DOG-FRIENDLY OPTIONS IN AND AROUND CEDAR CITY – Because dogs are family too!

When planning your vacation to southern Utah, many factors come into play when building your itinerary.  Are you bringing children?  What kind of family activities are there? What trails are kid-friendly?  And, for many, can we bring the dog along?  Cedar City prides itself in being a family friendly destination.  In doing so, Cedar City has activity options for adults, children, AND last but not least, dogs too!

The cool mountain town’s outdoor activities are endless all year long.  From walking trails in and around town, to the hiking and site seeing options in the national parks and monuments surrounding the area, there are surely plenty of opportunities for the pup to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty around right along with the rest of the family.  Along with dog-friendly walking trails and hikes with multiple access points in close vicinity to downtown, there are also  lodging options, stores,  AND outdoor dining options too!  Below is a categorized list of dog-friendly fun and accommodations to help plan your trip to Cedar City assure every member of the family has a great experience, including the pup!

On the contrary, there are just some instances where boarding pets is the safer route rather than bringing them along.  We have multiple pet boarding facilities in Cedar City, all with wonderful reviews and animal loving staff members to assure your pets are well taken care of while you enjoy activities that are not as pet friendly.  Please see list below for boarding options.

TRAILS

Aspen Mirror Lake Trail

EASY | 1 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | OUT & BACK |

Aspen Mirror Lake is a short scenic hike from Duck Creek Village.  This quaint little mountain lake is just of Utah’s Scenic Byway Highway 14, just before Duck Creek Village.  This is the perfect lake to take your dog for a scenic stroll and enjoy the beautiful Aspen trees surrounding the lake.  Dog-Friendly – Leash Required.

Trailhead: From Highway 14 east, turn left at the Aspen Mirror junction sign.  The trailhead is located at the end of the road.

Brian Head Town Trail

EASY | 2.7 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | ROUND TRIP| 

Brian Head Town Trail loops you around the town with views on relatively flat terrain with beautiful views of red rock and beautiful Aspen forests.

Campground Trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument

EASY | 1 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | ROUND TRIP| 

Views of the the beautiful natural amphitheater along the first half of the trail.

Trailhead: The trail starts at the Visitor Center and ends in the Campground.  Dog-Friendly – Leash Required.

Coal Creek Walking Trail

EASY | 3.4 MILES | SPRING – FALL | POINT TO POINT |

This paved walking trail meanders along the banks of Coal Creek with drinking fountains, exercise stations, historical monuments, benches and no street crossing (with trail underpasses and bridges). Dog Friendly – Leash Required.

Trailhead: Trail can be accessed from several points including the Cedar Nature Park (Hwy 14 east of Cedar City), Cedar City Canyon Park (500 E Center St / 151 S 400 E), Cedar City Visitor Center (581 N Main St) and Bicentennial Park (660 W 1045 N).

East Bench Trail

EASY | 2.6 MILE | SPRING – FALL| POINT TO POINT| 

This paved walking trail sits on the east side of Cedar City with views of the entire town to the west.

Trailhead: The trail forks off the Coal Creek Trail in East Canyon Park ending on Old Highway 91, just south of Cross Hollow Road.

Lichen It Trail

EASY | 6.6  MILES | SPRING – FALL | OUT & BACK |

The views of Cedar City are priceless on this trail, as it heads northeast up the face of the mountain. This walking trail is shared with mountain bikers, so please use caution in sharing the trail.  Dog Friendly – Leash Required.

Trailhead: The trail begins at the Iron Hills Trail System Southview Trailhead (S Shurtz Canyon Dr)

Spring Creek

MODERATE | 4 MILES | SPRING – FALL | OUT & BACK
This is moderate hike into a beautiful slot canyon located just outside the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park. It provides a taste of canyoneering in a relatively easy slot, in an area that is accessible. The canyon is little known, overlooked by most hikers, and so you can often find solitude. Follow an old jeep trail through large meadow into a deep, narrow canyon. Follow the stream bed for 1.5 miles. Canyon wall will narrow and you’ll need to climb boulders and logs. Trail will become difficult to pass without climbing skills and equipment; this is a good point to turn around.  Dog-Friendly – Leash Required.

Trailhead:Located about 0.8 mile south of the town of Kanarraville, just south of Cedar City. At 400 South Main St, Kanarraville, take the route that heads southeast toward the cliffs. Follow it for about 0.82 miles to the parking area and trailhead.

NOTE: Water in the creek varies. Watch weather forecast, do not attempt if rain or flash flooding is predicted.

Twisted Forest

MODERATE | 1 MILE | SUMMER – FALL | OUT & BACK |

Located in the Dixie National Forest, featuring Bristlecone Pine trees and a view into Cedar Breaks National Monument, this is a high elevation hike with a sheer drop-off at the end, so use caution.  Dog-Friendly – Leash Required.

Trailhead: Just south of Brian Head Town of National Scenic Byway Hwy U-143 take Forest Service Road #204 (Sugar Loaf Road) about 2 miles until it connects with FR #265, go left about 1/2 mile then follow signs and road #964 to trailhead.

Virgin River Rim

MODERATE | 32 MILES | SUMMER – FALL | POINT TO POINT | 

Views of the Virgin River Rim and northern terrace of Zion National Park, hiking, mountain biking and horses.

Trailhead: The trail has several access points so you can make the journey as long or as a short as you like. There are access points at Wood’s Ranch, Deer Haven, Te Ah Campground (Navajo Lake), as well as Cascade Falls and Strawberry Point trailheads.  Dog-Friendly – Leash Required.

LODGING & RV PARKS

Best Western Premier at Brian Head (314 Hunter Ridge Dr., Brian Head)

Cedar Breaks RV Park (1700 N Main St)

Cedar City Days Inn (1204 S Main St)

Cedar City KOA (1121 N Main St.)

Cedar City Travelodge (2555 N Freeway Dr.)

Clarion Inn & Suites (1204 S Main St.)

Comfort Inn & Suites (1555 S Old Highway 91)

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1555 S Highway 91)

La Quinta Inn & Suites (1377 S Main St.)

M-Star Cedar City (190 S Main St.)

Ramada by Wyndham (1575 W 200 N)

Quality Inn (250 N 1100 W)

RESTAURANTS (WITH OUTDOOR DINING OPTIONS)

Centro Woodfired Pizzeria (50 W Center St.)

Charlie’s Southern Barbecue (126 N Main St.)

Martin’s Corner Deli (815 Movie Ranch Rd., Duck Creek Village)

Pizanos Pizzeria (259 Village Way, Brian Head)

The French Spot (5 N Main St.)

The Grind (19 N Main St.)

STORES

Cal-Ranch Store (750 S Main St.)

Pet Smart (582 S Main St.)

For more information on event details, ticket pricing, and scheduling, log onto visitcedarcity.com or call 435-586-5124.

BOARDING OPTIONS

CEDAR CITY PET SITTING & BOARDING

Dogs and Small Caged Animals
4891 W 1000 South, Cedar City
(435) 865-7347 | dandbspetsitting.com

CEDAR CITY VETERINARY CLINIC

Dogs, Cats and Most Small Pets
533 N Airport Rd, Cedar City
(435) 586-3400 | www.cedarvetclinic.com

COLOR COUNTRY ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Dogs and Cats
390 N 4050 West, Cedar City
(435) 865-7264

CROSS HOLLOWS EVENT CENTER / DIAMOND Z ARENA

Horses
11 N Cross Hollows Rd, Cedar City
(435) 590-3368

THE HITCH’N POST

Dogs and Most Small Pets
4200 N Wagon Wheel Dr, Enoch
(435) 586-7530

IRON COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS

Horses
50 S 600 East, Parowan
(435) 477-3331 | www.parowan.org

MOUNTAIN VIEW ANIMAL CLINIC

Dogs and Cats
2265 W Midvalley Rd, Enoch
(435) 586-4918

RED ROVER RETREAT

Dogs and Most Small Pets
911 N 2175 West, Cedar City
(435) 586-2669 | www.redroverretreat.com

SOUTHERN UTAH ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Dogs and Cats
1203 N Main St, Cedar City
(435) 586-6216

For more information on event details, ticket pricing, and scheduling, log onto visitcedarcity.com or call 435-586-5124.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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