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15 Ways to Get Outside This Winter

Posted: January 30, 2020 | Author: Connor Aste | Read Time: 3 minutes

Outside Winter ActivitiesWinter might be here, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take some time to enjoy nature this season. Cedar City is located in the heart of Utah’s national parks, state parks, and endless adventure, and the fun doesn’t stop when it snows. 

Next time you are looking for some fresh air and sunshine (with the possibility of snow), check out these 15 ways to get outside this winter: 

In Cedar City: 

  • Host a snowball fight. Gather your friends and head to the Upper Quad or a local park for a snowball fight. Just be sure to dress warm! 
  • Build a snowman. 
  • Go ice skating. Cedar City is lucky to have its own ice skating rink. Located outside the Cedar City Aquatic Center, The Glacier Ice Rink offers open skate times as well as lessons. 
  • Join the Hockey Club. In partnership with The Glacier Ice Rink, SUU Hockey is a fun and informative club. Join them to learn the basic rules and participate in training drills. 
  • Go sledding. Did you know that you can rent sleds from SUU Outdoors? Set aside an afternoon, rent a few sleds, and head to one of the many hills in Cedar City. 
  • Explore Main Street. Cedar City’s Main Street is beautiful with freshly fallen snow. Before you head out, grab a drink from The Grind Coffeehouse to keep you warm, then take a walk down Main Street. 

Near Cedar City:

  • Soak in the hot springs. Southern Utah is home to several natural hot springs, both in the backcountry and resort-style. Panaca Warm Springs and Meadow Hot Springs are both located within about 1.5 hours from Cedar City and are free. 
  • Visit Kolob Canyons. Zion National Park’s northern corner might be beautiful in the summer months but it becomes a magical world with a dusting of snow. Choose a sunny day after a snowstorm and take a drive through Kolob Canyons, just be sure to check to the road is open
  • Go cross country skiing. Cedar Breaks National Monument has miles of trails prepped for winter adventure. Be prepared and remember that Cedar Breaks is located at 10,000 feet, the weather can be drastically different and you may tire easily. 
  • Go snowboarding or skiing. Just 45 minutes from campus, Brian Head Resort is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard, or for a veteran to play in Utah’s fresh powder. 
  • Go tubing. If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, head to Brian Head Resort anyway. The resort is home to two tubing hills, and with magic carpets on both, there is no hiking required. 
  • Go for a drive. Head out from Cedar City on Highway 14 to explore Cedar Canyon. Wood’s Ranch is a great stop just 12 miles from Cedar City, or take a longer adventure to Duck Creek Village. If you end up needing a snack, stop in at Aunt Sue’s Chalet for a slice of pie or banana split.

Before winter ends, start making plans to experience the many fun things that Cedar City has to offer! 

Tags: Cedar City Outdoors

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