Keep an eye out for hidden Spanish gold while snowshoeing in the wild Uinta Mountains. Legend has it that there is enough gold to “pay off the national debt”! Although that claim was made back when Butch Cassidy and his Sundance kids were causing a ruckus; the lost gold of the Spanish is a well-known legend. Many have spent the better part of their lifetimes searching for these riches. With three feet of snow on the ground it might be hard to locate this hidden bounty, but you’ll be sure to have a priceless family experience if you choose to snowshoe any of these trails this winter season.
A scenic 30-45 minute drive out of Park City, Utah will get you to the best trailheads off the Mirror Lake Highway. This is the only paved road that transects the Uintas. Although it is seasonally closed, there are plenty of out and back as well as loop trails that are still accessible.
Our preferred out and back trails are The Mine Trail, Yellow Pine and Shingle Creek. Each of these trails have deep forests to explore. The Mine Trail is one of our favorites. About half way to the best view point, you will pass an old mine and relics. But don’t stop to look for treasure, the real prize is catching the sunset with expansive views of the Mount Timpanogos and the Wasatch Back. Yellow Pine offers quick access, while Shingle Creek is unique with a gentle gurgling steam ushering you along.
If you have the whole day or are looking to keep up a steady pace a loop trail might be the perfect choice. The North Fork Loop can be a good option on weekends because of ample parking. There are no demanding hills and taking a quick off-trail detour offers views into Pine Valley. If you’re looking for more elevation gain, Taylor Fork/Plantation Trail is an excellent choice. Counter Clockwise will allow a steady uphill, while a clockwise approach is a little gentler. Thick groves of slender aspen trees dominate parts of this trail. Keep an eye out, you might just find an “x” carved in a tree that marks the spot for that mysterious cache of gold bars.
If your sense of adventure is more reserved than the early prospectors; why not give All Seasons Adventures a call? We know the best trails and although we might not find any gold bars we are sure the memories made on the trails will be a treasured for years to come.
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White pillows of freshly fallen snow, puffs of warm breath and joyful sounds of barking cut through the crisp mountain air. Today you are participating in a once in a lifetime experience, dog sledding with All Seasons Adventures.
As you approach the dog sled team you are greeted by Racer, an exceptional musher with a knack for his craft. The dogs gaze on in anticipation for another day of work. But unlike you and me, these svelte creatures LOVE what they do for a living. Our sled dogs live to sled and Racer treats these dogs like family.
After your family is introduced to the dogs you load in the sled. Imagine you are the cargo. In the Iditarod race the cargo is stored where you are sitting. A 350 pound weight limit ensures the musher and dogs aren’t over worked. Wearing your ski clothes, warm hat, gloves, winter boots and ski goggles or sunglasses will keep you comfortable. As anticipation grows, the dog’s energy escalates, eager to run!
Two by two the musher hooks up his team. Each dog has their own unique personality. A highlight of the trip is learning about each dog’s traits, guests always doting upon their favorite. Like a family, there sometimes are squabbles as they work out there differences. Once the team is harnessed the volume increases, the dogs know it’s time to run.
Your musher releases the snow hook and lets off the foot brake, in an instant the barking subsides. You are now feeling the full power of eight healthy huskies pulling with all their might. Gliding along in peace and tranquility; a bit of snow flies up! The dogs are really working and it’s common to get a little kick back of snow.
Completing the ride that took you through meadows, ancient stands of hardy Gamble Oak and aspens, through mountains with views of the towering ski runs at Deer Valley your musher steers the sled back to the start. The team is noticeably calmer, a serene look on each dogs face. Bowls of water and food are welcomed and the treats are met by happy dogs.
Dog sledding is a memorable experience for couples and families. Our dog sledding terrain is located 10 minutes from Historic Main Street, across from the base of Deer Valley’s Gondola. This experience books up well in advance so please call to make reservations.
If you would like to book a dog sledding adventure please contact our conceirge: (866)-966-5713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also book directly by visiting: All Seasons Adventures or calling (435)-649-9619
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