemisch
Summer means the snow is gone from Cedar City, but new outdoor adventures begin. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the region’s scenic access to hiking, mountain/road biking, camping, fishing and golfing.
If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, take advantage of Cedar City’s nice weather to visit local festivals, art galleries, museums, restaurants, and wineries.
In Summer 2016, Cedar City will celebrate opening of a new cultural center, the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts which is home to the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Located on the campus of Southern Utah University, the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education. Additionally, it will feature an expansion of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival is a five-month celebration of the arts, featuring musicals & plays.
Dancers at the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival
History fans will also love Cedar City. Nearby historical sites include Parowan Gap, home of one of the most concentrated collections of petroglyphs in the West, with over 90 panels and 1,500 figures, some of which may be 5,000 years old, and Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, which tells the story of Southern Utah’s settlers.
One of the petroglyphs at Parowan Gap
In addition to several quality restaurants, Cedar City is also home to the Iron Gate Winery. Enjoy a tasting of their award-winning wines while taking in the view of the Wasatch Mountains.
With breathtaking views and a variety of activities, Cedar City is a great place to visit. No matter the season, no matter your level of adventure, Cedar City, Utah has something for you.
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