Larger Than Life: Winter in Southwestern Utah
This desert is dramatic. In a really good way. Experience the towering heights of Zion, the depths of Buckskin Gulch, the dunes of Snow Canyon, the sunset over Gooseberry. Southern Utah’s wilds are wearing their winter splendor.
The southernmost wilds of Utah are known for going big. Really big. From Zion National Park’s soaring 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs to Buckskin Gulch, the longest slot canyon in the country, these lands awe and inspire at every turn.This journey will take you mountain biking on a sky-high red rock mesa, hiking some of Zion’s most iconic trails, strolling the soft warm sand of the Coral Pink Dunes, exploring an animal sanctuary where you can (and will) give a rescue pig a back-scratch, and finally wandering some of the state’s most dramatic slot canyons.
Our itinerary shares a sampling of highlights in this area, but there’s enough to spend a lifetime exploring. So if you can carve out any extra days to spend on this trip, take the time to go deeper into the rocky wonderland between Zion and Kanab.
Start: Salt Lake City (you can also fly into Las Vegas for a shorter drive to your day-one destination)
Hours of drive time: 12-14 depending on starting point
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