The Heber Valley Railroad, 801-581-9980, 435-654-5601, chugs through Heber Valley on weekends from November through March. Winter scenery and the engine’s steam are part of the railroad’s winter appeal. Reservations are required.
TheOlympic Sports Park, outside of Park City, is key in Utah’s quest to become a winter sports capital. The park features four ski jumps, a summer and winter freestyle aerial jump, a bobsled-luge run, and a halfpipe for snowboarding. The park is the future home of a large, cross-country trail system. Visitors can use the facilities. Ski jumping lessons are available. Visitors can be passengers on a four person bobsled run, or try the “Ice Rocket”, a one-person luge like sled that speeds down the entire length of the competition luge run. The Olympic Sports Park is actually open year round, so the public can watch winter and summer U.S. Ski Team training sessions. Call 435-658-4200 for information.
Gorgoza Tubing Park, located west of Park City off Interstate 80 is Utah’s newest tubing playground. The park features eight groomed tubing lanes services by four handle tows, making uphill climbs a relic of the past. Refreshments are available at one of two warming yurts, located at the base of the park. The park is generally open daily mid December through the end of March. Groups and parties are welcome. Call 435-658-2648 for more information.
Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge, take a sleigh ride to view a herd of over 600 elk and enjoy the visitor’s center and gift shop. Dinner and moonlight rides are available on weekends, call 435-753-6206 for reservations.
Scofield State Park is a 2,800 acre lake just east of the city of Scofield near the northern edge of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Park facilities close in late autumn, but in winter the area functions as a basecamp for cross-country skiing and snowmobile treks.
Bryce Canyon National Park and Vicinity: Snowshoeing is permitted in Bryce Canyon National Park, and snowshoes are loaned free on a first come, first serve basis, at the visitor center. Cross-country skiing is allowed anywhere in the national park, although skiing on the steep, winding trails below the rim is not recommended due to hazardous snow conditions. A ski trail brochure is available at the visitor center.
Duck Creek Village, 30 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy 14, this area has groomed cross-country trails, ski and snowmobile rentals and ski instructors.
#003399, cross country ski trails and groomed snowmobile trails 888-677-2810.
West of Monticello or north of Blanding, trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling lead into the Abajo Mountains of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.
To obtain road, avalanche, and snow conditions for the La Sal Mountains call 435-719-2313
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