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The community of Cedar City (elevation 5,800 ft.) is a good base for those exploring this area, especially because Cedar Breaks National Monument has no lodging or dining facilities. If you're here to ski and you'd like to save money on accommodations, Cedar City also offers an economical alternative to Brian Head's more expensive condos, and it's only 28 miles from Brian Head's slopes (but beware: it can be a mean 28 miles when the weather's bad). In addition to the facilities mentioned below, a good selection of motels, restaurants, campgrounds, gas stations, grocery stores, and other services is strung along I-15 at exits 57, 59, and 62.

Essentials

Getting There -- SkyWest Airlines (tel. 435/634-3400; www.skywest.com) flies into Cedar City Regional Airport from Salt Lake City; car-rental agencies include Avis (tel. 435/867-9898; www.avis.com), Hertz (tel. 435/586-9806; www.hertz.com), and Enterprise (tel. 435/865-7636; www.enterprise.com).

Visitor Information -- Contact the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, 581 N. Main St., Cedar City, UT 84720 (tel. 800/354-4849 or 435/586-5124; www.scenicsouthernutah.com). The visitor center is open Monday through Friday 9am to 5:30pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm. From May to October, it is open on Sundays from 9am to 1pm as well.

Fast Facts -- This area is served by Cedar City's Valley View Medical Center, 1303 N. Main St. (tel. 435/586-6587). The post office is located at 333 N. Main St. (tel. 800/275-8777 for hours and other information; www.usps.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.