Potential government shutdown will not prevent visitors from enjoying the area
By Brendan Gwynn
With the uncertainties regarding another potential government shutdown, Cedar City tourism officials want visitors to be aware of the numerous area activities available whether or not a shutdown occurs. Independent of a government shutdown — including its possible effect on national parks and monuments — visitors will still find a plethora of family-friendly adventures in and around Cedar City.
“Some who have planned trips to the Cedar City area are concerned about how a government shutdown might impact their plans,” said Amber Bennett, marketing assistant of the Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism Bureau. “Fortunately, Cedar City has so many options — including outdoor recreation, art galleries, and dining options — that visitors don’t need to worry about not having enough things to see and do.”
The Cedar City area contains a few regions that are operated by the federal government including Cedar Breaks National Monument and Kolob Canyons, a section of Zion National Park. During a government shutdown, these attractions and their services could be affected by either a complete or partial closure. While Cedar Breaks National Monument and Kolob Canyons are certainly worth visiting, the region consists of many more outdoor recreation opportunities.
The area is home to Brian Head Ski Resort, Sand Hollow State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway, and Frontier Homestead State Park. Because these attractions are not operated or owned by the federal government, adventurers will have access to them even in the case of a government shutdown.
Between these various destinations, visitors will have access to several outdoor activities. Some outdoor activities include skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling — for visits during colder months — and hiking, fishing, golfing, mountain biking and off-roading —for visits during warmer months. The area is also known for its sightseeing and exceptional stargazing.
On top of all the outdoor recreational activities, Cedar City has a variety of art and culture options, including art galleries and the Southern Utah Museum of Art.
“The Cedar City area is certainly not lacking when it comes to recreation, art, and cultural activities,” Bennett said. “We are proud of what our region of Utah has to offer, and we love sharing our hidden treasures with visitors.”
For more ideas of what to do in southern Utah throughout the year, visit Parks 100. Be sure to also check VisitUtah.com for information regarding a government shutdown. To learn more about Cedar City, visit visitcedarcity.com.