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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!