September 17, 2010

FALL COLORS IN IRON COUNTY

It has been a great Summer! Now we can look forward to the Fall season and what it has to offer. The foliage is getting ready for its Winter sleep. Join us in the next few weeks and discover the sights and sounds of Fall.

In Southern Utah, particularly Iron County, we have the most beautiful foliage changes you will see, anywhere!!!

Cedar Mountain, Brianhead, Parowan and Kolob Canyon  areas are abundant in reds,  oranges  and yellows. The trees are so wonderous in their Fall display.

Where in Southern Utah should I go to see the fall colors if I arrive in…?

Early September: This is the very early stage of the fall foliage season. You may be able to see some color near Brian Head and Cedar Breaks.

Mid September: Southern Utah’s high elevation areas are traditionally experiencing 30% to 50% color change at this time. We suggest you visit the Cedar Breaks area.

Late September through early October: This is typically the best time to see the leaves in Southern Utah . The leaves around Brian Head and Cedar Breaks should be at peak and the Duck Creek, Navajo Lake and Panguitch Lake should also be near peak. A great fall color trip is what’s known as the “Fall Color Loop”. The Fall Color Loop begins in Parowan, where you start up Hwy 143 though Parowan Canyon go past Brian Head and turn east towards Panguitch Lake, then head south on Mammoth Creek Rd. to Hwy 14, turn west on Hwy 14 go past Duck Creek Village, Navajo Lake, Zion Overlook, then down Cedar Canyon into Cedar City.

Mid October : The colors in the high elevation generally are past peak at this time, however, there should be some great colors along Hwy 14 from Cedar City to the Zion Overlook. Parowan Canyon, along Hwy 143 should still have some great fall colors. Take the gravel road that leads to Vermillion Castle and Yankee Meadow as a nice side trip.

Late October through Mid November : Zion National Park offers the best fall color viewing at this time.

To see an update on the changes please visit our Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism site;  www.scenicsouthernutah.com.

Other information about our area is available on the web site, mentioned, above.

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September 1, 2010

BIRD WATCHING IN SOUTHERN UTAH!

Southwest Utah’s bird habitats offer varied terrain and vegetation that provide excellent opportunities to enjoy spectacular scenery and beautiful wild birds in their natural environment.

  • CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT is a huge natural amphitheater more than 2000 feet deep and three miles from rim to rim. Birding is usually good at the campground and on the trail from the visitors center to the campground. You will find Clark’s Nutcracker, Ray Jay, and Pine Grosbeak. Along the Alpine Pond Trail you’ll encounter a Three-toed Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Red Crossbill, and Blue Grouse. Peregrine Falcons nest below the rim.
  • BRIANHEAD PEAK is a reliable place to find Utah’s high elevation birds. The 11,000 + foot elevation provides a sharp contrast to the Mojave desert birding, less than 80 “straight line” miles to the southwest. The Northern Pygmy Owl is a bird you may see on a clear day. The views are spectacular!

  • KOLOB CANYON ROAD-ZION NATIONAL PARK is easily accessed from I-15 with good birding choices and spectacular scenery. The Mountain BlueBird, Blue-Gray Gnatcather, Western Scrub Jay and Pinion Jay are best seen during the spring and fall migration.


  • KOLOB RESERVOIR SCENIC BACKWAY is a 25 mile (one way) road that offers a diversity of habitats for birding. The road typically closes for the witer above Maloney Hill. A good birding walk is the Wildcat Canyon to Northgate Peak Trail. This trail is good for woodpeckers and nutcatchers. Red Crossbill,  Townsend’s Solitaire, Grace’s Warbler and Wild Turkey.

The first and last hours of daylight are generally the best times to view or photograph most species. Be quiet. Quick movements and loud noises wll normally scare wildlife. Whisper when you speak. Be still.  Binoculars or spotting scopes are always desirable. Be patient. And enjoy!!

Helpful Resources;

Obtain an Iron County bird checklist ot the Iron County Visitor Center, 581 N Main, Cedar City UT 435-586-5124

Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, www.utah.wildlife.gov or 801-538-4730

Information is courtesy of Cedar City/Brianhead Tourism and Convention Bureau

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