Utah is famous for the greatest snow on earth and world-class ski resorts, but there’s so much more to the Beehive state during the winter. Skip the lift pass and explore these not so obvious winter destinations in Utah!
There’s something simply breathtaking about red rocks and snow together. Being at 9,000 ft, Bryce Canyon is one of the few places in southern Utah to get a good snowfall. Many trails are open during the winter months but make sure you wear appropriate clothing (including waterproof hiking boots or snow boots) to be able to access the trails. Other fun winter activities include snowshoeing (check out the free Bryce Canyon Snowshoe Program), ranger guided full moon snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing.
Located in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, about 15 miles east of Hyrum, UT, Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area provides habitat for many wildlife species. In the winter, the highlight activity is the Rocky Mountain Elk feeding program so make sure you visit between December and February for elk viewing and wagon rides! Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center and check out the interactive exhibits to learn more about the area and programs.
This popular summer destination also has its charm in the winter. The ice formations on the shores of Utah Lake are any photo-enthusiast’s winter wonderland, especially at sunset. Plus, if ice fishing is your thing, this is a nice uncrowded location for the sport!
Tucked away in the Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow was the 2002 Winter Olympics venue for cross-country skiing and biathlon. Today, the area is known for its many recreational activities. In the winter, besides the 16 miles of cross-country ski trails, you can enjoy Utah’s longest tubing lanes with the convenience of lift service!
Bridal Veil Falls
The 600-foot tall tiered waterfall located in Provo Canyon is easily accessed by a short paved trail (which might be the reason why it is the most photographed waterfall in Utah). Accessibility may be limited during the winter months, but when you make it out there, the frozen waterfall is truly impressive. For the more seasoned adventures, ice climbing is a popular activity December through February.
The snow makes the outdoors even more magical this time of the year. It’s so worth it to get outside and enjoy all beautiful landscapes Utah has to offer! For more things to do this season (inside and outside), check out 10 Fun Family Activities for Winter Break.