National Parks in Winter

Southern Utah in winter is full of quiet splendor (not crowds)

The summer months in Southern Utah pass along a familiar path. During the high season, the hot and sunny, red rock wonderland welcomes the majority of its annual visitation — travelers from around the world flock to Utah’s five national parks to witness the postcard scenery in person under the steady summer sun. But on the flip side, this same veritable movie set of scenic landmarks is practically empty during the winter months. The five national parks and their surrounding country are full of solitude and with an adventurous spirit to shrug off mild doses of moody weather you can count on having it all to yourself.

But you’ll want to be prepared. While winter weather in Southern Utah can be mild you’ll still need to deal with cooler and widely fluctuating temperatures as well as intermittent rain and snow. Throughout the season, nights and shaded areas are quite chilly, while exploring in the sunshine can be delightful. Watch current conditions, as unsettled winter weather can bring storms. Finally, businesses in many of Utah’s smaller communities shutter for the season. But with some advanced planning and a good set of layers, these small impediments are easily handled.

The reward is pure solitude as you gaze out of some of the most stunning vistas in the world. Skip the beach trip and explore Southern Utah like you’ve never seen it before. Here are your guides to going south this winter.

Ice and rock, snow and splendor: Winter in Southern Utah

by Jeremy Pugh

Come along on a five-day expedition to see Southern Utah’s wintry face, explore national parks, ski its mountains, find ways to play in the snow that has settled on the internationally-known landscapes and enjoy the solitude of the season.

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How to Pack for a Winter Trip in Southern Utah

With a little extra planning, good layers, and the right equipment, you can enjoy Utah's national parks in the solitude of winter.

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Road to Mighty

Southern Utah. Home to Utah’s Mighty Five® national parks and connected by some of the most scenic byways and backways in the country. Find your road:

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Winter Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park

At an elevation of up to 9,000 feet above sea level, Bryce Canyon gets regular snow during winter months, but hiking in Bryce during the cooler season is not only possible, it's highly recommended.

At an elevation of up to 9,000 feet above sea level, Bryce Canyon gets regular snow during winter months, but hiking in Bryce during the cooler season is not only possible, it's highly recommended.