6 Must-Experience Winter Activities in Brian Head

Janine Brandt | 11.27.19

For many, winter means curling up around a warm fire with a cup of cocoa and the soft sound of snow on the roof. That’s a great way to spend those frigid nights, but in Brian Head, we spend our winter days enjoying a variety of great outdoor activities that only winter can bring! Whether you’re on a powerful snowmobile or your own two skis, exploring the winter wonderland of Southern Utah is a unique and fun adventure for the whole family. When you’re planning your winter getaway, be sure to include one or all of these six must-experience winter activities in Brian Head!

For the ultimate winter adventure, be sure to download our free Southern Utah vacation guide! From activities to restaurants and more, it will show you all the tricks and tips you need to plan a fun (and warm) winter getaway.

Alpine Skiing

No winter trip is complete without a thrilling race down the slopes – and Brian Head offers world-class alpine skiing opportunities thanks to an annual snowfall of 400’ per year and easy access to some of the best slopes in the state. The nearby Brian Head Resort has two mountains that offer 71 unique (and uncrowded) runs for skiers of all ages and skill levels.

Cross-Country Skiing

If you prefer the challenge of cross-country skiing, you’ll find miles of perfect trails in Brian Head that wind right next to Main Street and into the surrounding forests. There’s even a cross-country skiing trail that takes you from Brian Head into the stunning scenery of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Equipment rentals can be found in shops throughout the city, and some of them offer guided tours of the area.

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is the perfect winter activity for families because it offers all of the thrills of a downhill race with no skill needed! Just hang on tight to your tube as you shoot down a slick snow-covered track at lightning speed. Brian Head Resort offers 2,900 feet of space for tubers, complete with a pulley rope to get you freshly back to the top for your re-match. But the winner has to buy the hot chocolate.


Enjoy the winter wilderness on no wheels as you zip through the forest on a powerful snowmobile. Brian Head’s Thunder Mountain Motorsports boasts snowmobile tours through the back-country of Brian Head, Dixie National Forest, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Experience the highlights of the area in a fun and safe way as your group is led by an experienced area guide. It’s a fast and fun winter adventure for the whole family!


Winter doesn’t mean an end to hiking – it just means you need better shoes! Snowshoeing is a fun way for the whole family to explore the winter wonderland of Southern Utah on foot. From January to March, Cedar Breaks National Monument offers free, guided snowshoe tours to the winter ranger station, where hot chocolate and warm apple cider await. Of course, those with an independent spirit can also navigate the popular trails and surrounding forests on their own – but always watch your step and watch for hills.

Winter Star Party

The crystal-clear skies of a dark winter night are perfect for stargazing. Cedar Breaks National Park is Southern Utah’s first designated “International Dark Sky Park” and offers viewers a stunning, unobstructed view of the night sky. During the winter, they host a series of “star parties” where the public can come free of charge and enjoy a stargazing show led by park rangers and astronomers. You’ll feel awed at the beauty and wondrous size of the universe as you gaze at the sky’s jeweled wonders – but be sure to dress warmly so you don’t feel cold, too.

After all of that winter fun, you’ll really want to escape inside and bask around a cozy fire. Let Family Time Vacation Rentals find you the perfect spot to warm your toes at the end of a long winter day! For the ultimate winter experience, book our Magic Carpet cabin. It’s within walking distance of the Giant Steps lifts for easy access to the slopes, and by night you’ll enjoy stunning mountain views from wall-to-wall windows as you relax around the gas fireplace.

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