11 More Utah Winter Experiences Outside the Ski Resorts
No matter your level of adventure, you will find good reason to save some time for a day away from the resort.
"Guides take you down into the snowy canyon (no flashlights allowed), where you can wander around in the shadows of the hoodoos and other iconic Utah rock formations."
7. Snowmobile at Scofield/Skyline Drive
Admit it — when you see a glittery patch of untouched snow, you just want to get in there and mess it all up. The Scofield/Skyline Drive Snowmobile Complex in the Manti-La Sal Mountains of central Utah has over 120 miles of groomed trails for cruising, and access to plenty of snowdrifts and open meadows for thrashing.
Sledding through the backcountry gets you a lot closer to nature than riding a chairlift. Even while clinging to the handlebars of a gas-powered machine, there’s a big-hearted appreciation for your physical surroundings that’s contagious the second you hit the throttle, whether it’s to cruise down a groomed track between the trees or to tear through some fresh Utah powder in a wide-open bowl with your mouth smiling so wide the fronts of your teeth get cold. Just remember — anytime you enter Utah's snowy backcountry, be sure to check with the Utah Avalanche Center for current risks and conditions.
8. Soak in a geothermal cave.
It’s up for debate whether or not the minerals in geothermal waters have health benefits or if they’re just fancy dirt, but the environment at Homestead Crater in Midway sounds just mystical enough to suspend disbelief for the day. When you walk into the cavern and start heading deeper toward the crater, it feels and looks a lot like you’re tunneling into the center of the Earth.
The geothermal pool is deep in a 55 foot-tall beehive-ish rock with a little hole at the top that lets sunshine in and hot breath out. The 90-96 degree mineral water inside is crystal clear and super deep, making it one of the coolest places (actually, it’s the only warm water scuba spot in the continental United States) for year-round scuba diving in the U.S. If you’re not into diving down into the depths of the Earth, you can stay near the surface with a snorkel, where the sun that pours in from the opening at the top of the rock hits the mineral water and creates a sapphire blue effect. They also have a sectioned-off soaking area and occasionally host stand-up paddle board yoga sessions. Though the warm waters feel perfect during the winter, these geothermal pools have no seasonal limits.