Fall in love with Iron County as you take in the dazzling spectacle of fall colors put on by the area surrounding Cedar City.
As the temperatures start to cool and the colors start to shift Cedar City becomes a must see destination on any fall enthusiast’s bucket list. Rated as one of the “Top Eight Unique Destinations to View Fall Colors” by both NBC’s Today Show and USA Today, with such a concentration of scenic routes interlacing throughout the stunning red rock vistas of Southern Utah it’s no surprise.
1. Experience the Patchwork Parkway (Hwy 143)
Known as the Patchwork Parkway, Highway 143 is like the blocks of a quilt. Weaving through an astounding patchwork of historic towns, geological formations, diverse vegetation, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities – this drive appeals to all. From sightseers and leaf peepers to those seeking high adventure there’s always something along this route.
2. First Rate Views AND Adventure at Brian Head Resort
Surrounded by a beautiful aspen forest Brian Head Resort is the perfect mountain get away. Brian Head celebrates the stunning autumn colors with an annual “R’ocktoberfest”, which is sure to satisfy the taste buds with tastings from local breweries and authentic German cuisine, and the ears with live bands throughout the afternoon. Take part in this year’s festival Saturday September 7th from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm .
For more information visit www.brianhead.com/events
3. Sidney Valley Detour
Highway 143 descends through Sidney Valley (approx. 5 miles east after the junction) a spectacular sight in late September with immense stands of golden yellow and fiery red aspens. The pink cliffs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau glitter in the distance as an ancient lava field sprinkled with aspen trees line the highway.
If you’re lucky you may even see some sheep before their big parade!
4. Cedar Breaks National Monument
After Sydney Valley take Highway 148 south. Highway 148 runs along the red rock amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The large, natural amphitheater is about three miles wide and 2,500 feet deep with walls of spires and dazzling rock formations, creating a supreme backdrop for fall leaves. Along the way, find several viewpoints and trails, the best for fall colors is the Alpine Pond Loop. This trail winds through spruce, fir and aspens then past the spring-fed Alpine Pond.
5. Travel along Scenic Byway, SR 14
Continuing the journey, follow Highway 148 south through Cedar Breaks National Monument. To finish the loop, turn west back towards Cedar City at the junction of Highway 14. Add to the experience by stopping at the Zion Overlook or Woods Ranch for a picnic and then continue to Cedar City.
Stay caught up with the changing colors in real time by checking out our #FallColorReport
Stands of aspens crowned in vibrant yellows and burning reds. Unmatched backdrops of striking red rocks. Cedar City is the ideal gateway to outstanding fall color.
Are you ready? Let WONDER be your guide.