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Winter in Southern Utah

As the chill of fall motivates the tree’s final leaves to meet the ground, there are those, the bold, who eagerly await winter’s arrival in Southern Utah. The bold know that here, they'll be rewarded with quiet, solitude and vibrant night skies. For Southern Utah, winter is enchanted, a season less traveled with snow-capped peaks and endless canyons. The bold, maybe you, await the wonder that is winter in Southern Utah.

National Parks in Winter How to Prepare

Winter Basecamps

Explore The Regions

Southwestern Utah

Popular base camps of this region include Torrey, St. George, Cedar City and Kanab. Three (of five) of Utah's national parks also find their home in this portion of the state: Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. More experienced off-season travelers might check out Cedar Breaks or Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. From snowmobiling and snowshoeing to winter star parties and cozy yurt camping, the rewards of winter's depths are beckoning the well-prepared traveler to Southwestern Utah.

Southeastern Utah

From base camp, jot down your plan, gear up and set out on your winter expedition in Southeastern Utah. This region includes Arches and Canyonlands national parks, both incredible landmarks, but not the only noteworthy and wonder-filled locations found here. Bears EarsNatural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments are more than ready for your trek across their landscapes. Even Monument Valley has waited all summer for winter to let loose its magic across its famous views and iconic spots, lately dusted with snow.

Make a Note

As you travel, bear in mind that nighttime temperatures will dip below freezing and high mountain passes may be closed and/or snowy. Be sure to check local road conditions and weather utilizing webcams and alerts. Plan ahead with these Tips to Pack for a Southern Utah Winter Trip. With the privilege of solitude, of course, comes some responsibility: It’s crucial that visitors to the area follow Forever Mighty principles to keep the locations beautiful year-round.

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