September 26 - 30

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:

PEAK

 

Color Report:

Cedar Mountain is a glow in gold! The color season is changing fast and the drive over the mountain through Cedar Breaks is breathtaking. There are a few small groves still changing but the rest are alight with bright yellows, deep reds, and vibrant oranges. If you don’t have plans for the weekend you now do, fill up that ride, grab your friends/family, your camera, and maybe a picnic from one of the local restaurants or grocery store bakeries.

 

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 #FallColorReport2022

 

image: Navajo Lake – Hwy 14

pc: Visit Cedar City · Brian Head

*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:

MODERATE

 

Color Report:

The mid-elevation is starting to show off, there is still plenty of green but more and more leaves are changing into beautiful yellows and reds, this is just the beginning and the cooler temperatures will only bring more color in the coming weeks.  The Road construction along Hwy 14 from the SUU College cabin to Woods Ranch is causing delays of about 15min, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the cooler air and watch for the grazing sheep.

 

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 #FallColorReport2022

 

image: Hwy 14 – Woods Ranch

pc: Bryce Williams

*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:

LOW

 

Color Report:

The leaves in the low elevations are expected to start changing in October. Currently, the vibrant yellows of the rabbit brush are the perfect contrast to the cool greens of the trees and the warm red rocks. We will keep a watchful eye on all the best spots and will continue to update weekly so please check back.

 

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 #FallColorReport2022

 

image: Hwy 14 – Cedar Canyon Trail

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

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 #FallColorReport2022

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:

Utah’s Patchwork Parkway; Hwy-143 & Hwy-148 – Parowan, Brian Head, and Cedar Breaks National Monument

 

This scenic drive is always beautiful no matter what time of year you drive it.

  • Begin in Parowan (I-15 Exit #75 or #78) and from Main Street turn east on Center Street, which becomes the National Scenic Byway, Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, Hwy-143. Hwy-143 climbs past the colorful Vermillion Cliffs through Parowan Canyon, to the forested heights of nearly 10,000 Feet. The maple and oak trees that line this highway make this an incredible autumn drive later in the season.
  • About five miles up Hwy-143 is the Yankee Meadow Road turn-off. This is a nice side trip on a good gravel road. The Yankee Meadow road leads from the pinion juniper forest past the Vermillion Castle picnic area, through some incredible red rock formations and canyons to the alpine reservoir of Yankee Meadow. Here you can fish or just wander around the lake for a pleasant morning in the pines and aspens.
  • Return to Hwy-143 the same way you came in. Continuing south on Hwy-143, the road will wind through some intricate chimney-shaped formations, and the scar from the Brian Head Fire (June 2017) are visible, keep your eye out for the rebirth of a forest as new vegetation appears. The highway will then climb a 13% grade to Brian Head Ski and summer area. Here, you’ll find some great activities to enjoy including hiking and mountain biking.
  • Continuing south on Hwy-143, about two miles past Brian Head, is the Brian Head Peak Rd, another nice side trip. This good gravel road travels for about 4 four miles to the heights of 11,000 ft. There’s an incredible view that stretches into Nevada to the west and into Cedar Breaks to the south.
  • Return to Hwy-143 the same way you came in. Continuing on Hwy-143 is Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is a large, natural limestone amphitheater about three miles wide and 2,500 feet deep. The walls are eroded in carved spires and dazzling rock formations. Small stands of Bristlecone Pines, the world’s oldest living tree species, grow along the rim. Stop at the Visitor Center to see the incredible view and hike the two-mile Spectra Point Trail.
  • The highway through Cedar Breaks continues south and then connects with Hwy U-14. From here you either turn west and head into Cedar City or turn east to explore the Navajo Lake and Duck Creek areas.

 

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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