If you want to have a unique vacation experience, head to Southern Utah this winter. Since the tourist industry drops off in the winter months, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Southern Utah usually gets enough snow in the mountain regions to support snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. But the lower elevation parts (such as Capitol Reef National Park) sometimes stay snow-free all winter – so you can still play in the sun.
This is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s Official Wintertime Fun List. It’s everything we want to do in winter in Southern Utah:
Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing – these are the best ways to explore the magic of a winter landscape while preserving the sense of stillness. There are thousands of places that are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you enjoy going there any other time of the year, try going there in winter. We recommend places like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. The snow draws a contrast to the cool rock formations.
Ice Fishing – one nice thing about ice fishing is you can fish in a tent, with a heater. Fishing enthusiasts know that the end of summer is not the end of the fishing season. Any season is fishing season. With the right gear, and a good lakeside location, you can catch ‘em all year long. We recommend places like Fishlake, Johnson Reservoir, and the lakes on Boulder Mountain.
Downhill skiing – Brian Head and Eagle Point Ski Resorts near Cedar City are great places to squeeze in few runs. These two resorts aren’t as large as some of the resorts up north, so they’re not as crowded. Try shaking it up by night skiing, or by taking the kids tubing. There’s lots of good clean snow, sun, and fresh air at Brian Head and Eagle Point.
Snowmobiling – find a place that rents snowmobiles and tear it up. Snowmobiling can loosely be compared to ATV riding on the snow. If you like other motorsports, this could become a new favorite winter pastime. Snowmobiles let you cover lots of ground and have lots of fun. Designated motor vehicle locations, national forest, or BML land makes the best riding ground for snowmobiles.
Exploring the National Parks – all of Utah’s Mighty Five (the five national parks) are open year-round, and there’s no reason not to go. Winter reveals a different side of the parks. Snow actually extenuates the natural beauty of places like Bryce Canyon. But if you don’t like the idea of playing in the cold, head to Capitol Reef or Zion National Park. These parks don’t get too much snow. Try taking a winter tour of the parks on horseback.
Like we said, there’s plenty of fun to be had in winter. We hope you’ll give Southern Utah a chance this year. We think you’ll have a good time.