Cedar City, Utah is known as “Festival City USA.” It is home to the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Summer Games, the Groovefest American Music Festival, and dozens of other events. Visitors from around the world crowd here each year to enjoy these events and to visit nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Cedar City is also earning a reputation as an endurance event mecca. The city’s mile-high elevation and the nearby mountains towering over 11,000 feet provide the perfect terrain for the Red Rock Relay, the Cedar City Half Marathon, Fire Road Cycling and more. We are proud to host the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in 2013.
- Cedar City Population: 29,213 / Iron County Population: 48,494 – US Census Bureau 2011 Estimate.
- Elevation: 5,840 feet – located on the edge of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin.
- Ancient home to the Fremont people and then to their descendants, the Southern Paiutes. Cedar Valley is part of the Dominguez-Escalante route established in 1776. The city was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1851 who were sent to build an iron works. The first iron produced west of the Mississippi was in Cedar City.
- Home to Southern Utah University, which was founded in 1897. SUU has more than 8,000 students and is known for personalized education and academic excellence. SUU is a member of the Big Sky Conference.
- Since the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1923, Cedar City has been the gateway to the parks, with easy access to Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
- Cedar City is served by Cedar City Regional Airport with one of Utah’s largest runways. Regional jet service is provided by Skywest Airlines.
- Cedar City has a diverse economy, balanced by education, manufacturing, mining, agriculture and retail. Major employers include Southern Utah University, Intermountain Healthcare, Convergys, Genpak, Leavitt Group Enterprises, Smead Manufacturing, Metalcraft Technologies/Syberjet and American Pacific Corp.
- Cedar City has a young, educated workforce. More than 90% of residents over 25 have a high school diploma. More than 30% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 28% of the population is younger than 18, and just 8.6% are over 65.
- Cedar City is well known for its strong sense of community, with the City, the University, and local business working together to achieve common goals.
LOCAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
- Cedar City Community BBQ: (Thursday, July 18) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Park. The Cedar City event will show the re-broadcast of Stage 18 of the Tour de France (and the epic climbs of the Alpe-d'Huez) outside at Main Street Park, along with a community BBQ, featuring food from Dickey's Barbeque Pit.
- August 5: Team Presentation Ceremony (3:00 - 5:00 p.m.) at the Adams Shakespearean Theatre at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy an entertaining evening devoted to professional cycling, as emcee Dave Towle introduces all 16 squads on stage. Grab an autograph of your favorite rider while you revel in an elegant and thoroughly enjoyable evening dedicated to international sport.
- Following the Team Presentation Ceremony show off your artistic skills and help chalk the course! Location: Main Street in front of the VIP Hospitality Tent.
- August 6: Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah finishes in Cedar City. Join us from Noon-2:00 p.m. for Live Bands at the Expo and a Poster Contest from Noon - race finish (estimated at 3:45 p.m.). The backcountry.com Lifestyle Expo will be located at 85 N. Main Street.