Ten Picnic Spots in Southern Utah and Cedar City

Posted: June 25, 2021 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 4 minutes

Picnic spots in southern UtahPicnicking is a fun, easy way to enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great opportunity to explore local destinations and parks in the area. Whether you’re wanting to get to know southern Utah better, or looking for the perfect picnic spot, this list is sure to help. Here are the top ten picnicking destinations located within an hour of Cedar City:

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Address: 4730 South Highway 148 Brian Head, UT
Amenities: Picnic tables, pavilion, visitor’s center, vault toilets and water spigot.

Overlooking a breathtaking natural amphitheater, Cedar Breaks National Monument is a wonderful summer picnic destination. This spot is an easy thirty-minute drive up the canyon from Cedar City and provides the perfect spot to take some amazing pictures and cool down in the fresh mountain air. Walking trails and picnic tables are located near the Point Supreme Overlook.

East Canyon Park

Address: 500 E. Center St. Cedar City, UT
Amenities: Pavilion, playground, restrooms, three tables, benches and barbecue grills.

Located near the mouth of Cedar Canyon, East Canyon Park is equipped with a playground and restroom making this spot perfect for family picnics. Picnic goers can use one of the three available picnic tables, or bring a blanket to lay out their picnic spread on the soft grass.

Cedar City Main Street Park

Address: 200 North Main St. Cedar City, UT
Amenities: Benches, drinking fountains, playground, two pavilions, restrooms and tables, with plenty of trees.

Perhaps one of the most convenient picnic locations if you live in Cedar City, Main Street Park offers plenty of picnicking options. In addition to the two pavilions and picnic tables, the park has a large grassy field with large shady trees that create ideal picnic spots under their branches. The park’s location next to the Cedar City Library and main street restaurants makes this an ideal picnic spot for those who enjoy reading at their picnics, or would rather order the food than prepare it themselves.

Cedar Canyon Nature Park Trail

Address: 646 E 200 S, Cedar City, UT
Amenities: Paved walking trail and information destination with restrooms.

The Cedar Canyon Nature Park is a great place for more adventurous picnics. The park’s Information Destination has restrooms next to a leveled area with wooden benches that make a great spot to stop for a picnic along the trail. Another option is to follow the trail to the nearby man-made waterfall to enjoy a bite to eat along the waterfall. The trail is also dog friendly provided they are leashed.

Park Discovery

Address: 2077 West Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City, UT
Amenities: Restrooms, pavilion, benches, fourteen tables, playground and amphitheater.

Tucked between Cedar Middle School and the Iron County School District office is the beautiful Park Discovery. Besides plenty of tables, benches and lots of shady spots, Park Discovery has an amazing unique playground. The walking trail circles a large grass field that is perfect for a game of catch or soccer.

Three Peaks Recreation Area

Address: West Mid-valley Rd. Cedar City, UT
Amenities: Disc golf, swings, camping, pavilion, fire pits, picnic tables, mountain bike trails and bathrooms.

Three Peaks Recreation Area is another more adventurous picnic destination. It is also a great place for camping, mountain biking, ATVing, horseback riding, and paintballing. The area is covered with large granite boulders that make up a wonderful nature-made playground that is perfect for bouldering.

Town Square Park

Address: 50 South Main Street, St. George, UT
Amenities: Picnic tables, pavilion, splash pad, carousel walking path, drinking fountains and restroom.

Located in the heart of St. George, Town Square Park is the ideal picnic spot for anyone looking to have some fun. Visitors can enjoy the bronze sculptures scattered throughout the park, cool off in the splash pad and take a ride on the carousel. It neighbors popular downtown sites like the St. George Children’s Museum and Judd’s General Store.

Brooks Nature Park

Address: 452 North Main Street, St. George, UT
Amenities: Picnic tables, walking path, and pavilion.

In addition to being a great picnic spot, Brooks Nature Park is also a great place to do some bird watching. The park has a small pond that is home to a number of waterfowl including ducks, geese, and the occasional swan.

Hidden Valley Park

Address: 3505 South Barcelona Drive, St. George UT
Amenities: Picnic tables, playground, basketball court, disc golf, splash pad, restroom, tennis courts, wifi hotspot and electric outlets.

Hidden Valley Park has almost any amenity you could ask for, including an amazing splash pad to help visitors cool off from the blistering St. George heat. There are also plenty of benches and tables for enjoying your picnic.

Bristlecone Park

Address: 565 Brian Head Blvd, Brian Head, UT
Amenities: Pavilion, picnic tables, fire pits, grills, playground, and pond.

Situated in the middle of Brian Head, Bristlecone park is a great picnicking destination. The park makes picnicking a breeze with public fire pits, grills and a large pavilion, but perhaps the best attraction this park has to offer is the Bristlecone Pond. If you’re looking to add a little more adventure to your picnic the large pond is perfect for fishing, swimming, paddleboarding or kayaking. Due to its high elevation, the park will often get snow in the fall and spring, so visitors should plan accordingly.

Wherever you choose to have your picnic in southern Utah, remember the Leave No Trace principles and hopefully one of these picnic spots will become your new favorite!

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