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The City The guide was updated:Brian Head has the highest base elevation in Utah at 9,800 feet and a peak elevation of 11,300 feet, which makes it ideal for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports during the colder months of November through April. You can enjoy the perfect snow on over 650 acres full of trails and runs.
With a population of fewer than a hundred residents and a total area of 3.1 square miles, Brian Head is the smallest town in Iron County. It is less than an hour from Cedar City, the county's largest city, and less than half an hour from Parowan, the county's oldest city and the county seat.
Like many areas of Utah, Iron County was colonized by followers of Mormon leader Brigham Young, and it takes its name from the iron deposits found in the area. Farming and agriculture became the area's main economy after the iron foundry failed.
It was not until 1964 that Brian Head Resort opened and made tourism a major force in Iron County's economy. Since then, it has undergone several improvements and become a favorite destination for residents of nearby metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
In addition to the perfect snowy peaks of Brian Head Peak and adjacent Navajo and Giant Steps, Brian Head's central location to the five national parks in Utah gives visitors a plethora of opportunities for outdoor adventure.