Winter Fun: Southern Utah


Since Brigham Young himself lived in Utah, heading south to St. George to avoid the winter cold and inversion has been a thing. Even for those who don’t have a second home in Zion — like Brother Brigham did — the trip to red rocks … well … rocks.

1. Beautiful Zion!
Even in winter, Zion National Park is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy nature. With its relatively low elevation, snow rarely reaches the valley floor, making Zion accessible even when Utah Valley is whitey tighty. With drive time of less than an hour from St. George, Zion is a convenient place to get away. Plus, the winter season means fewer visitors arriving in the park.

2. Gorgeous Golfing
Nothing makes it feel like you’re cheating on winter like a warm round of golf. Southern Utah is peppered with pristine putting greens ready to get the summer golf season off with a nice tee shot. While there are a number of courses to choose from, St. George city owns four courses, with Sunbrook Golf Club offering a variety of landscape changes including the rough black lava rock and red sand the area is known for.


3. St. George Area Parade of Homes
Utah is known nationwide for its amazing Parade of Homes events, and this southern event is the first one of the year. For 10 days starting on President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15-24), visitors self tour through the finest in building trends, techniques and technology. Presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and Zions Bank, the Parade of Homes features faucets, foundations and flourishes. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online ( or, starting the day before it opens, at the Red Cliffs Mall and Lin’s Markets.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at

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