A Red and White Christmas in Bryce Canyon Country

“I’m dreaming of a Bryce Christmas.” You begin daydreaming as you watch the snow fall from the window. You’re imagining the red hoodoos in Bryce Canyon Country covered in a fluffy layer of snow. A different kind of red and white Christmas, but in the best possible way, that ignites your sense of adventure and wonder.

The holidays can be such a busy time, full of worrying about cooking up a Christmas feast, finding enough beds for relatives, and not to mention all of the Christmas presents to buy! Instead, take a break from the hustle and bustle, pile up in the car and take your family on an unforgettable adventure and make lifelong memories in Bryce Canyon Country this holiday season.

Spend the Holidays in A Cozy Cabin 

Lasting memories can be cuddled up in a cozy cabin or a vacation rental after a day spent exploring areas on snowmobiles, snowshoes or just hiking in the winter! There is no better time to spend quality time with family and friends than during the holidays. Rekindle friendships, play board games and develop strong bonds with your loved ones. Cozy lodging and dining services are readily available throughout winter in the Bryce Canyon region and county roads are all hastily cleared of new-fallen snow.   

  • Stone Canyon Inn offers tree houses, cabins and bungalows in Tropic Utah, 15 minutes away from the North Bryce Canyon entrance. 
  • Bryce Country Cabins allows you to experience real country living in a private cabin where you can enjoy life at a slower pace. You’re surrounded by some of nature’s most breathtaking scenery on a 20 acre farm close to Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

Cross Country Skiing 

Creating fun traditions like cross country skiing is a unique and fun way to get a beautiful look over the Bryce Canyon National Park and its amphitheater. Red Canyon, very similar to Bryce Canyon National Park, allows cross-country skiing in the winter and is a beautiful location in Dixie National Forest during the holiday season. 

Experience a large network of cross-country trails in the area near Bryce Canyon City. These trails provide opportunities to see beautiful vistas looking down from the rim as you ski outside the National Park. If you don’t have any cross-country skiing equipment, you can rent snow equipment at Ruby’s Inn, near the entrance to Bryce Canyon.

Enjoy the Afternoon Ice Fishing 

When you reminisce childhood memories during the holiday season, you will probably remember more experiences than presents. Those recollections all have one common denominator: Simple activities that only require the gift of time allowed to connect with your family are what make the holiday season special. One activity that you can do is go ice fishing on Panguitch lake! 

Panguitch Lake is arguably one of the best locations for ice fishing in Utah. As the surface of the ice freezes over, you can see the water rushing below you with the fish waiting to grab the bait on the end of your hook. Grab a tent to keep warm and make a fun afternoon with family and friends. Here is a tip from the locals; the best bait are ice flies, jigs, glow-in-the-dark jig heads tipped with nightcrawlers, mealworms and wax worms. Imagine the thrill and joy your children can experience as they learn how to cast a line and hopefully catch a big trout. 

If you’d like to spend the holidays less frazzled with planning and more in-the-moment, enjoying time with the kids – Bryce Canyon Country has just the thing — a reimagined red and white Christmas. With the holidays fast approaching, white snowflakes will soon fall and a new season for adventure in Bryce Canyon Country will arrive. Don’t let the joy of the holiday be drained away, and start planning your Red and White Christmas getaway. 

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