Cedar City is less a city than a sophisticated small town. It has no towering buildings, no traffic jams and no evening rush hour. One of the things it does have is a splendid location in the peaceful foothills of scenic southwestern Utah. Snow-clad peaks dominate the view to the east, and to the west you gaze out at the timeless horizon of the richly colored Escalante Desert.
Cedar City is known as the "Gateway to the National Parks" because it's only a morning's drive to Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon North Rim. Cedar Breaks National Monument is only 30 minutes away and is nestled in the heart of the Dixie National Forest
Whether it's a tee time at the 18 hole Cedar Ridge Golf Course, or a day hiking around Navajo Lake, residents and visitors flourish in this outdoor paradise. For those that thrive on hitting the slopes, Brian Head Ski & Summer Resort will surely please. Located just 29 miles from Cedar City, Brian Head is a high altitude, family owned resort where snowboarding, skiing, tubing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling abound. In the summertime, the chairlifts usher mountain bikers and hikers to Brian Head Peak, where there are miles and miles of trails to discover.
The diversity of Cedar City's natural attractions are matched by its cultural offerings. The Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival has made its home in Cedar City for the past 40 years. The festival offers several plays each summer and fall season, plus backstage tours, the free Greenshow, seminars and the ever popular Royal Feaste.
Cedar City is a feast for all the senses and sensibilities. Maybe it's cowboys that peak your interest? There are plenty of cowboy poets, artists and musicians performing at the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival held in Cedar City every March. If the Butch Cassidy era excites you, then head over to the Iron Mission State Park. This is the site of the first iron foundry in Utah and the exhibit tells the unique story of early Mormon settlers Art lovers can stroll the many art galleries and museums sprinkled throughout the city. For further enlightenment, listen to a renowned guest speaker or catch an evening concert at Southern Utah University.
For more information, please contact the Cedar City & Brian Head Tourism and Convention Bureau at 435-586-5124 or 800-354-4849.
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