Ski and Snowshoe

Two snowshoers hike toward the camera through trees and over snow.

Cedar Breaks is an incredible place for the adventurous skier and snowshoer. Though track is set only on the snow-covered park road, all trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whether you are skiing a groomed trail or venturing on to a trail, remember that you are traveling in wilderness with all its dangers: unpredictable wildlife, changing weather conditions, and deep snow. Your safety is not guaranteed. Be prepared for any situation and know the limits of your ability.

Important Tips

  • Talk with park rangers before you leave on any trip and get specific information on conditions.
  • Plan your time generously. Include allowances for limited daylight, snow conditions, temperature extremes, and the number of people in the group, their experience and physical condition.

Safety

  • Always ski with someone else. Leave word about where you are going, by what route, and when you plan to return.
  • Drink plenty of water. The park’s altitude and cold, dry winter air can cause dehydration. Carry water in insulated bottles so it doesn’t freeze.
  • Do not approach wildlife. Give them time to move away from you. Travel around a herd, not through it. Always allow animals an escape route through shallow snow or on a packed trail. Stay at least 75 feet from bison and other large animals.
  • Elevation: Consider the elevation when deciding on a ski trail. The park sits above 10,000 feet (3048 m), and may require you to move slowly when you are out of breath. If you are coming from lower elevations, acclimate yourself first.
  • Weather: Winter weather at Cedar Breaks changes rapidly and can be severely cold and windy. Wear proper clothing layers. Watch yourself and other members of your party for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Sun protection, especially eye protection, can be critical in winter.

Trail Etiquette

  • Do not snowshoe or walk directly on ski tracks.
  • Skiers/snowshoers going uphill yield to those going downhill.
  • Fill in depressions in the snow after falling to reduce hazards to others.
  • If you find the trail too difficult, turn back. Please do not take your skis off to walk up or down hills as the holes you will leave are very dangerous for other skiers. If you decide to continue, turn sideways, dig ski edges into the slope and sidestep either up or down the hill.
  • Ski single-file, facing traffic to avoid accidents.

Clothing & Equipment

  • Dress properly and know about layering for severe winter temperatures to prevent chilling and overheating.
  • Carry extra clothing, food, water, map and compass, matches, flashlight, and a whistle.
  • Choose skis and boots made for touring or mountaineering. Narrow racing skis won't provide enough surface area to break trail.
  • Before you rent or borrow equipment, check for fit and suitability for wilderness use.
 

Last updated: February 10, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Cedar Breaks National Monument: Administrative Office
2390 West Highway 56 Suite #11

Cedar City, UT 84720

Phone:

(435) 986-7120

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