Some of you may not like the winter season because it can be too cold. However, with the long list of fun things to do in Utah in the winter, you might have a change of heart.
Check out these fun winter activities that you can do in Utah during your visit!
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What to Pack for a Winter Vacation
1. Hiking Gear
- Waterproof hiking boots or shoes – Merrell Moab are our FAVORITE!
- Insulated boots
- Heavy wool socks – we LOVE Darn Tough Socks!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
2. Clothing – Layers
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket
- Wool, down or heavy-weight insulated jacket
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Insulating hat
- Insulating winter gloves
- Fleece neck gaiter or buff
- WATER – water bottles or hydration backpack
- FOOD – healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Guide books
- National Parks Pass
- Camera Gear Checklist
- Photography gear for hiking
Things to Do in Utah in the Winter
During the winter season, Utah’s mountains are generously covered in snow, making it perfect for skiing. This is why many ski enthusiasts visit here every winter, regardless of whether they are beginners or experts.
One of the most popular ski spots here is Park City Mountain Resort. It is considered to be the largest ski resort in America with 7,300 skiable acres. It is like a village complete with amenities such as ski rental shops, restaurants, boutiques, and lodges.
If you are planning to visit Utah to snow ski, the perfect time to visit is during the Sundance Film Festival. You will have some of the hills all to yourself because most visitors will be in Park City enjoying the festivities. The festival typically starts during the last week of January and ends by the first week of February.
Take a Dip in a Hot Spring
Whether you want to relax your sore muscles after a full day of skiing or you simply want to feel some warmth, taking a dip in a hot spring is an excellent idea. Luckily, Utah has several hot spring options that are open even during the winter season.
Among the best and most unique hot springs in the Utah area is the Homestead Crater. It is located inside a 55-foot tall limestone rock dome that was formed over 10,000 years ago. The water temperature here is around 90-95 degrees all year, so you can visit even during the winter.
Other than the Homestead Crater, you can also consider these hot springs within the area:
Explore Utah’s National Parks
Visiting Utah National Parks in the winter is always a good idea. With 5 National Parks in Utah, you are guaranteed some beautiful views and adventures to enjoy this winter.
At Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion you can go hiking, biking, climbing, and off-roading all day and not worry about the intense sun and heat you get during the summer.
If you enjoy the snow mixed with amazing views, then you’ll love to visit Bryce Canyon. Due its high elevation there is snow in the winter there to enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The best thing about winter at Utah National Parks is the solitude and serenity you’ll experience. It’s quite the contrast from visiting in the summer months!
Feel the Magic of The Midway Ice Castle
Yes, it’s true. There is an ice castle in Utah, and it is absolutely magical, especially when it’s illuminated at night. This is all thanks to the sculptors who gather yearly and work hard to turn Utah’s ice-covered land into a spectacular castle.
At the Midway Ice Castle, visitors can enjoy exploring different rooms that have various themes and attractions. Some rooms even have slides inside.
Once you have finished going around the rooms, gather around the fire pit and sip hot drinks to talk about the awesome adventure.
Utah has a total of 21 dark sky places out of a list of 90 around the world. Utah is a good place for visitors hoping to observe the Milky Way or pick their favorite constellations out of the night sky without traveling far.
Tubing at Soldier Hollow
Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park near Midway is not your typical tubing adventure. This place has the longest tubing lanes in Utah where you can slide 1,200 feet down the hill!
There’s a rope for towing people up the hill so you don’t have to do that climb on your own. We really enjoy tubing at night under the lights!
Bobsledding at Olympic Park
If you’re looking for a unique once-in-a-lifetime thrill, this Utah winter activity is for you!
You’ll find the same bobsled track used for 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City. The Olympic Park bobsled is open for anyone looking for speed! A professional bobsledder can take up to three people at a time on a fast and twisting ride of a lifetime.