June 22, 2010

23 FREE Things To Do In Cedar City

If you need a change of pace, to your busy life, and you want to go somewhere, not too far from home,  and keep your expenses down, try visiting Cedar City Utah and stay with us at the Abbey Inn!

Thanks to the Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism Bureau, they have provided us with 23 things to do, in Cedar City, that are free! Take a moment to read the list. Then reserve your room, with us.

1. Explore Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. The Parowan Gap is a registered historic site, with ancient Native American rock art.

2. Run, Walk, Bike the Coal Creek Parkway Trail. A paved scenic walking trail, located along the banks of the Coal Creek. It weaves its way up to the Cedar Canyon, 3.5 miles. There are exercise stations and access points.

3. Play in Cedar Canyon Park. The park is located on both sides of Coal Creek. It has 2 pavilions, a volleyball court and playgrounds.

4. Sing a long at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Greenshow. The Adams Memorial Outdoor Theater comes alive with song and dance each evening before the plays.  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the free show!

5. Park Discovery. An interactive play structure built from the design ideas of local children. Park Discovery has towers, ramps, water, cultural and historic elements.  Dig for “dinosaur bones”, fly a kite or walk a 3/4 mile paved path.

6. Southern Utah University. Take a stroll on campus with beautiful landscaping, fountains, ponds and beautiful bronze statues. The campus has something for everyone!

7. Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum. Displays local pioneer artifacts and other historical information.

8. Cedar City Veteran’s Memorial Park. Large scale memorials and statues and walking trails are all constructed to honor our veterans from the World Wars, Afghanistan, Iraqi Freedom, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

9. Skate Exit 59. This features several ramps and rails for skateboarders, inline skaters and bikes.

10- Old Rock Church. The crown jewel of Cedar City was built from donated materials and local labor, during the Great Depression.

11- Wood’s Ranch Recreation Kid’s Pond. A nice area for picnics, volleyball and hiking Virgin River Rim Trail. Kid’s 12 and under can fish free. (but must be accompanied by an adult with a fishing license)

12- Bird Watching. Cedar City and surrounding areas have beautiful birding areas. There are plenty of trails to watch the different bird species.

13- Window Shop Historic Downtown. Cedar City’s downtown has quaint shops, art galleries, local restaurants, coffee house and music store.

14- Old Iron Town Ghost Ruins. The area includes the original iron works, beehive shaped charcoal oven and a nature trail.

15- Cedar City Library in the Park. The library includes a great children ‘s section, computers and traveling exhibits.

16. Heritage Water Feature. Located in front of the Festival hall entrance. Press the button and water is released in spontaneous intervals.

17. Southern Utah University Observatory. Star gaze every Monday night!

18. Hike Cedar Canyon. There are several hiking trails to be hiked. Inquire at the Iron County Visitors Center for trail information.

19. Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Features regional and national art exhibits.

20. Parowan Town. Take a tour at the Old Rock Church Museum and see some of Southern Utah’s original settlements. A pioneeer home, Dr. Meeks cabin, an urban fishery and more!

21. Scenic Drive. Cedar City is surrounded by many scenic byways, featuring beautiful scenery, trails and wildlife.

22. The Great  Outdoors. Dixie National Forest provides many outdoor adventures. Cedar Mountain has forests with lakes, streams, meadows, caves and lava beds. Navajo Lake, Duck Creek, Brianhead, Mammoth Cave and Yankee Meadow, to name a few.

23. Great Events and Happenings. We have car shows, street festivals, concerts in the park and more.

For more information on the different things to do, visit www.scenicsouthernutah.com.

Reserve your room, now, for that great getaway!!

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June 9, 2010


The Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism Bureau has worked very hard to compile a list of hiking trails for all of the visitors of Southern Utah. Below is that list.

We are very fortunate to have a beautiful place to live and visit and play!!

Hiking in Scenic Southern Utah is a great way to explore the region and experience the beautiful scenery off the beaten path. There’s everything from arches to waterfalls, ancient forests to slot canyons and majestic overlooks. Trails range from easy walks to challenging overnight excursions. Be prepared with a good supply of water, good hiking shoes, maps, sun-screen and plenty of time.

Hiking Trails

Name Difficulty Time Distance
(round trip)
Best Season
Cedar Canyon Walking Trail Easy 1 hour 3 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead:Cedar City Canyon Park, east on Hwy 14
Trail Highlights: Paved walking trail along the banks of Coal Creek, drinking fountains and benches.
Bristlecone Walking Trail Easy 30 min. 1 mi Summer & Fall
Location/Trailhead:18 miles east of Cedar City, adjacent to Hwy 14. Dixie National Forest
Trail Highlights: Trail traverses through a strand of spruce and fir to terminate at a strand of ancient Bristlecone Pines. Excellent view of the north fork of the Virgin River.
Alpine Pond Trail Easy 45 min. 2 mi Summer & Fall
Location/Trailhead:Cedar Breaks National Monument (Chessman Ridge Overlook)
Trail Highlights: Trail guide available at the trailhead. Picturesque walking trail that leads to a surreal alpine grove and pond.
Weeping Rock Easy 15 to 30 min. .05 mi Open year round-best time is in the spring
Location/Trailhead:Zion National Park (main canyon)
Trail Highlights: Paved trail that ends at an alcove with dripping springs, hanging rock gardens and beautiful wild-flowers.
Canyon Rim Trail Easy 30 min. 1 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead:Bryce Canyon National Park(Sunset Point to Sunrise Point)
Trail Highlights: Easy walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon. Accessible to wheelchairs.
Queens Garden/ Navajo Loop Easy to moderate 2-3 hrs 2.8 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead : Bryce Canyon National Park(Sunset Point to Sunrise Point)
Trail Highlights: Go down into the canyon and experience one of the most colorful trails in the park. Delicately shaped spires and formations, bristlecone pines, wildlife.
Lower & Middle Emerald Pools Easy to moderate 2 hrs 2.2 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead: Zion National Park(Main Canyon- Across from the Lodge)
Trail Highlights : Loop trail that takes hikers past two pools and several waterfalls. (Swimming is not allowed in the pools)
Ramparts Trail Easy to moderate 2 hrs 2 mi Summer thru early Fall
Location/Trailhead:Cedar Breaks National Monument (trailhead is at the Visitors Center)
Trail Highlights: Trail edges along the plateau, through an ancient Bristlecone Pine stand and ends at spectacular view point looking back into the Cedar Breaks amphitheater.
C-Trail Moderate 2.5 hrs 4.2 mi Late Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead: 8 miles east of Cedar City, via 14 to Kolob Reservoir turnoff, follow to trailhead
Trail Highlights:Trail edges along the plateau,through an ancient Bristlecone Pine stand and ends at spectacular view point looking back into the Cedar Breaks amphitheater.
Taylor Creek Moderate 4 hrs 5 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead: Kolob Canyons- Zion National Park
Trail Highlights : Follows the middle fork of Taylor Creek past two homestead cabins to the Double Arch Alcove.
Virgin River Rim Trail Moderate Depends 32 mi Summer thru Fall
Location/Trailhead:12 miles east of Cedar City, via Hwy 14 to the Woods Ranch Recreation Area
Trail Highlights: Trail can be accessed at several points (Deer Haven, Navajo Lake, Cascade Falls, Strawberry Point). Hikers can hike a mile or all 32 miles. Beautiful views of the Virgin River rim, the northern terrace of Zion National Park
Angels Landing Moderate to Difficult 4 hrs 5 mi Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead :Zion National Park(Main Canyon, start at the Grotto Picnic Area)
Trail Highlights: Strenuous hike that goes up Walters Wiggles and ends at the summit high above Zion canyon. Last .5 mi follows a steep narrow ridge, chains have been added. Incredible view into Zion (This is not for anyone fearful of heights)
Twisted Forest Easy to moderate 1 hrs 1 mi Summer thru Fall
Location/Trailhead: 10 miles from Parowan, take Scenic Backway -Summit Canyon Road off Hwy 143, follow to Twisted Forest Rd and follow to trailhead
Trail Highlights :Unique features of this hike are the Bristlecone Pine trees and the view of Cedar Breaks. High elevation hike. Take time to view these ancient trees up close.
Kolob Arch Easy to moderate All Day 14.4 Spring thru Fall
Location/Trailhead: Kolob Canyons- Zion National Park. Starts at the La Verkin Creek Trailhead
Trail Highlights:See the world’s largest free standing arch, the Kolob Arch. Trail follows the La Verkin Creek into the Kolob wilderness. Can be very hot in the summer months

Hiking Tips

  1. Tell someone where you are going
  2. Get detailed maps and information from the Dixie National Forest or the National Park Service
  3. Check to see if you need a back country permit for any overnight trips
  4. Take plenty of water
  5. Pack out all trash
  6. No fires
  7. Check weather conditions before embarking on your journey
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June 3, 2010





The Kolob Canyons section of Zion is considered to be the most conveniently located national park in all of Utah. It is right off Interstate 15.  Kolob remains a little known secret to most visitors of Southern Utah.

Kolob Canyons has soaring cliffs of red Navajo sandstone and deep canyons. There are unique geological history with diverse animal and plant life.  There are many trails and picnic sites for your pleasure. The word “Kolob” comes from Mormon scripture meaning “residence closest to heaven”.

THE DRIVE; Visitors may access the Kolob Canyons from 1-15 exit #40.  There is a visitor Center for more information about the park.

The views along the five mile scenic byway are breathtaking. The red sandstone and lush green foliage have a wondrous contrast. In the early spring the waterfalls from the winter snow melt, can be found cascading down the steep cliffs.

PICNICS: Kolob is a favorite picnic spot for locals and visitors. The Timbercreek overlook features a picnic area with tables and trees for shade. Access the picnic area by walking up the Timbercreek Trail for a few yards.

WILDLIFE VIEWING: Kolob has many different wildlife to see. Mule deer, jack rabbits and rock squirrels can be seen everywhere. Keep you eyes open! Birds of every kind will excite,  even the most novice bird watcher. There are ravens, blue scrub jay, red tail hawks and golden eagles in the skies. Lizards can be seen sunning them selves. Coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, foxes and skunks inhabit the canyons, too.

Please observe the wildlife and not interrupt their activities. Human food is not good for them and they can injure you, if you get too close.

HIKING: There are several hikes in Kolob. Timbercreek Trail is at the roads end. it is about one mile, round trip. The trail follows the ridge top to a small peak. Middle Fork of Taylor Creek is located about two miles from the Visitor Center along the Kolob Scenic Byway. The hike is about 5 miles, round trip. Plan about 4 hours up and back. The hike is moderate to difficult.  KOLOB ARCH is approximately 3.5 miles from the Visitors Center at Lee’s Pass. This hike is an all day hike, about 14.4 miles round trip. Hike is considered moderate to strenuous. backcountry camping is permitted in designated areas and requires a permit.

LEAVE NO TRACE!! Stay on trail, do not take shortcuts. Camp without leaving a trace. Carry out all garbage, please. Avoid walking on sensitive foliage and plantings.

Entrance Fees to the park are $25.00 per vehicle and is good for 7 days.


Information provided by Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism

This is a place, you DO NOT want to miss.

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