Winter's Summits and Rockscapes
There’s no better way to experience a bit of everything Utah offers: Ski its heavenly powder snow, then point your car southward to wind your way through the exquisite Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and a series of crimson-hued state park gems along the way.
Ta da! This itinerary covers some of the magic Utah's wildscapes have to offer, from the high alpine summit of Mt. Timpanogos to the petrified sandstone dunes of Snow Canyon and everything in between. We’ll conjure up some of the most spectacular vistas in Utah, including multiple state parks and world-famous Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. You won’t believe your eyes, and, you'll want to come back for more.
By visiting in winter, you get a rare look at both the ski resorts up north and the parks in the south, which are infinitely quieter and more peaceful in the colder months. It's a chance to see what our dramatic desert red rocks look like when dusted with snow. You'll want to hike it all... but budget plenty of time for photography, because you're going to need it.
Bundle up, bring some good walking shoes and pack layers to accommodate varied climates and conditions. You'll need your puffiest puffy jacket for stargazing at night in Bryce Canyon at 8,000 feet, yet you can probably get away with shorts and hiking sandals under the desert sun in St. George a couple days later. Plan accordingly! And keep in mind, your clothes aren't the only thing that need to be winter-ready. You'll hit some high elevations on this trip, and with those come snowy roads and occasional storm conditions. So, if the forecast is snowy or icy, a four-wheel drive car or all-wheel drive with snow ready tires or chains are a must (and are required by law on many Utah canyons and passes). (Read: "How To Visit Southern Utah in Winter")
Start: Sundance Resort
Finish: St. George
Hours of drive time: 12
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