If you’re in the southwest and looking to beat the heat this summer, Utah’s highest elevation ski resort in Brianhead Utah has more to offer than you may think! Most people think of the pristine snow and world-class skiing while on vacation in Brianhead. But what you may not know is there’s just as much – if not more – to do in the summer!
Fishing, hiking and biking are just a few of the many activities you can engage in while cooling off this summer in Brianhead. For a head start on your vacation plans, here’s a bit of information you may find helpful in planning your Brianhead vacation this summer:
Hiking – The snow melt in spring reveals several well-known trails good for novice to advanced hikers. The trails range anywhere from half a mile thirty minute hike, all the way through a nine mile trail lasting a good four to five hours. No matter your skill level, there’s a little something for everyone. Keep in mind however, at an elevation of well over 9,000 feet your lungs will definitely feel the burn quickly, and be sure to take plenty of water wherever you go!Biking – Rather ride than walk? You can see more of Brianhead’s back country on a mountain bike! Brianhead offers over twenty biking trails each with their own level of difficulty from easy beginner to ultra advanced. The trails range from 5-20 miles each and range anywhere from one to five hours.Fishing – If you’d prefer catching your dinner, the Navajo and Panguitch lakes are where you need to be! Both lakes are over two square miles and offer great trout fishing. Not only that, but Panguitch lake is a site for sore eyes, offering great views and surrounded mostly by lava flows. You’ll catch rainbows, browns, cutthroats and possibly even the highly elusive tiger trout!Boating – If the fish aren’t biting, Invert Sports offers boat, jet ski, and wave runner rentals for use at both the Navajo and Panguitch lakes. Lake activities range from wakeboarding, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, and even Wake skating and surfing.ATV’s – The perfect substitute to snowmobiling during the summer months is ATV offroading. Both Blue Pine Tours and Thunder Mountain Motorsports offer ATV rentals in addition to fully guided tours. Drivers must be a minimum 16+ years of age with parental consent, and passengers are always welcome as ride alongs but are not recommended under the age of 3.Horseback Riding – Enjoying the great weather and site seeing on horseback is yet another great way to spend your day in Brianhead. Half day and full day packages are offered winding through the many trails of the mountain.Rock Climbing – The same great mountains you can ski and board down in the winter – you can climb in the summer! The rock climbing available is more than geared towards the experienced rock climbing enthusiast however, and isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’ve got your gear, pick your spot and you’ve got some great opportunities to climb your way to some even higher elevations!Frisbee Golf – Enjoy some of southern Utah’s most beautiful scenery while playing a round of world class frisbee golf! For most, frisbee golf is a great way to take in the scenery while enjoying something new in the process. Plan for a 2-3 hour trip as it does incorporate a bit of hiking. Disc rentals are available for those without their own gear.
These are just a few of the things you can do while on vacation in Brianhead, Utah. Whether you plan your vacation in detail, or “wing it” if the fish aren’t biting – consider Brianhead a premier destination to beat the heat this summer!
Greg Phelps is a CFP Certified Financial Advisor who loves outdoor activities in southern Utah. He spends the winters snowboarding with his wife and twin sons, and the summers fishing and biking the lakes and trails of Brianhead, Utah. Greg and his family vacation at their Brianhead condo for rent while beating the 110 degree plus heat in the Las Vegas valley.