Cedar City, Utah: Must-See Adventures for All Ages

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Southern Utah is home to some of our nation’s most beautiful National Parks and natural wonders. Cedar City, Utah, located just 90 miles from Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, acts as a year-round gateway for must-do adventures for travelers of all ages. It’s the perfect destination for a multi-generational family gathering.
Photography by Mike SaemischDuring the winter, Brian Head Ski Resort is the place to be. The resort has two mountains featuring over 70 ski and snowboard trails from beginner to double diamond. Brian Head boasts the lowest lift ticket prices in all of Utah, making it fun and affordable for everyone in your family. Learn to Ski bundles include rentals, lift tickets, and lessons and are available for all ages. Skiing not your thing? Try out their snow tubing runs or watch the action from the warmth and comfort of the Last Chair Saloon.
Kolob Canyons Double Arch Alcove
Once you’re done hitting the slopes, take a scenic drive through the Kolob Canyons inside Zion National Park. The canyons are Zion’s best kept secret and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views along the 12 mile, round-trip drive.
Just be sure to check ahead of time for any road closures or weather advisories and take it easy: the road ascends 1,100 feet in just five miles. There are plenty of places to pull off the road to take in the glorious sights, snap photos, or check out roadside exhibits.

Cedar Breaks with Bristlecone, PC Paul Roelandt
In the spring and summer, family hikes are the perfect way to add a little adventure to your day. Hikes range from easy day hikes to challenging overnight adventures. Cedar Breaks National Monument is an ideal spot for multi-aged groups to spend a day. Take a leisurely two-mile hike along the Alpine Pond Trail to check out the wildflowers (wildflowers hit peak colors in July and August) and breaks. If your group is up to a slightly more intense challenge, continue your hiking adventure along the Spectra Point Trail. The hike is more strenuous, but worth the gorgeous views.

Composite shot of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Milky Way.

Composite shot of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Milky Way.

At night, join in one of Cedar Breaks’ “Star Parties” and experience a night sky like you’ve never seen before. Star Parties are available on Saturday nights from July through Labor Day. Admission is complimentary. Add a little all-ages adventure to your star gazing with a night hike (offered only during a full moon.)  USA Today named Cedar Breaks as one of the Top 10 Places to Stargaze in 2012 so you know you’re in for a special experience.

Dixie National Forest also offers outdoor fun and adventures, suitable for every member of the family.  Your group will find more than enough activities to keep everyone happy, from leisurely hikes, mountain biking trails, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, and more. Set up at a picnic area or campsite and let everyone choose their own level of adventure and activity for the day. Group picnic and campsites are available.
Cedar Mountain Fall Colors
Whether it’s a family hike, group ski lesson, or a little old-fashioned outdoor fun at a park, Cedar City, Utah provides families with adventure for all-ages. Its convenient location to National Parks and Monuments, forests, and mountains means you’ll spend less time getting to your adventure and more time enjoying all Southern Utah has to offer.

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  • Reply Brittany March 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    The more I read on Utah, the more I want to jump in a car or on a plane and get there!

    • Reply ashley March 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Right? It’s definitely on my bucket list.

  • Reply Lyne March 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

    This is so serene! I need to add it toy list of places to visit.

    • Reply ashley March 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      The photos make me want to just grab a tent and my hiking shoes and stare at the sky!

  • Reply Nicole March 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    The “star parties” sound so amazing. I cannot wait to revisit Utah. I am hoping to do it this summer and definitely Southern Utah is on the top of my list. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Kia March 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Wow Utah is such a lovely place! I’ve never been before. Lovely photos 🙂

  • Reply Dana March 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Loved our honeymoon in Park City. Can’t wait to get back out to Utah in summer & winter!

    • Reply ashley March 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      I think you need an anniversary trip!

  • Reply Ellen G March 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, this looks like a great place for a family vacation! Totally a place you can unplug and not feel like you are missing out.

    • Reply ashley March 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Exactly! No need for being connected out there.

  • Reply Gregory Ng March 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Great post! We were fortunate to visit every single place you mentioned here last summer. My family loved it! I have one piece of advice to add: When visiting Zion National Park, make sure to bring water shoes and hike “The Narrows”. It is a life-changing experience for everyone!

    • Reply ashley March 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      That’s a great tip! I loved following along with your big trip. I can’t wait to see what your next one will be.

  • Reply Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? March 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    My grandparents live in Park City and ask us to come skiing…I want to come in the summer and venture out to see this! It’s beautiful.

  • Reply kim March 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    My husband and I took a “bucket list” trip to see Utah’s National Parks…only after discussing the idea for nearly twenty years, the government shut down the parks on our first day of the trip. 🙁 We did drive out to Cedar Breaks and through the main road of Zion (where park rangers kept traffic moving along). Thankfully Utah has wonderful state parks. I look forward to taking another stab at our bucket list trip one day. Utah is amazing!

  • Reply Jenni Chiu March 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I had no idea there was so much gorgeousness there.

  • Reply reesa March 3, 2016 at 10:05 am

    wow this looks like a beautiful place! I have never been out that way in our country!

  • Reply Fadra March 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’ve never been to Utah but as a nature girl, I’m dying to! Those pictures are gorgeous!

  • Reply Ashley @ It's Fitting March 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    My bestie lives in Salt Lake and I LOVE it there! We plan to ski and take a few hiking trips next year!!

  • Reply Jessica @eatsleepbe March 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Those photos are so incredibly beautiful. You have officially added Utah to my travel wish list.

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