About Brian Head
Brian Head Resort is the premier ski resort in southern Utah with close proximity to National Parks; such as Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce National Park, and Zion National Park. It’s tucked high in the mountains surrounded by quant mountain towns, yet sits close in proximity to major metropolitan areas including Las Vegas, Saint George, and Southern California. With the highest base elevation in Utah at 9,600′, Brian Head offers guests an unforgettable experience that has a down-to-earth and family-friendly atmosphere while skiing on stunning vistas looking down at red rock giving a “top of the world feeling.”
Origins of Brian Head Resort
Brian Head was opened in the winter of 1964-1965. Ten years later, the Town of Brian Head was established in the area surrounding the Resort. The Resort grew from a one-chairlift operation to a complete Resort offering skiing, snowboarding, tubing, night skiing, dining, mountain biking, and hiking. With dozens of activities, scenic beauty, and pristine mountain air, it’s easy to see why Brian Head Resort has become a destination for adventure and escape from the day-to-day hustle.
Brian Head was originally known as Monument Peak and was used by early surveyors and expedition leaders as a point of reference. One story claims that the famous explorer John Wesley Powell saw the peak above all the others and named it after an official in the Geographical Survey Office by the name of Bryan. Another story claims that the residents of Parowan changed the name in 1890 to Bryan Head in honor of the American politician, William Jennings Bryan.