Utah State Parks Blog

Our 2018 Winter Festivals

UPDATE 1/17/2018: Both the Wasatch Mountain State Park and East Canyon State Park Winter Festivals have been canceled due to lack of snow. Join us on January 27 at Bear Lake State Park for the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest! 

It’s officially 2018 and Utah State Parks is kicking off the year with a BANG!

To start off 2018, we hosted several successful First Day Hikes; but if you missed them, don’t worry because we have more awesome January events coming your way with three different winter celebrations.

Bear Lake Monster Winterfest
Jan. 27, 2018

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. This year’s festival kicks off with the Cisco Disco; so bring your fishing net and fishing licenses and get ready to haul in tons of these little guys. We will also be giving out prizes for the largest Cisco catch of the day.

Be sure you bring your costume. Our flagship event, the Monster Plunge is the perfect place for you to plunge into the new year. Take a jump off our boat dock into the ice-cold water of Bear Lake. Prizes are given out to those with the best costumes.

We’ll also have our annual Chili Cookoff, an outdoor gear expo, food, and much more!

Learn More About the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest!

Wasatch Mountain Winter Festival
Jan. 20, 2018; 10 am-Noon

Join us for another year of fun in the mountains at Wasatch Mountain State Park. This year, our park equipment is free to try out. This includes our cross-country skis, snow bikes, snowshoes, and more! Park employees will be there to help instruct you on correct techniques if you need some pointers. We will also have drawings for fun prizes throughout the day.

If you are planning on coming, you MUST pre-register by calling the park at 435-654-1791. Be sure you know the shoe size and height of those who are coming; this will help us ensure we have the correct sizes available for you.  Park day-use fees apply. 

East Canyon Winterfest
Jan 20. 2018

This Winterfest is just one more fun reason you should come check out East Canyon State Park. Located near Morgan, this Winterfest is abuzz with fun activities like snowmobiling, sledding, ice fishing, skiing, and more.

Are you competitive? We’ll also have fun competitive games like a Frozen T-shirt contests and Frosty Snow Toes. Should the weather allow, we’re also planning to host our first Snowmobile Drag Race competition, so stay tuned for more details on that fun event.

Don’t forget the camera! We will also have our very own Snow Queen available for pictures with the kids and family. Dress warm to ensure you don’t end up ‘Frozen.’

Park day-use fees apply.

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