02 Mar 2022
5 Winter Hikes Around Cedar City
If a snowshoe hike through high elevations isn’t your idea of winter hiking, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our pocket of southern Utah is home to a wide range of elevations, landscapes, and conditions. This means that there’s a trail for everyone during any season. Even winter!
These 5 hikes in and around Cedar City are perfect for a little in-between winter adventure. Though there’s no need to pack the cross country skis and snowshoes for these trails, we still recommend packing extra layers.
Thor’s Hideout Trail | Thunderbird Gardens
Close to home base and beautiful scenery on top of it? How can we say no!
With a network of hiking trails zig-zagging throughout and even an 18-hole disc golf course, it’s easy to spend a day exploring Thunderbird Gardens. Pack some sturdy hiking boots, bundle up, and enjoy some beautiful red rock scenery, just minutes from historic downtown Cedar City.
The Thor’s Hideout Trail has some great views along the way and leads to a pretty unique rock formation! Start the 3.6-mile trail by winding through switchbacks with sweeping views of the surrounding recreation area. The trailhead can be found just to the right of the parking area.
Coal Creek/Canyon Walking Trail | Cedar City
Winding along the side of Coal Creek, this trail starts at the Canyon Park and goes 3.4-miles up Cedar Canyon. A paved all-access trail this is a great option for winter as the path stays clear and offers close-up views of the iconic red hill at the mouth of the canyon.
Timber Creek Overlook | Kolob Canyons
A short drive to Kolob Canyons is always a must when visiting this corner of southern Utah. The north side of Zion National park, the views along the 5-mile scenic drive are stunning! If the scenic drive just isn’t enough there are plenty of trails to take that let you experience the beauty of Kolob up close.
Our favorite winter recommendation is the easy 1 mile Timber Creek Overlook Trail. Perfect for an afternoon walk, the trail follows the ridge to a small peak, offering views of Timber Creek, Kolob Terrace, and the Pine Valley Mountains.
The trailhead is located at the end of Kolob Canyons Road.
Valentine Peak Trail | Parowan
Did we mention before that you’ll want to pack some good shoes? Because if not, bring them along for this trail alone! The Valentine Peak Trail climbs through classic high-desert landscapes with some beautiful views of the surrounding Parowan valley. Well maintained and full of character, this trail is a local favorite.
But, be prepared for a climb! Along this 3.5-mile trail you’ll gain about 2,000 feet in elevation. We recommend hiking Valentine Peak on a day when the ground is a little drier, with no fresh snow, and going early in the morning. We promise though, the views are more than worth the climb.
The Red Hollow Trail | Cedar City
Another trail close to town that’s full of iconic southern Utah red rock and sweeping views along the way, this one actually connects Thor’s Hideout and the Coal Creek/Canyon Trails mentioned earlier. While steep in places, this trail is a great early morning/late afternoon hike.
The trailhead is less than two miles from Historic Downtown and starts at the beginning of Cedar Canyon. The trail itself is 3.3-miles out and back.
Gather your best winter gear and a group of friends and enjoy these 5 trails this winter! While each trail listed is open to hike year-round there’s a special little flair to each of them in winter. We hope you enjoy, share your adventures with us at #VisitCedarCity, and let WONDER be your guide!