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Winter in Southern Utah

As the chill of fall motivates the tree’s final leaves to meet the ground, there are those, the bold, who eagerly await winter’s arrival in Southern Utah. The bold know that here, they'll be rewarded with quiet, solitude, and vibrant night skies. For Southern Utah, winter is enchanted, a season less traveled with snow-capped peaks and endless canyons. The bold, maybe you, await the wonder that is winter in Southern Utah.

National Parks in Winter

Explore The Regions

Southwestern Utah

Popular base camps of this region include Torrey, St. George, Cedar City and Kanab. Three (of five) of Utah's national parks also find their home in this portion of the state: ZionBryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. For good reason, these spectacular parks are heavily visited. The beauty of southwestern Utah, however, does not end within national park boundaries. Be bold and step off the beaten path, whether across BLM land or through the acres of two national monuments (Cedar Breaks and Grand Staircase-Escalante) — here, you will find a new world of winter unfold. Layer up: Many travelers have found their favorite memories were created in hidden gems, parks and landscapes that will leave you breathless.

From snowmobiling and snowshoeing to winter star parties and cozy yurt camping, the rewards of winter's depths are beckoning the well-prepared traveler to Southwestern Utah.

Southeastern Utah

From base camp, jot down your plan, gear up and set out on your winter expedition in Southeastern Utah. This region includes Arches and Canyonlands national parks, both incredible landmarks, but not the only noteworthy and wonder-filled locations found here. Bears EarsNatural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments are more than ready for your trek across their landscapes. Even Monument Valley has waited all summer for winter to let loose its magic across its famous views and iconic spots, lately dusted with snow. Your journey continues, on roads less traveled, but overflowing with quiet and winter's panache. Embrace your boundless curiosity and desire to explore more deeply the textures of these landscapes.

Southeastern Utah, between the warmer seasons, emanates solitude and offers a slew of wintertime recreation welcoming those who are willing to seek it. Escape the indoors this winter and satisfy your itch for adventure, whether hiking, biking or canyoneering, among a vast list of opportunities.

Make a Note

Head south and you will find what you're looking for this winter — come see what lies in months less traveled, but bear in mind nighttime temperatures will dip below freezing and high mountain passes may be closed and/or snowy. Be sure to check local road conditions and weather utilizing webcams and alerts. Plan ahead with our Tips to Pack for a Southern Utah Winter Trip. With the privilege of solitude, of course, comes some responsibility: It’s crucial that visitors to the area follow Leave No Trace principles to keep the locations beautiful year-round.

Follow An Itinerary

Here are a few itineraries providing tips and guidance on your winter journey(s). A trip through the season less traveled doesn't necessarily mean it's less planned-out. Although, spontaneity is greatly welcomed. 

5 Days

Ski Southern Utah: High Alpine Trails + Red Rock Wonder

Southern Utah is home to two high-elevation ski areas that contain generous helpings of what we call (with authority) The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Things can be a little quieter down here this time of year. Give yourself at least five days to combine the thrills of Southern Utah skiing and boarding with exploring the wintertime wonders to be found in Utah’s red rock country.


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