Experience Cedar Breaks in Winter

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10 Jan 2022

Experience Cedar Breaks in Winter

With spectacular colors formed by an abundance of mineral deposits, Cedar Breaks National Monument is breathtaking to behold! Located just minutes from the winter playground of Southern Utah’s Brian Head Ski Resort, the geological grandeur of Cedar Breaks becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter; making this hidden gem a must-do on the winter adventure list.

Accessing Cedar Breaks National Monument in the winter is possible on snowshoes and cross-country skis, but we highly recommend an afternoon in this beautiful park!

Cedar Breaks formations dusted in snow | January 2021

Snowmobile Tour through Brian Head to the Breaks

Sitting above 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau. This giant amphitheater was millions of years in the making: sedimentation, uplift, and erosion have carved out a space that spans three miles and is more than 2,000 feet deep. With spectacular colors created by an abundance of mineral deposits, the giant amphitheater becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter. With a snowmobile tour through Brian Head and into Cedar Breaks National Monument with Thunder Mountain Motorsports, you can enjoy a guided tour into the monument on rented machines for incredible views!


Snowshoe Hike Through the Monument

Running through Cedar Breaks National Monument, Scenic Byway 148 closes with the first heavy snowfall, usually mid-November, and becomes a groomed trail for winter adventure. It’s accessible by snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snowmobiles. The trail system in and around the park is an easy-to-follow route that leads to incredible views. Check out a map of the park here.


Stargazing at the Northern Overlook

An international dark sky park, the evening views at Cedar Breaks are always worth the visit! In winter, only the northern viewpoint (closest to Brian Head) is open, but it’s a great spot for stargazing. Bundle up, download a couple of star charts, and set out for an evening of stargazing. A five-minute drive from Brian Head, it’s just a short jaunt.


Cross Country Ski Into Cedar Breaks

Running through Cedar Breaks National Monument, Scenic Byway 148 closes with the first heavy snowfall, usually mid-November, and becomes a groomed trail for winter adventure. It’s accessible by snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snowmobiles. The trail system in and around the park is an easy-to-follow route that leads to incredible views. Check out a map of the park here.