The Arts are alive and well in Cedar City! The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival draws thousands here each summer and fall to their repertory performances. Many other opportunities to enjoy live theatre, live music, dance, film and fine arts exist throughout the year right here in Iron County. Here are a few to choose:
SUMA – Southern Museum of Art
Nearby Brian Head Resort caters to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Uncrowded slopes, consistent conditions, and trail variety combine to provide an exciting run for every one. Brian Head Resort has two connected mountains with 71 runs and 8 lifts. With Utah’s highest base elevation and an average yearly snowfall of over 360 inches, Brian Head offers the “greatest snow on earth.” Ski University and Equipment Rentals are available.
Tubing is another exciting way to experience winter fun at Brian Head Resort. It’s like sledding only easier and more fun! It is the perfect family or group activity with the special carved tubing runs — and you won’t even have to hike back up the hill.
The Resort is approximately 40 minutes from The Iron Gate Inn and shuttles are available for those who don’t wish to drive. For more information on Brian Head Resort click here:
The Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex offers over 160 miles of pristine snowmobile trails and wide open play areas. Ample snow and winter access to some of America’s most unique scenery makes this one of Utah’s most appealing snowmobiling areas. Access the complex from the Brian Head, Cedar Breaks, Navajo Lake or Duck Creek trail-heads. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation maintain most of the trails in the Cedar Mountain Complex and provide an information line for up-to-date conditions. Call 1-800-648-7433 (Utah only).Click here for a pdf file of the Snowmobile Trail Map.
Ponderosa pines, high elevation meadows and fir-spruce forests border the rim of the 8500 ft. plateau, while panoramic views of southern Utah spread beyond the park’s boundaries. This area boasts some of the nation’s best air quality. This, coupled with the lack of nearby large light sources, creates unparalleled opportunities for star-gazing.
In Bryce Canyon erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestone and sandstone into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes, collectively called “hoodoos.”
Open all year, the park offers recreational opportunities in each season. Hiking, sightseeing, and photography are the most popular summer activities. Spring and fall months offer greater solitude. In the winter months, the contrast of the red rock against the white snow along with the area’s best air quality, provide unparalleled views and serenity beyond compare. In all seasons fantastic shapes cast their spell on sightseers and hikers alike.
Zion National Park:
Zion National Park features stunning scenery found nowhere else on earth. A geologic showpiece with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world, Zion features one of the last mostly free-flowing river systems on the Colorado Plateau as well as a large, diverse plant and animal community. Zion has easy and challenging trails for all levels of hikers.
The Narrows, is one of the most unforgettable hiking experiences. A 16-mile hike of extraordinary beauty that runs along the base of one of Zion’s most impressive slot canyons.
Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater canyon, stretching across 3 miles (4.8 km), with a depth of over 2,000 feet (610 m). The elevation of the rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level.
The eroded rock of the canyon is similar to formations at Bryce Canyon National Park, but has its own beautiful and distinct look.
Cedar Breaks is a short 30 minute drive from The Iron Gate Inn B&B. We would be happy to provide you with directions or a map to enjoy this local treasure.
In the warmer months, wildlife can often be seen as there are not the crowds of people often found in the larger, better-known parks. The bristlecone pine, a species of tree that lives longer than any other known thing, can also be found in the high country, with some local specimens known to be more than 1600 years old. Meadows dot the canyon rim in such areas as around Alpine Pond, which is within an easy hike from the road along a clear trail.
Spring begins in June at this elevation, when wildflowers cover the canyon rim. Each July, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts the Wildflower Festival highlighting the dozens of varieties with information and hikes to locate them.
Because of its elevation, snow often makes it inaccessible to vehicles from October through May. Its canyon-rim visitor center is open only from June through October. But the area is open to cross-country skiers and snowmobiles during the winter months.
Kolob Canyon is the little known portion of Zion National Park, but it is just as spectacular as the main canyons of the Zion proper. Kolob Canyons is a beautiful place to tour throughout the year.
In the winter, the red navajo sandstone glimmers with a fresh dusting of snow and in the spring the waterfalls cascade down the rugged cliffs, streaking them black from the run-off.
Wild-flowers bloom in abundance during the summer, and with the coming of autumn, the yellow-gold leaves of the valley’s scrub oak offers an interesting contrast to the vast scenery.
Kolob Canyons is a mere 19 miles south of Cedar City on Interstate 15 and makes for a short day trip for hiking, sightseeing or photographing a different vantage point of Zion National Park.
Hiking in Scenic Southern Utah is a great way to explore the region and experience the beautiful scenery off the beaten path. There’s everything from arches to waterfalls, ancient forests to slot canyons and majestic overlooks.
Click here to see a list of local hikes and their difficulty: HIKING TRAILS
Cedar City is enthusiastic about the world of cycling and has designated several miles of bike lanes inside the city limits. Major city roads and their arteries feature bike routes for the safety and enjoyment of Cedar City’s residents and visitors. There’s also the Canyon Trail, which is a wonderful short three mile route for cyclists to enjoy from Cedar City’s Baseball complex into Cedar Canyon. Trail is shared with pedestrians and skate boarders.
Brian Head Resort’s Mountain Bike Park offers access to over 200 miles of the areas most scenic and remarkable single track trails. The combination of the chairlift accessed, and bike shuttle accessed trail system offers an endless variety of biking options.
For further information please visit www.cedarcity.com