Eight Great Things to Do Around Utah County in Winter
If you enjoy seasonal fun and holiday celebrations, you may wonder about all the things to do in Utah County during the winter. This region is full of outdoor adventure, alpine activities and family-friendly attractions.
Choosing to live in a centrally located community is the best way to experience everything the state has to offer in the wintertime. McArthur Homes is among the premier home builders in Utah County, offering newly-constructed properties at Rockwell Ranch Townhomes, which are ideal for active lifestyles.
Hit the Slopes
There are 21 ski resorts in the state of Utah, and ten are world-class, located near Utah County. Whether you prefer skiing or snowboarding, you can choose from a wide variety of terrain, from beginner to expert challenges. Located 30 or so miles east of Salt Lake City, the Park City area boasts Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Woodward. Also to the east are Sundance, Snowbird, Alta and Solitude, while Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley await to the north. Utah is widely considered one of the best places for downhill fun in the continental United States.
Bike in the Snow
Wintertime destinations offer something for everyone, so if the slopes are not your speed, you can try snow biking, aka fat tire mountain biking, on one of the many trails in Corner Canyon, Mill Creek Canyon or Little Dell Reservoir at East Canyon. All are located in the Salt Lake City region just north of Utah County. To the east in the Park City area, more trails await two-wheeled fun and cross-country skiing alike at Round Valley, Bonanza Flats and Historic Rail Trail.
Play in the Snow
Sledding is another excellent activity for wintertime in Utah County. There are plenty of accessible hills in local parks and other designated areas. Consider a daytime outing at Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon, Evergreen Park in American Fork or Spanish Oaks Elementary in Spanish Forks. Other nearby sledding locations are at Peteetneet Academy in Payson, Rock Canyon Park in Provo and Cherry Hill Elementary in Orem.
American Fork Canyon is a popular local destination for this thrilling wintertime activity. Many miles of marked trails await you amid gorgeous mountain terrain. The nearby Wasatch and Timpanogos mountain areas are also home to numerous companies which rent snow machines for local daytime adventures. These include High Country Snowmobiles, Daniels Summit Snowmobile Rentals, Wasatch Excursions and many more.
Go Ice Fishing
While this is widely considered a warm-weather activity, many dedicated anglers don’t let winter stop them – so they go ice fishing. Utah Lake is conveniently located just a short drive from Rockwell Ranch Townhomes. Properties in this community are offered by McArthur Homes – one of the top home builders in Utah County. Each of their spacious floor plans features a first-floor mud room perfect for removing boots and coats after a fun day in the winter.
Celebrate the Season
Colorful light displays are a popular attraction in this area, and taking an evening drive-through with the family is a great holiday activity. Intricate and breathtaking arrangements can be seen at the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights starting the second week of December. Other popular displays in the area include Christmas in Color at the Bastian Agricultural Center and the Luminaria display at Thanksgiving Point, which goes from November 17th through December 31st.
Play with the Pups
If you love dogs and outdoor wintertime fun, consider spending a day with one of the dog sledding companies in the Park City area – located just east of Utah County. Imagine riding through the powder behind a team of trained Huskies and other arctic breeds – some of which are rescues – led by a professional racer. A perfect activity for a holiday vacation, romantic getaway or company team building.
Take a Dip
If a warm soak after a brisk wintertime hike sounds great, you can experience exactly that via the Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail. The trailhead is located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, east of Utah County. This popular hiking route leads through two miles of gorgeous wilderness and takes visitors to natural springs in Diamond Fork Canyon. The trip takes several hours (minus the soak) and is perfect for an afternoon adventure.
As you can see, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Utah County in winter. This region has everything from outdoor adventures to alpine activities and family-friendly attractions. And when you choose to live in a centrally located community like Rockwell Ranch Townhomes, you’ll be perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything the state has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more about our properties, we invite you to contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
This post was written by Paige Giles