Find your ideal Cedar City lodging from Vacasa's always-expanding collection of Southern Utah vacation rentals and be right near skiing, hiking, fishing, and gorgeous natural areas! Located between the Markagunt Plateau and the Great Basin, Cedar City is also neighbor to the majestic Dixie National Forest. Just 250 miles south of Salt Lake City and 170 miles north of Las Vegas, this high elevation destination offers cool, mild summers compared to many of the surrounding desert towns to the east, west, and south.
While its footprint might be small, this charming Utah town is home to over 15 annual festivals, in fact, it's sometimes referred to as, "Festival City USA"! Depending on the time of year that you visit, you can attend the widely-acclaimed Utah Shakespeare Festival, which runs performances in repertory June through October, the more unique Neil Simon Theater Festival in July, Groovefest in June, and the seasonal Utah Summer Games to name just a few. Also boasting Southern Utah University, Cedar City is a laid-back college town surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery and attractions in all of Southern Utah! From your Cedar City lodging, you can be at Cedar Breaks National Monument within 30 minutes, Zion National Park (including Kolob Canyons) in about an hour, and Bryce Canyon National Park in about 90 minutes. Breathtaking Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is only a few minutes further to the east. One thing is sure - you'll want to bring your camera on a getaway to Cedar City!
Besides exploring in the nearby national parks, Cedar City is filled with numerous outdoor adventures! Go golfing at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course, an 18-hole course right at the base of Cedar Mountain. The rock climbing wall at the SUU is open to the public - you can practice here before heading out to the surrounding red rock mountain cliffs. Hiking trails near town range from the scenic to the completely stunning, including the path to Kanarraville Falls, where you'll cross babbling brooks and enter peaceful canyon narrows, before you're rewarded with waterfalls and tall sandstone canyon walls. And if you head out of town just a bit, Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane, Utah (45 miles south) offers boating, fishing, and even swimming.
For the skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Brian Head is a fairly quick and easy day trip, at only 30 minutes from Cedar City. This popular Southern Utah ski resort gets over 360-inches of snow per year! In addition, there's cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling all within a short drive of town. For the best in Cedar City lodging, look no further than Vacasa and spend your time wandering through crystal clear canyon streams, skiing through fresh powder, or watching a live performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Utah Shakespeare Festival!