Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau Media Kit 2013
Media Kit 2013
Scenic southern Utah is a red rock paradise, full of natural, cultural, and historicalresources that make it one of the West‟s great year-round vacation destinations. Easily accessed within a day‟s drive of major cities in the West, and just three hours from Las Vegas, Iron County Utah is home to Brian Head Resort, Zion-Kolob Canyons National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest and Cedar City – Festival City, USA. Experience Southwest Utah and “Get Away To It All”.
Cedar City, UtahFor a small town of less that 50,000 people,Cedar City has a big heart and more than it‟s fairshare of festivals and events, earning it themoniker „Festival City, USA‟. Visitors are drawn toCedar City year round for the vibrant culture, funfestivals, rich western history, endless naturalresources, opportunities for year roundrecreation, and easy access from populationcenters in Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, andColorado. Cedar City has even been recognizedby American Cowboy Magazine as one of their20 Best Places to Live the West, as well as oneof the best places to retire in the US by Where toRetire Magazine.
Brian Head ResortBrian Head Resort, a year-round mountain resortdestination in Southwestern Utah‟s Dixie NationalForest, offers world class skiing in the wintermonths as well as lift serviced hiking, mountainbiking, and disc golf in the summer months. BrianHead is just 45 minutes from Cedar City and I-15,just a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas. Situated amongthe stunning red rock vistas of Southern Utah, BrianHead offers the same great powder skiing that hasmade Utah resorts like Park City and Snowbirdfamous, but with half the lift ticket price and none ofthe crowds. Sunset Magazine even named BrianHead one of the West‟s Best Secret Ski Slopes.
Cedar Breaks National MonumentCedar Breaks is an often overlooked treasure nestledbetween southwestern Utah‟s well-known Zion andBryce Canyon National Parks. This 2,000 ft. deep,three mile wide natural amphitheater is the result ofmillions of years of geologic change that createdfascinating geological features like ridges, pinnacles,buttresses, hoodoos, fins, and natural windows.Cedar Breaks‟ wildflower fields and alpine forestsmake the 6-mile scenic drive though the NationalMonument one of the West‟s most spectacular fallfoliage viewing drives. Cedar Breaks is also home tothe Bristlecone Pine, one of the oldest living trees onearth, as well as some of the West‟s darkest nightskies for star gazing.
Kolob CanyonsZion National ParkKolob Canyons is a lesser known section ofZion National Park that is located just 20minutes from Cedar City. A six-mile scenic drivethrough Kolob Canyons offers access tospectacular vistas of red rock canyons,cascading waterfalls, blooming wildflowers, andremarkable fall foliage displays during autumn.In addition to a year round National Park VisitorCenter, there are scenic pull offs withinterpretive roadside exhibits, picnic facilities,and access to hiking and backcountry camping.Though it is part of Zion National Park, visitorsto Kolob Canyons will experience none of thecrowds and congestion of Zion proper.
Dixie National ForestThe Dixie National Forest is Utah‟s largest national forest, occupying almost two millionacres of southern Utah. The Dixie National Forest is one of Southwest Utah‟s greatestnatural resources, offering recreational opportunities like camping, hiking, Nordic and alpineskiing, canoeing, fishing, hunting, swimming, horseback riding, ATV and off-roading, andsnowmobiling. Utah State Route 143 through Dixie National Forest, the Patchwork Parkway,received National Scenic Byway Status in 2009 and has been recognized by NBC‟s TodayShow as one of the nation‟s best destinations for fall foliage viewing.
Festival City, USAGermany has their Oktoberfest and Brazil hastheir Carnival, but Cedar City has a wholesummer full of festivals to celebrate. Dubbed„Festival City, USA,‟ Cedar City offers familyfriendly activities and events ranging fromtheater and rodeos to music festivals andsport competitions. Highlights include theCedar City Livestock and Heritage Festival,the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, thePaiute Tribe POW WOW, the Utah SummerGames, and Utah Shakespeare Festival.The summer festival season kicks off in Juneand goes through October. View a fullcalendar of events and festivals athttp://www.scenicsouthernutah.com
Utah Shakespeare2013 marks the 52nd season of this Tony Awardingwinning regional theatre. The Utah ShakespeareFestival in Cedar City has been hosting liveperformances of Shakespearean classics andcontemporary plays since 1961, making it one of thelongest running nonprofit theatres in the west.Performances play out on three differentstages, including a wonderful outdoor Shakespeareantheatre. Performers come from across the country to actin productions of The Tempest, 12 Angry Men, AnythingGoes and Richard the II just to name a few. The UtahShakespeare Festival‟s performances are held dailythroughout the Summer and Fall season from Junethrough October.
Western History and CultureSouthwestern Utah is home to a rich heritage ofgeologic history, Native American culture, Westernexploration, and homesteading pioneers. The red rockgeologic formations of Cedar Breaks and Zion harkenback to prehistoric eras, while the rich history of theAnasazi and Freemont ancestors of today‟s Paiute tribecan still be seen in Southern Utah today. Tributes andmonuments of the Spanish Trail, used by early Spanishexplorers, mountain men, and Mormon pioneers, arescattered throughout Southern Utah, and places likethe Frontier Homestead Museum and the Old IronTown ruins showcase the rich history of the region‟searly settlers. Today the western culture lives on andthrives during the many western and Native Americanthemed events and festivals throughout the year.
Parowan Gap PetroglyphsParowan Gap represents one of Southwest Utah‟s mostinteresting and valuable archeological sites. The Gap is ageologic formation used by prehistoric peoples as a passagethrough the surrounding mountains. As the ParowanFreemont people passed through the Gap during their yearlymigrations, they left carved drawings called petroglyphsscrawled on the walls of the Gap. These petroglyphs weredifferent than the human or animal forms found at many otherglyphic sites. The Parowan petroglyphs take the form ofrepeated geometric shapes that mark days, forming arudimentary calendar. The distinct „V‟ shape of the Gapallowed the Freemont to track the sun‟s movement throughthe sky, and using their petroglyphs they were even able totrack solstices and equinox. To this day locals hold seasonalSolstice and Equinox celebrations at Parowan Gap.
Media ContactsHailey McDonaldDirector of New Media, Adventure Mediahailey@adventuremedianews.com970.568.7423Bonnie Char HallmanPR Specialist, Cedar City Brian HeadTourism Bureaubonnie@ironcounty.com800-354-4849