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Cedar City, the home of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, is conveniently located between Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. It is in Iron County, which also includes the communities of Brian Head and Parowan, the county seat. Brian Head is 2 miles north of Cedar Breaks N.M. and offers accommodations, food, and shopping. Parowan is north of Brian Head, close to Interstate 15, as is Cedar City.

What to See & Do

The Dixie National Forest lies to the west and east of Cedar City, providing many recreational opportunities as well as camping. The highly regarded Shakespearean Festival is staged each summer from the last week in June through the Labor Day weekend. Not only the plays of William Shakespeare are put on in the Adams Shakespearean Theater and the Randall Jones Theater, but other playwrights' works are featured as well; plays by Edmund Rostand and Noel Coward were recently staged. The Royal Feaste is a saucy Tuesday and Friday entertainment with a medieval dinner and bawdy celebration in the King's Pavilion. For information on all festival events, phone (435) 586-7800 (Mon.&endash;Fri., 8 am to 5 pm) or (435) 586-4300.

Cedar City is also the home of Southern Utah University. Art fans should not miss visiting the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, on the university campus at 351 W. Center. Cedar Ridge Golf Course is located at 100 E. 800 North. Winter brings snow to the area, and there are groomed cross-country ski trails located at Duck Creek Village, 30 miles east of Cedar City. Iron Mission State Park preserves the early Mormon foundry established in 1851.

The downhill ski resort is located at Brian Head. This is a scenic resort town nestled in the Dixie National Forest north of Cedar Breaks. There are cross-country ski trails throughout the area, including those that provide access to scenery along the Cedar Breaks rim.

Summer brings people who stay at Brian Head while visiting Cedar Breaks and commuting to the Shakespearean festival. The resort stages its own summer cultural events including a jazz festival each July Fourth and the Children's International Folk Festival at the end of July. August brings a country dancing event, and people flock to the area to view the fall colors around Cedar Breaks. This is also a popular mountain biking area.

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Cedar City Camping

Cedar City KOA (435-586-9872) is open all year with 200 sites, including 70 for tents. It has a pool, laundry, grocery store, and dump station. Country Aire RV Park (435-586-2550) is also open year-round with 70 sites (30 for tents) as well as a pool, laundry, and playground.

Nearby Places

Zion National Park
St. George
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Salt Lake City

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