People generally seek refuge during the winter months right here in St. George. Our snow-less ground and warmer climate offers an ideal escape from the arctic tundra of the north. However, many from Southern Utah crave the snow; like a child to a burning flame, we revere its mystery and implore for just a small taste of it.
St. George receives an average of 3 inches of snowfall per year – a rather generous estimate, if you ask the locals. Yet, despite the lack of snow, there are many winter opportunities which await only a short drive in any direction.
An immediate and favorite winter excursion resides about an hour and a half north at Brian Head Ski Resort. The powder is fresh and the views are unlike anywhere else! The resort also offers live music and fine dining for those looking for an exciting night out.
Not into skiing or snowboarding? That’s quite alright! Brian Head is also known for their family-friendly tubing hill with a convenient lift. You can also find excellent tubing at Wood’s Ranch, located 12 miles up Cedar Canyon.
Ice fishing is another way to enjoy the snow. Pine Valley Reservoir, Kolob Reservoir, Penguitch Lake, and Aspen Mirror Lake at Duck Creek (Also check out the ice cave and mammoth cave during the summer)
Other activities include snowshoeing and cross country skiing. An excellent location for these activities is the Deer Hollow Winter Recreation Area, located 22 miles east of Cedar City.
In the midst of such extreme sports, don’t forget about the beauty of Bryce and Zion in the winter months! Towering red cliffs dusted in snow make for a photographer’s haven. Other beautiful places to photograph in the winter include Kolob Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Dixie National Forest, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Antelope Canyon – all of which can be driven to and enjoyed within a day’s limit.