Cedar Breaks National Monument

Brian Head is only five minutes up Highway 143 from one of our nation's most beautiful and captivating national parks:  Cedar Breaks.  Cedar Breaks boasts an impressive half-mile deep gorge of Utah's famous natural red rock structures, with lush evergreens, and clear night skies that are every astronomer's dream.  During our winter season, cross country skiing and snowmobile trails are provided to get from Brian Head to the park.  

Please visit Cedar Breaks National Monument's website for more park details and upcoming events: 

Note that Highway 148 running through Cedar Breaks is closed to vehicular traffic during winter months and is used as a groomed trail for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Brian Head Resort

Brian Head Resort is Utah’s best kept secret-pure and simple, keeping winter sports fun and affordable with the lowest lift ticket prices for a full service ski resort in Utah. There are virtually no lift lines so you can actually enjoy your time on the slopes. Brian Head has two mountains with eight chairlifts and terrain to fit almost any skier or boarder. Navajo Mountain is completely dedicated to beginners, with a ski school, beginner terrain park and daycare.

When the snow melts, it’s time for a whole different kind of fun at the Resort. Summer activities include: Mountain Biking, Brian Head Family Adventure Trail, Cliff Hanger Climbing Wall, Peak Shot Bungee Trampoline, Ridge Runner Zip Line, Avalanche Summer Tubing, Crooked Arrow Archery, Navajo Vistas Disc Golf Course, and Scenic Lift Ride. 

Bristlecone Pond 

Bristlecone Pond is Brian Head's newest edition!  The pond sits in the heart of Brian Head, and features a large pavillion (which can be reserved by contacting Town Hall) and several small pavillions, barbeque grills, campfire rings, and a playground. The pond is a hotspot for fishing, kayaking, swimming, and paddle boarding.  Kids under 15 who catch a tagged fish can go to Town Hall to select a prize!

Check out our many outfitters to gear up for activities at Bristlecone Pond.


Brian Head Peak

Our peak has the best view around at 11,307 ft.  From the top, one can see into neighboring states such as Arizona and Nevada.  The stone hut on the very tip of the peak was built between 1935-1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps; ever since its construction, it has become an icon on the peak.  It not only provides a taste of Brian Head's past, but also a breathtaking view.  (Literally, breath taking since it is so high in elevation).

Just before reaching the peak, you'll see the Sydney Peak Trailhead, which is the jumping off point for several of the hiking and mountain biking trails in Dixie National Forest, including Dark Hollow, Bunker Creek, Sydney Peaks, Spruces, and Mace's Run. Restrooms are located at the trailhead.

*Note: The road to the summit is accessible in the summer and fall seasons only. 


Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest surrounds Brian Head and extends for 170 miles across Southern Utah. It includes almost two million acres and is the largest national forest in Utah. The forest is adjacent to three national parks and two national monuments, and includes areas of similar natural beauty. The red sandstone formations in Red Canyon rival those of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hell's Backbone Bridge and the view into Death Hollow are breathtaking. From the top of Powell Point, it is possible to see for miles into three different states. Nearby lakes within Dixie National Forest include Panguitch Lake, Navajo Lake, and Yankee Meadow Reservoir.

Please visit Dixie National Forest's website for more information: 

Yankee Meadows

Yankee Meadows is a little known gem that offers outstanding beauty and recreation. Only 15 miles from Brian Head, it is accessed off of Hwy 143 in Parowan Canyon. The drive up Yankee Meadows Road is surrounded by the towering red rocks of Vermillion Castle dotted with juniper trees and scrub oak and maple. There are several trails along the way that lead to the top of the cliffs where one can see the “Noah’s Ark” and the “Grand Castle” formations. In the fall, the scrub oak and maple blaze red and orange making it an outstanding area for leaf peepers.

As you continue up to Yankee Meadows, you'll find campgrounds, picnic areas, and fantastic scenery. Yankee Meadow Reservoir is located at the base of the towering volcanic cliffs of Sydney Peaks. During summer and fall trout fishing and non-motorized boating are the most popular activities.  

Note: Much of the vegetation and camping right around Yankee Meadow Reservoir was significantly damaged during the 2017 Brian Head Fire. Revegetation efforts are underway, but obviously it will take some years before the views around the reservoir are restored. However, the drive up to the reservoir is still pristine and worthwhile, offering an up-close experience with Southern Utah's famous Red Rock formations. Also, the fishing at Yankee Meadow Reservoir is still excellent.

Panguitch Lake
Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area
Twisted Forest/Dry Lakes Scenic Backway
Patchwork Parkway National Scenic Byway