Take a Romantic Sleigh Ride in Utah

Wonderful Winter: Open Sleigh Rides Under the Stars

Lots of people turn thumbs down on winter. But in certain locations, it holds the promise of winter-only activities. One of those places is Utah, with its opportunities for skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Something that flies a bit under the radar is taking an old-fashioned winter sleigh ride. What could be more romantic than riding through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh? Here's a list of Utah companies that offer winter sleigh rides. Call ahead for reservations and always dress warmly.

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    Boulder Mountain Ranch
    ••• John P. Kelly

    Boulder Mountain Ranch offers sleigh rides at Deer Valley. Its one-horse open sleigh can accommodate up to six people and is a prime opportunity for memorable marriage proposals, snuggly newlyweds, or a small group of friends or family. Boulder Mountain Ranch also has a two-horse sleigh for larger groups. Rides leave from Deer Valley Resort.

     

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    All Seasons Adventures
    ••• John P. Kelly. John P. Kelly

    All Seasons Adventures offers sleigh rides and dog-sled adventures near Park City. Go on an old-fashioned sleigh ride pulled by two horses through a private ranch at night and check out the stars above, undimmed by ambient light, as you glide along the snow. Or go dog-sledding through the Wasatch and Uinta ranges pulled by a team of huskies. This is the stuff of movie adventures. 

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    Canyons Resort
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    Canyons Resort in Park City is only a short drive from Salt Lake City, and it offers scenic sleigh rides several days a week during the winter, with extended days during the holidays, as conditions allow. The sleigh departs from the Ski Beach near the stairs leading into the Grand Summit Hotel.

     

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    Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge
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    You'll see elk on sleigh rides at Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge in Blacksmith Fork Canyon in northern Utah, about a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City. 

     

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    KB Horses
    ••• John Terence Turner

    KB Horses in Heber City offers scenic sleigh rides with a pair of Clydesdales named Butch and Sundance.

     

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    ••• North Forty Escapes. John P. Kelly

    North Forty Escapes, on a ranch about 20 minutes from Park City, offers winter tours by horse-drawn sleigh, dog sled, or snowmobile.

     

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    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain Outfitters runs horse-drawn buggy and sleigh rides around the Homestead Resort, in the beautiful Heber Valley outside the small town of Midway, about 20 minutes from Park City. They use beautiful teams of Clydesdales, Belgians, and spotted draft horses.

    Prices vary; only your group will be on the sleigh. The sleigh ride can be combined in a package with dining or lodging at the resort.

     

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    Red Sled in Snow
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    USA Today calls Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company one of the top 10 sleigh/dinner operators in the United States. Sleigh rides take place at Stillman Ranch along the Weber River outside Park City. Rides include an optional homestyle dinner served in the ranch house by the fireplace, a cozy end to this wintertime experience.

     

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    Snowed Inn Sleigh Company
    ••• John P. Kelly

    At the Snowed Inn Sleigh Company at Park City Mountain Resort, you'll ride up the slopes in a horse-drawn sleigh to the lodge, where you'll have dinner accompanied by live music. Sleigh rides are offered with or without dinner every night during the winter.

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    The Viking Yurt
    ••• John P. Kelly

    The Viking Yurt at Park City Mountain Resort has been described as one of the most unique, romantic, and exquisite winter experiences in the country. Enjoy a Snowcat-drawn sleigh ride up the slopes of the resort to the cozy Viking yurt (hut), amid a deep pine forest,  where a gourmet dinner that lasts four hours is served.