Utah is full of awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping terrain. And in the winter time, this terrain becomes a vast playground for residents and visitors to explore. With desert and the Wasatch Mountains, it’s the place for everyone and anyone to find their winter wonderland.
And don’t get too distracted by the famous ski resorts in Utah. It’s not just about skiing and snowboarding (Although, let’s be honest: It’s a huge part of Utah’s culture and lifestyle). But there’s much more to the fresh powder then just carving down the slopes. Here are Utah’s top 10 winter destinations that you’ll be dying to check out this winter:
1. Dive into the Crystal Hot Springs in Honeyville, Utah
Even if you’re in Salt Lake City, this is a must for a day trip. It’s an hour and a half drive from Salt Lake - but it’s entirely worth it. Crystal Hot Springs is a mix of hot and cold pools and baths. And surprisingly, it’s the world’s largest hot spring (yup, you read that right). They also offer lodging close by! Enjoy a day and night at the Hot Springs. Chill in the warm baths and escape that cold winter air for the day.
2. For the Skiers Out There Head to Park City, Utah
It’s the largest ski area in the USA. And on an average day, the number of tourists actually surpass the population of residents that live in the city. Forbes Traveler Magazine has even named it one of the top 20 prettiest towns in the USA to visit. You’ll get spectacular views and be able to dive into an abundant of outdoor winter activities. Go for the weekend or an entire week. It’s unlikely that you’ll run out of new runs or resorts to check out. It’s essentially the epitome for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Suggested Accommodations: Deer Valley Resort is considered one of the best. Book early and dine and wine in style.
3. Go Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Fat Biking in Beautiful Millcreek Canyon
Also located close to Salt Lake City, this spot offers a place for the explorer in you. And there are trails upon trails. You can also bring your furry friend - an added bonus for those dog-lovers out there.
4. Spend a Weekend at Sundance Mountain Resort Near Provo, Utah
It’s 5000 acres of slopes and twists and turns. And the runs are perfect for any level skier or snowboarder. It is also the hot spot for the Sundance Film Festival every year. And if you aren’t into skiing, there are other activities as well. You can feed your taste buds at a variety of restaurants, go for a hike, and just enjoy the view. This destination in Utah is not one to be missed!
5. Cozy Up in Daniels Summit Lodge Near Heber City, Utah
Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Try this backcountry lodging. You’ll find adventure, relaxation, and more. There’s a spa, hot tub pool, and more. Get a little rustic and getaway for the weekend or the week. You’ll love it here!
There’s also Soldier Hollow in Heber with sledding, tubing, and cross-country skiing galore!
6. Book Your Place at Brian Head Ski Resort in Iron County
Iron County has multiple recreational areas making it the perfect winter destination. You’ve got hiking, skiing, and more. And the Brian Head Ski Resort is where it’s at. This beautiful ski resort puts you right in the middle of all of Utah’s glory. You’re in the midst of the Red Rocky National Parks. And it’s a little less crowded than other Utah destinations - but not any less scenic or adventurous.
7. Check Out Bryce Canyon National Park
While many opt to see this park in the summer, Bryce Canyon National Park is also open in the winter months. There are also fewer people in the winter, and you may get away with not having to pay an entrance fee. And the canyon itself is quite the site topped off with snow caps and a light snow dusting. Plus, there’s still lots to do. There’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding to enjoy in and around the park during the winter months.
8. Not into Outdoor Winter Activities? Head to Kanab, Utah
If winter isn’t exactly your thing, Kanab offers a warmer climate and less snow. You’re also close by to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion Park, Lake Powell, and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Kanab also hosts the Kanab Balloons and Tunes Festival in February. Fly up into the sky and see beautiful Utah from heights unknown.
9. Stay in Salt Lake City and Explore From There!
As aforementioned above, Many great activities and locations are accessible from Salt Lake City. Plus, it’s the capital of Utah. You get views of the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. On top of that, you’ll get the best of the best in entertainment and restaurants in and around the city. Spend a week or a weekend. We guarantee you won’t run out of things to do or places to explore.
10. Head to Eden and Visit Wasatch Parc for Some Serious Snow Tubing
You haven’t truly been snow tubing until you’ve done it at Wasatch Parc. It’s fun for the whole family. And there’s the Powder Mountain ski resort located nearby. Go tubing for the day, then spend the rest of the week hitting the slopes!
Utah is Yours to Explore!
Plan a different destination every year. Utah has a lifetime of opportunity and exploration for you and your family or significant other. And winter offers one of the best times to experience this beautiful and spectacular state!