The three most popular times to visit St. George are spring and fall (for the weather) and summer if you are mainly coming for Zion. Winter is pretty quiet here, but I’m an avid adventurer and don’t slow down once the holidays start to come. If this sounds like you too, here are some of my personal reasons for planning a trip to St. George in the winter.
The Price is Just Right
Hotels are cheaper in winter, and who doesn’t love that? Not only hotels, but gas prices are also lower, which can make getting here more affordable. Art galleries also frequently offer discount prices to clear inventory for the coming season, as do the outlet stores. Basically, most things will be less expensive for you if you travel here in the winter.
Zion Permits Are Easy to Acquire
Some of the greatest places to experience in Zion National Park are traffic-controlled by a permit system. It’s a great way to manage the natural resources but it can make getting into these places next to impossible during the popular seasons (which is ¾ of the year). So take a page out of my book and get the proper gear to safely enjoy The Subway in the winter when the permits are easier to get.
Incredible Rock Climbing and Bouldering Weather
I love to climb, but this applies to more than just climbing. The average high temperature doesn’t dip below 54 degrees over the winter in St. George. Many activities are still very enjoyable at that range because you create your own body heat doing them, like hiking, biking, and pickle ball. I have found since moving here that climbing in particular is great in winter because the rock doesn’t get too cold and my body doesn’t get too hot. I should also mention the climbing is legendary here as well.
The Photography is Amazing and Different
Droves of people come to the St. George area to photograph the unique landscape—and for good reason. Some of the geographical formations you’ll see here will blow you away and demand frame after frame to be taken of them. Most people shoot the area in the tourist season and miss the raw beauty that can be captured in winter. Seeing Snow Canyon caked in a thin layer of snow is both rare and breathtaking. The same is true of Zion Canyon, and 95% of people never see that, let alone photograph it.
February is typically a pretty dull month out of the year, but it doesn’t have to be. Break from tradition this year and come to a wild and raw outdoor playground that is still a world class destination even in the winter. Come visit St. George.