Ready for a place to park your RV with abundant outdoor adventure close at hand? Cedar City, Utah, about halfway between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, is ground zero for outdoor recreation.
Why so much back-to-nature fun near Cedar City? Southwest Utah and its amazing variety of national parks and forests is all within an easy drive from your Cedar City RV campground. Come along as we do a quick tour of the outdoor wonderlands you’ll want to visit.
Zion National Park
No motorhome trip to Cedar City and Southern Utah is complete without a visit to Zion National Park. Home to awe-inspiring redrock cliffs and canyons, Zion is just fifty miles south of Cedar City. Once you’re there, your outdoor fun can take the shape of wading the Narrows Trail down the Virgin River, hiking, biking or driving the scenic wonders of the Kolob Canyons or making it your mission to discover the Park’s outstanding waterfalls. No matter what kind of recreation gets you out into nature, you’ll come back to your campground filled with tales to share.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Get ready to be blown away by the raw beauty of this half-mile deep, three mile wide amphitheater in the mountains thirty minutes east of Cedar City. You’ll climb to ten thousand feet and then watch as the earth drops away in spectacular fashion at the rim of this remarkable formation. Bold hoodoos and spires can be spotted on the canyon floor and the entire Cedar Breaks formation is one glorious vacation photo in the making.
Ways to get outdoors and explore? Pack gear for rain and sudden drops in temperature and then explore one of the Monument’s trails. Whether you’re up for the high altitude, challenging Spectra Point Trail or choose to explore the forests, flower-filled meadows and ancient rock formation along the Alpine Pond Trail, have your camera ready. It’s going to be memorable!
Dixie National Forest
Campers who desire an authentic wilderness experience will find it just a half-hour drive from Cedar City. Dixie National Forest, two million acres of red rock and limestone canyons, high desert plateaus and dramatic mountain gorges, can be as remote and isolated an adventure as you choose.
Four wilderness areas—Ashdown Gorge, Box-Death Hollow, Cottonwood Forest and Pine Valley Mountain—each hold mystery and beauty that only travelers willing to take the challenge will discover. Even a short hike along one of the marked trails will give you a sense of America as it appeared to its earliest inhabitants. Don’t miss it!
Bryce Canyon National Park
One more wondrous spot outdoor adventurers will want to visit on an RV camping trip to Cedar City is Bryce Canyon National Park. Located eighty miles east across the southern end of Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon defies accurate description, with countless limestone hoodoos, scenic overlooks and pine forests that seem to grow from bare rock everywhere you look. Hiking a canyon trail or looking out over miles of baffling limestone formations will inspire awe and create wonderful vacation memories. RV Travel Tip: RV parking outside the campgrounds at Bryce is limited to overflow lots, so plan to take your towed vehicle from Cedar City or take advantage of the free shuttle that stops at RV parking areas. It will take you to all major attractions within the park with hop-on, hop-off privileges.
Cedar City Area Mountain Biking
A bonus tip for outdoor adventurers coming to Cedar City: the mountain biking here is outrageous! Use this guide to Cedar City/Brian Head mountain biking trails to plan your own two-wheeled trek through some of the prettiest terrain ever.
Before we go, have we mentioned that Cedar City’s cooler temps, thanks to its five thousand feet elevation, make it the perfect summer RV getaway? When you come back to your campground, take the time to visit Cedar City’s own historic and cultural attractions, including a nationally famous Shakespeare Festival held all summer long!
Summer’s the time to visit Cedar City by RV, when mountain roads are clear to millions of acres of national parks and forests. Come for top-notch Utah RV camping and discover the center of outdoor fun.