Ice Castles   |  AJ Mellor

Utah Ice Castles

Imagine strolling inside an art display of technicolor icicle towers. When winter blasts its arctic forcefield, the Utah ice castles — a frozen fairytale of ice and snow — emerge on an acre of land at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway. Visitors explore intricate archways, mazes, fountains, slides and tunnels, all handcrafted from over 25 million pounds of ice and thousands of man-hours. Kiddos enjoy slides and interactive areas cut out just for them. Put this see-it-to-believe-it experience on your winter bucket list today.

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Archways, mazes, tunnels and more are handcrafted from over 25 million pounds of ice.

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When To Visit

Due to the nature of this attraction, opening and closing dates depend heavily on weather conditions. The ice castles are generally open from early January through early March. An exceptionally cold fall may mean earlier opening dates, while a warm springtime may cut the fun short. If the ice castles are part of your holiday plans, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re open on most winter holidays (weather permitting and at weekend prices).

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How Did the Ice Castles Start?

What started as one dad’s front yard experiment has become an essential winter activity in Utah. Years ago, Utah resident Brent Christensen created a small ice cave for his daughter and it instantly became a neighborhood hit. The ice castles have expanded and solidified into a must-see winter attraction with over five locations across the country.

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Over an acre of intricately handcrafted hallways, tunnels and arches.

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At nighttime the ice castles transform into a technicolor wonderland.

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Things To Know Before You Visit

  • Dress Warm. The ice castles are a fully outdoor experience so be prepared to bundle up. Dress the same way you would for any outdoor winter activity. Don’t forget a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Snow pants are a good idea during the coldest months.

  • Tread Carefully. The floor of the ice castle is covered in layers of snow and crushed ice. Warm shoes with good traction will make your visit safe and enjoyable. Tread carefully to make your visit less akin to ice skating.

  • Trade Your Stroller For a Sled. Strollers are not permitted, but sleds are allowed inside the ice castles to pull children and others with limited mobility.

  • Leave the Pets Home. Pets are not allowed inside the ice castles, with the exception of service animals which must remain leashed at all times.

  • Extend the Fun. Want even more winter cheer? Add a horse-drawn sleigh ride to your visit. You can add the experience when buying tickets online.

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