Summer and Fall in Brian Head
As of June 30, 2017 all roads to Brian Head are now open. The town was saved from the Brian Head Fire of 2017 and will continue with all scheduled events for the summer.
In the winter, visitors flock to Brian Head Resort — the only resort to showcase snow-dusted red rock hoodoos. But in the summer, Brian Head Resort switches to a haven for mountain bikers, festival-goers, musicians, foodies and families looking for outdoor fun.
As the temperatures of other destinations push into the hot zone, the resort stays nice and cool at 9,600 feet. And while crowds flock to the typical sites, this resort retains a peaceful atmosphere perfect for unplugging from the daily grind.
Summer and fall events at Brian Head include their Festival of Flavors, BBQ, Blues & Brews, mountain bike races, country music festivals and the ever-popular Rocktober Fest.
Fourth of July
Celebrate the holiday with live music, artisan vendors, beautiful vistas and dazzling fireworks. Photo by Alex Santiago
Downhill mountain bikers and spectators alike gather for the Flyin’ Brian bike race.
Classic Rock Music Festival
This free admission festival features two days of live music, vendors and food. The 2017 line-up included rock groups Yellow Brick Road and Kelly Sheehan. Photo by Alex Santiago
BBQ, Blues and Brews
This all-day event covers the basics in style — satisfy your appetite, thirst and earbuds all at once. Lend your vote to the BBQ competition in between live musical performances. Photo by Mike Saemisch
IMCCC Mountain Bike Race
Cheer on cycling clubs from universities and colleges across Utah, Nevada and Idaho as they compete in the thrilling Inter-Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Mountain Bike Race. Photo by Mike Saemisch
Let German food, steins of local craft beer, live music and Lederhosen-clad friends and family help you say goodbye to summer at this September event. Photo by Alex Santiago
Annual Car Show
Hot rod, classics and vintage vehicles alike gather for the annual Classic Car Show at Brian Head Resort.
What Makes It Great
Brian Head Resort holds miles of trail perfect for hiking and mountain biking that can be accessed by chairlift or by human power. They also operate an alpine tubing hill, archery range, two disc golf courses, a zip line, climbing wall and bungee trampolines.
The resort is surrounded by lodging and vacation rentals. From hotel rooms to condominiums you can find the perfect accommodations. Several restaurants and bars are also located at or nearby to meet your needs. If you prefer camping, the surrounding Dixie National Forest has several campgrounds as well as sites found in neighboring Cedar Breaks National Monument.
The bordering forests and mountains are home to stellar trails, parks, and vistas all worthy of exploration. An afternoon would not be wasted visiting Cedar Breaks Monument and you can’t leave without driving to the summit of Brian Head Peak, 11,300 feet. The trails, lodging, and restaurants are open throughout the week. The lifts and base activities operate Friday through Sunday and require a fee.
What You’ll Remember
Watching your children scale the climbing wall, flying down the zip line, and floating down the alpine tube course all while laughing hysterically can’t be beat. Taking a scenic lift ride up then walking slowly down through stands of fir and spruce and into open fields of blooming wildflowers. You’ll be amazed by the scenery and silence.
An afternoon honing your archery skills over at the Navajo Base is great way to add to your mountain experience. And, if you are a fan of disc golf choose either a 9 or 18 pole-hole course and throw your way through these awesome alpine ranges.
If you like to mountain bike, you’ll enjoy plenty of options for lift served trails. From rolling beginner and intermediate to highflying expert level trails, everyone in your group will find something that fits. The resort also offers shuttle rides to and from nearby trails outside its boundary.
After dinner at your condo or at one of the base restaurants be sure to drive the four miles to Brian Head Peak. Parking right on top you will be rewarded with a 360 degree view that includes Cedar Breaks and goes all the way to Nevada. If there was ever a place to watch the sunset this is it.
Panguitch Lake's Literal Big Fish
Some of the state’s most prized fish are pulled from the lake’s waters, and ice-fishing keeps the action going strong all year long.
Cedar City-area Trails
Explore spectacular trails on the Dixie National Forest near Cedar City.