Retreat to the Mountains: Brian Head Resort

Mountain biking at Brian Head Resort, Utah
Mountain biking at Brian Head Resort, Utah Louis Arevalo
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Located in the heart of Dixie National Forest at an elevation of 9,600 feet, Brian Head Resort has the highest base of any resort in the state of Utah. Conveniently located only hours from Las Vegas, Arizona, and California, the trails, activities, and accommodations of Brian Head make it an ideal summer mountain retreat.

What Makes It Great

The comfortable climate makes Brian Head the perfect destination for an active summer get away. As the temperatures of other destinations push into the hot zone, the resort stays nice and cool. While crowds flock to the typical sites, this resort retains a peaceful atmosphere perfect for unplugging from the daily grind.

Brian Head Resort, Utah
Brian Head Resort, Utah Louis Arevalo

Brian Head Resort holds miles of trail perfect for hiking and mountain biking that can be accessed by chairlift or by human power. They also operate an alpine tubing hill, archery range, two disc golf courses, a zip line, climbing wall, and bungee trampolines.

The resort is surrounded by lodging and vacation rentals. From hotel rooms to condominiums you can find the perfect accommodations. Several restaurants and bars are also located at or nearby to meet your needs. If you prefer camping, the surrounding Dixie National Forest has several campgrounds as well as sites found in neighboring Cedar Break National Monument.

The bordering forests and mountains are home to stellar trails, parks, and vistas all worthy of exploration. An afternoon would not be wasted visiting Cedar Breaks Monument and you can’t leave without driving to the summit of Brian Head Peak, 11,300 feet.

What You’ll Remember

Watching your children scale the climbing wall, flying down the zip line, and floating down the alpine tube course all while laughing hysterically can’t be beat. Taking a scenic lift ride up then walking slowly down through stands of fir and spruce and into open fields of blooming wildflowers. You’ll be amazed by the scenery and silence.

JC Embleton practicing archery at Brian Head Resort, Utah
JC Embleton practicing archery at Brian Head Resort, Utah Louis Arevalo

An afternoon honing your archery skills over at the Navajo Base is great way to add to your mountain experience. And, if you are a fan of disc golf choose either a 9 or 18 pole-hole course and throw your way through these awesome alpine ranges.

If you like to mountain bike, you’ll enjoy plenty of options for lift served trails. From rolling beginner and intermediate to high-flying expert level trails, everyone in your group will find something that fits. The resort also offers shuttle rides to and from nearby trails outside its boundary.

After dinner at your condo or at one of the base restaurants be sure to drive the four miles to Brian Head Peak. Parking right on top you will be rewarded with a 360 degree view that includes Cedar Breaks and goes all the way to Nevada. If there was ever a place to watch the sunset this is it.

Riding the trails at Brian Head Resort, Utah
Riding the trails at Brian Head Resort, Utah Louis Arevalo

Who’s Going to Love It

Brian Head Resort offers a variety of outdoor activities at a multitude of levels. From toddler to retiree you are guaranteed to find something that will please.

GPS Coordinates, Parking, and Regulations

GPS Coordinates: 37.702068, -112.849886

The trails, lodging, and restaurants are open throughout the week. The lifts and base activities operate Friday through Sunday and require a fee.

In Southern Utah, take Interstate 15 to exit 75 in Parowan, then it’s just a short 14 mile drive up the mountain to Brian Head Resort along Highway 143.

Brian Head Resort, 329 South Highway 143 • Brian Head, UT 84719 • 866.930.1010

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