21 Jan 2022
Visit Cedar City | Vacation Toolkit
Planning a getaway? Discover Cedar City using this Vacation Toolkit!
Whether you’re planning a winter weekend getaway or holding off for warmer weather; there’s something so exciting about planning a vacation! Selecting those must-see destinations, pouring over itineraries, scrolling through photos and local foodie accounts to determine exactly what you want to see. Planning a vacation is half the fun, and we can’t wait to get started!
About Cedar City
Cedar City is a surprisingly cool mountain town that just happens to have world-class cultural attractions in astonishing proximity to southwest Utah’s famous Mighty Five© National Parks. Cedar City is also known as “Festival City, USA” with a plethora of events taking place year-round such as free music festivals, downtown parades, and bike races. Free from crushing traffic and frantic city pacing, Cedar City doesn’t skip on amenities. Historic Downtown is quaint with local shops and an impressive menu of “urban-esque” cuisine and southern Utah’s only winery.
At a glance, Cedar City has a population of 28,867 and an elevation of 5,800 feet.
Start With Our Official Guide Book
Before deciding where you want to stay and what rentals and other amenities you need, it’s helpful to know what’s available! From scenic drives to a vibrant art scene in Historic Downtown. Winter fun on the slopes of Brian Head Resort, hiking in Kolob Canyons, surrounded by towering red rock. Are you seeking a quiet trail where you can relax and connect with nature? Or are you seeking high adventure on an OHV tour through Dixie National Forest?
Start creating your adventure list to help determine where you want to stay and play by clicking HERE to download our Vacation and Adventure Guide!
Check Out An Itinerary And Go From There
Whether you want to wing it or have the entire vacation planned out to a T, an itinerary is a great place to start! Use some of our already completed itineraries as a baseline for your planning your next southern Utah adventure. They might even help you pick a time of year to visit, based on the activities available.
Use the tiles below to view three of our highlighted itineraries or use the link here to find more.
Explore The City
We have an unbelievable range of outdoor recreation available in Cedar City, but this doesn’t mean that you should skip the arts, dining, and shopping in the city! With an afternoon in Historic Downtown, you can find incredible locally-owned shops, restaurants, and some great murals too. Grab a coffee from a local spot and check out the boutiques, vintage stores, and home decor shops on Main Street. After shopping pause for lunch at any of the wonderful restaurants within a block of each other. Or relax with a quick yoga session!
Spark creativity with a visit to the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Find your new favorite decor statement piece at Artisans Gallery. And don’t forget to check out the beautiful sculpture gardens at the home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival!
A drink in hand and a stunning red rock view, that’s exactly how we picture an evening well-spent on vacation. With a visit to Cedar City, you might not expect to find southern Utah’s premier winery (IG Winery) and a nano brewery (Policy Kings Brewery) in one small town. So finding them so close to each other is even more surprising! Stop in for a drink, play some games, and relax before heading out on your next Cedar City adventure. 🍻
Explore Outdoor Recreation
There are new wonders waiting to be explored around every corner in Cedar City! See what millions of years can do to a rock formation. Gaze at stars under perfectly clear skies. Feel the soft crunch of the best snow on Earth underneath your feet. Experience the rush of wading through the cold waters of the Kanarra Falls slot canyon. Follow the steep, smooth lines along the walls of Kolob Canyons. These are the experiences only southern Utah can offer. And it’s what makes our area a must-visit outdoor adventurer’s bucket list.
Hit the slopes at Brian Head Resort with an afternoon of skiing, or take in the incredible night sky views of the area with a little bit of night skiing! Head up to Brian Head on a Friday or Saturday night for dinner and drinks at the Last Chair Saloon, take a spin on the new Brian Head Ice rink, and then end the evening with night skiing.
Wait for summer afternoons and hit a couple of the nearby trails for some incredible trails! The Spectra Point Trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument winds visitors along the rim of the natural red rock amphitheater to a stand of ancient Bristlecone Pines. Find the Instagram famous and beautiful Kanarra Falls between the towering red sandstone walls of a slot canyon. Or discover the unique rock formation waiting in the red rock playground of Thunderbird Gardens on the Thor’s Hideout Trail.
Or check out the nearby mountain bike trails! With multiple trail systems that all offer a different experience, Cedar City is becoming a hub for cycling enthusiasts to experience the variety available in southern Utah. Plan your visit for the week of the Belgian Waffle Ride to test the course yourself and watch the action, or fly down the flow trails at the Brian Head Resort Mountain Bike Park.
Plan Your Visit
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Plan your visit and don’t forget to leave room for WONDER in your itinerary!