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Just three and a half hours south of Salt Lake City and 45 minutes north of St. George lies the town of Cedar City. While not as well known as some of the other adventure hubs in the state like Moab or Park City, much of Cedar City’s charm is built on the amazing natural wonders that lie just outside its borders – Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s also home to Southern Utah University, an institution of almost 10,000 students, making it a more vibrant and diverse community than would be expected from a relatively small city like Cedar City. Getting a rental RV in Cedar City, UT, allows you to explore these fascinating landscapes and quaint city without the hardship of finding accommodations and transportation during your travels.
The Cedar Area Transportation Service (CATS) has a single bus route that winds its way through town, with pickups scheduled every hour or so. However, its limited service area prevents it from being a good source of transportation for visitors, so unless you know your destination is along the route, it’s probably better to drive your Cedar City RV rental wherever you need to go.
Finding a place to park your RV rental near Cedar City is a snap, as there are several RV parks less than 15 minutes from the center of town.
The Cedar City RV Park is conveniently located just a few blocks from the downtown shopping area and has amenities that include full hookups, a fitness center, and a hot breakfast available for a nominal fee. Sites able to accommodate your Cedar City motorhome rental can be in high demand here, so make your reservations as early as possible.
The Cedar City KOA is another option and is only three minutes north of the downtown area. There’s a swimming pool available during the summer months along with bike rentals for an extra fee. From there, Cedar Breaks RV Park is a few miles farther north and has nearly 50 sites with full hookups and laundry facilities.
If you prefer a more rural location, there’s also the Indian Peaks RV Park and Red Ledge RV Park and Campground, both about 10 to 15 minutes south of town on I-15. These don’t have as many amenities as the urban RV parks, but they’ll be a bit quieter and better for stargazing. There are also several campgrounds in nearby Dixie National Forest including Duck Creek, Te-Ah, Deer Haven and Cedar Canyon. Expect rustic conditions at these sites.
A Walmart Supercenter can be found on the city’s southern edge and can offer a decent place to plant the Cedar City rental motorhome for night or two. To fuel up your rental rig, stop at one of the truck stops on the edge of town.
Despite its small size, Cedar City has a wealth of things to do in town, especially during the summer months. It’s known as the “Festival City” for its art and film festivals, with the summertime Shakespeare Festival being one of the most well known.
To get a sense of the town’s historical roots, head to the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, which houses some interesting artifacts from its pioneer days and industrial period including a replica sawmill and blast furnace. Those looking for more modern culture should check out the Southern Utah Museum of Art on the university campus. The museum displays over 2,000 works from local artists and students.
If you’re bringing the kids along in your Cedar City travel trailer rental or RV, you might want to carve out some time for the Cedar City Aquatic Center. Adults will enjoy sampling fine wines at a downtown winery. Learn a little bit about your vino there and maybe even find a few bottles worth taking home.
Of course one of the main reasons to book an RV in Cedar City is its proximity to Zion National Park. However, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Dixie National Forest are both great choices if you’re looking to do some hiking, but don’t want to deal with the crowds at Zion. If you’d like to get outside while staying close to town, the Coal Creek Trail runs along the northeastern edge of the city.
When you do decide to get down to the national parks, be sure to have a plan for the day. There’s so much to do, it can be overwhelming deciding where to take your Cedar City motorhome rental. Zion National Park’s most famous hike is the easy Canyon Overlook Trail, which provides visitors with share-worthy shots of the expansive canyon. Angels Landing is also quite popular, extending for five miles around an iconic 1,500-foot tall sandstone rock formation.
In Bryce Canyon, the most popular attraction is the Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Trail that winds its way through the red rock spires that Bryce is so famous for. No matter where you choose to hike, you’re guaranteed to have beautiful views.