Let’s face it, Utah summers can be hot! Cedar City sits at almost 6000 feet in elevation, which is higher than the majority of Utah cities. However, we are still seeing 90 degree temperatures throughout the summer months. High temperatures can make hiking and other outdoor adventures almost unbearable. Lucky for us, we are located in a place where finding ways to beat the hot summer heat is convenient AND fun. Save the lower elevation hikes for early fall and take advantage of this awesome list of ways to “keep it cool” over the last couple of months of summer.
1. Experience Brian Head Resort Summer Activities
Brian Head town has the very highest base elevation of all Utah cities. Needless to say, being thirty minutes from the beautiful mountain town definitely creates opportunity for cooler weather. Despite Brian Head’s winter wonderland reputation, Brian Head in the summer is just as fun. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax with good music and cold brew, or feed you’re outdoor enthusiast side with awesome mountain biking trails, Brian Head is definitely the place to be.
Brian Head averages around 70 degrees throughout the day in the summer months which makes for the perfect place to “keep it cool” this summer. Brian Head Resort has created an epic summer experience with their weekend events such as Festival of Flavors, Country Music Festival and Rocktoberfest just to name a few! These events feature live music, local beer, John’s delicious BBQ, beautiful views, and perfect weather. There are also avalanche tubing, climbing wall, zip line, and bungee trampoline activities for entertaining the little ones.
2. “Keep it Cool” in a Slot Canyon
Southern Utah has some of the most beautiful slot canyons in the world, some right here in our own backyard. The summer months are some of the best times of year to hike slot canyons, as you hike through water for a large portion of the hike – what better way to “keep it cool”!
Kanarra Falls Slot Canyon is located just 15 miles south of Cedar City in a town called Kanarraville. The hike is about 4 miles roundtrip and is considered to be moderate. Hiking through this beautiful little canyon is quite secluded from the sun for a good portion of the hike, and the stream throughout stays quite cool year round. This is a permitted hike, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Just a little further south from Kanarra Falls is a more family oriented slot canyon hike called Spring Creek Canyon. The hike is around 4.5 miles round trip, considered to be beginner, with minor obstacles. This is a fantastic hike to take the whole family (including the dog), and “keep it cool” spending quality time in a beautiful, cool, stream filled slot canyon.
3. Explore the Patchwork Parkway: Scenic Byways 14, 148 + 143
Scenic Byways are officially designated highways that weave through vast landscapes connecting towns, national parks, monuments and forest along the way. Cedar City is fortunate to have not only one, but THREE scenic byways that loop into a seamless, picturesque drive perfect in the summer and fall. Being that the higher elevations of much of these scenic drives, this is a perfect opportunity to “keep it cool” and see some beautiful views along the way.
4. Visit Cedar Breaks National Monument – Day or Night!
Cedar Breaks National Monument, located just thirty minutes from Cedar City in the heart of Dixie National Forest draws thousands each year. The 3-mile wide natural amphitheater brings nature’s art to life with its dynamically formed red rock staircases, bristlecone pine groves, hoodoos, arches, fins and canyons and is often surrounded by beautiful wildflowers.
Cedar Breaks National Monument also hosts “star parties” orchestrated by Dixie National Forest Park Rangers. Experiencing Cedar Breaks as darkness falls is an entirely different experience than in daylight. The high elevation and remote location allow nights light to expose objects from space, creating the perfect star-gazing experience. How “cool” is that?
5. Attend The Greenshow at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
Located in downtown Cedar City is the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Every night, as the sun begins its descent at 7:10 in the evening, the Shakespeare Festival does The Greenshow on an outdoor stage right on the festival grounds. This is a greeting and welcome to the Shakespeare Festival filled with dancing, singing, laughter and lots of energy. Those of all ages will love the story told through the talent and magic of the talented performers. Bring the entire family, a blanket to sit on, grab some popcorn at the concessions, sit back, relax, and “keep it cool” as the magic unfolds before you.
For more information on event details, ticket pricing, and scheduling, log onto visitcedarcity.com or call 435-586-5124.