Scenic Southern Utah is the perfect location for your next family gathering. No matter what your tastes and needs–a small, catered gathering at a local restaurant or a camping reservation at a state park we have the solutions to make your family reunion or group activity memorable and fun.
Planning Assistance The Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau can assist you with the details of planning your family reunion. Our services include:
- Lodging and dining selection assistance
- Brochures, maps, bags and other publications
- Service project assistance
- Suggested activities for children and adults
- Assistance in negotiating the best possible group rate for lodging and activities.
Many families choose Brian Head because of their friendly, safe and relaxing atmosphere. Local activities include mountain biking, hiking, fishing, ATV trails, scenic Sky lift rides, rock climbing, disc golf, snowmobile trails and rentals, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, nearby National Parks and of course skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Being a resort town, Brian Head has several condominium reservation centers that offer everything from hotel style rooms, four bedroom family units to fully stocked cabins. Brian Head’s Town Park facility includes a playground, restrooms, volleyball court and basketball courts. Contact Brian Head Town Hall for park reservations at 435-677-2029.
Brian Head Resort offers planning services for groups of 20 or more for skiing, boarding, mountain biking and Sky Lift rides. Contact Brian Head Resort at (435)677-2035 or www.brianhead.com
Cedar City is a full service community with a myriad of lodging, dining and activity choices. Groups can enjoy plays and seminars at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Neil Simon Festival and productions put on by the Southern Utah University Theater and Dance Department. There’s also the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, DUP Museum, Cedar Canyon Walking Trail and Park Discovery. Family reunion groups also love Cedar City for its convenient location to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
The Southern Utah University outdoor recreation department can help groups plan outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing for all ability levels plus they offer, ropes course and workshops that cover outdoor skills, and interests. Call (435) 865-8704 for details.
Cedar City Recreation has several baseball, softball and soccer fields, Lake at the Hills Urban Fishery, plus five parks with playgrounds, and two parks with covered areas for picnics and programs. Contact the Cedar City Recreation Department at (435) 865-9223 for reservations or go online to www.cedarcity.org
The Three Peaks Recreation Area and the Wood’s Ranch Recreation area are popular for family gatherings as well. Contact the Iron County Recreation Office at (435) 586-5124 or go online to www.ironcounty.net
Parowan’s “Mother Town” nickname comes from being the original southern Utah settlement that spurred the colonization of the west, including places like Cedar City, St George and Las Vegas. Every corner of Parowan has a story to tell from their preserved pioneer homes, to their Heritage Park, Old Rock Church and Meeks Pond. Parowan is a popular family reunion location for descendants of the original settlers and those interested in history. Many of the original homes and business buildings still line the downtown area of the community, along with a tree-lined Main Street that take visitors on a nostalgic trip back through time.
Pioneer museums, a historic cemetery and numerous historic sites are open for family reunion groups. Parowan has three parks, an urban fishery, baseball and soccer fields and the Iron County Fairgrounds indoor exhibition area with a full service kitchen and a covered pavilion with a concession stand. Contact Parowan City for more information at (435)477-3331.
Five-Mile Picnic Area is located, as the locals say, “five miles up Parowan Canyon”, at the gateway to Vermillion Castles and Yankee Meadow Reservoir. It is neatly tucked away along the creek, surrounded by towering red rocks of Vermillion Castle dotted with juniper trees. Five -Mile is open May through October for public and community use. No overnight camping is allowed and there is no potable water available. Use of the 17 picnic areas is on a first come-first served basis. However, there is one picnic site that is tailored for large groups, which can be scheduled for use through Parowan City at (435)477-3331 or go to www.parowan.org
Must See & Do
Utah Shakespeare Festival Greenshow
Whether you are a theater lover or not, the Greenshow is a “must do” while in Cedar City. The complimentary Greenshow is held in the newly finished Aston Family Greenshow Commons surrounding the Engelstad Theatre just prior to the evening theater performance during the summer season. There’s music, dance, storytelling, magic, juggling, snacks and food reminiscent of Merry Ol’ England. Great for kids of all ages. Located at 198 W. University Blvd./Center St, Cedar City. Box Office is 1-800-PLAYTIX www.bard.org
Frontier Homestead State Park
Experience time travel through the Park’s massive collection of horse drawn vehicles. You can imagine for a moment you’re a stagecoach driver steering his team across the Old Spanish Trail, or a pioneer woman crossing the plains in a covered wagon; or a steam shovel operator digging ore in an iron mine. Rather than imagine, why not experience all of this at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and southern Utah to life. Cost is $4 per person. Open Monday – Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, and extended hours in the summer. Located at 635 N. Main St, Cedar City. (435)586-9290.
Park Discovery, a fun, educational place where kids of all ages can learn and play. Concepts from over 4,000 local kids where integrated into the design concept of the park. Along with educational play elements, there’s an outdoor classroom, stage area, a separate play area for toddlers, handicap accessible ramps and swings and a ¾ paved walking trail that surrounds the park. Directions: head west on Cross Hollow Road (I-15 Exit #57) to Royal Hunte Dr., turn right and go all the way to the top of the hill to the Parking area next to the Iron County School District building. Open daily, year round, weather permitting from sun up to sun down. (435)865-9223.
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Wind, water and sand carved out this natural passageway that was once used as a major thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the Gap. Researchers have identified what they believe to be solar and lunar calendars, plus hunting and cultural glyphs which provided early civilizations with a calendaring system where various solar time events are marked by shadows cast by the natural rock formations. The Bureau of Land Management recently completed a project to provide long-term preservation of the resources at the site including a visitor trail, public parking, restroom facilities and several interpretive signs. The signs tell the different interpretations and meanings of the rock writings, specifically what they mean to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. Observation events take place throughout the year so be sure to check our calendar of events at www.visitcedarcity.com. Location: From Cedar City drive 13 miles north on Hwy U-130, then east on Parowan Gap road for 2.5 miles or from Parowan Main Street travel west on 400 North for 10.5.
Brian Head Resort Summer Activities
Entertain your inner adrenaline junkie with zip-line, chairlift rides, and disc golf and bungee trampoline. If you are up for a physical challenge, spend the day at the climbing wall and then ride your cares away at the alpine tubing. The mountain bike season is short but sweet and generally begins mid-June and runs through mid-October. Round trip shuttle service is available by local shuttle companies to take you to over 200 miles of backcountry and downhill trails and the Brian Head Resort chairlift provides access on weekends to incredible trails featuring ups, downs, jumps, bank turns and freestyle elements. Go to www.brianhead.com for schedule and cost.
With two tubing hills located at both Giant Steps and Navajo Mountains, this winter activity is great for the whole family. Surface lifts provide easy access to the top of the hill. Advance reservations recommended 866-930-1010 www.brianhead.com
National Park Junior Ranger Program
Both Cedar breaks and Kolob Canyons offer an interactive Junior Ranger Program for youth 12 and under. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the park visitor center, complete all the activities and learn about Cedar Breaks. Once completed, take the Ranger oath and get your own Junior Park Ranger badge.