Fast track flow trails, stunning views, hiking trails for every type of adventurer, and more are just waiting to be discovered in Cedar City's backyard. A hot spot for outdoor recreation, Cedar City is within a day’s trip of travel from Salt Lake, and is home to a wide range of opportunities to discover, guaranteed to spark your sense of wonder.
Over 600 miles of valley OHV trails wind throughout Cedar City and surrounding areas. In addition to the valley trails, there are over 400 miles of designated trails in the high mountain passes of the Dixie National Forest area of Markagunt Plateau with nearly 500 miles of trails designated near Parowan Gap and Three Peaks Recreation Area.
Whether you’re looking for a chance to rock crawl on the rolling hills of Three Peaks Recreation Area or take in the beautiful scenery and forests of mixed conifer and wide-open meadows in Dixie National Forest the opportunities are endless!
Take the family and spend the afternoon on the Lichen It trail for a ride that’s ideal for every skill level. Enjoy the scenery of Cedar Canyon with a leisurely ride along the paved Coal Creek Trail. Or put your skills to the test on one of the downhill single-track trails at Brian Head Resort. For beginner riders, Brian Head Resort even offers guided mountain biking tours and lessons to ensure a good time for everyone in your group.
At 10,000 feet, these hiking trails offer a reprieve from the hot desert temperatures alongside stunning views. Hiking in Cedar City is a great way to explore the area and experience the beautiful scenery. You can find everything from waterfalls and ancient forests to narrow canyons and majestic overlooks.
For views of Zion National Park as you mingle among a grove of ancient Bristlecone Pines, take the easy 1-mile Bristlecone Pine Trail along Highway 14. This trail is great for families and is even pet friendly!
Spilling from an underground lava tube below Navajo Lake there’s a beautiful surprise waiting at the end of the Cascade Falls Trail. This moderate 1-mile trail offers spectacular views of Zion National Park and the Markagunt Plateau before ending at a cascading waterfall.
Winding along the rim of the natural red rock amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Ramparts/Spectra Point Trail is a moderate 4-mile trail that packs incredible views into every step. This high-country trail winds along the plateau rim and passes a stand of ancient Bristlecone Pines along the way.
An International Dark Sky Park since 2017, Cedar Breaks National Monument is the must-visit destination for stargazing in our backyard. Many nighttime visitors to Cedar Breaks get to see more stars than they’ve ever seen in their lives, even when the moon is out!
Even without spending the evening stargazing in Cedar Breaks, areas near Brian Head Resort, throughout Dixie National Forest, and in the valley near Parowan Gap remain some of the darkest places in the world to view the night sky. Each place offering a different experience. Prepared with your favorite stargazing apps and information about the constellations to look out for, where to look, and what to expect this is the perfect way to end your stay in Cedar City.