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.
Hold on to your (snow)hats: this itinerary covers the absolute best highlights 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. Consider this your sampler platter of the most spectacular vistas in Utah, including multiple state parks and world-famous Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Once you've taken them in, 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 lots of layers. You'll need your puffiest puffy jacket for stargazing in Byrce Canyon at 8,000 feet, yet you can probably get away with shorts and hiking sandals 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 with good tires and caution are a must.
Start: Sundance Resort
Finish: St. George
Hours of drive time: 12
Bryce Canyon Hikes
Hiking through Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the best ways to see the park’s famous hoodoos, spires and sandstone fins.
Bryce Canyon Travel Tips
What’s the best time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park? What should I bring? Can I camp? Read our Bryce Canyon travel tips to find out.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes are open for hiking and kid-friendly playing. About 90-percent of the dunes are open for ATV riders, an attraction for which this state park has become ever popular.
How to Visit Zion
Looking for the best way to see Zion? Read our Zion National Park guide for expert advice on planning your visit to one of the most visited parks in Utah.
Sundance Film Festival
Park City and Utah's other Sundance Film Festival venue cities combine each year's most promising films with The Greatest Snow on Earth®.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Ski Resort is one of Utah's top ski resorts. Find fun things to do at Sundance in the summer, too. Learn more. Come play!
Things To Do in Bryce Canyon National Park
Whether it’s a long backpacking expedition or cross-country skiing in the winter, a new adventure is waiting for you in Bryce Canyon.
Things to Do in Zion National Park
Whether it's hiking, camping, canyoneering, or simply driving, there's a lot to do in Zion. Start planning your next trip with these things to do today.
Where to Escape Crowds Near Zion
Wondering when you can have more of Zion’s trailheads to yourself? Discover the best timing and destination to avoid the crowds for your next Zion trip.
Winter in Bryce Canyon National Park
See red rock hoodoos coated with a dusting of snow against a stunning scenic backdrop on an unforgettable winter visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. With elevations of up to 9,100 feet and an average winter snowfall of nearly 100 inches, there is plenty of winter to be found at this high-elevation scenic wonder.
Winter in Zion National Park
Winter visitors to Zion National Park will find plenty to do, including hiking, photography and gazing up at the wonders of the night sky.