Getting Outside in Utah’s Amusement Capital

By Yeti Jan 12, 2021
While widely known for its amusement centers, golf courses and shopping and dining options, Davis boasts a mountain of opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast.
Getting Outside in Utah’s Amusement Capital

words by Julia Partain

With all of the reasons (physically and mentally) to seek solace in the outdoors these days, Mother Nature makes it easy and affordable to play outside when you Discover Davis, Utah’s Amusement Capital. Located north of Salt Lake City, and minutes from the new SLC Airport, Davis County is your year-round recreation and entertainment destination!

While widely known for their six amusement centers, 10 golf courses and hundreds of shopping and dining options, Davis boasts a mountain of opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. Follow me as we get back to nature and discover all that Utah’s Amusement Capital has to offer.

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photo credit: Cal Taylor

Head for the hills.

It’s no secret that Utah is home to The Greatest Snow on Earth®, but what you might not know is just how easy it is to get to the slopes when visiting Davis. Conveniently located within an hour’s drive of nine world-class ski resorts, Davis is the perfect basecamp for your winter adventures. Snowbasin Resort is a local favorite and just a quick 30-minute ride from Layton. Skiers and snowboarders can get from Layton to Snowbasin without having to make the drive by riding the UTA Ski Bus 677. With 3,000-acres of phenomenal terrain, Snowbasin is known for its uncrowded slopes that accommodate all levels of skiers. 

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Go exploring.

Anytime you need to scratch that exploring itch, adventuring on Antelope Island State Park will do the trick. Choose your own hiking, biking, horseback riding or camping adventure on the 28,000-acre island that features a 7.2-mile causeway and over 45 miles of backcountry trails with varying levels of difficulty. Park visitors are treated to a one-of-a-kind wildlife spotting experience, including free-ranging bison, pronghorn (antelope), mule deer, bighorn sheep and many other desert animals. Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Annual wildlife watching events, including Great Salt Lake Bird Festival and Bison Roundup entertain guests of all ages.

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photo credit: Jay Dash

Hit the Trails.

Did you know that Davis is home to more than 500 miles of trails? The trail systems offer both paved and natural surface trails, mountain and lakeshore trails, accommodating a wide range of users from bikers and joggers to walkers and snowshoers. Cities within Davis also provide trail systems that access these popular routes: D & RGW Rail Trail, Legacy Parkway Trail, Mueller Park Trail, and Farmington Canyon Trail


Try something new.

Outdoor adventures await the young and young at heart. Grab your friends, lace up your skates and try out the new Bountiful Ice Ribbon
The Ice Ribbon is a 520-foot skating loop. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Snowmobiling and offroading in the Bountiful mountains is sure to fit the bill.

Endless outdoor opportunities abound when you Discover Davis. Now go take a hike!

This post is sponsored by Discover Davis