18 Dec 2020
A Brian Head Getaway for Those Who Don’t Ski
Visit Cedar City · Brian Head Travel Itinerary
Friends spending a day on the slopes at Brian Head Resort but skiing’s not your thing? Surrounded by stunning southern Utah red rock views, incredible dining, and more, Brian Head Resort is an ideal getaway destination, even if you don’t like to ski! Don’t believe us? Check out our plans below for a day (weekend visit recommended) at a ski resort, with no skiing.
Explore the itinerary below then start planning your weekend getaway.
Snowshoe Hike through Dixie National Forest
Start the day off by grabbing breakfast to-go at the Navajo or Giant Steps Lodge. Then get ready for adventure!
With incredible high elevation views and plenty of snow hitting the trails throughout and around Brian Head is a must! Whether you have gear of your own or need to rent some these trails are ready to show off the wonders of southern Utah. You can choose a trail that keeps you closer to town from the Brian Head Town Trails map or embark on a little high adventure with a snowshoe hike into Cedar Breaks National Monument.
For a unique view looking into Cedar Breaks National Monument from across the valley we reccomend the High Mountain trail. (Highlighted in purple on the linked map) This is a a lengthy trail at approximately 7 miles, but is well worth the views! You can see a preview of that view in the image to the right.
Relaxation, Drinks & Dining
After a lengthy hike (to beautiful views) you’re sure to work up an appetitie. Luckily, Brian Head is home to some amazing dining options! Grab a slice and a beer at Pizano’s Pizzaria, dishes bursting with flavor at Sook Jai Thai Cuisine, or enjoy a meal and drinks with a view of the Giant Steps side of the mountain at the Last Chair Saloon and Giant Steps Cafe. After finishing your meal it’s time to take your relaxing afternoon to the next level. With a visit to the Day Spa at Cedar Breaks Lodge! Escape your worry and relax with a soothing massage, face and body treatment, or an aromatherapy bath.
What says winter getaway more than ice skating?! With the new Brian Head Ice skating rink you can spend an evening skating just minutes away from your friends on the Giant Steps side of the mountain. This newly opened rink (opened Saturday, December 19th) is open daily from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm with skate rentals available AND gourmet hot chocolate! With twinkling clusters of pine trees, it’s a perfect spot for a little evening adventure and that must-have group selfie.
*Make sure to bundle up and dress appropriately for cold weather! At 10,000 feet it gets pretty cold up here. *
Did you know that Brian Head is less than 10 minutes away from an international dark sky park? This means that even on the resort you’re able to see an incredible amount of stores and a dark spot to stargaze from is never far away. After ice skating, return your skates and head out for a short drive to the northern overlook of Cedar Breaks National Monument. While Highway 148 through the monument is closed for winter, under the right conditions you can still access this viewpoint.
While out and about remember to Love Local by masking up, practicing social distancing, and staying home if you aren’t feeling well. #LoveLocalCC