5 Must-Have Winter Adventures in Cedar City

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04 Dec 2020

5 Must-Have Winter Adventures in Cedar City

There’s nothing quite like winter in the desert! Crimson rock formations dusted with snow, adventure at high elevations, and the right mixture of fun and relaxation.  This year has been challenging, and the opportunity to reset and rediscover the beauty of southern Utah is calling our name! Fly down the slopes at Brian Head Resort, see incredible holiday lights, and take in stunning night sky views with these 5 winter adventures.


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1. A Hike Through Kolob Canyons


Kolob Canyons – Photo by Jay Dash


We’re taking a scenic drive through the north side of Zion National Park! The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is located at Exit 40 on Interstate 15 and is less than a 1/2 hour drive from Cedar City. A 5-mile scenic drive along the Kolob Canyons Road allows visitors to view the crimson canyons and gain access to various trails and scenic viewpoints. For sweeping views and a little fire and ice effect as towering crimson cliffs are dusted with snow, this short scenic drive is a must.


Kolob Canyons requires a National Park Pass or the purchase of a Zion National Park day-use entrance fee.










2. Fly Down the Slopes of Brian Head Resort


Skiing at Brian Head Resort – Photo by Jay Dash


The Greatest Snow on Earth™, champagne powder, expertly groomed runs, and no crowds. This high mountain resort prides itself on providing a relaxed, super friendly ski experience fit for first-timers and families. With great dining options, scenic surroundings, 71 runs, and TWO tubing hills, there’s no way you’ll be bored with a staycation at Brian Head Resort.


Learn more and buy lift tickets by clicking here.












3. Fat Tire Biking in Three Peaks Recreation Area


Fat Tire Biking (Dixie National Forest) – Photo by Alex Santiago


A fat bike (also called fat-tire bike or snow bike) is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires, designed for riding on soft, unstable terrain. This means that they’re perfect for winter rides through the snow! You can rent these specialty bikes and gear in Cedar City before taking the drive 10 miles west of Cedar City to Three Peaks Recreation Area. Here you’ll find cycling loops for all skill and comfort levels. And with a fresh blanket of snow, the rolling hills and desert landscape of Three Peaks are beautiful!


Check out the trails and stay for a round of disc golf by clicking here for more information.













4. Dashing Through the Snow


Cross Country Skiing – Photo by Welcomia


Dashing through the snow, on a pair of cross country skis… It has a nice ring to it! Grab your skis or rent them from a local outfitter and prepare for an afternoon of adventure at Deer Hollow Winter Recreation Area. This non-motorized winter recreation area encompasses more than 1,300 acres of some of the most beautiful winter landscapes in Dixie National Forest.


Download a map and learn more by clicking here.













5. Beautiful Night Skies


Night Sky views in Cedar City – Photo by Visit Cedar City · Brian Head


No matter the season, there’s always a reason to look up while visiting Cedar City! We’re fortunate to be home to some of the darkest skies around. While Cedar Breaks National Monument is only accessible by snowmobile or snowshoes this time of year, there are still plenty of places nearby to find incredible night sky views! Visit the Parowan Gap, Three Peaks Recreation Area, Woods Ranch, or Brian Head to see for yourself!


Download star charts and additional information by clicking here.














Bonus: Snowmobile Tour Through Dixie National Forest



Experience the beauty of Dixie National Forest with a snowmobile tour through Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument! Glide across glittering meadows and through a true winter wonderland as you navigate the backcountry of Brian Head. When you reach Cedar Breaks National Monument you’ll be greeted by a spectacle of fire and ice. The crimson formations of this geological amphitheater are beautiful with a dusting of snow on top!





While out and about remember to Love Local by masking up, practicing social distancing, and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.  #LoveLocalCC