Why You Should Plan a Winter Visit to Cougar Ridge

Nov 7, 2021 | Cougar Ridge Lodge | 0 comments

Whether it’s your first visit to the region or you’ve been to Capitol Reef many times in the past, if you haven’t visited the area during the winter months, it’s time to plan your next visit.

Winter is a unique and beautiful season that few tourists get to experience. School holidays and pleasant weather means that most visitors plan their vacations during the summer months. That’s one reason why winter is a great time to visit; you’ll experience far fewer crowds than you would in the summer.

Looking for more reasons why you should plan a winter visit to Cougar Ridge? Keep reading as we break down the many benefits of planning an off-season adventure.

Experience Capitol Reef National Park as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Over a million people visit Capitol Reef National Park each year. The majority of those visitors make their way to the park during the summer months.

While Capitol Reef may not see the visitor numbers of it’s southern neighbor, Zion National Park, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get busy, especially around summer holidays like Memorial Day, or during the height of summer. You might find yourself facing crowds on popular trails or at overlooks.

If you want to see the park in a way that few visitors get to see, plan your next visit during the winter months instead.

Besides having fewer crowds, winter also brings with it mild winter. While temperatures can sometimes be chilly — daily average highs are between 40 and 58 degrees Fahrenheit — snowfall isn’t common, at least in lower elevations. This makes for pleasant hiking weather, as long as you wear a few layers that you can add or shed as temperatures change throughout the day.

Visit a Winter Wonderland

Dreaming of a winter wonderland? Head to the higher elevations of Southern Utah, and you’re likely to find snow this time of year.

Plan a side trip to go skiing, snowmobiling, or just to take a drive and take in the beautiful snow-covered landscape.

If you’re lucky, you might get to see snowfall in Capitol Reef during your visit. The park does get an average of an inch or two of snow each month throughout the winter. And from time to time, it sees more than the average. If you’re lucky enough to be there during the snowfall, make sure to grab your camera on the way out of your Casita.

Take Advantage of Big Discounts on Your Stay

The best reason to plan a winter visit to Cougar Ridge? The chance to take advantage of big discounts on your stay.

Right now, when you book a winter stay anytime between December 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, you’ll get a 50% discount on your stay. Simply enter the promo code “WINTER50” at checkout to take advantage of this big savings.

With the money you save on your trip, you could book a fun activity for your family, like an ATV adventure, plan a special meal out, or simply save some money for your holiday shopping.

If you’ve been thinking about getting away, now is a great time to save big on your stay at Cougar Ridge.

Plan the Perfect Relaxing Getaway Ahead of the Holiday Season

Getting away doesn’t have to mean filling your trip with hiking and exploring. This is also a great time to relax and unwind before or after the craziness of the holiday season.

Spend your time relaxing in a hot tub beneath the night sky. Roast marshmallows with your family around a campfire. Schedule a massage. Bundle up and go outside for some incredible stargazing. Or, take a relaxing scenic drive.

No matter how you plan to spend your getaway, Cougar Ridge makes for the perfect basecamp for your stay. 

Our Casitas offer a cozy spot to relax or rest after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. Planning to get together with your whole family ahead of the holidays? Booking our entire Lodge means having room for everyone to spend some quality time together, and on-site amenities that offer plenty of entertainment.

Planning a Winter Visit to Cougar Ridge

Winter is no doubt a great time to visit Cougar Ridge and Capitol Reef National Park. 

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the park with fewer crowds, go hiking in more comfortable temperatures, or simply want to relax and unwind ahead of or following the holiday season, Cougar Ridge is the perfect basecamp for your getaway. And with big savings available on your winter stay, there’s never been a better time to book your next visit.

Ready to start planning your own winter getaway at Cougar Ridge? Book your stay today to take advantage of our best deal of the year!

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