Utah December 09, 2015
Here Are 12 Spots In Utah You Must Explore This Winter
The cold winter weather has settled into Utah, but that’s no reason to stay huddled indoors. Bundle up in your coat, hat, boots and gloves and head outdoors to explore some of Utah’s best winter spots!
1. Utah’s National Parks
While some services are limited during winter months, our national parks are also much less crowded. If you’re looking for more solitude in some of Utah’s most beautiful terrain, head for any of the five parks.
2. Soldier Hollow
Visit Soldier Hollow for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. The tubing park has two lifts, music and a 1,200 foot-long ride to the bottom.
3. Utah Olympic Park
Utah’s Olympic legacy lives on in Park City. Explore the museums, attend an event or try a winter sport first-hand.
4. Hardware Ranch
The elk viewing season begins December 11th. Take a hayride to get up close and personal with hundreds of elk.
5. Strawberry Reservoir
Some of Utah’s best ice fishing is at Strawberry. Other great spots include Rockport, Lost Creek, Mantua and Pineview Reservoirs. Explore all five this winter!
6. Antelope Island
During the summer, the island may accommodate more than 30,000 visitors per month; in January, only about 7,000 people visit the island. That means more solitude and a higher likelihood of seeing wildlife (and no bugs!).
7. Utah’s Ski Resorts
The cool thing about our resorts is that each one is so unique. Each has different terrain and its own personality. Even if you have a favorite resort, this year explore a new one.
8. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a haven for many species during the winter. Check out the tundra swans and Canada geese, along with dozen of other bird species.
9. Gallivan Center
Winter in Utah isn’t complete without an evening of ice skating at the Gallivan Center.
10. Solitude Nordic Center
The Solitude Nordic Center has 20 kilometers of trails for both types of cross country skiing. You’ll also find 10 kilometers of snowshoe trails between the Nordic Center and Solitude Village.
11. St. George
If you’re tired of the freezing cold weather (and, if you’re from Salt Lake, the inversion), head down to St. George to bask in the sun.
12. Utah’s Snowmobile Terrain
This photo is of Tony’s Grove, near Logan, but Utah has hundreds of miles of snowmobile terrain to explore.
What are your favorite Utah winter spots?