Cedar City (approximate pop. 28,000), known for its scenic setting and its summertime Utah Shakespearean Festival , is a handy base for exploring a good chunk of southern Utah. Just east of town rise the high cliffs of the Markagunt Plateau —a land of panoramic views, colorful rock formations, desolate lava flows, extensive forests, and flower-filled meadows. Also on the Markagunt Plateau is the Cedar Breaks National Monument , an immense amphitheater eroded into the vividly hued underlying rock.
SkyWest (Delta) has flights between the small Cedar City Municipal Airport (435/586-2950) and Salt Lake City. Rent a car from Enterprise (435/865-7636) or Hertz (435/586-9806) at the airport.