After having taken a snowmobile trip from Duck Creek this past week, I was struck with Cedar Mountain’s remarkable beauty in the winter. Our ride took us from Pinewoods Resort through the Duck Creek Village area, and northwest to Cedar Breaks and Brian Head.

The deep, white snow and crisp, clean air, along with the white forest stands and open meadows, made for a memorable day. The trails were well groomed and marked. The Cedar Breaks and Brian Head area featured the beautiful white snow as icing over the stark red sandstone spires of the area. The scenery was simply stunning.

It was an awe-inspiring ride. Even with the somewhat noisy snowmobiles, wildlife were easily spotted in their habitat. We were thrilled to see deer, eagles and even a wolf. Many cross-country skiers and hikers who exercise there can experience more quiet solitude while enjoying the beauty of the mountain.

In late December of last year, the Duck Creek area took it on the chin during two nearly-disastrous winter storms. Extensive power outages and closed primary and secondary roads meant a crippling lost revenue stream for nearly five weeks. The downed trees and power lines caused not only power chaos, but also resulted in property damage totals that still haven’t been entirely assessed.

While visitors to Cedar Mountain are primarily tourists and seasonal cabin owners, some residents and businesses call it home year round. They depend on strong winter tourism to make financial ends meet.

I’d like to encourage local residents to travel to Cedar Mountain in the next few months. Let’s support the ‘other Kane County.’ They need increased tourism revenue to survive, and we’re just the ones who can help.

And go figure, you can have fun in the process!

Discover what the mountain has to offer in the winter! Go cross-country skiing, rent a snowmobile, buy some food, gas or groceries...or stay a night. From Kanab, traveling 65 miles northwest can provide you with a fun, new adventure. The snow and winter environment will offer you a decidedly different recreational experience. Why not have fun while helping our neighbors?