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Bring on the Best of Fall in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is breathtaking through every season, but fall is an incredibly colorful time of year. As the leaves turn and the temperatures chill out, it’s the perfect time to visit one of The Mighty Five national parks or fly down a trail on a mountain bike before the snow flies.  shutterstock_336478043

Here are our top recommendations for enjoying the season and all that Southern Utah has to offer:

Southern Utah Events & Fall Activities

Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument (Every Saturday, 9-11 pm) – Utah is known for its epic dark sky stargazing. Take a constellation tour with telescopes and park rangers at the Cedar Breaks National Monument. 

Iron County Fair (September 2 – 6) – Less than an hour away from Zennest is the Iron County Fair in Parowan, UT. Rodeos, mud bogs, demolition derby, horse races, equestrian events, exhibits, car show, live entertainment, Miss Iron County Fair pageant, and a Labor Day parade make up the fun-filled weekend of events.

Santa Clara Swiss Days Celebration (September 25) – Swiss Days Celebration is a tribute to the town’s Swiss pioneer heritage, which settled in the area in 1861. Swiss Days kicks off the day with a 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast. Next up is the Swiss Day Parade with Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, live animals, homemade floats, and more. 

Grand Circle Trailfest (September 29 – October 3) – The Trailfest running festival explores Horseshoe Bend and Mighty 5 icons, including Bryce Canyon and Zion. New races each day fill the 3-day, 4-night festival.

60th Annual Utah Shakespeare Festival (Through October 2021) – The end of the season is filled with a superb line-up of classics, including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Ragtime,” “Cymbeline,” “Intimate Apparel,” “The Comedy of Terrors.” Shows are performed at The Beverley Center for the Arts.

When to Visit

According to Cedar City’s Fall Color Report, late September through early October is the best time to view the changing leaves, especially around Brain Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Duck Creek, Navajo, and Panguitch Lake are shortly behind the Cedar City schedule. 

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