Winter Fun and Games

Skiing isn’t the only thing to do in our winter wonderland. We put together a short list of some of our favorite activities off the hill!

The Midway Ice Castles have been attracting visitors from around the state and country for years. The frozen attraction is built each winter by professional ice artists with thousands upon thousands of icicles. Experience all this winter wonderland has to offer, with the LED-lit sculptures, ice slides, mazes and tunnels. There’s also fountains, sleigh rides and a private arctic alcove.

It was just magical. The castles were beautiful, the lights and the music and the slides were fun for little ones and big ones alike. loved it! Visitors from out of town would wonder if it’s for real! It’s so amazing!” – Deanna L. – Sandy, UT

Epic Jeep Rentals provides adventurers with specially outfitted 4×4 Jeeps for exploring all the wonderful and eclectic Utah terrain from red rocks down south to the national forests. If you don’t know where to start exploring, the Epic Jeep team will happily provide details and suggestions based on the type of excursion you’re looking for; you don’t need to be an expert explorer to enjoy a tour around this exotic state.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing staycation or an exciting adventure in the mountains, the Daniels Summit Lodge provides an excellent choice. Select your style of stay from standard rooms to suites and cabins. During the snowy months, the lodge offers snowmobiling for the adventurous.

“Just a super unique place to stay! When I think of a Utah lodge, this is it. It was our 30th anniversary and the staff arranged our favorite desserts to be waiting for us. We will be back!” – Ann-Marie M.B. (Facebook)

If you crave excitement, exercise and canine bonding, Rancho Luna Lobos is the adventure for you. With their dog sledding packages not only do you experience a thrilling rush through the mushing course, you also take turns driving the dog sled. The tour is truly authentic and quite a work-out. Expect to walk, hike and push during portions of the trail. The adventure lasts from 90 minutes to 120 minutes and includes the ride, a kennel tour, presentation and play time with the dogs.

From scenic train rides to seasonal and themed rides like the North Pole Train, or the Cowboy Train, Heber Valley Railroad rides will be a unique experience for train-buffs or curious visitors alike. Adventure trains like the Raft ‘n’ Rails and the Zipline and Ride are sure to be rides that you’ll never forget. Heber Valley Railroad also celebrates and educates visitors on the history of the railway system and its importance for ancestral Utahns.

Tackle the world’s longest over-water zipline with Zipline Utah’s 3,900-foot lake spanning Screaming Falcon line. Zipline Utah offers seven different packages based on comfort and ability levels for date night, family excursions, or even groups big and small.

“Amazing place. Tons to do here, from bridges, climbing, and zip lining. You will not be disappointed!” – Tiffany S. (Google)

These activities will create memories that will last a lifetime. Treat loved ones with the gift of irreplaceable experiences in the great outdoors on your next vacation, staycation, date night, or family outing.

By Brandi Christoffersen and Mereditch Kluever – Contact provided by Heber Valley Guide W22 Issue