Rocky Mountain Outfitters hosts fun horse-drawn carriage rides in the winter. These winter carriage rides drive through the Hailstone Campground at Jordanelle State Park near Park City. The horses pull you through beautiful Christmas lights. The experience is lovely as you listen to the clip-clop of the horses hooves and enjoy the lights. Hopefully, there will be snow on the ground, so you can enjoy a sleigh ride. Either way, the Rocky Mountain Outfitters Carriage Rides are great.
The carriage ride begins at a small tent with heaters. After you check in, you can purchase some treats if you’d like, or you can just stay warm until it’s your turn to hop on a wagon. There is also the option to rent a firepit for a little while and roast s’mores.
The wagon goes through the campground and there are three main areas. The first area is filled with projection lights. The lights cover the trees and the ground, so you feel like you are right in the lights. The next area has decorated trees and some music in the background. And the final area is a large loop with brightly colored lights. We loved all of the areas.
The magic of this adventure is being in the outdoors and enjoying the crisp air. It is definitely a peaceful night and a slight step back in time with the holiday carriage ride. Don’t forget to look up at the stars, too. We asked our driver lots of questions about his horses and Rocky Mountain Outfitters. It was fun to hear stories and learn about the horses. Be to bundle up and take blankets because it is extremely cold!
For more information about the Rocky Mountain carriage rides, visit their website. These winter carriage rides run through February. When the weather has no snow, you ride in a wagon, but once snow hits the ground, then you can take a sleigh ride. For other Christmas ideas, check out our Christmas activities in Utah post.