About the Recreation Areas

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Iron County and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to develop the Three Peaks Recreation Area west of Cedar City. The rolling hills and volcanic rock formations at Three Peaks provide a fantastic location for picnicking, camping, bike riding and off- road vehicle use.

Three Peaks features several picnic areas with tables, fire rings and restroom facilities. There’s also a large parking area with a gated entrance for large groups and events. Two covered pavilions are available for group gatherings. These pavilions need to be reserved in advance.

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Just 12 miles east of Cedar City along scenic highway SR-14, is the recreation area known as Woods Ranch. The park is designed to be a high country haven for the Iron County residents and their friend’s to enjoy.

Situated in a lush aspen and pine forest, Woods Ranch is a great place to picnic, hike and fish. The trailhead for the 32 mile Virgin River Rim trail is located at Wood’s Ranch. Kid’s Pond, a popular fishing spot for the Southern Utah’s youth is located on the upper section of recreation area. Children 12 and under can fish for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid Utah fishing license.

Woods Ranch has picnic tables, fire rings, restroom facilities, and a volleyball court. Two covered pavilions are available for group gatherings. These pavilions need to be reserved in advance, be sure check out the guidelines and reservation form below. Overnight camping is not permitted at Woods Ranch, however, the Cedar Canyon Campground is located nearby. Contact the Dixie National Forest for camping information at 435-865-3200.

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Reservation Guidelines for Three Peaks and Woods Ranch Facilities :

  • Reservations are only accepted for the current year.
  • Reservations will be accepted beginning on the first Monday of the current year. You may review the reservation calendars for each park on the Iron County website www.ironcounty.net under Outdoor Recreation. Park ordinances are on the website for your review prior to making your reservation.
  • As of January 1, 2008, Iron County Outdoor Recreation charges a non-refundable fee for group use of the pavilions at Three Peaks and Woods Ranch. The fees are as follows:

        Group up to 100 people will be $25.00 per day, per reservation
        Groups over 101 people will be $50.00 per day, per reservation
        Three Peaks overnight camping fee $10 per night. First Come –first served.
        Special Events are required to obtain a permit and supply additional documentation such as liability insurance, Medical and Law enforcement notifications and are also subject to a $500 fee. Please contact the Outdoor Recreation Director well in advance to start your permit process.
  • A reservation request form must be filled out and presented with applicable fees to Iron County Outdoor Recreation Office, 581 N. Main St, Cedar City, UT., between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations will only be confirmed by the director and upon receipt of payment.
  • Consumption of alcohol in county parks requires a permit from Iron County Outdoor Recreation Dept.
  • Forms may be printed from Iron County website www.ironcounty.net (click on departments , then Outdoor Recreation) or they may be picked up the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Office located in the Iron County Visitor Center, 581 N. Main St., Cedar City, UT.
  • The reservation season for Woods Ranch is May 1st (weather permitting) through September 30th. Should you have an activity other than a picnic or small gathering prior to or after the season, please notify the director so she can advise you on the status of the park.
  • Reservations for Three Peaks are on a year-round basis.
  • Reservation of the Small Pavilion at Three Peaks includes that Group Camp Spot.
  • Submit completed application and payment in the form of cash, check or credit card to:

      Iron County Outdoor Recreation Office
      581 N. Main St.
      Cedar City, UT 84721
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