A Winter Trip Through the Heart of Utah’s Desert
Experience a world unlike any you’ve ever imagined in the high desert mountains and plummeting canyons of south-central Utah. Your winter journey will include into two national parks, three state parks and all the scenic winding roads your heart could desire.
When you journey to south-central Utah and wander grand mesas, twisting slot canyons and oversized red rock "goblins," your first thought will probably be, "How does this even exist?" Short answer: geology, of course. But the long answer? Well, you'll just have to get to know the area up close to begin to grasp it.
This swath of high desert is awash in history, from its original Native American inhabitants to nineteenth-century settlers and cowboys...and now, you, stepping foot into the wide open. This five-day itinerary takes you into slot canyons just as wide as your shoulders, toadstool-shaped rock gardens, soaring sandstone arches and a hiking trail worthy of the name "Fairyland."
While these lands are remote, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks draw many visitors during the warmer months. Which is why the wisest travelers wait till winter sets in. The desert falls quiet. Just you, your breath, the crunch of snow and a near-mystical landscape.
This is, of course, a desert, but keep in mind that it's high elevation, and certainly not warm in the winter. Temperatures can dip into the 30s, 20s, or lower and roads can get icy. So bundle for cool-weather hiking and keep in mind that a hotel or Airbnb will probably be much preferable to camping. (Read: "How To Visit Southern Utah in Winter")
A Winter’s Desert: Visiting Southern Utah in the Slow Months
Experiencing the peace of canyon country in the winter is an attraction of its own.
Across a Snow-Covered Desert
Follow this itinerary for a week-long winter road trip across the snow-covered desert of Southeastern Utah.
An Uncommon Confluence
A solo sojourn where snow and desert meet in a lesser-known corner of Utah’s red rock country.
Best Hikes in St. George During Winter
While Utah's Greater Zion offers a few hundred trails, we’ve highlighted seven of the best hikes in the state's southwestern corner, from deep canyons to high peaks.
Explore the Tushars on Snowshoe
Ready to experience snowshoeing in Utah? Eagle Point is a Utah favorite location. Check out this snowshoe excursion then plan yours today for fun and adventure.
Find a Winter Refresh in a Utah State Park
The best Utah state parks will entice you with ice fishing, white sand and snow-dusted scenery. Take a winter break to refresh with a visit to a few of these places.
Gravity and Water: Mark Making in a Winter’s Desert with Anne Kaferle
Finding Helper at a time when she “needed it the most,” landscape artist Anne Kaferle has put down roots in Utah, thanks to plein-air painting and the healing power of time alone in the landscape.
How to Have a Wintertime Yurt-to-Yurt Excursion in the La Sals
Utah's La Sal Mountains have long been a summertime escape from the Moab heat, but they are also an excellent winter destination, with yurts available to help you explore this scenic range with one of the country's most country’s most iconic views.
Stay Warm in Southern Utah: How to Pack for a Winter Trip
For most travelers, Southern Utah winters prevent comfortable camping, and occasional snowfall can make outdoor adventure a little more challenging. With a little extra planning, good layers, and the right equipment, however, you can enjoy Utah's national parks in the solitude of winter.
Turning the Lens on a Wintry Southern Utah
Discover some of the most picturesque places to photograph in Southern Utah, and learn some tips for how to shoot and travel responsibly.
Winter in Southeastern Utah: Arches and Canyonlands
Want to avoid the Utah national park crowds? Plan a winter Southeastern Utah trip. Experience more peace, quiet and solitude.
Winter Wonders in Greater Zion
As you’re mapping out your winter trip through southeastern Utah, consider adding the following parks and natural wonders to your itinerary.