Constructing a Visitor Information and Education Facility at Cedar Breaks

PHASE I FUNDED: $400,000

The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed a 650 square foot log cabin that currently serves as the Cedar Breaks Visitors Center. Built to deliver the distinguishing educational experience of the National Park Service, this facility has been welcoming guests to their “paradise on the mountain” for 82 years. With nearly a million visitors arriving at Cedar Breaks during its four-month season in 2017 spanning Memorial to Columbus Day, the current Visitors Center can no longer accommodate everyone that arrives eager to learn about the high altitude and Dark-Sky experiences unique to Cedar Breaks.

In May 2018, Cedar Breaks received preliminary approval to continue conceptual development for a new 2,800 square foot building that will serve as a base for the park’s nationally recognized Dark-Sky and high alpine programs. The new Visitor Information and Education Facility will offer covered outdoor space, a classroom, interpretive exhibits, and a ranger desk providing trail and recreational information.

In 2018, the Iron County Restaurant Tax Program and the Zion Forever Project jointly funded the preparation of preliminary site and design documents that have been used to solicit federal approval for the facility. Fundraising will leverage additional Iron County support for final design and construction of this new visitor experience at Cedar Breaks.