How to Plan the Ultimate Adventure Weekend

One of the worst parts of being an adult is there seems to be less time in the day. That being said, weekend trips out of town, and the all but sacred extended weekend, are trips where every minute counts. In this post we will outline how to plan the ultimate adventure weekend.

      1. Transportation:

 

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Jucy Vans sleep up to 4 people and will rent to drivers over 21 years old.

Whether you are camping near home, driving a few hours to the nearest National Park, or flying cross country to summit El Capitan, you are going to have to figure out how to get there. If you are in fact staying close to home base, then you probably already have it handled. If you are going a little further, getting a group of friends together and renting one of those big white 12 passenger vans can be a really fun way to pass the time spent on the road. Better yet, you could rent a Camper van that you can even sleep in.  If you are headed cross country and want to see the sites in between, this could be a great alternative to an expensive airline ticket. Visit: http://www.jucyrentals.com/ to find a van.

      2. Accommodations:

 

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Awesome rental property in the middle of Yosemite N.P.

If you plan on camping, be sure to check for designated camp grounds, and approved off trail camping regulations for the area.

But we are planning the Ultimate Adventure Weekend. That doesn’t have to mean sleeping on a ground pad. Check sites like VRBO (vacation rental by owner), Airbnb, to find vacation homes that you can rent. This is typically a cheaper option than staying in a hotel. We love staying in VRBO’s because you get to meet awesome people who rent the properties, you have much more space than a hotel, and if desired, you can save money by cooking your own food instead of eating out every meal. Other great alternatives are to look for a hostel, or to couch surf! You can stay inside of Yosemite N.P. by renting the home in the picture above, for $325/night, it sleeps 10 people, has a full kitchen, a grill, and a pool table! View that listing and others like it here: http://www.vrbo.com/695054

      3. Plan your activities:

 

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View from one of the best unknown trails in Zion National Park.

Depending on where you are planning on going and what your range of adventure is, be sure to check for the “must see” hikes as well as the lesser known gems. For example, in Zion National Park, almost everyone Hike’s Angels Landing. It is an amazing hike offering incredible views of the entire valley of Zion National Park. A lesser known hike is Hidden Canyon. Across the valley, Hidden canyon has a lot to offer to those wishing to experience a slot canyon, without the technical skills or gear to run through a more challenging route. If you do have technical skills, and find yourself in Zion, we recommend Pine Creek Canyon!

      4.  Check out where to find the best night life:

 

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The Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is the highest rated pub in Breck.

If you end up staying in a VRBO type set up, be sure to scout out ahead where the best restaurants, bars, and ice cream can be located. You don’t want to spend your precious time out of the office or school searching for a mediocre time. Know before you go! Tripadvisor is a great place to start looking. http://www.tripadvisor.com/

      5. REMEMBER ALL YOUR GEAR:

 

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The best way to be sure you never forget anything is to have it organized at home.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to check that you have all the gear that you need. Yes you could always spend three times as much for a new sweatshirt in some shoddy gift shop, but that would be grounds to make this NOT the Ultimate Adventure Weekend.

So check your gear, check your buddies’ gear, vice versa, train your dog to know if you’ve forgotten anything, do whatever it takes to make sure that nothing forgotten ruins your Ultimate Weekend.
What is YOUR Ultimate Adventure Weekend? I’d love to know! I’ll be sharing some of mine in the next few posts.

*disclaimer*: we do not receive anything from the above services and websites, we just think they are great resources for planning a killer weekend. Enjoy!

7 Ways to Enjoy Utah’s Winter

7 Ways to Enjoy Utah's Winter

We love spending time outdoors, and we don’t let the cold get in the way. Here is a list of 7 ways for you to enjoy the outdoors even in the harsh weather.

     1. Ski. Utah.

 

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Utah is home to “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” It’s not hard to see why! With 11 resorts within an hour driving distance from Salt Lake City, it’s not hard to find yourself on the slopes. Weather you enjoy technical skiing, the terrain park tricks, or sipping hot chocolate in the lodge, there is a ski resort out there for you. Visit https://www.skiutah.com/ for more resort information

Our resort picks are Snowbird and Brighton up the Cottonwoods in Salt Lake!

 

      2. Ice Skating

 

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There are tons of places to go ice skating this winter season and it’s one of those activities that brings out the real spirit of the holidays. The Gallivan center is always a fun place to go, Station Park in Farmington has a small ring great for children, as well as Park City Mountain Resort.  If you are in Utah County, The Peaks Ice Arena is an excellent choice.

      3. Tubing at Soldier Hollow

 

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We love going tubing every year at Soldier Hollow. Located in Midway, Ut, The rush of sliding down a 1,200 foot chute attached to friends and family is the formula for a good time. The most fun is at night, sledding under the lights. When you are done, warm up with some hot chocolate in the lodge! Slated to open this year December, 18th.

Visit http://soldierhollow.com/tubing for more info.

Be sure to watch Groupon for discounts, usually you can save up to 50% off!

     4. Swim in The Crater

 

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Nearby Soldier Hollow is the Homestead Crater in Midway, Ut. The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. You can escape the cold by swimming, snorkeling or even scuba diving in its warm (90-96 degree) water! You can even take a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga lesson. Snorkel rentals available on site.

Visit: http://homesteadresort.com/utah-resort-things-to-do/homestead-crater/ for more info.

     5. Fifth Water Hot Springs

 

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If you are looking for a great winter hike, then this is for you! Bundle up, grab your water bottle and swim suit and head to the Fifth Water Hot Springs! The Springs are located up Diamond Fork Canyon, a split off from Spanish Fork Canyon. A half hour drive from Spanish Fork, Ut, and an easy 2-3 hour hike will land you at the hot springs. Picturesque blue pools with snow covered banks will give you one of the best memories of the season. A flowing cold waterfall through the spring area is fun to see who can last the longest before retreating back to the warm water. Be careful not to sit too close to a spring opening or you may be burned. This is a great hike to make even with children, but be sure to scope out the area before the kiddos arrive as it isn’t uncommon (although prohibited) to find people bathing in the nude.

For driving and trail directions visit: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/fifth-water-hot-springs-in-diamond-fork-canyon

      6. Utah Olympic Park

 

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Created for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park boasts several winter activities. From Bobsledding to Zip-Lining, the park is full of adventure that is fun for children and adults. Learn more about USA’s Olympic past by touring the Facility and Olympic Museum located on site. The tour includes riding a shuttle to the top of the world’s highest nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world!

For More info visit: http://utaholympiclegacy.org/park-activities/

       7. Indoor Climbing

 

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Your local crag might be frozen over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up your crimps! Whether you are a seasoned climber or boulderer, there are multiple options to climb through the winter.

In Utah County, The Quarry offers 13,000 feet of wall space between lead climbing, top roping, and bouldering. With climbing routes up to 5.13 and bouldering problems up to V-13, the Quarry offers something for everyone. Visit http://quarryclimbing.com/ for hours and rates.

There are multiple options for climbing gyms in Salt Lake.

Momentum offers Three locations, Milcreek, Sandy, and Lehi. With large climbing and bouldering areas, Momentum is an excellent choice. Visit https://www.momentumclimbing.com/ for hours and rates.

The Front is indoor boulderer’s dream. With over 10,000 feet of problems, you will never get bored trying to solve your next send. The Front also includes complete Yoga and Pilates programs. Visit http://www.frontslc.com/

The University of Utah Student Life Center.

The new University of Utah Student Life Center is an excellent place to climb on a budget. Although it has a smaller climbing and bouldering area, you can also lift, run, swim, box, play basketball, soccer, and raquetball with your admission. Admission is free for students, $6 for general public. Please visit http://campusrec.utah.edu/facilities/facilityhours/ for hours and rates.

Conclusion:

Now you have multiple ways to enjoy the winter weather (or to escape it)! Which of these activities are you going to do this winter? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!