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Stay near Brian Head's top sights

Giant Steps Ski Lodge and Lifts15 locals recommend
Cedar Breaks Lodge by Diamond Resorts13 locals recommend
Pizanos Pizzeria43 locals recommend
Best Western Premier Brian Head Hotel & Spa5 locals recommend
Thunder Mountain Motorsports16 locals recommend
Brian Head Outdoor Adventures10 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Brian Head

  • Total rentals

    660 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $40 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    20K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    400 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    60 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    220 properties have a pool

Your guide to Brian Head

Welcome to Brian Head

No one is quite sure how Brian Head got its name (one rumor suggests it’s a nod to Democratic presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan, who died in 1925), but one thing is certain: This place is all about snow. At an elevation of 9,800 feet, it’s one of the highest towns in Utah, and is routinely blanketed in more than 360 inches of powder every winter. The town’s eponymous ski resort opened in the 1960s, and a steady flow of snow bunnies has been drawn to its slopes ever since.

Despite breathtaking scenery and world-class terrain, Brian Head Resort has a reputation as an under-the-radar gem with short lift lines. Skiing and other winter sports are the main attraction here, but Brian Head is also within driving distance of two national parks, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. In the summer, hikers trek through the surrounding Dixie National Forest and offroaders pick up trails in town, where all-terrain vehicles are allowed on the streets. When it comes to scenery and natural splendor, tiny Brian Head goes big.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Brian Head

Winter in Brian Head means cold, snow, and winter fun that can linger into May. Spring and fall are brief, and while summer days are warm and typically sunny, they can also bring sudden cloudbursts and even hail. Brian Head is a laid-back summer base for hiking and other outdoor activities, including kayaking or paddle boarding in manmade Bristlecone Pond in the center of town. You can swim, too, but be warned — the chilly water is not conducive to a lazy float.


Top things to do in Brian Head

Brian Head Ski Resort

Take your pick of two mountains at this resort, Giant Steps and Navajo, crisscrossed with 71 runs, terrain parks with more than 20 features, and eight chair lifts. Don’t feel like strapping in? Tubing might be more your speed, or you can just watch all the alpine activity from your perch in the saloon. In summer the resort offers scenic chair lift rides and activities like archery and ziplining.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Located fewer than five miles from Brian Head, the centerpiece of Cedar Breaks National Monument is a brilliantly colored canyon. The half-mile-deep geologic amphitheater ripples with crenulated formations in gorgeous hues of orange and white. Thanks to its remote location, this park is also a favored spot for stargazing after the sun sets and supreme darkness sets in.

Brian Peak Lookout

A quick drive from the town center will carry you to the very top of Brian Peak, where you’ll stand 11,307 feet above sea level. A small, open-air stone structure with a wooden roof sits atop the mountain, from which you can see as far as Arizona and Nevada. Bonus points if you can rouse yourself for a sunrise viewing. Note that the access road is only open in summer and fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Brian Head?

    Brian Head experiences a semi-arid climate with cold, snow-laden winters and mild, dry summers. Winter temperatures often dip below 20°F (-6°C), making it perfect for winter sports, while summers are usually around 70°F (21°C). The area receives abundant snowfall, often exceeding 360 inches (914 cm) annually.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Brian Head?

    In Brian Head, you can explore the Brian Head Resort for skiing and snowboarding, hike or bike on the Bristlecone Pond trail, or indulge in fishing. The area is also known for its scenic drives, particularly the Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Brian Head?

    Winter is the most frequented season in Brian Head, owing to the excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities. The town also hosts the popular Fire and Ice Winter Festival in February. Summer, with its milder temperatures, is often recommended for hiking and enjoying outdoor concerts.

  • What are the best places to stay in Brian Head?

    Some popular areas to stay in Brian Head include the vicinity of the Brian Head Resort for easy access to ski slopes, and the area around Navajo Point for panoramic views. Staying near Bristlecone Pond provides easy access to hiking and fishing activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Brian Head?

    Popular attractions in Brian Head are plentiful, from the Brian Head Resort for winter sports, to the Cedar Breaks National Monument for its vibrant geological formations. You can also explore the Dixie National Forest, or enjoy the views from Navajo Point.

  • What are some hiking trails in Brian Head?

    Brian Head is home to a number of hiking trails. These include the Bristlecone Pond trail, the Twisted Forest trail that leads to ancient bristlecone pines, and the Alpine Pond trail in the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument.

  • What are some family activities to do in Brian Head?

    Families can engage in a variety of activities in Brian Head. Some options include skiing or snowboarding at Brian Head Resort, hiking along the Bristlecone Pond trail, fishing in nearby lakes and streams, and exploring the Cedar Breaks National Monument.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Brian Head?

    From Brian Head, you can venture out to the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument, take a scenic drive along the Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway, or visit the Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. The Zion National Park, located within 160 km, is also a popular day trip destination.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Brian Head?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 290 vacation rentals in Brian Head featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Brian Head?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Brian Head. Choose from more than 60 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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