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Discover Davis in Winter - Utah’s Amusement Capital

Tuesday November 3, 2020

Located between the breathtaking Great Salt Lake and the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, just north of  Salt Lake City, Davis County is ideally situated for winter fun. From skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife watching on Antelope Island to ice skating, indoor fun centers and a thriving arts community, Davis is a one-stop winter destination for amusement and outdoor adventure. Add plenty of family-friendly hotels and hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and you have everything you need for an amazing Utah staycation or winter weekend getaway.

Skiing at Snowbasin Resort

The Greatest Snow on Earth® is closer than you think

With nine ski resorts within an hour’s drive, Davis County is the perfect base camp for winter ski weekends. Snowbasin Resort is just 30 minutes from northern Davis and easily accessible via the UTA ski bus from seven different hotels. Eight other ski resorts are within one hour, including Park City Mountain and Deer Valley to the southeast; Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude to the south; and Nordic Valley and Powder Mountain to the north. The hardest decisions will be which resort to ski first and which of Davis County’s 400 restaurants to enjoy after a day on the slopes.   

Photo by Cal Taylor
Snowmobiling above the Wasatch Valley

Snowmobile above the Wasatch Valley

Cover more rugged terrain than you ever could on foot with a backcountry snowmobiling adventure. Discover excellent non-groomed snowmobiling routes through deep, untracked snow easily accessed from the cities and suburbs below Davis’ snow-covered Wasatch Mountains. Please maintain awareness of avalanche danger after freshly fallen snow.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island — The Great Salt Lake's Largest Island

Just when you thought Antelope Island State Park’s stunning landscape couldn’t get any more spectacular, winter’s magic deepens the allure. Winter visitors to the Utah state park are treated to a tranquil oasis ideal for wildlife spotting, nature photography, horseback riding and hiking. At a lower elevation than the snow-covered peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, Antelope Island often sees less snowfall, making it an ideal outdoor destination for mountain and road bikers, hikers and trail runners. Head up to Frary Peak for a full-day hiking adventure or follow the half-mile trail to Buffalo Point just before sunset glistens on the Great Salt Lake. Free-roaming wildlife is a major winter season draw to this beautiful island, the largest in the Great Salt Lake. Keep an eye out for rare bald eagle sightings, and be on the lookout for bison, mule deer, coyote and other island wildlife. Bonus: Antelope Island’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park means brilliant starry skies you have to see to believe. Blocked from light pollution, the west side of Antelope Island is the darkest place in Davis, allowing for exceptional night skies and views of the Milky Way. Whether you’re here for the stargazing, the snow or the solitude, be sure to bring a camera and binoculars.

Snowshoeing in Salt Lake

Snowshoe Through a Tranquil Winter Wonderland

Davis County’s 500 miles of 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. The serenity of the quiet backcountry is unmatched, so strap on those snowshoes and discover peaceful Farmington Creek for lofty views of Farmington Canyon, trek from Mueller Park to Elephant Rock for panoramic views of the Great Salt Lake, or seek out Adams Canyon’s frozen 40-foot waterfall. The views are majestic, the powder is fresh and, best of all, snowshoeing is a relatively inexpensive pastime for all ages.

Ice Skating at Station Park

Ice Skating Indoors or Out

There’s something magical about the cold air kissing your cheeks as you glide across the ice. Novice and avid ice skaters of all ages will enjoy taking a spin around the new ice ribbon at Bountiful Town Square, the indoor rink at South Davis Recreation Center, or ice skating at Station Park’s seasonal outdoor rink. Enjoy a bit of shopping, then cozy up in front of Station Park’s hourly fountain show with a cup of hot cocoa for a relaxing end to your Davis winter getaway.  

Rush Bumper Cars

Shopping, arts and indoor amusement

Some winter days just have you craving the indoors. Luckily, Davis has a variety of amusement centers for all ages. Come in out of the cold and let the adventures continue indoors with bowling, go karts, laser tag and arcade games at Boondocks, Rush Funplex and Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. Explore and discover hands-on fun at Seaquest, Utah’s only interactive aquarium. Hand feed sharks, swim with stingrays, get a fish pedicure, then splash on over to one of Davis County’s three indoor pools for swimming and a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Arts aficionados can cap off the weekend with a little culture by taking in a play at Centerpoint Legacy Theater, visiting the exhibits at Bountiful Art Center, or getting hands on at As You Wish Pottery at Station Park. This is the place for amusement in Utah.

Endless amusement, both indoors and out, easily at your fingertips. Discover Davis in winter and make unforgettable memories.

*We encourage all visitors to be aware of the current State and Local COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place which can be found HERE. Utah is under a statewide mandate at this time and masks will be required in all areas of Davis County, and other parts of the state. We highly recommend contacting any business you would like to visit beforehand to confirm their status, operation schedule and additional information on specific practices that may be in place in order to keep everyone healthy and safe during this time.