Amangiri at Canyon Point

Hit the Links

Location is everything. Golfers across the nation have been lured to Sand Hollow Resort for an opportunity to play a round among red cliffs and pink sand. The course’s lush green fairways offer an eye-catching contrast to the desert landscape and make this resort a one-of-a-kind destination. Spend the day on an 18-hole championship course or take advantage of the nine-hole links-style course that’s a nod to the sport’s history. “It’s a tribute to old-world golf courses,” Head Pro Adam Jasperson notes.

Don’t Miss: “Our back nine is our signature,” says Jasperson. Play cliffside and watch for the 15th hole, a par-3 dubbed “Devil’s Throat” because of the jutting sandstone nearby.

Sand Hollow Resort

5625 W. Clubhouse Dr., Hurricane 

Ultimate Luxury Relaxation

Indulge at Amangiri, a secluded luxury resort and spa sitting on 600 acres in Canyon Point and a haven for the most exclusive spa experience. “Luxury often comes with a certain amount of pretension, but we offer it with outstretched arms,” says General Manager Nicholas Gold. With fewer than 40 guest rooms and a 25,000-square-foot spa in the middle of the desert, guests are guaranteed individual attention at $1,050 to $3,600 per night. Sure makes it easy to unwind.

Don’t Miss: Flotation therapy, where guests enter a cave and float in a warm pool enhanced with Dead Sea salt and meditate into complete relaxation. “Forty-five minutes is akin to six hours of sleep,” Gold notes.

1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point

Hike the Trails

Bryce Canyon is known for its otherworldly landscapes of towering red rock spires known as hoodoos. The popular canyon is flooded with people in the summer, but the pace changes when the weather shifts in the winter. The hoodoos are blanketed in snow, and you can hike along breathtaking trails without seeing another soul. “It’s so beautiful, quiet and serene,” says Dixie Burbidge, owner of Stone Canyon Inn. 

Don’t Miss: Snowshoe along the rim of the canyon and get a bird’s-eye view of some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Venture three miles along the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop Trail and journey through a maze of hoodoos. 

Stone Canyon Inn
1220 W. 50 South, Tropic 

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