Mother Nature and Old Man Winter have finally made an appearance here in northern Utah, and there are plenty of opportunities for families to get outdoors and make memories. We may not have had a ton of snow this winter, but according to the calendar there’s still a month left. Here are some great winter outdoor activities to get you through to spring break!
Utah’s Amusement Capital is also Utah’s ultimate classroom, so this winter, go beyond four walls and Discover Davis with these outdoor activities.
Explore Antelope Island
Families visiting Antelope Island State Park can enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife watching and stargazing year round but there’s something magical about this Great Salt Lake island in winter. You won’t find crowds but you will find plenty of free-roaming wildlife from large bull bison grazing near the campgrounds to bald eagle sightings and even porcupines putting on a show along the Eastside Road toward Fielding Garr Ranch. An Antelope Island e-bike tour can help you cover more ground than you would on foot, or bring your own bikes to explore the island. Put the finishing touches on your family day of adventure with a gorgeous sunset at Buffalo Point.
Show off your best moves at the new family-friendly Bountiful Ice Ribbon, then grab a Fizz in the Town Square, or head over to Main Street for some shopping and dining. Station Park’s ice rink is closed for the season, but be sure to add it to your family fun list when planning next year’s outdoor recreation!
Ski and Snowboard
With nine ski resorts nearby, Davis is the perfect base camp if you’re looking to max out your time on the slopes. Snowbasin Resort is just 30 minutes from northern Davis, with convenient access via UTA ski bus #677 from the Layton Frontrunner Station. Want to ski multiple resorts in a weekend? You’re in luck, with eight more world-class resorts all within an hour’s drive of your Davis hotel.
500 Miles of Trails
There are plenty of opportunities to hit the trails year round, with more than 500 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. But Davis County’s trails aren’t just for summer. Snowshoeing is winter’s answer to hiking, and ideal snowshoeing terrain is easily accessible from Bountiful, Farmington and Layton. When the powder is fresh and the views are that spectacular, what more can you ask for?
Excellent non-groomed snowmobiling routes through deep, untracked snow are easily accessed from the suburbs below Davis County’s snow-covered Wasatch Mountains. Bring your family’s snowmobiles and cover more rugged terrain than you ever could on foot. *Please maintain awareness of avalanche danger after freshly fallen snow.
Responsible Outdoor Recreation
No matter how you choose to spend family time outdoors this month, it’s important to be smart. Take a look at these six principles for responsible outdoor recreation in winter to help keep you safe on the slopes, on the trails, or anywhere you recreate outdoors.
There’s still plenty of winter left to enjoy. Discover Davis and plan your winter staycation today.