Outdoor activities in and around Cedar City, Utah
Outdoor Fun to Be Had in Iron County
With miles and miles of public lands available throughout Iron County the area is filled with opportunities for fun.
But besides the open range there are also recreational spots maintained by the county government and private organizations that are available to the public. Wood’s Ranch and Three Peaks are two of these.
Wood’s Ranch Recreational Area
Wood’s Ranch Recreational Area is a day-use only area located 12 miles east of Cedar City along the scenic Highway 14. Open from May through October, this high-country park is designed for Iron County residents and their friends to enjoy. Situated in lush aspen and pine forest, Woods Ranch is a popular family spot for picnics, hikingand biking. There’s also a fishing hole called Kid’s Pond for those who want to try their hand at catching some Rainbow and Brook Trout. This beautiful area is also the starting point for the 32 - mile Virgin River hiking trail. There are picnic tables, fire rings, restroom facilities and a volleyball court. Two cover pavilions are available for group gatherings. These pavilions need to be reserved in advance. Overnight camping is not permitted. However, the Cedar Canyon Campground is located nearby. Contact
the Dixie National Forest for camping information at 435-865-3200.
Three Peaks Recreational Complex
Iron County and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up in a cooperative effort to develop and maintain this 6,500-acre recreational area.
With rolling hills and volcanic rock formations, Three Peaks is located just 10 miles west of Cedar City.
The Iron County portion of Three Peaks is great for group gatherings, rock crawling, picnicking and camping. There are picnic tables and restrooms with two pavilions in the picnic area that contain fire grills available for reservations.
There are also BLM-managed OHV/ATV trails and mountain bike trails as well as an equestrian area.
Iron County Shooting Range
At the far western edge of the Three Peak Recreational Complex is the Iron County Shooting Range — a dedicated target shooting area featuring a long and short range. There is also a cowboy action shooting range available for organized events, reservation required.
The range has trash cans and a restroom available.
Three Peaks Model Port — RC Flying Field
Radio control flyers will love the new field at the Three Peaks complex. Located in the northern section, the field adheres to the Academy of Model Aeronautics standards and features a 500- foot by 60-foot paved runway along with a large parking area and restroom facilities.
Cedar Trap Club Range
One of the venues for the Utah Summer Games the Cedar Trap Club range includes 4 trap ranges, pat trap throwing machines, Canterbury Voice Release Systems, club house, restroom and concrete walkways throughout.
Located just west of Cedar City at 1150 W. Kitty Hawk, the range has specific hours of operation however, appointments for groups of 5 or more shooters can be arranged by calling Harley Thompson at 435-590-8457.
Iron Mine Race Park
The Iron Mine Race Track is considered Southern Utah’s Premier Motorsports Park and is located west of Cedar City off Iron Springs Road. The track is open from April through October and hosts many local and regional events
throughout the season. In addition, the owners of the track also host open practices, private track rental, a professional riding school and much more.
Cross Hollows Event Center
The Cross Hollow Event Center is a 30-acre facility consisting of two arenas; the Outdoor arena and Indoor area and a stall barn that houses 125 covered stalls for overnight rental. The facility allows open riding on days when events are not scheduled for a low cost of $3 per horse per day or yearly membership of $100. The arenas host a variety of events including; equestrian events such as PRCA Rodeo, Professional Bull Riders, Great American Stampede, Jr. Rodeos, Barrel Racing, Roping, Reining, Team Sorting and Summer Games Equestrian Events. The Center also acts a multi-purpose facility that also hosts events such as archery shoots, dog shows, tool sales, stock show and the Heritage Festival.
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