Winter Activities in Brian Head
Nestled in the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah, Brian Head boasts plenty of excellent winter activities to entertain your family.
Skiing & Snowboarding
State-of-the-art snowmaking equipment at Brian Head Resort guarantees early season openings, but Brian Head’s high altitude gets abundant snowfall of its own from Mother Nature. Rising from 9,600 to 11,307 feet above sea level, Brian Head is the highest ski resort in Utah.
The ski area has six lifts and 53 trails, with chutes, bowls and terrain for all skiing abilities.
Brian Head’s snowboard park features a variety of pipes, jumps and slides. Skiers and snowboarders who want to enjoy the highest elevations can take a snow cat to the top of Brian Head.
Fun comes in a tube at Brian Head’s famous vertical tubing park. It’s the quintessential winter activity for every member of your family. The surface lift effortlessly whisks you to the top of the park where you have several lanes to enjoy. It’s like a frozen water slide park where the beaming faces of snow tubers and employees last through the day.
“Stunning views while you cruise!” That’s cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Scenic Southern Utah. Over 45km of marked cross-country trails and over 300 km of back-country routes are maintained near Brian Head. Brian Head Resort is also a great area for telemark skiing. Other cross-country and snowshoeing areas include the Cedar Breaks National Monument turn-off on Hwy. 14, and the Dixie National Forest areas of Deer Valley and Navajo Lake located along Hwy. 14.
The Cedar Mountain
Snowmobile Complex offers over 160 miles of pristine snowmobile trails and wide open play areas. Ample snow and winter access to some of America’s most unique scenery makes this one of Utah’s most appealing snowmobiling areas. Access the complex from the Brian Head, Cedar Breaks, Navajo Lake or Duck Creek trail-heads. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, maintain most of the trails in the Cedar Mountain Complex and provide an info line for up-to-date conditions.
Summer Activities in Brian Head
The Brian Head area is becoming a mountain bikers mecca each May through October. The high elevation atop the plateau creates a cool mountain setting perfect for escaping the summer heat. Scenic single-track and double track trails are suitable for beginners as well as advanced riders. Families will enjoy the Pioneer Cabins route, while the 14-mile Dark Hollow / Second Left Hand Canyon trail is geared to the intermediate and advanced riders. A shuttle or a chairlift will take you to the top of many trails, where you can cruise downhill through forests and red rock country, then ride a shuttle back to Brian Head. In the higher elevations, you’ll be rewarded with a sweeping view of Zion National Park when you ride from Duck Creek Village to Strawberry Point.
Drop your fishing line into a lake or stream and chances are you’ll pull up a rainbow, German brown or brook trout. Southern Utah has 20 reservoirs, 9 natural lakes and 10 creeks and rivers that are open and stocked for fishing. Which is the best is a matter of opinion because every place is some fisherman’s secret spot.
Enjoy the splendor of nature on one of Brian Head’s many hiking trails. The Ramparts Rim Trail and the hike into the Alpine Pond area are lots of fun and very scenic. There is an interpretive guide available for the Alpine Pond trail that makes for a very interesting and educational hike. These hikes are short but well worth the time. This area is alpine in nature and makes a fascinating trip to the top of what is called the Grand Staircase (not to be confused with the Grand Staircase/Escalante Monument located 60 miles to the east). Brian Head Peak is over 11,000 feet in elevation and very close to Cedar Breaks. In the summer, Brian Head Resort offers chairlift rides to the top, where hikers and mountain bikers can find over 100 miles of back-country trails.
What could be more relaxing than a round of golf at Cedar Ridge Golf Course? The beautiful scenery, teeing within minutes of arriving and knowing that you can play in seclusion, without being rushed through your normal round is pure relaxation.
While Cedar Ridge is probably not as well known as some of the courses to the south, it is one of the state’s finest community operated courses. The course also has a well-stocked pro golf shop and clubhouse with a snack bar. The course is friendly enough for beginners, but has plenty of challenges for the seasoned golfer.
Horseback Trail Rides
Horseback trial riding is offered by Stonegate Ranch adjacent to the Brian Head Resort’s Navajo Lodge. Please call (435) 773-7630 directly for information on rates, hours of operation and availability.