Visiting The Ice Castles in Midway, UT

Anticipation built all week for our trip to the Midway Ice castles. We even watched Frozen the night before, and like a good mother I endured “Let It Go” at ear shattering decibels for the hour-long ride into the Utah mountains.

Every year, the temperatures drop, the holidays pass, and everyone begins posting photos of the Ice Castles up at Soldiers Hollow, UT. This year was our year.

Midway Ice Castles

Ice Castles in winter

Located At:

2002 Soldier Hollow Road, Midway, UT

We hit the road at 3:30pm. Missing some I-80 traffic and arriving just in time for a quick McDonald’s dinner in Heber City before making our 5:30 p.m. entry time at the Ice Castle.

Tickets are required and I’d suggest buying them online as they are cheaper. We chose a time slot during the dinner hour. And when we walked up to no line, but witnessed a huge one forming only an hour later, I was very glad of the time we chose.

Prices (online):

Weekday*
Child (4-11): $6.95
General (12+): $9.95

Weekend*
Child (4-11): $8.95
General (12+): $12.95

We arrived just before sunset, and started our exploration in the daylight.

Entering the Midway Ice Castles.

Entering the Midway Ice Castles.

The kids loved chasing eachother around the ice passages at the Ice Castles.

The kids loved chasing each other around the ice passages at the Ice Castles.

Ice castlesslot canyons

Ice Castle slot canyons! A frozen tribute to Utah’s desert southwest.

What started as a semi-cloudy evening, turned into a perfect sunset!

The slide was my favorite part!

The slide was my favorite part!

 

Time your visit for sunset!

Time your visit for sunset!

In the evening the ice becomes a rainbow of color as lights change in tune to music.

A light show lights up the ice after dark.

A light show lights up the ice after dark.

Family bonding at the Ice Castles

Family bonding at the Ice Castles

Night time lights at the Midway Ice Castles.

Night time lights at the Midway Ice Castles.

Night time exploring at the Ice Castles.

Night time exploring at the Ice Castles.

Ice tunnels and caves at the Midway iIce Castles.

Ice tunnels and caves at the Midway Ice Castles.

Tips for your trip:

  1. I’d suggest planning your trip for around sunset. You miss the crowds who are still eating dinner and you get the benefit of exploring both during daylight and in the dark.
  2. Allow 1-2 hours for your time there. Let those kids run and play!
  3. Dress warmly. We had everyone in ski pants, down jackets, wool socks, warm boots and mittens. Dress like you are heading sledding, but without the uphill hike that warms you up!
  4. Bring a few dollars for hot chocolate!
  5. And don’t forget a camera. 🙂

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