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Things to Do in Cedar City, Utah

Discovering Brian Head Southern Utah

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Up until this recently, heading to Utah was just a quiet blip on our radar and casually mentioned as a possible destination when discussing family travel plans. But now? We can’t seem to escape the idea. Everyone from the moms and dads on the playground at school, to our friends across social media are talking about Cedar City, and I’m thinking it’s finally our turn for a visit.

I decided to do a little digging and find out for myself what all the fuss is about. I wasn’t too far into the process that I discovered I really liked what I was finding out about Cedar City and neighboring town Brian Head. And just like that, Utah has become a contender to our summertime adventure. Cedar City is home to a variety of destinations for visitors of all ages, with opportunities to hike, pan for gold, learn to rope cows and camp, fish, or mountain bike.

5 Reasons to Visit Cedar City in 2016

Reason One: IG Winery

Did someone say, “Wine?” Fun fact: Cedar City is home to Southern Utah’s one and only winery. IG Winery has been the recipient of several gold and silver medals at the Grand Harvest Wine competition in addition to the International Wine Competition Sommelier Challenge. Open to the public, the premier winery offers tastings on-site at The Iron Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Reason Two: Exploring the Arts

Home to one of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America, the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival produces five months of plays and musicals June through October. Also opening this summer is a new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which will house the newest additions to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Southern Utah Museum of Art, operated by graduate and undergraduate students.

Reason Three: Brian Head Ski Resort
Snow Brian Head

Known as “Utah’s best kept secret” Brian Head Ski Resort offers The Greatest Snow on Earth®, with annual average snowfall of over 360 inches, covering over 650 acres. Brian Head also incorporates Terrain Based Learning™ for beginner ski and snowboard lessons thanks to their partnership with SNOW Operating and Snow Park Technologies.

Reason Four: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

The museum portion of the state park is home to an impressive collection of pioneer artifacts and horse-drawn vehicles. It’s the perfect day activity for curious families.

Reason Five: Star Parties

Cedar City South Utah Star Parties

Can you say, “Right up our alley?” The Southern Utah Space Foundation is responsible for astronomy events that feature planets, stars, meteor showers and our favorite…marshmallows. This summer celebrate Summer Solstice at the Parowan Gap, the Perseid Meteor Shower at Three Peaks and Cedar Breaks National Monument  Star Parties. Due to its high elevation and remote location, Cedar Breaks is known for one of the darkest night skies in the country.

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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9 COMMENTS
  • Erika February 29, 2016

    I don’t know much about Utah. Cedar City sounds like a great place to visit though!

  • Jacqui Odell March 1, 2016

    I have been starting to research some where new to go, and this sounds like a beautiful place!

  • Barb W. March 1, 2016

    Looks like you are headed to a lovely, fun-filled destination! Haven’t been to Utah yet, but hoping to get add it to our travel list someday soon.

  • Kathleen Kennedy-Leon March 1, 2016

    I”ve not ever been to Utah, but having seen your photos, I really need to get there. The stars look just amazing-what a treat. I would love to spend the night with my family star gazing!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All March 2, 2016

    You are right, I have never thought of Utah in terms of wine. I’ve actually never been to Utah, and know next to nothing about it other than where it is on a map.

  • Katja March 7, 2016

    Look at those starry night skies!! And wine? I’m sold, please take me with you when you go!

  • Nichola - Globalmouse March 8, 2016

    Wow what a great place with so much going on, and lots of variety too – love the look of it and hope to get to Utah with the kdis soon (I have been on my own but not with them…yet!)

  • Sarah Hirsch March 9, 2016

    My parents just returned from Utah and LOVED IT! We are adding it to our short list too! Maybe we will see you there?!

  • Robin March 12, 2016

    I can’t think of any thing more memorable than a star party. That sounds like heaven…literally!

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