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Planning ahead for some new year adventures? Don’t be scared to explore Zion during winter. With the right gear and preparation, you can experience East Zion adventures in and around Zion National Park in a new and beautiful way.

Canyoneering adventures

East Zion, Utah slot canyon in winter

Photo: @averagejoadventures

If you thought slot canyons were amazing in summer, you should see them in winter. There’s just something so magical about red rock + snow. Southern Utah’s slot canyons will completely transport you to another world any time of year, with twisting sandstone walls of vibrant reds and oranges that will leave you in awe. Yet in winter, the silence and beauty of it all will have you feeling like time has completely stopped. There’s nothing quite like canyoneering in winter.

At East Zion Adventures, we book tours and activities year round, weather permitting. Browse all of our canyoneering tour options, from half days to full days, and click here for tips on preparing for your canyoneering adventure.


Winter Jeep tours

Winter Jeep tour overlooking Checkerboard Mesa

Photo: @averagejoadventures

Go where the tires meet the snow and the panoramic views stretch for days. If the Top of the World isn’t enough to convince you, East Zion Adventures winter jeep tours include cozy blankets and heated seats, making them the perfect way to enjoy a chilly day in Zion. Come experience our little piece of paradise – check out all our different tour options here.

Trotting in a winter wonderland

a group of people riding a horse in the snow

Photo: @p_snilla

The unique thing about East Zion Adventures is that we are located on property at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, which is made up of 4,000 acres of beautiful land bordering Zion National Park. This means that we are able to offer many activities and views that other guide companies cannot; horseback riding with scenic views of Zion is just one of them!


Exploring in and around Zion National Park

winter hiking in zion

Zion Ponderosa typically gets enough snow in the winter for winter sports like winter hiking, cross-county skiing and snowshoeing. Since we’re sitting at an elevation of about 6,500 feet – a whole 2,500 feet higher than Springdale and the main entrance of Zion National Park – we often have snow in the winter even when Zion National Park’s main canyon doesn’t.

Our high-elevation location means you have access to trails guests of other properties don’t. Winter hiking to Observation Point, or snowshoeing to Cable Mountain, a beautiful hike through East Zion backcountry across Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort means you often have views like these all to yourself. Even Checkerboard Mesa on the east side of Zion is a gorgeous spot for a winter stroll.

Find more winter hikes you’ll love here.


Winter weather in Zion


Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park in winter

Mild temperatures and a light dusting of snow are pretty common, although the occasional snowfall can leave Zion blanketed in snow. Daytime temperatures can be in the low 50s some days, but nighttime and morning temps are chilly and can dip into the teens. If you plan on visiting Zion in the winter, be vigilant in checking the weather before you come because the truth is, Zion winters are unpredictable and different year to year.


Stay where you play

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort in winter

And as a top six adventure resort in the U.S., Zion Ponderosa is the perfect home base for your Zion winter adventures. Check out our Winter Special valid through March 11 (excluding Christmas – New Years), to save up to 50% when you book two nights for two people in one of our cabin suites or cowboy cabins plus a jeep tour for two. Or, save up to 50% when you book two nights in a vacation home for four people plus a jeep tour for four! This deal will book quickly, don’t miss out! Click here to book.


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