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Snowshoeing

A pair of snowshoes, hiking poles and a daypack full of gear are all you need to venture where hiking boots are kept at bay. There’s a sense of excitement that comes with breaking trail across an untouched stretch of Utah’s famous powdery snow. Plan your trip with this guide to Utah’s best snowshoeing destinations, and remember to use the trails safely and responsibly.

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Popular Snowshoeing Trails

For your snowshoeing pleasure here are five highly recommended trails. For all the details on each listed trail, as well as PDFs for 50+ other snowshoe trails along the Wasatch Front, go to SnowshoeUtah.com

Wheeler Creek to Art Nord | Ogden Canyon

Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Easy
This quick trail makes for a pleasant jaunt that begins next to an enchanting half-frozen stream and ends with southern views of the steep mountains near Snowbasin Ski Resort.

White Pine Lake Trail | Little Cottonwood Canyon

Distance: 10 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Difficult
A strenuous trail that climbs through high alpine forests to a small Wasatch Mountain lake. This hike may be passable with microspikes early in the season, but snowshoes are recommended.

The Pipeline Trail | Millcreek Canyon

Distance: 3.8 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Moderate
A nice easy climb up the hollow will hook you onto the Pipeline trail where you can partake of the south-facing slope and enjoy any winter sun you may find on your day in the mountains.

Round Valley | Park City

Distance: Variable
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Spruces Campground is covered with deep snow during the winter months and it's a perfect place to plan your own trip across the snow. This is a great place to find wildlife, beaver dams, blue grouse, snowshoe hare, coyote, ermine, bobcat, owl and other wildlife that can handle the deeper winter snow up canyon.

Rim Trail | Bryce Canyon National Park

Distance: 2.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
This scenic, groomed trail starts at Ruby’s Inn, just outside Bryce Canyon National Parks. After a mile of snowshoeing beneath tall ponderosa pines you’ll be rewarded with views into Bryce’s snow-capped amphitheater of hoodoos and spires. This trail can also be connected with nearby trails to extend your hike.

More Snowshoeing Trails in Utah

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Northern Utah

In addition to the unmaintained forest routes (Read: "Fresh Tracks in Kamas – Utah's Snowcountry"), Northern Utah has a variety of groomed trails that can be accessed from the resorts or dedicated winter recreation areas. These trails are excellent for beginners and well-documented, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Plus, many of these resorts and facilities can help you find the rental equipment and guide services you may need.

Alta Ski Area

Your choice between free access to the 2+ mile groomed road, or a guided snowshoe walk with a naturalist to learn more about the area’s ecosystem. 

Solitude Nordic Center

Access to five interconnected snowshoeing loops, ranging in distance from .5 miles to 2 miles in length. Cross Country skiing is also available.

Sundance Nordic Center

Snowshoe and cross country ski on nearly 10 miles of groomed trails. This is an excellent place to learn, with a variety of cross country and snowshoeing equipment available to rent. 

All Season’s Adventures

Guided snowshoeing expeditions in Park City, Deer Valley, and the Uinta Mountains. Different tours are available depending on your group’s experience and difficulty preferences. 

White Pine Touring

Another tour provider based in Park City, Utah, White Pine Touring offers guided snowshoeing tours and equipment rentals. Bundle up and schedule a moonlight snowshoeing tour that’s lit only by the moon and your headlamp.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

Over 90% of Wasatch County is open space, and easily accessible from nearby Park City and Salt Lake City. Find trails, guides, and equipment outfitters to get started.

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

Snowshoe along Utah’s Olympic Nordic Trails at Soldier Hollow. An excellent place for families and athletes alike, you’ll have your choice of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tubing and more. 

Bear Lake

Miles of natural snowshoeing trails surround Bear Lake, a 20-mile long and eight-mile wide natural lake famous for its vivid blue waters. You might expect to see wildlife, wide open spaces, and a frozen lake scattered with ice fishers. 

Antelope Island

Another popular option for wildlife watchers, the snowshoeing trails on Antelope Island may lead to photo opportunities of bison herds, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and unique birding.

Snowbasin

A collection of snowshoeing and cross country skiing trials at the base of Snowbasin Resort that make an excellent addition to a day on the slopes. See Snowbasin’s nordic trail map here.

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Snowshoeing the Wasatch

Written By Lori J. Lee

4 minute read

Wondering where to go snowshoeing? Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are a popular destination. Learn more and plan your visit!

Hiking, Northern, Winter Sports

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Southern Utah

It may come as a surprise, there are plenty of snowshoeing trails in Southern Utah, and they may be the most scenic you’ve ever hiked. Southern Utah is breathtaking, and oftentimes less crowded, during the winter months. While you’re in Utah, don’t miss these bucket-list snowshoeing destinations.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument promises some of the most renowned snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing terrain in Utah. 

Bryce Canyon National Park

One of the most popular winter destinations in Southern Utah, Bryce Canyon should be considered a must-do for your itinerary. Don’t miss the Rim Trail, where you’ll be able to snowshoe or cross country ski right up to an overlook of the park’s amphitheater of hoodoos.

Brian Head Resort

With the highest base elevation in Utah of 9,600 ft. and over 1,300 ft. of vertical, Brian Head promises excellent skiing paired with stunning red rock views. Follow a day on the slopes with a snowshoeing expedition on the Cedar Breaks and Town Trails. 

La Sal Mountains

Looking over Moab, the La Sal mountains are a hidden gem of a winter playground. Here snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking and hiking are all available in the same weekend.

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Explore the Tushars on Snowshoe

Written By Jeremy Pugh

3 minute read

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.

Place, Ski Resorts, Southwestern, Adventure

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About Utah's Backcountry

Though these trails are generally very safe, snowshoeing is not without its risks. If you plan to recreate in avalanche terrain, you will need standard avalanche rescue gear and avalanche training. You should also regularly consult the Utah Avalanche Center website for critical avalanche safety information before venturing out. Many trails are well-trafficked and can be traveled safely, but check recent and current conditions before heading off the beaten path at UtahAvalancheCenter.org.

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