October 25 - 31

Fall Colors

As the weather starts to cool, the area around Cedar City prepares to put on a dramatic show. Cedar City provides an unmatched destination for fall foliage viewing with a backdrop of striking red rocks and southern Utah’s national parks.

Rated as one of the “Top Eight Unique Destinations to View Fall Colors” by both NBC’s Today Show and USA Today, the display of fall colors around Cedar City is impressive and distinctive. The honors are due in part to the concentration of scenic routes that run through the red rock vistas of southern Utah, including National Scenic Byway 143 and Highway 148 through Cedar Breaks National Monument.

*Visit Cedar City · Brian Head has made every effort to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information but assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or changes. The Fall Color Report is for reference only and implies no endorsement of any event or business listed.

High Elevation - Alpine

Brian Head | Cedar Breaks | Panguitch Lake

 

Percentage of Change:

PAST PEAK

 

Color Report:

Brian Head is reporting 15″ of snow with today’s storm. This feels like a sign that fall is officially over in the high elevations!

 

image: Brian Head, UT

pc: Brittany Alexis Facebook: /brittany.a.feller

*Please be mindful and use caution of livestock and wildlife that may be on the roadways.

Mid-Elevation - Sub Alpine

Parowan Canyon | Cedar Canyon

 

Percentage of Change:

PAST PEAK

 

Color Report:

With the snowfall and cold weather, the majority of the leaves in the mid-elevation are gone. Please join us next year for another fantastic Fall!

 

While we wait and enjoy the winter we would love to see any images that you captured of our area this year just remember to tag us in your social media posts @VisitCedarCity and #FallColorReport2021!

 

image: Woods Ranch – Hwy 14

pc: Visit Cedar City · Brian Head

*The report is updated often so please check back or give us a call for recommended locations. (435) 586-5124

Low Elevation - High Valley

Cedar City | Kolob Canyons area

 

Percentage of Change:

PEAK

 

Color Report:

Expert leaf peeper, Mike Saemisch, is reporting that the colors in Kolob Canyons are great right now, and possibly hitting peak color.

 

Heavy winds and moisture are forecasted for the next few days because of this the remaining color may not last through Halloween.

 

image: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park

pc: Mike Saemisch, 10/22/21

*Kolob Canyons is part of Zion National park and is a fee area.

Fall Color Area Map

We would love to see fall through your eyes too! Be sure to tag us in your scenic southern Utah fall color images @VisitCedarCity and #FallColorReport2021

You never know, you may be featured on our scenic wall calendar, on one of our maps, or in one of our publications!

Fall Activities

Suggested Drives:

Kolob Finger Scenic Byway / North Zion National Park

 

About 18 miles south of Cedar City, just off I-15 at exit #40, is the well-traveled Kolob Fingers Scenic Byway. This paved highway climbs through several switchbacks to unfold the spectacular Kolob “finger canyons”. These rugged and steep rock formations are colored in vibrant shades of red. The road features many pull-out areas with magnificent overlooks and geologic information.

 

The road ends five miles in at the Timbercreek Overlook where there is a nice picnic area and short walking trail. Once you have soaked in the scenery, simply return to I-15 the way you came. At this time of year, the orange shades of the valley’s scrub oak and golden hues of the rabbitbrush make an interesting contrast to the broad scenery.

 

A great hiking trail to see the beautiful fall colors is Taylor Creek. This five-mile hike follows the middle fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to the beautiful Double Arch Alcove. Since Kolob is a part of Zion National Park there is a $35 entrance fee payable at the Visitor Center at the Canyon entrance and is good for 7 days and includes the Zion National Park Main Canyon.

 

Interagency Passes are also accepted.

 

*Visit Cedar City · Brian Head has made every effort to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information but assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or changes. This is a reference Fall Color Report only and implies no endorsement of any event or business listed.

When to Visit For The Best

Leaf Peeping Opportunities

 

To plan the best possible leaf-peeping opportunities, take a look below, or starting September 1st, find an up-to-date Fall Color Report on our homepage.

 

Mid-September:

The highest elevation areas traditionally experience 30-50% color at this time. Cedar Breaks National Monument and the surrounding area will be at their best.

 

Late September through early October:

Typically, the best time for leaf peeping in Southern Utah, the leaves around Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument should be at peak and the Duck Creek, Navajo Lake, and Panguitch Lake should be close behind.

 

Mid-October:

The colors in the high elevation generally are past peak at this time; however, there should be some great color along Highway 14 from Cedar City to the Zion Overlook, as well as Parowan Canyon along Highway 143.

 

Late October through early November:

Zion National Park generally offers the best fall color viewing at this time.

 

*Visit Cedar City · Brian Head has made every effort to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information but assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or changes. This is a reference Fall Color Report only and implies no endorsement of any event or business listed.

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