Great Valentine’s Day Adventures

Utah’s Best Outdoor Valentine’s Day Destinations

Are you an outdoorsy couple, struck by cupid’s arrow but stumped on how to celebrate your love?  Look at Utah’s most romantic ways to spend the day with nature.

Dog Sledding in the Uintah Mountains

 

Take a ride in the charming Uintah Mountains with some of these adorable pups! Spend just an hour or head into the backcountry for a longer tour. Learn the tricks to mushing and maybe get a chance to drive the team. There are many outfitters, one of which is Luna Lobos is locally owned and operated just outside of Park City Utah. After your day with the dogs head to down town Park City for a romantic dinner. If you are looking to keep with the rustic feel check out Ruth Chris’s Steak house or the High West Whiskey Distillery, or keep it simple and wander around the city with a cup of hot coco.

Flaming Gorge Country in the winter

 

Winter on the eastern end of the High Uinta Mountains is incredible for couples. The scenery is fabulous, the adventure abounds and there are no crowds. Cross country skiing on the local trails is a wonderful way to spend a valentines day in Flaming Gorge Country. Not your thing try snowmobiling into the backwoods on the Forest Service roads and trails. After a day out in the cold stop into one of the top notch local restaurants for a hot meal in a relaxing and romantic winter environment.

Sleigh Rides in the Heber Valley

 

 

Snuggle up with a blanket, and a hot drink for a horse drawn sleigh ride in sharp peaks of Wasatch Mountain range. After your ride, head back to the lodge for a rustic dinner at the Homestead Resort. Remember to dress warm!

Dinosaur National Monument Fossil Quarry

Dinosaur National Monument is best known for its warm weather activities like white water rafting on the Green River and Yampa River but winter is an excellent time to visit the monument. You and your sweetheart can enjoy the beautiful scenery with a dusting of snow and find warmth inside the Carnegie Fossil Quarry exhibit center. Here you will find approximately 1500 dinosaur fossils preserved for all to see and enjoy.

 Skiing on the Greatest Snow on Earth

What better way to spend the day embracing Utah than playing on the greatest snow on earth. Utah has 10 world class ski resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City and a few more just outside.  Everything from Snowbasin in Ogden, Utah and Alta outside of Salt Lake, to Brian Head near Cedar City with terrain ranging from beginner to semiprofessional. So, choose one for you and your Valentine’s ability level and spend the day in a real winter wonderland. After your day on the slopes head in for a cup of hot coco or cocktail in the lodge for a romantic Après ski date.

 

Ice Skating and Ice Castles

The Midway ice rink is the largest outdoor skating rink Utah with stunning views of the iconic Utah peaks. No skates? Not to worry, you can rent them there. Spend a few hours skating head just five minutes away to the Midway Ice Castles.  Explore the enchanted rooms for as long as you like, but remember to wear boots and dress warm, its ice cold in there!


Family fun in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument

A river rafting adventure is a great way to spend time with your family and friends. First of all, you lose cell phone signal so the office is not calling you and your kids cannot text their friends non-stop. You truly get to unplug from the electronic life. Second who doesn’t want to float beautiful canyons, raft wild rapids and sit around a campfire at night enjoying each other’s company free from distractions. One of the best areas in the United States for a river rafting trip is Dinosaur National Monument. Located in Northeastern Utah crossing over the border into Colorado Dinosaur National Monument is home to the Yampa River and Green River Gates of Lodore two premier white water rafting trips. The Yampa River is the Colorado river systems last undammed tributary. Making this a top choice for river rafters looking for a truly wild river experience. The Yampa River because it is water flow is not controlled by a dam is a spring and early summer river trip. With the spring snow melt the Yampa becomes a great raft trip in mid-May and goes into the middle of June. We recommend taking this trip as a 5-day excursion. This allows ample time to take in the breath-taking scenery of the canyon walls, enjoy the exciting rapids, hike to fabulous vistas. The Yampa River has some great white water rapids rated from class 2 to class 4.

Warm Springs rapid can be one of the biggest and fun rapids in the American west. This rapid some consider to be one of the 10 best drops in North America. Rapids are not the only thing that make this trip great the incredible scenery, wonderful meals, expert guides will all make the Yampa River a trip you will not forget. The Green River Gates of Lodore is an all-around favorite stretch of river to raft. Starting in Browns Park, Colorado the Green River winds its way through the center of Dinosaur National Monument. The Green River starts its long journey in the Wind River mountain range in Wyoming eventually joining the Colorado river. Flaming Gorge Dam controls the water and flows of the Green River through Dinosaur Monument. Because of this water regulation the Gates of Lodore is always a great trip whether you go in June or August you will have fun water and exciting rapids. The Gates of Lodore canyon has some unbelievable geology. The towering red rocks will leave you speechless from there grandeur. Kids love the Green River, camps have fun sandy beaches, great swimming holes and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the inflatable kayak or a stand-up paddle board. Either trip the Yampa River or the Green River Gates of Lodore will take you at least 4 days of perfect unplugged, wilderness river rafting. A few suggestions when looking for a trip like this. First find a reputable outfitter, Dinosaur River Expeditions is the only locally owned and operated outfitter in the region. We have the firsthand knowledge of the area, a rich family history and world class service that makes your trip extra special. When you book a trip with Dinosaur River Expeditions you will work with us the owners we will help you find the right trip and date perfect for your family or group. Call today and find your families next unplugged river rafting adventure.


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