Utah Shakespearean Festival
Every June through October in Cedar City, you can enjoy nine different theater productions, from Shakespeare to modern classics. These productions are presented on three incredible stages as part of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The Utah Shakespearean Festival is widely recognized as one of the best professional theater events in the nation and in 2000, it was awarded the Tony Award for “Outstanding Regional Theater”. “Shakespeare under the stars” is a truly magical experience in Cedar City and the free nightly Greenshow helps to recreate a Shakespearean atmosphere with storytelling, song and dance. Additionally, the Utah Shakespearean Festival features backstage tours, literary seminars, play orientations, and a Royal Feaste, eaten in the style of renaissance noblemen
Bryce Canyon National Park
Cedar City acts as a gateway city to the nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon, located 79 miles from Cedar City on Scenic Byway 12 and U-63, is open all year and boasts an incredible trail system and visitors center. Bryce is
made up of a series of giant amphitheaters with millions of pink rock pinnacles called “hoodoos.” While you take the beautiful drive through the park be sure to take time to pull off at overlooks into the canyon amphitheaters below, you can also choose to hike down through the amphitheaters. At the main gate you will be given a map of the park that will point you to the best lookout points. Just beyond the main gate is the Bryce Canyon Visitors Center, be sure to stop and check out the various displays about the geology of the park. Other activities in the Bryce Canyon area are horseback rides, ATV tours, and helicopter tours of the park.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Another great activity while you are staying in Cedar City is to take the short drive to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks is located just twenty miles from downtown Cedar City and offers spectacular views of the canyons below. The formations at Cedar Breaks are similar to those found at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Your first stop in Cedar Breaks should be the visitor center and museum where you will learn more about how the amphitheater was formed as well as obtain important information about trailheads and lookout points. While hiking within the park is limited, there are a few trails that follow the rim of the plateau to some incredible viewpoints. Cedar Breaks is a great place for a picnic, there is also a beautiful five mile scenic drive that includes three developed overlook points.
Zion National Park
The main entrance to Zion National Park is only an hour drive south of Cedar City, and the Kolob Canyon entrance is an even shorter twenty mile drive south on Interstate 15. Zion National Park is famous for its incredible landscapes, towering monoliths and steep canyons. Zion is Utah’s most popular national park
and welcomes around three million visitors each year. The park offers many easy trails that are accessible by wheelchair. There are also many intermediate and expert hiking trails available within Zion National Park. Zion has also become very popular for rock climbing and canyoneering and is one of the most popular national parks for horseback riding. Zion Canyon presents a diverse collection of nature’s wonders that include such features as the towering and magnificent 2,200-foot Great White Throne, the park’s most famous landmark; the Court of the Patriarchs; the Sentinel; the Watchman; Checkerboard Mesa; Kolob Arch, which is the world’s largest known natural span at 310 feet; and the Narrows of the Virgin River, where a person can walk upstream to places so narrow that both sides of the canyon walls can almost be touched with one’s outstretched hands.
Utah Summer Games
Since 1986 the Utah Summer Games have been held each summer in Cedar City, Utah. Cedar City welcomes an average of 7,000 participants, 50,000 spectators and1,000 volunteers each year to the Summer Games. The Games are an Olympic-style sports festival for athletes of all ages and abilities. The summer games are open to residents of the state of Utah and are considered one of the premier sporting events in the state.
Only 35 miles from Cedar City sits the beautiful Brian Head Ski Resort. Brian Head is a year-round center for outdoor fun and entertainment. During the winter, visitors flock to the resort to ski and snowboard on Brian Head’s 500+ acres of quiet terrain and incredible powder. Brian Head also boasts an excellent ski-school and tubing hill and has been rated one of America’s best ski values because there
are virtually no lift lines, the slopes are un-crowded, and daily lift passes are less than $40! Brian Head’s adventures also include snowbikes, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, cross country skiing and a full service day spa.
During the summer the slopes are packed with mountain bikers enjoying some of the best trails in the southwest. Brian Head Ski Resort offers scenic lift rides and shuttle service that takes you to the top of Brian Head Peak. From there, over 200 miles of downhill trails await. Brian Head village also offers great shopping and dining as well as ATV tours, horseback rides, and free summer concerts on most weekends. No matter what time of year you come to Cedar City you will want to extend your stay for at least one extra day to go and experience the beauty and excitement of Brian Head Resort. Taxi service available from the motel to Brian Head through Mountain Express Shuttle service. Please call for schedule and prices (435)590-1473.