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Feb 21, 2023 1:00:00 PM 6 min read

Spending Winter on the Wasatch Front: All You Need to Know

The Wasatch Front is a region in northern Utah that is a part of the greater Rocky Mountains. It is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States, so it's no wonder why outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to this region. The cities along the western side of the Wasatch Mountains make up the long and narrow shape that is the Wasatch Front. Salt Lake City is Utah’s most populated city and is just one of a handful of cities that make up the Wasatch range. Snowfall is common during the winter, so expect to be surrounded by some serious winter excursions. Below we go over everything you need to know to soak in the wonders of the Wasatch Front. 


Why Visit the Wasatch Front? 

Utah attracts tourists from across the United States all year long to come to enjoy the state's abundance of outdoor activities. The Wasatch Front is famously known for its 11,000-foot peaks, which allow for some of the country's best snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, and more. If you want to be prepared, it may be a good idea to research A Beginner’s Guide To Snowmobiling. No matter your skill level, the state has a place for everyone. Just watch out, since many visitors are hooked after their first visit and are itching to come back!

If the world-class winter sports and the beautiful scenery of the Wasatch Mountains have not quite convinced you to visit yet, here are a couple more of our favorite reasons:

Chance To Start New Traditions

Long-standing customs have their place, but nevertheless, there is a first for everything. There was always a “first-time” before every established tradition. For many, the Wasatch Front starts as a one-time visit but then becomes a tradition. Simply put, you never know what you are missing out on unless you give it a try. Come create a unique and memorable experience with your loved ones alongside snow-capped mountains. Take advantage of the premier snowmobiling, and cozy lodging options. Daniels Summit Lodge is a great place to book your first visit, and it is the reason many families turn their one-time visits into traditions.

Reconnect With Nature to Relieve Stress

Cozy lodges such as Daniels Summit make it easy to forget the worries of everyday life. Located in the south of the Wasatch range, there is enough outdoor recreation to keep busy for as long as you can handle! The lodge is located right at the trailheads, so you don’t miss the mountain sunsets and glistening snowfall. Time outdoors does wonders for peace of mind, as well as exercise. Daniels Summit allows for both, alongside family and friends. 


Main Attractions in the Wasatch Front in the Winter

Contrary to popular belief, the Wasatch Front offers more than just skiing and snowboarding. If you visit this winter, the abundance of recreation may surprise you. Here are some of the main attractions you can enjoy in the Wasatch Mountains during the winter season.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

To name the obvious, Wasatch Mountain State Park is a must-see in order to captivate the beauty that is the Wasatch Range. The park is open year-round, and you cannot pick a bad time to visit. The park thrives during both the summer and winter seasons. During the winter, miles of ski and snowmobile trails open up. Its location right in Midway provides easy access to Park City and its surrounding areas, and all skill levels are welcome. Keep in mind that you will be in the mountains, so be prepared for high altitudes and cold temperatures. The average elevation is 6,000 feet (1800 meters). Stay hydrated and dress in layers. Temperatures can drop below freezing, even in summer. The state park also has restaurants and even two golf courses. No matter which activity you indulge in, you will always be accompanied by stunning scenery.

Deer Creek State Park


Deer Creek State Park is a popular recreation spot because of its scenery and its close proximity to the Wasatch Front. The state park is located in Heber City, roughly 48 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The park features the large Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir, with lots of open water and over 18 miles of shoreline. This is great news for fishermen since it offers some of the best ice fishing in the area during the winter months. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout, perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass. Make sure you are familiar with Utah wildlife and fishery regulations if you plan on fishing. It is also a great place for kids, as most of the activities are kid-friendly, and there is plenty of space to run around. After a long day out in the snow, visitors like to warm back up at The Lakehouse at Deer Creek. The restaurant sits on the Deer Creek Reservoir waters, making for a uniquely beautiful dining experience with lake views. The menu has a fine selection of locally focused cuisine. Deer Creek State Park is never a dull moment, and definitely a sight to see during your winter vacation.

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Dog Sledding

When travelers come to Utah for the winter season, many tend to overlook dog sledding. Dog sledding is one of winter’s oldest and most underrated sports, and Heber City is the perfect place to try it out. The state of Utah initially adopted dog sledding during the Winter Olympic Games of 2002. Since then it has grown in popularity, and today several businesses around the Wasatch Front offer the sport. Bear Ridge Adventures is located just 25 minutes from Park City. The business was started out of a passion for the combination of dogs, sledding, and the beautiful outdoors. During each tour, visitors get a taste of the scenic views of the Coalville mountains. There are three dog sledding tour options: one-hour tours, two-hour tours, and even half-day tours. Each tour operates with a full 10-12 dog team, through stunning scenery on privately owned land. 

A second option for your dog-sledding journey is Rancho Luna Lobos. It is Park City’s only true local family-owned and operated kennel and professional running team. The tours are a dog sled safari, with a presentation about dog sledding on a private ranch. This allows for a holistic experience, complete with stories about the kennels and sharing the ranch's passion for the rescues and their journeys. If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable vacation experience, book a dog sled tour.



Visit the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center 

The ultimate haven of winter sports exists in Midway, Utah. Although it is mainly known as a cross-country ski venue, Soldier Hollow also offers winter tubing. In 2002, it was the site of the biathlon and Nordic events for the Winter Olympics. The facility offers lessons, rentals, clinics, and even a snow-shoe trail. For the winter athlete, the venue is a must-see. 


Last but certainly not least, snowmobiling is a great activity for anyone. It is the perfect way to see the Wasatch Mountains in a quick and exhilarating way. Snowmobiles provide an excellent opportunity to exercise while enjoying the fresh air. The best part is anyone can do it, no matter your skill level! You go at your own pace. There are plenty of different routes that take you through various parts of the mountains and parks around town. Daniels Summit also offers both guided and unguided snowmobile tours and rentals. The lovely paths, which provide some of the state's most breathtaking landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime activities, can be explored for many days. 


Related Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Uinta National Forest 


Plan With The Experts

The winter season in Utah is an excellent opportunity to unwind and spend time with loved ones. Start planning your winter vacation with Daniels Summit and take advantage of the best of what the Wasatch Front has to offer. World-class winter sports and beautiful scenery attracts many visitors, but the experience we offer is unforgettable and makes visitors return again. Contact us today to reserve your cottage and organize your upcoming winter vacation.