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Explore the unique history of Cedar City through Old Iron Town, discover rare petroglyphs from the area’s first inhabitants and learn more about Southern Utah in one of our amazing museums.

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Imagine for a moment you’re a stagecoach driver steering his team across the Old Spanish Trail, a pioneer woman crossing the plains in a covered wagon, or a steam shovel operator digging ore in an iron mine. Rather than imagine, why not experience all of this at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and Southern Utah to life.


You’re greeted at the museum entrance by a 250,000-pound steam shovel used in the early days of the iron mines. Climb into this behemoth, as well as the Union Pacific caboose next to the shovel, for the perfect picture taking opportunity. Inside the museum is a world of preserved stage coaches and wagons. Also, peruse the special art and history exhibits that change on a quarterly basis.


The back of the museum is the “Homestead,” with several preserved historic structures representing life of in early pioneer settlement. Here you can explore the Hunter House, Deseret School House, Sawmill, Blast Furnace, Sheep Shearing Shed and the Palisade. Each has a self-guided activity station for making rope, panning for gold, loading a wagon, and writing your name in the Deseret (Mormon) alphabet.

  • Iron Mission Days

    Each November, Frontier Homestead celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats, special programs, and school presentations. Call (435) 586-9290 to check dates and times, or visit

  • Hands-On Activities

    During the summer season, Frontier Homestead State Park offers several hands-on activities including gold panning, U-Load It wagons, candle dipping, adobe brick-making and Deseret alphabet. Ask about these activities when you arrive at the park.

  • Old Iron Town

    Old Iron Town, located about 25 miles west of Cedar City, tells the incredible story of Southern Utah’s historic mining industry. While visiting the park, one can tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive-shaped charcoal oven as well as stroll along the nature trail. A covered picnic area and restrooms are available.

  • Plan Your Trip

    Getting There

    Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is located at 635 North Main in Cedar City (next to the Iron County Visitor Center). Take I-15 Exit 59, head east on 200 North to Main Street, then north for half a mile to the park.


    Fees/Operation Hours

    The Museum is open all year.

    September – May: Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    June – August: Monday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Holiday closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

    The fee to enter the park is $4.00 per person (6 years and up).


    Group Services and Discounts

    With advance notice, the museum staff can provide the following services for groups: pioneer living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, a guided historic tour of Cedar City, and special interpretive programs. Commercial groups also receive a 50% discount on the entrance fee and 10% discount in the museum gift shop with advance notice.


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    Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

    635 North Main

    Cedar City, UT 84721

    (435) 586-9290

Old Iron Town tells the incredible story of Southern Utah’s historic mining industry. During the 1850s, Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young sent several families to the Cedar City area to establish an iron works. Iron City (Old Iron Town) was established as Iron County’s second attempt at mining iron; the establishment had a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, a foundry and charcoal kiln. While Iron City seemed prosperous at the time, it only operated for seven years, closing due to the lack of sufficient transportation for the iron ore and the money panic of 1874.


While visiting the park, tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive-shaped charcoal oven, and stroll along the nature trail. Before embarking on your journey to Old Iron Town, visitors are strongly encouraged to first stop by the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum in Cedar City to obtain a better understanding of the area and to pick up a self guided tour brochure.

  • Hiking

    There are two easy hikes through the Old Iron Town ruins, and several hiking trails can be found in the nearby Pine Valley section of Dixie National Forest. A list of Pine Valley hikes can be found at


    Old Iron Town Ruins

    A short ¼-mile trail with interpretive plaques describing the significance of the ruins including the kiln, furnace and foundry area and the Erastra (grinding stone).



    Nature Trail

    A short ¼-mile trail that includes information about the area’s vegetation and leads to the remnants of a pioneer cabin.

  • Fishing

    Newcastle Reservoir is just 10 miles west of Old Iron Town along Hwy 56 (follow the signs). The lake is stocked with trout and bass and there is also unimproved camping areas and a boat ramp.

  • Mountain Meadows Historic Site

    An interesting side trip for history buffs, Mountain Meadows is a memorial site for a massacre that occurred on September 11, 1857 between the Fancher Party Wagon Train and local settlers. To get there, head west on Hwy 56 to Hwy 18 and proceed south on Hwy 18 for about 10 miles to the site.

  • Plan Your Trip

    Getting There

    From Cedar City head west on Hwy U-56 for approximately 20 miles. Turn south onto Old Iron Town Rd. Travel this gravel road for approximately five miles to the ruins located on the left-hand side.


    Distance from Cedar City

    25 miles


    Entrance Fees

    Free. Open all year, daylight hours only.


    Season/Operation Hours

    Old Iron Town is open year-round but use caution getting there in the winter months. Old Iron Town is only open to the public during daylight hours. No staff are on the premises.



    Old Iron Town has restrooms and a small, covered picnic area. There are no campgrounds, however, primitive camping is available at Newcastle Reservoir farther west and developed campgrounds are available in Cedar City.


    More Info


    Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

    635 N. Main

    Cedar City, UT 84720

    (435) 586-9290

The hub of every community starts with their downtown and Cedar City’s Historic Downtown District is no exception. Here you’ll find quaint local shops, and an impressive menu of “urban-esque” cuisine and Southern Utah’s only winery, as well as regional arts and crafts shops, galleries, a coffee house, and an old-time soda fountain. Historical buildings in the district include the Old Post Office, the Rock Church and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot. There are several statues and art pieces dedicated to early founders of Cedar City. Open all year with most shops open Monday through Saturday. The shopping district includes the area of Main Street from 200 North to University Blvd.

Click to download the Downtown Map; a full list of shopping and dining options in Historic Downtown Cedar City!

  • Cedar City's Downtown Farmers Market

    Local farmers, artisan food producers, artists and crafters converge on downtown every Wednesday (July – September) in an open air market celebrating everything local. Free to the public.


    Located at 100 East and College Ave.

  • IG Winery

    Join Southern Utah’s premiere winery for a sampling of handcrafted wines or a tour of the wine production area. Enjoy a glass inside or out on the patio!

    Doug McCombs brings his penchant for fine wines to his unique signature blends and singles. Each wine is hand crafted to create a rich, smooth and delicious sipping experience that everyone from the crisp white wine lover to the hearty red wine connoisseur can enjoy. The IG Winery has received several gold and silver medals in the Grand Harvest Wine Competition, as well as the International Wine Competition Sommelier Challenge. The winery now serves over 40 restaurants and casinos in the western states, so ask your server if IG is on the menu at any one of our local restaurants.


    Located 59 West University Blvd/Center St. (435) 867-9463

  • Rock Church

    Considered the crown jewel of Cedar City’s Historic Downtown, the Rock Church was built in the early 1930s. This ornate building was crafted from donated labor and local materials. The colorful exterior rocks were hauled in from Southern Utah, Nevada, and Northern Arizona by wagon and the gorgeous hand-carved benches, stairs, and moldings were made from Rocky Mountain junipers grown in this area. Free tours are available mid-June – mid-August on scheduled days. Tours are available by appointment only, please call (435) 586-6345.


    Located 75 E. Center St

  • Downtown Statues

    Throughout downtown, there are museum-quality bronze statues commemorating the lives of four prominent citizens of Cedar City and their contributions to the region and to the world.


    Cedar City Founder – Henry Lunt: 10 N. Main St


    Iron Works Superintendent – Richard Harrison: 57 N. Main St


    Pioneer Stockman – Francis Webster: 91 N. Main St


    Heroine of China – Helen Foster Snow: 200 N. Main St

  • Main Street Park

    Established in 1886, the park was originally known as Liberty Park. The lush lawns and 100-year-old trees provide a great place for a picnic or impromptu frisbee game. It also features a large play structure, benches, restrooms, and two covered pavilions. The park is home to several events, including Groovefest American Music Festival, July Jamboree, and Mid Summer Renaissance Faire.


    Located 200 N. Main St. (435) 865-9223.

  • Plan your Trip

    Getting There

    Take I-15 Exit 59. Head east on 200 North to Main Street.


    More Info


    Cedar City Visitor Center

    581 N. Main St

    Cedar City, UT 84721


  • Cedar City

    Cedar City Rock Church

    Considered to be the crown jewel of Cedar City’s Historic Downtown. This ornate building was built in the early 1930s from donated labor and local materials. Free tours are available by appointment only, please call (435) 586-6345.


    Cedar Canyon Park and Paved Walking Trail 

    Open all year, weather permitting. Head east on Center Street toward Cedar Canyon. The Cedar Canyon Park is located on both sides of Coal Creek. Two pavilions are available for group gatherings. Volleyball court and playground are also available. The paved, scenic walking trail is located along the banks of Coal Creek and weaves its way up into Cedar Canyon for 3.5 miles. The trail starts at the Cedar City Baseball Complex, goes past the Cedar Canyon Park and ends just above Rusty’s Ranch House. The trail is perfect for rollerblades, bikes, and strollers.


    Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum 

    Explore a fine collection of pioneer artifacts. FREE. Open all year, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, with extended summer hours. Located inside the Cedar City Visitor Center at 581 N. Main in Cedar City. For information call (435) 586-5124.


    Exit 59 Skateboard Park


    Open all year, weather permitting. Located at 660 W. 954 North, next to the Bicentennial Softball Complex in Cedar City. Contact Cedar City Recreation Department at (435) 865-9223. It features several ramps and rails. Free.


    Frontier Homestead State Park Museum 

    Experience time travel through the Homestead’s massive collection of horse-drawn vehicles. You can imagine yourself as a stage coach driver, or a pioneer crossing the plains in a covered wagon. Experience life on the frontier with interactive displays and exhibits dedicated to pioneer life. Junior curator programs and backroom tours available. Cost is $4 per person.

    Open all year, Monday Saturday. (Open Sundays and evenings in the summer.) Located at 635 N. Main. (435) 586-9290.


    Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History

    Visitors will experience the natural world with a gorgeous exhibit of large and small game animals. FREE. Open year-round, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, on the first floor of the Science Additions Building (southeast corner of Southern Utah University campus). For information, call (435) 865-8549.


    Main Street Park

    Established in 1886, the park was originally known as Liberty Park. The Liberty Flag pole located in the park’s center was erected in 1928 by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Today, the lush lawns and 100-year-old trees provide a great place for a picnic. The park also features swings, a covered pavilion and newly constructed bandstand. The park is home to several events, including Groovefest, July Jamboree, Mid Summer Renaissance Faire and the CASA Chili Cook-off. Located at the corner of Main Street and 200 North.


    Park Discovery

    On a hill just above Cedar City stands an assembly of wooden towers, mazes, slides, dinosaur digs, play volcanoes and rocket ships. This is Park Discovery, a fun, educational place where kids of all ages can learn and play. Concepts from over 4,000 local kids were integrated into the design concept of the park. Along with educational play elements, there’s an outdoor classroom, stage area, a separate play area for toddlers, handicap accessible ramps and swings and a ¾ paved walking trail that surrounds the park. To get to Park Discovery head west on Cross Hollow Road (I-15 Exit #57) to Royal Hunte Dr., turn right and go all the way to the top of the hill. On the left-hand side you will see the Park Discovery next to the Iron County School District building. Park Discovery is open year-round, weather permitting, every day from sunup to sundown. FREE. For more information, call (435) 865-9223.


    Three Peaks Recreation Area 

    Open all year. Head west on Hwy. U- 56 from Cedar City to Lund Hwy., then north for about five miles to Midvalley Rd., then west for 3 miles. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, (435) 586-2401. Two pavilions are available for groups and are nice areas for picnics. Miles of mountain bike and ATV trails, and unique rock formations that are fun to explore.


    Veterans Memorial Park

    Established in 2006 to honor Cedar City’s veterans. Monuments have been constructed for both World Wars, the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. The park is located next to the Canyon Trail, which is a scenic walking trail that goes up the canyon about 3 miles. The trail is perfect for bikes and strollers and has many benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery. The Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at the corner of 200 North and 200 East.


    Wood’s Ranch Recreation Area and Kids Pond

    Open late May through September. Located 12 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy 14. Two pavilions are available for groups. A nice area for picnics, volleyball and hiking (Virgin River Rim Trailhead). The Kids Pond is available to kids 12 and under for free and must be accompanied by an adult with a valid Utah fishing license.

  • Parowan

    Parowan Gap Petroglyphs


    Wind, water and sand carved out this natural passageway that was once used as a major thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglpyhs carved into the Gap. Researchers have identified solar and lunar calendars, hunting and cultural glyphs. The Gap also provided early civilizations with a solar and lunar calendaring system and is one of a few locations in the world where various solar time events are marked by shadows cast by the natural rock formations. The sun, moon and planets rise and set in specific notches in that Gap as indicated by petroglpyhs. It’s North America’s version of Stonehenge. Information about the Parowan Gap can be obtained from the Parowan and Iron County/Cedar City Visitor Centers. Observation events take place throughout the year, so be sure to check our calendar of events at Location: From Cedar City drive 13 miles north on Hwy U-130, head west on Parowan Gap road for 2.5 miles to Gap; or from Parowan Main Street travel west on 400 North for 10.5 miles to the Gap.


    Parowan Old Rock Church

    The oldest church building in southern Utah currently used as the home of the Daughters of The Utah Pioneers Museum. The museum is a history center for descendents of the early settlers and features one of the largest collections of pioneer photographs and artifacts in Southern Utah. The adjacent Jesse N. Smith Home is also interesting to explore while visiting Parowan. Located in Parowan Town Square, 100 South and Main Street.


    Dr. Meeks Pioneer Farmstead and Urban Fishery  

    The homestead is being restored as a working pioneer farmstead by local heritage groups and agriculture students. Guided tours of the cabin, barn and outdoor learning center are available. The urban fishery is open to the public and Utah fishing regulations apply. The farmstead is open year-round and is located at the corner of 100 North 400 West. (435) 477-8190


    Parowan Heritage Park

    Park features a natural spring, several bronze monuments and statues. Interpretive plaques tell the history of Iron County and the pioneer settlement of the southwest. Open all year, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located at 89 West Hwy U-91, Parowan, (435) 477-8190.


    Parowan Historic Cemetery 

    A great place for history buffs. Features the largest collection of mid-19th century headstone artistry and craftsmanship in Southern Utah. Many of the original headstones are inscribed with words and symbols of love, hope, family and values. A self-guided walking tour brochure is available at the Parowan Visitor Center, 73 North Main, or call (435) 477-8190.


    Mountain View Ranch & Carriage Museum

    The Carriage Museum houses the beautifully preserved history of owner Grant Cox and his show horses & wagons.  Located at 10 South 600 West, Parowan, for tours please call (702) 281-4523.

  • Plan Your Trips


    Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau

    581 N. Main

    Cedar City, UT 84721



    (435) 586-5124

Wind, water and sand carved out this natural passageway that was once used as a major thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the Parowan Gap. Parowan Gap’s gallery of ancient American Indian rock carvings (petroglyphs) includes geometric designs, lizards, snakes, mountain sheep, bear claws and human figures. With over 90 panels and 1,500 figures, the Gap is believed to be one of the most concentrated collections of petroglyphs in the west and one of the most accessible.


Researchers have identified what they believe to be solar and lunar calendars, plus hunting and cultural glyphs which provided early civilizations with a calendaring system where various solar time events are marked by shadows cast by the natural rock formations. The sun, moon and planets rise and set in specific notches in the Gap as indicated by petroglyphs.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently completed a project to provide long-term preservation of cultural and paleontological resources. Included was the development of a visitor trail, public parking, restroom and interpretive signs. The signs tell the different interpretations and meanings of the rock writings, specifically what they mean to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah.

  • Observation Events

    Throughout the year, several interpretive programs and solar observation events take place at Parowan Gap. These events happen in conjunction with the solstices and spring and fall equinoxes and can be found on Visit Cedar City’s calendar of events.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Several species of wildlife make their home in the Parowan Gap’s cliffs, canyons, broad plains and forested areas. Several endangered animals make their home there including the sage grouse, pygmy rabbit and Utah prairie dog. The Gap area also has a high concentration of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Keep your eyes to the sky and the cliff outcroppings. Please do not touch or feed the wildlife, only take photos and stay on designated roads.

  • Dinosaur Footprints

    Continue east two miles from the Parowan Gap Petroglyph site (see directions above) to the Bureau of Land Management Dinosaur Track Site. Wander a natural area where several relief tracks made by ornithopods, ceratopsians and theropods are preserved in stone.

  • Plan Your Trip

    Getting There

    From Cedar City: Go north on Main Street to Hwy 130 and continue north for 13.5 miles, then turn east and go 2.5 miles on the Gap Road. From Parowan: Go north on Main Street to 400 North, turn west and drive under the interstate and continue west for 10.5 miles.


    Distance from Cedar City

    16 miles



    5,900 feet



    Pick up additional information at the Cedar City Visitor Center (581 N. Main, Cedar City) or the Parowan Visitor Center (5 S. Main St, Parowan) before traveling to Parowan Gap.


    Parowan Visitor Center

    5 S. Main

    Parowan, UT 84761

    (435) 477-8190

Scenic Byways & Backways

As Robert Frost once said, “And I took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference.” Utah’s scenic byways and backways are for those seeking panoramas worlds away from the mainstream. These highways and backcountry paths offer outstanding scenic beauty and recreational opportunities, plus significant cultural and historical elements.


What is a SCENIC BYWAY?  

A scenic byway is a well-maintained road or highway that is suitable for travel by most passenger vehicles. Popular Southern Utah Byways include Cedar Mountain U-14, Cedar Breaks National Monument U-148, Kolob Canyons Scenic Route, Zion National Park U- 9, the nationally designated “All American Highway” U-12 through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and the recently designated “Patchwork Parkway” Hwy-143 through Brian Head.


What is a Scenic Backway? 

Scenic backways are backcountry roads with surfaces that vary from pavement to gravel. Notable backways include Kolob Reservoir, Dry Lakes, Hole-In-The-Rock, and Smithsonian Butte. It’s advisable to bring preparedness items such as food, water, spare tire, cell phone, fuel and maps while traveling any scenic backway. Always check road and weather conditions before embarking on your journey. Maps and detailed descriptions about the scenic byways and backways can be obtained at most Utah visitor centers or online at *You may not have cell phone service while traveling on the byways or backways.

  • Patchwork Parkway - National Scenic Byway

    51 miles | 1.5 hours | Hwy U-143 from Parowan to Panguitch 


    During a winter storm in 1864, Mormon pioneers painstakingly traversed this unforgettable mountain road by throwing down handmade quilts onto the snow to make their way from Panguitch to Parowan. Like the blocks of a quilt, the Patchwork Parkway passes through many diverse landscapes and geological wonders that, when bound together, make for an amazing road trip. Stop at the interpretive sites to learn more about the area’s Mormon pioneer heritage.


    Recently selected as one of the 16 Most Beautiful Spring Drives in the US by MSN, the Patchwork Parkway is beautiful in any season.


    From Parowan, the highway climbs past the colorful Vermilion Cliffs through a maple and scrub oak forest. The road twists through cone shaped white cliffs then makes a major ascent to the forested heights of Brian Head ski town. Past Brian Head, the road climbs again to the summit at 10,400 feet to the top-most rise of the “Grand Staircase” geological formation, which showcases the 2,000-foot deep Cedar Breaks National Monument amphitheater. The byway continues south past the North View of Cedar Breaks where it junctions with SR-148.


    Heading east, the road descends through a thick aspen forest which is brilliant in late September with golden and red aspens. You’ll see distant views into the pink cliffs of the Paunsagunt Plateau. Ancient lava fields pop up through the aspen trees that line the highway. The road meets up with Panguitch Lake which is popular for fishing and boating. The byway continues east, following lush pastures and the banks of the Panguitch Creek into historic Panguitch town.


    How do I get there?

    From Parowan I-15 Exit #78, go south on Parowan’s Main Street, turn left at Center St/SR-143 and head east.


    Is road open in Winter?

    Yes, but check road conditions in the winter. The portion between Brian Head and Panguitch is subject to closure in bad weather.


    Side Trips & Viewpoints

    • Parowan Cemetery
    • Vermillion Picnic Area
    • Yankee Meadow
    • Hidden Haven Waterfall
    • Dry Lakes Scenic Backway
    • Brian Head Resort
    • Brian Head Peak Road
    • Cedar Breaks National Monument
    • Panguitch Lake
    • Historic Panguitch Town


    What is the one way, no-stops drive-time? 

    The drive is 51 miles and takes about 90 minutes to travel.


    Grade and Elevation

    13% grade. Elevation is from 5,600 feet to 10,400 feet. The portion between Parowan and Brian Head is steep and not recommended for RVs or semi-trucks.



    Lodging, gas, food, campgrounds, and visitor centers in Parowan, Brian Head and Panguitch.


    More Info

  • Cedar Mountain/Markagunt Plateau Byway

    40 miles | 1 hour | Hwy U-14 from Cedar City to U.S. 89


    A thrilling drive that hugs the edge of the Markagunt Plateau as it reaches the 10,000 foot elevation of Dixie National Forest and the junction to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Considered one of the “Top 8 Unique Fall Destinations” by USA Today.


    The byway cuts through Cedar City’s red hill, then crosses through a thick maple and scrub oak forest. The road then climbs through a narrow canyon looking in to the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area with sheer cliffs towering on both sides. Coming out of the canyon, you’ll pass the Southern Utah University Mountain Center and the Wood’s Ranch Recreation Area. Upon entering the Dixie National Forest you’ll glimpse into a sand-cut amphitheater similar to Cedar Breaks National Monument. The road will twist and turn through an aspen and pine forest, hugging the edge of the Markagunt Plateau.


    The highway summits at 9,900 feet and continues along another mile before meeting up with Hwy SR-148 junction, which leads to Cedar Breaks National Monument. As Hwy SR-14 continues east, you’ll observe a landscape carpeted with ancient lava fields and layers of volcanic rock.


    Around a sharp bend, Navajo Lake overlook will unfold for a great photo opportunity (the forest road to the lake is just a mile farther down Hwy SR-14). Continuing east, you’ll pass the Duck Creek Pond and the summer hamlet of Duck Creek Village. Continuing along the byway is the turnoff for Mammoth Creek Road, which junctions at scenic byway SR-143 to the north. The road begins to descend into Long Valley, twisting and turning through scrub oak and maple and ends at the junction of Hwy US-89.


    How do I get there?

    From I-15, take Cedar City Center Exit #59, head east on 200 North to Main Street. At Main Street, turn right and head south one block to Center St/University Blvd., turn left and head east. Road becomes Hwy SR-14.


    Is road open in Winter?

    Yes, but check road conditions before you leave.


    Side trips and viewpoints

    • Cedar Canyon Walking Trail
    • Kolob Reservoir Scenic Backway
    • Woods Ranch Picnic Area and Kids Pond
    • Zion Overlook
    • Bristlecone Walking Trail
    • Cedar Breaks National Monument
    • Navajo Lake Overlook
    • Navajo Lake
    • Duck Creek Reservoir/Aspen Mirror Lake
    • Duck Creek Village
    • Mammoth Creek Road & Mammoth Cave
    • Strawberry Point Overlook


    What is the one way, no stops driving time? 

    Hwy SR-14 is 40 miles long and takes about one hour to travel.


    Grade and Elevation

    8% grade. Elevation gain from 5,600 feet to 9,900 feet.



    Food, lodging, gas, campgrounds, Dixie National Forest Service visitor center at Duck Creek Pond (summer only).

  • Cedar Breaks National

    6 miles | 30+ minutes| Hwy U-148 from U-14 to Brian Head/U-143


    A short but sweet drive of this natural wonder with breathtaking overlooks and hiking trails to get you out of the car. Stay for the sunset!


    The road begins in a lush meadow then ascends through the Dixie National Forest. At the monument’s entrance to the road will make a sharp turn east and the speed limit will drop. The road will again turn north and you’ll see the Visitor Center/Entrance Station on the west side of the road.


    The meadows that surround the “Breaks” are famous for their incredible variety of wildflowers in the month of July and early August plus fabulous fall colors, in late September. At mile six, the road meets with National Scenic Byway SR-143. From here you can continue north into Brian Head to meet up with I-15 or continue east to Panguitch and HWY US-89.


    How do I get there?

    Head east of Cedar City approximately 18 miles on SR-14 then turn north at the junction of SR-148.


    Is road open in Winter?

    No. Road generally closes from mid-November through late May to become a groomed trail for snowmobiles, x-country skiing and snowshoeing. Call ahead to check road closures and openings.


    Side trips and Viewpoints

    • Old Lodge Interpretative Site
    • Cedar Breaks Visitor Center-Point Supreme
    • Ramparts Hiking Trail
    • Cedar Breaks Campground & Picnic Area
    • Sunset Viewpoint
    • Chessman Ridge Viewpoint/Alpine Pond Trailhead


    What is the one-way, no stops driving time?

    This drive covers six miles and takes about 30 minutes to travel (speed limit ranges from 25 to 35 mph).


    Grade and Elevation

    4% grade. Elevation gain from 9,900 feet to 10,500 feet.



    Campground and National Park Service Visitor Center (seasonal from late May through mid-November), (435) 586-9451 or

  • Kolob Canyons - North Zion National Park

    5 miles | 30 minutes | exit off I-15 18 miles south of Cedar City 


    This is the secret northern section of Zion National Park. The road crosses along a fault line where the five canyons or “fingers” of Kolob rise above you. Exceptional hiking and photography opportunities!


    Starting at the Visitor Center, the road will make a sharp turn and the enormous natural cutaway of the Markagunt Plateau will unfold, and Zion’s tallest peak, Horse Ranch Mountain will rise above you. As the road climbs farther, it curves around a box canyon cut by the south fork of Taylor Creek. The route will traverse along a ridgeline, climbing over 1,000 feet in elevation until it ends at a turnabout known as the Timber Creek Overlook. Timber Creek features an absolutely breathtaking view of the Kolob Terrace and Pine Valley Mountains to the west. Keep your camera ready. The light in the afternoon to twilight can be the best time for photography and this area is one of the best places for panoramic shots.


    How do I get there?

    From Cedar City travel 17 miles south on I-15 and take Exit #40.


    Is road open in Winter?

    Yes, but check road conditions in the winter.


    Side trips and Viewpoints

    • Middle Fork of Taylor Creek hiking trail
    • South Fork of Taylor Creek viewpoint
    • Lee’s Pass hiking trail to Kolob Arch
    • Timber Top Mountain viewpoint
    • Timber Creek Picnic Area and short hiking trail


    What is the one-way, no stops driving time?

    The route is only five miles long and takes about 20 minutes to travel.


    Grade and Elevation

    >4%. Elevation is from 5,000 feet to 6,300 feet.



    National Park Service Visitor Center

    (435) 586-9548 |

  • Dry Lakes/High Mountain Scenic Backway

    19 miles | 1 hour | from Hwy U-143 to the town of Summit


    Backway provides sweeping views of Parowan Canyon, Sugarloaf Mountain, High Mountain, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. This is also the access to road to the Twisted Forest hiking trail and Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. Road begins 8 miles up Hwy SR-143. This a good gravel road with very steep grade coming off the High Mountain toward Summit township. Road is 19 miles long. Check road conditions ahead of time. Closed in the winter.

  • Kolob Reservoir Scenic Backway

    45 miles | 90 minutes | off Hwy U-14 to U-9/Zion National Park


    Backway travels through a thick aspen forest to Kolob Reservoir, through grassy meadows to the red and white backcountry of Zion National Park. Route begins five miles east of Cedar City, off Hwy SR-14 and ends at Hwy SR-9. Road is 45 miles long and is closed in winter. This backway is also not suitable for travel in wet conditions.

  • Plan Your Trip

    Check road conditions before you embark on your journey at dial #511 on your cell phone.


    More Info


    Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

    National Scenic Byway – Hwy 143 – Utah’s Patchwork Parkway


    Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau

    (800) 354-4849


    Garfield County

    (800) 444-6689 or



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Get a taste of Cedar City and try out food from local farms, restaurants and more — and bring a piece of Southern Utah home with you.

  • Farmers Market

    Cedar City Downtown YearRound Farmers Market


    45 West Center Street, Cedar City


    EVERY Saturday. 9 a.m. – noon (rain or shine)


    EVERY Wednesday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (July – October)

  • Visit a Farm

    Please call ahead before visiting any of the farms to make sure they are open and taking tours.


    Nature Hills

    4326 N 2100 E, Cedar City

    (435) 559-2791

    Shop at the farm store, special events,

    Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Closed Sundays

    Call ahead during winter hours to ensure products are available.


    Red Acre Farm CSA

    2322 West 4375 North, Cedar City

    (435) 865-6792

    The farm is open for visits and shop at the farm stand (The Back Porch), special events,

    Spring/Summer (May – October)

    Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    Fall/Winter (November – April)

    Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Closed Sundays


    Hidden Acres Farm

    New Harmony

    (435) 272-7676

    Heirloom vegetables, berries, small orchard, dairy goats, ducks & chickens (eggs)


    Sweet Pea Farm and Orchard

    136 West 600 North, Parowan

    (435) 531-6461

    Shop at the farmstand and or walk the farm, special events,

    Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Closed Sundays


    Finney Farm Dairy & Country Store

    755 South Main Street, Cedar City

    (435) 383-8633

    Farm Stand (not the farm location)

    Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.


    Four Country Gals

    4887 North 400 West, Beryl

    (435) 231-1289

    Online Country Store


    Five Fingers Farm

    New Harmony

    (435) 867-6440


    Marigold Gardens

    Cedar City

    (435) 592-9126

    Wide variety of vegetables and herbs, as well as baked goods, fresh eggs, jams, jellies and honey


    The Honey Guy


    (435) 590-2455


    Black Ridge Farm & Orchard

    New Harmony

    (435) 592-9437

    Organic nutrientdense heirlooms and rare heritage breed poultry.

  • Plan Your Trip


    Cedar City • Brian Head Toursim Bureau

    581 N. Main

    Cedar City, UT 84721



    (435) 586-5124



    Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sunday: Closed


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