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Winter Fun in Redding

By Jenny Zink | 01/12/2018 Caves, Great Outdoors, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing


Whether you are hoping to find some fresh powder and explore the snowy outback or looking to get some sunshine during the long winter, Redding is your winter vacation destination. Here are a few of our favorite winter things to do in Redding and the surrounding area. 

Snowy Adventures

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen, or as we sometimes call it, little Yellowstone, is more often thought of as a summer destination to see some amazing volcanic activity. But you should definitely put a winter in Lassen on your bucket list if you are a snow lover. 

While you can’t pass through the park in the winter because of the amount snow it gets, you can start your snowshoeing adventure from either the north or the south entrance. They have a wide variety of routes for skiing or snowshoeing for beginners all way up to very advanced snow goer. 

If you don’t have your own snowshoes but would like to explore the park, try a ranger-led snowshoe walk. Walks are open to anyone eight or older for a small $1 donation. The ranger will cover basic snowshoeing technics and escort you on a 1 to 2-mile off the trail exploration of the park. It is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Just 45 minutes to the north is the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. The park is great for skiers or snowboarders of all experience levels. There are 3 chair lifts, two terrain parks, and one superpipe; offering opportunities for all to test and improve their skills. 

There is a nice sledding park on the way to the mountain or a groomed tubing run at the park itself. If you are going sledding be sure to bring your own equipment, tubes are included as part of the tubing hill price. 

If you are looking to get off the groomed hill and hit some fresh northern California powder, you can do that here too. The park has partnered with a guide service to get you into the backcountry. You must pre-register to join the group to ensure the proper permitting can be completed before your adventure.

Soak Up Some Sun

Maybe you need to warm your bones after a long day on a snowy adventure, or maybe you just need to get some relief from the cold back home, with more than 300 sunny days a year Redding is the perfect winter relief.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park & Museum

Turtle Bay’s 300-acre campus gives you plenty of room to roam and explore the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The park also features many indoor exhibits, including rotating national exhibits. It’s an experience that will keep the whole family entertained.

Turtle Bay is also the home of the Sundial Bridge, a working sundial and pedestrian-only bridge spanning the Sacramento River. The bridge marks the beginning of Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, a 17.4-mile trail leading to the Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake. It’s a completely paved trail and follows the path of the river, so the elevation gain is minimal. It is a beautiful way to experience UpState California. 

Cascade Theatre

This historic theater which opened in 1935, is an excellent venue to soak up the history and a show. The theater features a wide array of shows from music to plays to comedy routines. While you are in town be sure to check the events calendar and see what performances you don’t want miss. 

Lake Shasta Caverns

Why you can’t exactly soak up the sun in a cavern, it is a Northern California attraction you surely don’t want to miss. With formations dating back to 250 million years ago, it is a sight to be seen. A tour guide will take you through the caverns and share the history of many of the formations. And there isn’t just a giant cavern to explore. You can utilize a sluice box to find some gemstones, enjoy a picnic, explore the store and snack box, and of course, take in the beauty of Shasta Lake.



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