Cities & Towns of Southern Utah

Cedar City

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Cedar City is located in the southwest part of the Great State of Utah. The city rests in a beautiful valley at an average elevation over 6000 feet.  Surrounding mountains rise to well above 11,000 feet and offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. 

Cedar City is just over 2 hours from Las Vegas and a bit under 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City.  Access is gained by one of the state's excellent highways or along I-15; which runs from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles.

Cedar City -- population 21,500 -- has the unique charm of a small town with the art, culture, and social setting available as home to a major regional university. 

The community offers the best of small town living with the convenience of a growing city.  A steady increase in population, along with a strong job market, has made Cedar City an attractive place to call home.  House prices still average well within the national mean, and employment opportunities remain high. 

Blessed with moderate weather because of its southern location and relative elevation the community enjoys year round opportunities for outdoor activity.  Within a short drive residents and visitors can be in the Alpine beauty of the Intermountain range (western Rockies) or the dramatic splendor of the high dessert. 

For those who prefer shopping as their main sport there are dozens of specialty shops in the downtown area and around the campus.  Everything from early pioneer heritage collectibles to the latest fashion can be found in Cedar City.  Cedar City also offers outstanding activities in the arts, theater, and many

The natural beauty of the town is enhanced by the magnificent surrounding country.  Nature has truly blessed Cedar City with an abundance of natural and economic wealth unmatched by anywhere in the United States. 

For the future look for Cedar City to grow even more popular as a tourist and residential community.  City leaders continue to make improvements to the community infrastructure as well as focus on long term capital growth. 


St. George

Heading south on I-15 from Cedar City toward the Utah and Arizona border you come across the growing city of St. George, UT.  The picture to the left was taken about 10 miles north of St. George along I-15, and can quickly see the startling beauty of the area.

St. George is about 3000 feet lower than Cedar City, and this drop in elevation means a big difference in environment and landscape.

Originally settled by Mormon pioneers sent south to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer growing season the area is now commonly known as Dixie.  Taking the name from the early cotton markets in the southern United States the Dixie of southern Utah is also well known for its cotton. 

The Shinob Kibe mountain takes its name from the Paiute who lived in the area before the early white settlers.  Shinob was a protector of the tribes, and the Paiutes went to the top of this mountain for safety from Navajo raiders.  For the hearty hiker a trail on the north west side of the mountain leads you more than 300 feet up to the top where you can gain a phenomenal view of the surrounding area.

St. George is also well known as the winter home of Brigham Young, the 2nd president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon).  The Brigham Young home is located at 100 West and 200 North. There are tours of the home daily.


The climate in St. George is semi-arid with two separate rainfall seasons in the early spring and late summer which average about eight inches of annual precipitation. Although average maximum temperatures for the summer months are between 95 and 101 degrees Fahrenheit, the low humidity makes these temperatures agreeable.

The Southern Utah climate features bright sunshine, small annual precipitation, clean air and a wide daily temperature range. Another attractive feature is mild winters with infrequent traces of snowfall which rarely stays on the ground more than a day.

St. George lies in the high desert at an elevation of 2800 feet. Within 20 miles north and west of the city are the Pine Valley Mountains (10,000 feet) and the Beaver Dam Mountains (7,000) offering cool mountain climate during the summer. St. George's climate is an attraction in its own right. It has become a green oasis in the desert, and the combination of the warm, dry winter climate and natural beauty of the setting draws both new residents and tourists to the area.


The quaint community of Hurricane, UT, lies a bit east and north of St. George.  The town was named by a local civic leader who was riding through the area when a sudden wind whipped the top from the buggy. 

The whirlwind was so fierce that the man remarked that it was like being a Hurricane, and the name stuck.  The whirlwinds of the area do put on a good show each year as the warm air makes its way across the desert and through the hilly area. 


The area is also well known for the scenic lava fields and astonishing rock formations.  On the doorstep of Zion National Park, Hurricane and St. George offer tremendous opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities.



The town of Springdale is located at the southwest Entrance to Zion National Park. The Zion Canyon area offers lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options for an ideal vacation. The national park provides the setting, and Springdale's many service businesses provide the opportunity for outdoor adventure. Zion National Park itself is worthy of several days of discovery and adventure. To merely drive through the canyon is to skip across the tip of the iceberg. Zion Canyon is a place that should be walked, hiked, biked, ridden, floated or climbed.