Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about visiting us in Cedar City, Parowan, and/or Brian Head? We’ve got answers! 

National Parks & Public Lands

How long does it take to travel to the nearby parks?

Zion National Park is a 1 ½ hour drive south of Cedar City and Bryce Canyon is a 1 ½ hour drive north of Cedar City.

Zion National Park Entrance

Are entrance fees required? 

Yes. There is a day-use fee for Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kolob Canyons, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. If you’re planning to visit more than one of these parks, we recommend purchasing an Annual Pass to save while visiting.

Can you visit Cedar Breaks National Monument in winter?

While the hiking trails and road through Cedar Breaks National Monument (Hwy 148) are CLOSED in winter.

Arts & Festivals

How do I find event information and tickets?

Our events calendar lists local events and festivals with additional information and links available on the event listing.

Utah Shakespeare Festival - Outdoor

When is the Sheep Parade?

The Sheep Parade is part of the annual Livestock & Heritage Festival and takes place the last week of October.

When does the Utah Shakespeare Festival season take place?

The Utah Shakespeare Festival season takes place from mid-June to early October. The 2024 season will span from June 20th to October 5th.

When is the Utah Summer Games and where do I find more information?

The Utah Summer Games take place through the month of June with Opening Ceremonies on the second Friday of the month. Learn more here.

Brian Head

Summer vs Winter at Brian Head Resort?

In winter the slopes of Brian Head Resort are open for skiing and snowboarding on the Greatest Snow on Earth from one of two lodges. In summer the slopes above the Giant Steps Lodge are transformed into a lift-serviced mountain bike park.

Brian Head Resort - Overlook

When can you do a scenic chairlift ride?

The scenic chairlift ride is a summer activity option at Brian Head Resort and is available on weekends only.

Where do you get resort tickets from?

Resort tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the ticket office at either lodge. (Navajo Lodge and Giant Steps Lodge)

When is night skiing available?

Brian Head Resort night riding is open on Blackfoot Lift every Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. Hours are extended to 7 days a week during the holiday season.

Trails & Recreation

Where can you find mountain bike trails in Cedar City?

Cedar City is home to three major mountain bike trail systems (Southview System, Three Peaks Recreation Area, and Thunderbird Gardens) with more trails available in Parowan and Brian Head. Find trail maps here.

Three Peaks Mountain Bike Trails

When can you ride the mountain bike trails?

To help protect the trails, we ask that cyclists stay off the trail during winter and after heavy rain. If the trails are wet, they can be damaged by recreation.

Is there mountain biking at Brian Head Resort?

In summer the slopes above the Giant Steps Lodge are transformed into a lift-serviced mountain bike park. These gravity-fed trails are a favorite of locals and visitors.

Where do I find hiking trails in the area? And do they require permits?

You can find hiking trails in the area and additional information on our trails page*. There is one trail near us in Cedar City that requires permits and this is the Kanarra Falls trail. Permits can be purchased for $12 per person here.

General Questions

Where is the closest airport to Cedar City?

Cedar City has a regional airport with a Delta Connection and Daily Jet service from Salt Lake City Airport. We are also a 3-hour drive from Salt Lake City Airport and a 3-hour drive from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

Kolob Canyons Scenic Overlook

What are the seasons like in Cedar City?

Cedar City experiences all four seasons, with a monsoon season in late July/early August. Our fall color season is typically in September and October. Winter operations at Cedar Breaks National Monument and Brian Head Resort normally take place from November - April.

What do I do if I come across livestock on the road?

A rural community with strong agricultural routes, this is not an uncommon thing to find! When you do please remember to watch your speed, slow down, stop, and allow them to pass you before continuing on your way.

Where do I go for stargazing in Cedar City?

Cedar Breaks National Monument is an International Dark Sky Park and our #1 recommendation for stargazing. Areas like Three Peaks Recreation Area, Iron Springs Resort, and Parowan Canyon are good options too, as they are away from light pollution.

Where do I find more information on fall colors in Cedar City?

Every year our team makes bi-weekly updates to our Fall Color Report to help you plan a fall color visit with the best chance of finding vibrant leaves.