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Ski down snow-covered slopes in the heart of winter, and in summer explore the ambling hiking trails that run along their ridges, kick back at local bars or discover the undisturbed beauty of its extensive national parks, whatever the season, Cedar City in Utah plays host to activities in the great outdoors. This quiet and unassuming town, with its laid back personality, friendly local shopkeepers, and community feel, has a frenzied festival-loving alter-ego, accommodating crowds of tourists to its parks and halls with displays, events and rodeos throughout the year.

Things to see

It might not have the size of the Grand Canyon, but the impressive natural amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument is every bit as striking. The iron-red volcanic rock descends into the earth in craggy leaps and bounds, and you can follow its trails, tracing the undulating routes to the gorge floor below. Back in Cedar City, the Adams Shakespearean Theatre began life as little more than a makeshift stage erected on the grounds of the university campus. It hosts an annual celebration of the Bard’s best works, and in keeping with its important status, the theatre is now a purpose-built open-air rotunda with seating that faces a timber stage. If you leave the city and follow the winding routes that skirt the mountainous peaks of the Dixie National Park, you’ll discover the Brian Head ski resort on the highest slopes in Utah where seven inches of snow can fall in a single night, covering the usually red hills in soft white flurries.

Hotels in Cedar City

Cedar City is a laid back rural location, and you won’t find glass-fronted skyscrapers and glitzy malls here. Hotels in Cedar City reflect the culture and style of this pretty mountain-valley location, with budget motels and discount hotels dominating the leisure market. The décor can be very alpine in style, designed around wooden interiors, great views, and personal entrances for privacy, but the facilities usually include tea and coffee makers, televisions, and occasionally WiFi for guests to use. Mountain views from guest rooms aren’t uncommon either, regardless of your budget, because the snowcapped peaks and Ponderosa pine-covered slopes can be seen throughout the valley.

Where to stay

Cedar City is known as Festival City, and all year round it hosts a plethora of annual events to celebrate everything from wild flowers, and the arts, to Shakespeare, and stampedes. Main Street is a wide boulevard, a long shopping street with old fashioned iron street lamps, colorful shop fronts, and a mix of old and modern architecture. To the north, Cedar City hotels can also be found in the little district of Parowan, a quiet town and the oldest surviving community in Utah, where some of the original buildings are still inhabited today.

How to get to Cedar City

Cedar City has a little municipal airport which is great for internal flights, but if you’re traveling from outside the US the easiest airport to use is McCarron International Airport in Nevada, right inside the streets of southeast Las Vegas. The drive is two and a half hours long from here, but it’s a straightforward route along Interstate 15. Once you’re at the city you won’t need a car unless you want to explore the outlying mountains, but the shops, Main Street, and most of the restaurants will be a short walk from your hotel.