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Overview of Cedar City Field Office National Park

Cedar City Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees various public lands around Cedar City, Utah, rather than a designated "National Park." These lands offer recreational opportunities ranging from camping to hiking to off-highway vehicle (OHV) driving. The landscapes within this area are diverse, with features from desert terrain to mountainous regions, and they are known for scenic beauty and outdoor recreation.

Camping Information

Dispersed Camping:

  • Permitting: Most BLM lands allow for dispersed camping (also called primitive or backcountry camping) without the need for a permit, for up to 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period.
  • Campfire Rules: Check for local fire restrictions before you build a campfire. You may need a fire pan or blanket to minimize the impact on the land.
  • Leave No Trace: As there are generally no facilities, you need to practice Leave No Trace principles, pack out all trash, and dispose of human waste properly.

Designated Campgrounds:

  • Facilities: Some areas within the Cedar City Field Office region have developed campgrounds that may offer amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, and fire rings.
  • Fees: There may be a fee to use these designated campgrounds, which helps with the maintenance and development of the site.
  • Reservations: Depending on the campground, sites could be available on a first-come, first-served basis, or they might be reservable through a system like Recreation.gov.

Rules and Regulations

  • Vehicles: Stay on designated roads and trails with any vehicle, including OHVs.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife, and be bear aware in regions where bears are present.
  • Trash: Always follow a 'pack it in, pack it out' philosophy.
  • Pets: Keep pets under control and clean up after them.
  • Resource Damage: Do not damage or remove natural or historical features.

Safety

  • Weather: Be prepared for a wide range of weather, as conditions can change rapidly, especially in the mountains.
  • Water: Bring plenty of water as sources may not be available or may require treatment for safe consumption.
  • Navigation: Have maps or GPS systems, as some areas may not have cellular reception.

Activities

  • Hiking and Trails: Many trails are present for various skill levels, from easy walks to challenging backcountry hikes.
  • OHV Adventures: Designated trails and areas accommodate OHV use, but be sure to know the local rules and regulations.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is inhabited by diverse wildlife, so bring binoculars and a camera.
  • Scenic Byways: The area offers beautiful drives including scenic byways and backcountry roads.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Information:

  • Before heading to the area, contact the Cedar City Field Office for the latest updates on conditions and restrictions.

Useful Resources:

  • BLM website for the latest information and maps.
  • Recreation.gov for campground reservations (if applicable).
  • Local weather service for current and forecasted weather conditions.

Cedar City Field Office - Contacts

  • For specific information about camping, regulations, and conditions, reach out to the Cedar City Field Office directly:

Cedar City Field Office 176 East DL Sargent Drive Cedar City, Utah 84721 Phone: (435) 865-3000

Please note, in the event that regulations or contact information changes it is always best to confirm with the Cedar City Field Office or check the official BLM website prior to your visit.

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