America is rich with an abundance of natural wonders. From the redwoods of California to the fall foliage of New England, few states fail to contribute a stunningly beautiful scene for locals and visitors. Especially, Utah. The Beehive State brings a handful unprecedented sights to the table in every season, and Zion National Park in December is one of our favorites. Narrow passages give way to vast canyons full of jagged red rock formations that reach for the sky. Rivers weave through the base of the canyons with a smattering of lush vegetation that complements the mix of earthy tones. Now, imagine a soft white blanket draped over this unique and enchanting landscape that holds the title of Utah’s first national park. With winter activities around every corner, there is always something fun and exciting to do in Zion National Park. If you want to learn about other great things to do and places to see in the area, request access to our free Southern Utah Vacation Guide. It is full of local tips and ideas that make planning your trip a breeze!
Things to Do in Zion National Park in December
Tip: Before embarking on any expedition or adventure in Zion National Park, make sure you consult the National Park Service website for safety warnings, weather advisories, or urgent alerts.
Hiking is a staple in Zion National Park during every season. While snow and ice still reach some locations of the park, the low elevation of the bottom of the canyons gives visitors a respite from colder temperatures. Most trails are open in the winter and provide excellent views atop the canyon cliffs.
This is a great way to stay warm and see large portions of Zion National Park in December. The U.S. Highway 9, the main access road into the park, is very reliable and weaves through most of the eastern section. The Kolob Canyon Road stays open in the winter and provides access to scenic viewpoints and trailheads. This road occasionally closes due to heavy snowfall. The Kolob Terrace Road closes every winter from heavy snow.
The sheer beauty of Southern Utah makes Zion a top spot for excellent winter photography. Stark contrasts between the snow-dusted canyon spires and the bare, red rock floors present rare photo opportunities. You may even catch deer, small mammals, rabbits, eagles, and hawks, which roam the park during the winter.
Zion National Park is an easy one-hour drive from your cozy and comfy Family Time Vacation Rental! We feature an extensive list of Southern Utah vacation rental properties in Brian Head, Panguitch, and Duck Creek Village. All three locations sit about 20 minutes from each other and feature a long list of activities and attractions that are fun for the whole family! Whether you spend your days snowmobiling through winter Utah backcountry or tearing up the slopes in Brian Head, there’s an exciting activity for everyone!