Alpine, Après and Arches
Is Utah more famous for its skiing or for its desert red rocks? It’s hard to say, and you needn’t choose between the two on this trip. Timed perfectly for winter, this journey takes you to some of the finest mountain resorts in the world, then to the most spectacular vistas of the scarlet-hued desert.
There are two sides to Utah — the alpine mountains famous for their skiing, and the brilliant red rock expanses of the southern desert. This unforgettable trip offers a perfectly balanced snapshot of both. You can experience both mountains and desert by setting up a “base camp” for the first few days with ski access in Northern Utah, then heading south to Moab for the next couple of days to explore the desert.
First, base yourself in or around Salt Lake City for an accessible hub from which to explore the surrounding ski resorts — there's 11 of them along the Wasatch Mountain Range. After three days of enjoying The Greatest Snow on EarthⓇ, you’ll be ready to head south to explore the desert’s natural wonders in two of the most popular national parks in the West — Arches and Canyonlands — during the quiet season when you can enjoy some real breathing room. (Read: "How To Visit Southern Utah in Winter")
While the geography of these two areas is strikingly different, winter temps in Salt Lake City and the Moab are often similar, so packing layers will prepare you for both areas (Read: "How to Pack for a Winter Trip"). To keep your feet warm and your footing sure, include insulated hiking boots and wool socks (traction cleats or crampons may also come in handy depending on conditions). Rent a four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle to navigate winter weather in Utah’s canyons and summits (some roads require them). They are often snow-covered this time of year. So, know before you go, check weather and conditions and be prepared. (Read: "How to Prepare for Your Utah Ski Vacation")
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