Don’t let the cold temperatures stop you from fishing the waters of Panguitch Lake. Even when the lake is capped with ice, healthy long cutthroat and rainbow trout live in the depths, where devoted anglers step out to fish even in the coldest temperatures. Larger rainbows tend to linger near shallower depths this time of year, from 6-10 feet, and react well to a variety of different baits. Be sure to dress in layers and bring your kids for a winter adventure they’ll remember.
Ruby’s Inn in Bryce Canyon offers a full service ice rink for ice skating all winter long. The rink is located across the street from Ruby’s Inn, at the Winter Activity center. Open from 7 am to 9 pm, the rink is $3 for adults and $2 for kids, so bring the entire family. Skate rentals are available, or bring your own pair.
Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park both offer free snowshoe walks. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are available every Saturday throughout February. Registration is required. This scenic, wintery walk is 2 miles round-trip, and takes a stop halfway through at the Winter Ranger Station, where hot chocolate is available. Thursday through Saturday, Bryce Canyon National Park also has guided walks, available for the entire family. Registration is required and available when the weather permits.
Panguitch Lake welcomes snowmobiles and ATV’s alike, and the terrain is perfect to trek across the untouched white wonderland on your snowmobiles. 30 minutes away, Duck Creek, well-known for its snowmobiling scene, offers snowmobile rentals for a few hours or the entire day.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Brian Head Resort, 30 minutes away from Panguitch Lake, is a family friendly resort perfect for alpine skiing. Brian Head offers 71 runs, 8 lifts, and includes two mountains, so you’ll have a variety of runs for all different skill levels. Rentals and lessons are available from the resort.