The Midway Ice Castle is back after a three-year hiatus, and when it opened to the public last Friday, my family and I decided to give it a try. It's sometimes hard to find a winter outdoor activity that's inexpensive and appealing for all ages, but our visit to the Ice Castle was a perfect winter diversion for our family and friend group of kids, teens and adults. We visited the castle at night, when it's lit by colored lights, but it's also gorgeous during the day, when the sun sparkles on the ice.
The castle is formed by sprinkling water over wire frames, then assembling the crystalline ice blocks into a maze-like structure of towers, caves, corridors and hidden rooms. Wandering through the one-acre ice castle is a fantastic experience - like exploring a glacier, only significantly safer. Be warned that you will be walking on snow paths, so boots are recommended.
While we were in Midway, we decided to check out Tarahumara, one of the Heber Valley's most popular casual restaurants, serving fresh, homemade Mexican food. I've been hearing raves about Tarahumara for years, and I did think it was worth a visit, especially for the fresh salsa bar.
Midway Ice Castle
150 W. 100 N., Midway, Utah
Photo by Marsha Maxwell