Utah's Best Winter Hiking Trails
Unless at high altitudes or far away from access, most of Utah’s popular hiking trails are still accessible during the winter months. Only now they’re less trafficked, the views are a bit more vivid, and the snow lends a wonderful sense of quiet to the trail. You could argue that many trails are more enjoyable in the winter, but these hikes are known as bucket-list winter destinations.
1. The Narrows, Zion National Park
One of Zion National Park’s most popular excursions, The Narrows, is an out and back day hike in water with mystifying sheets of ice that hang over the canyon’s red rock cliffs. The canyon still has water obstacles, so you’ll need to dress warm with waders and river shoes, including drysuits. Pick up gear and advice from local outfitters in Springdale.
2. Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
This Rim Trail is an easy route that connects two of Bryce Canyon’s most popular overviews, Fairyland Point and Bryce Point which overlook snow-capped hoodoos in the famed Bryce Amphitheater. If photo opportunities and scenic overlooks are a must for you, then add this trail to your to-do list.
3. Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
A lesser known trail in the Arches region, Corona Arch Trail is a moderate out and back trail that visits a 140-foot wide natural arch. This is a great hike for the entire family, including pets. Be sure to wear footwear with plenty of traction though, the slickrock can get icy.
4. Pine Hollow Trail, American Fork
North of the snowy red rock terrain, the Pine Hollow Trail is a 4.3 mile loop that winds through a high alpine wonderland. Picture dense sections of tall aspen trees standing quietly over a snowy forest floor. Best of all, this hike is less than an hour from Salt Lake City which makes it a great afternoon option.
5. Silver Lake Loop, Salt Lake City
Silver Lake is one of the most popular destinations along the Wasatch. The trailhead lies in the mountain town of Brighton at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Expect a short, relatively mild loop that walks the border of Silver Lake and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. (Read: "Winter Hikes Near Salt Lake City")