|In Cedar City, Utah the possibilities are endless. This small southern Utah town sees a constant influx of visitors; from outdoor lovers who come to experience the mountains and nearby national parks to the scholars and enthusiasts who come to enjoy the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. Cedar City is conveniently located only a short drive from Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and the Dixie National Forest and is surrounded by incredible hiking, biking and ATV trails as well as pristine mountain lakes perfect for fishing, camping or canoeing.
Cedar City was founded in 1851 when a group of thirty-five men arrived from Parowan to establish an iron works. Since then Cedar City has grown to a population of 13,500 and is the largest community in Iron County.
Besides being known as “The Gateway to the National Parks” Cedar City has also become known as “Festival City USA” because it hosts a number of festivals year-round such as the American Children’s Christmas Festival, the Neil Simon Festival, the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival, the Festival Royale, the Thunderbird Film Festival, and the July Jamboree and classic car show. In addition to all of the great festivals, the new Cedar City Heritage Center presents an assortment of plays, symphonies, ballets, art shows and other cultural events and entertainment throughout the year.
Since 1897 Cedar City has been home to Southern Utah University. The school began as the Branch Normal School with only a handful of students and has since grown to an enrollment of over 6,500, achieving university status in 1991. The University has become a cultural center for Southern Utah offering several different Bachelor and Master’s degrees.
Cedar City is located only two and a half hours north of Las Vegas and three and a half hours south of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. Cedar City offers an endless array of fun activities mixed with small town charm and friendliness.
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