Fall is in full swing in Southern Utah, which means that colder weather isn’t far behind. While summer might draw the largest crowds to the region, this doesn’t mean that the rest of the year doesn’t have plenty to offer. In fact, if you’re looking to enjoy Southern Utah’s popular national and state parks, want to do some hiking, or are simply looking for a more unique vacation, winter might just be the best time for a visit to the best Hildale Utah hotels!

Water Canyon Resort is the ultimate destination for a winter getaway! Between cozying up in your own private cabin and relaxing around your personal fire pit while enjoying some stargazing, you might be tempted to stay in during your visit. But there’s so much to see and do in the region this time of year! Keep reading to learn a few tips for planning a winter visit to the best Hildale Utah hotels.

Don’t Skip a Visit to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a popular summer destination. Most of the park’s more than 5 million annual visitors make their way to the park between May and July. However, this doesn’t mean that the park isn’t well worth a visit the rest of the year, too. In fact, winter may just be one of the best times of year to plan a trip!

To start, winter is the only time of year when the Zion Canyon Shuttles aren’t running. This means that you can drive your personal vehicle into the Lower Canyon. If you’re lucky enough to get to visit the park when it’s covered in snow, you’ll get to see the beautiful winter wonderland that few of the park’s visitors ever get to see! While trails can be slippery and dangerous after a winter storm, the park sees plenty of dry weather this time of year, too. Cooler temperatures and very few crowds in the park can make this a great time to experience the most popular hiking trails and overlooks.

Located just an hour’s drive from Zion, you can easily day trip to the park during your stay at Water Canyon.

Hit the Slopes

Utah is well-known for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. Park City and Salt Lake City tend to get all the credit. But did you know that you can hit the slopes in Southern Utah, too?

Just an hour and a half away from Water Canyon is Southern Utah’s very own ski resort. Brian Head Resort is a destination for snowboarding and skiing during the winter months. The resort covers more than 650 acres, with 71 runs and 8 chair lifts. You can even go snowmobiling and cross-country skiing! 

If you’re looking to mix up your desert getaway with some winter fun, a day trip to Brian Head from your Hildale Utah hotels is a great choice. You can enjoy a full day on the slopes, before heading back to Hildale to warm up around a campfire or cozy up for a movie night with your family in your luxurious cabin.

Enjoy a Scenic Drive

Summer, spring, fall, or winter—a scenic drive is a must during any visit to Southern Utah! The region’s diverse landscapes are truly stunning. Taking a drive is a great way to see more of them than you could through hiking alone during your visit. This time of year, you’ll get to experience the beauty of fresh snow on red rock desert landscapes, and the winter wonderland that descends on Zion several times a year.

From Water Canyon, Highway 389 is one of the best scenic drives. Head South out of Hildale, and Northern Arizona’s incredible desert landscapes will quickly roll out in front of you. If you’re planning to visit Zion during your trip, be sure to take a drive through the entire park, and out the less-visited East Entrance. You can even continue on to Bryce Canyon National Park. During the winter, much of this park is closed to vehicles. However, you can explore by snowshoe or cross-country skis! There are also plenty of snowmobile trails to explore in and around the park.

Planning a Winter Visit to the Best Hildale Utah Hotels

Winter is a great time to visit the best Hildale Utah hotels. From our cozy cabins to our great location, Water Canyon Resort is the ultimate base camp for your next cold-weather adventure. Spend your trip hitting the slopes, exploring Southern Utah’s snow-covered landscapes, or simply snuggling up in your warm cabin.

Right now, when you book a stay at Water Canyon for 3 or more nights, you’ll enjoy a 25 percent discount on your entire stay! Book your next visit today to take advantage of this amazing deal!