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Holiday Happenings at Utah State Parks

Dec. 27, 2023

Feel a familiar wintery chill in the air? Get ready for some festive fun at your favorite Utah State Parks! Whether you’re up for a cozy winter hike or a magical drive through a twinkling wonderland, we’ve got the perfect holiday experiences for you and your family. Check back regularly, as we’ll keep you updated if any new events are added!

And hey, these holiday-themed events are just the tip of the iceberg! For a full scoop on all the cool stuff happening this season, check out our Events Calendar. There’s always something new and exciting to discover!


Jordanelle State Park
Holiday Lights Wagon Rides
Ends December 30, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Experience the magic of gliding through a festive holiday light show, pulled by a team of majestic Percheron draft horses! Indulge in the holiday spirit with treats like s’mores, hot chocolate, and cider, all available for purchase. The enchanting ride lasts approximately 20 minutes, with some horse teams moving at varying paces. Starting at 6:00 PM and running until 9:30 PM, rides depart every 30 minutes, making it a delightful experience for all ages. Children aged 2 and under join the fun for free! For tickets Click Here.


Antelope Island State Park
First Day Hike
January 1, 2024
1:00 PM

Embark on a healthy start to the new year with a rejuvenating hike at Antelope Island’s Mountain View Trailhead! Join the park naturalist at 1:00 PM for a family and leashed-dog-friendly event that promises both fitness and fun. While the event is free, please note that regular park entry fees apply.

For any inquiries, feel free to reach out to tackley@utah.gov. Lace up your hiking boots and join us for a memorable kickoff to a healthier you!

Great Salt Lake State Park
First Day Hike
January 1, 2024
8:30 AM

Embrace the tradition of starting the new year on a refreshing note by joining us for a unique “First Day Hike” experience at Silver Sands Beach. This year, we’re adding a delightful twist with a birdwatching walk guided by a knowledgeable park ranger. As we stroll along the beach, immerse yourself in a conversation about the diverse birdlife around the Great Salt Lake, with the hopes of spotting a few feathered friends along the way. The walk covers approximately 1.5 miles on beach conditions, offering both an educational and scenic experience.

To participate, the event tour is $3 per person, and a $5 day-use pass per vehicle is required for park entry. Please note that dogs are not recommended for this event, as our focus will be on birdwatching.

Meet us on the back patio of the Visitor’s Center, where the journey begins. The walk primarily spans flat terrain with typical beach hazards, ensuring an accessible yet engaging adventure.

The event will be limited to 50 participants. To secure your spot, pre-register here: https://parkspass.utah.gov/parks/UTGREA/hike

Purchase your day-use fee in advance here: https://parkspass.utah.gov/parks/UTGREA/dayuse

Please be aware that the event is weather-dependent and may be canceled in unfavorable conditions. Optimal birdwatching conditions require clear skies.

Important Note: This event takes place at the Great Salt Lake Marina in Magna (Exit 104, off I-80), NOT on Antelope Island.

For additional details, reach out to the Great Salt Lake State Park visitor center at 801-828-0787. Join us for a memorable morning of birdwatching, learning, and celebrating the beauty of nature as we kick off the new year!

Snow Canyon State Park
First Day Hike

January 1, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Start your year on the right foot! Hike with a ranger to learn how Snow Canyon changes in the winter, what happens to the animals, and more.

Registration begins 12/30. Call 435-628-2255

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