11,300 Feet (Late Spring – Fall) Located just north of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head Peak is the highest point (11,300 feet/ 3,446 meters) found in Southern Utah. From this vista, visitors can enjoy views across Utah into Nevada & Arizona, while sheltered in the historic Civilian Conservation Corp. overlook built in 1935. Visitors will also likely see (and hear!) the Yellow Bellied Marmots that call this peak home.
Directions: Visitors can drive to the peak during the summer season by driving on State Route 143 between Cedar Breaks and Brian Head and turning onto the well-maintained dirt Forest Road 047 that goes right to the stone overlook building. Another option during summertime weekends is to ride Brian Head Resort’s scenic lift ride from Brian Head town to within a couple hundred feet of the peak.
Brian Head Resort is one of Southern Utah's premier winter and summer destination. With fun activities for all ages, there is no better family vacation destination. With a high-speed quad chair lift and access to premier terrain, Giant Steps Mountain offers trails that intermediate and advanced skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers love. For more information about upcoming events in Brian Head, visit brianhead.com.
(Spring-Fall) This family friendly hike provides spectacular views of Zion National Park and overlooks the Markagunt Plateau where it ends at the falls cascading from an underground lava tube out of Navajo Lake. This is where the Virgin River begins! Directions: From State Route 14 Take the Navajo Lake Forest Road 30053 then take first left onto Forest Road 30370. Follow to the junction with Forest Road 30054. Turn right onto Forest Road 30054 and follow to dead end at Cascade Fall trailhead.
Visit Some Ancient TreesHike the Bristlecone Pine Or Twisted Forest Trails (Spring – Fall) Bristlecone Pines are thought to be some of the oldest living things on earth, some have lived for thousands of years! In addition to seeing these sculptural trees at Cedar Breaks NM, the surrounding forest service lands also offer up close views of these ancient trees. For those wanting a quick stop while driving Highway 14, the Bristlecone Pine trail is an easy 0.6 mile loop that winds through stands of ancient Bristlecone Pine trees. For those who want more of an off road adventure, the Twisted Forest Trail offers a lesser-seen views of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the ancient trees lining it’s amphitheater.
Twisted Forest: Traveling on State Route 143 between Cedar Beaks & Brian Head, take Forest Service Road #204 (Sugar Loaf Road) about 2 miles until it connects with Forest Service Road #265, go left about 1/2 mile then follow signs to the trailhead.
Located about 15 miles east of Cedar Breaks of Highway 14, picturesque Navajo Lake was originally know to the Paiute Indians as Pa-cu-ay, meaning "Cloud Lake." The lake came into being when a lava flow dammed the eastern end of the valley. Boating, swimming, mountain biking and fishing are popular activities at Navajo Lake.
(Summer-Fall) Mammoth cave is actually not a cave, but instead is one of the largest lava tubes found in Utah. Formed by cooling lava and water less than 2,000 years ago, Mammoth Cave has four chambers adding up to around 2200 feet of passages.
Red sandstones will grab your attention as you enter Red Canyon, and the recreation offered is vast including horseback riding, hiking trails, off road vehicle paths, biking, camping, picnicking, scenic drive, photography and in the winter –cross country skiing.
(Early Spring – Late Fall) The north wall of Parowan Gap contains a huge gallery of Native American rock art. Most petroglyph sites contain figures of humans and animals. This petroglyph site contains many deeply inscribed geometric forms, along with some humans and animals. The most interesting feature of this site is a very large and deeply inscribed petroglyph known as the "Zipper". Some archaeologists believe the "Zipper" is a composite map (space) and numerical calendar (time). The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs are listed on the National Register of Historic Places signifying its importance as a cultural treasure. The site also contains some interesting paleontological resources as well. Near the petroglyphs are dinosaur tracks made by ornithopods, ceratopsians and theropods.
(Year-round) Experience a blast from the past at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and the old west to life. Visitors are greeted at the museum entrance by a 250,000-pound steam shovel used in the early days of the iron mines. Inside the museum is a world of preserved stagecoaches and wagons. The back of the museum is the “Homestead”, with several preserved historic structures representing life of an early pioneer settlement.
(Year-round) Located on the campus of Southern Utah University in nearby Cedar City, The Beverley Center for the Arts encompasses the new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), said to be a “permanent sculpture that houses an art museum,” host’s free art exhibitions from around the world as well as a special collection of work by Utah landscape artist, Jimmie Jones. During the summer months, SUMA also hosts a yearly outdoor painting event, exhibition & sale, where professional artists are invited from across the nation to paint the surrounding landscapes found on our public lands.