Cedar City is a surprising cool mountain town, with world-class cultural attractions in astonishing proximity to extensive outdoor adventure of South West Utah’s famous Mighty Five® of National Parks.  At the end of the day, Cedar City is also known as “Festival City U.S.A.,” with a plethora of events taking place year-round from free music festivals, downtown parades, farmers’ markets to touring bike races.  Cedar City Utah is an easy 8 hour drive from Southern California along Interstate 15. Though free from crushing traffic and frenetic city pacing, Cedar City doesn’t skimp on amenities. Main Street is quaint, with local shops an impressive menu of big-city-quality cuisine — our favorites are Centro Woodfired Pizzeria, Depot Grill, the French Bistro and southern Utah’s only winery.

Cedar City’s energetic population fills its summer days with the Tony-Award winning Utah Shakespeare  Theater Festival where one can experience live theater under the stars in the new Tudor-style Englestead Theater. The rest of the time can be spent dashing off to nearby national parks like Bryce Canyon and Zion, the expansive Dixie National Forest or Cedar Breaks National Monument via four Scenic byways.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is an astonishing natural amphitheater at 10,500 feet (3,200 meters) is home to curious wildlife and wizened bristlecone pines who’ve been hanging around since the last millennium. Fall asleep in the brisk night air under bright and infinite stars, the expanse of the Milky Way unfurling above you, Cedar Breaks Night skies are some of the darkest in the country!

Southern Utah’s slot canyons are not reserved just for extreme adventurers. Kanarraville Falls just ten minutes south of Cedar City, offers a moderate hike that is family friendly. Meander through a rugged canyon bottom with plenty of opportunities to get the ol’ feet wet in route to a short, but spectacular slot canyon.

While in the area, why not dip into the northern section of Zion National Park? The lesser-visited Kolob Canyons (the northern section of Zion) gives you all the dramatic red rock of Utah’s most renowned park on the scenic drive with plenty of overlooks to fill your eyes and trailheads to get you on your feet and out into the sanctuary of Mother Earth like only Southern Utah can do.

Utah highest ski area, Brian Head Resort is only 30minutes from Cedar City, and has over 630 skiable acres with TWO, lift-served tubing hills and an entire mountain dedicated to learning skiing and snowboarding in a fun, safe atmosphere.  Summertime, the resort transforms into a mountain biking mecca with some of the best lift served trails in the state. If mountain biking is not your passion, ride the lift for a fabulous view into the nearby red rock spires of Cedar Breaks.

Learn more about scenic southern Utah’s Cedar City, go to visitcedarcity.com or call 800-354-4849.