28 May 2018 Our Staff’s Favorite Outdoor Summer Fun in Northern Utah
Summer is coming and parents everywhere are wondering how they are going to keep their kids both entertained and worn out this summer. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. The Wasatch Mountains attract visitors from all over the world. Are we taking them for granted? Do we appreciate the ways to enjoy the great outdoors with little or no cost? Below are some of our staff’s favorite summer outdoor activities. Don’t take this beauty for granted—get out and enjoy it!
- Boating at Deer Creek Reservoir. Deer Creek Reservoir is about 30 minutes from Provo and only minutes away from Midway. Deer Creek is a boater’s heaven. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, it’s a great location for a lake day. If you have a boat, great. The launch ramp at Deer Creek Island resort is user friendly and there’s plenty of trailer parking. If you don’t own a boat, no problem. Rent a boat there for a reasonable price. You can get lifejackets and water skis there as well. Other rentals include jet skis, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. There is sand, shaded picnic benches, and decent bathrooms. Parking is about $10.
- Another favorite activity is hiking. Several blog entries could be dedicated to discussing the Wasatch’s best hikes. Our staff identified 3 stellar but easy hikes:
Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon), Bell Canyon (near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon), and Stuart Falls (near Sundance Ski Resort, Provo Canyon).
Silver Lake is all the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon near Brighton Ski Resort. Silver Lake has free parking, flush toilets, and is open for fishing. A mostly flat trail circles the lake and is just under 1 mile.
Bell Canyon is another great beginner hike. Park for free at the base of the trail. Twenty minutes of hiking will get you amazing valley views and a view of beautiful Bell Canyon Reservoir. More advanced hikers will enjoy continuing up the canyon to a
beautiful waterfall, 4 miles roundtrip.
Stuart Falls can be accessed from Sundance Ski Resort or from Aspen Grove. It’s an out and back trail without much elevation gain, about 3.5 miles. Feeling the mist coming off the falls is a great reward.
- Free concerts are everywhere!! One favorite summer activity is live music. Check out the Sandy Amphitheater for a full lineup of acts this summer, including Donny and Marie Osmond. Donny and Marie isn’t free but many concerts around the Wasatch Front are free. There are too many to name. The Homestead Resort in Midway offers free Friday night concerts. Look at the Murray Park Amphitheater’s lineup. They do all kinds of free shows, music, and plays. Draper City offers free concerts at Draper Historic Park every Monday in June at 7 p.m. While you are there, get an ice cream cone at a nearby restaurant or take your kids to the Sorenson Home, a historic home next to the park. Not only can you see period furnishing throughout the house, they have a fun candy store where you can get your fill of candy for less than $1.