Wild Rose Trail Sunset Hike

Last summer, a local hiking group organized multiple sunset hikes up the same trail here in Davis County and I was really intrigued by it. We made plans to hike the trail before sunset a couple of times but were never able to actually make it happen. Now that we’ve hiked the trail once and marveled at the view from the lookout point, I can’t wait to do it many more times!

Where: 650 East Skycrest Lane, North Salt Lake
Cost: Free
Length: The trail to the scenic overlook, in either direction, is about one mile and takes about half an hour to hike.

wild rose trailhead sunset hike - north salt lake, utah

We planned our hike to start about 45 minutes before sunset so that we’d have time to find our way to the scenic overlook and enjoy the full event from the top. It took us about 30 minutes to hike from the trail head to the bench located on the south overlook. That included a few stops to look at the map and determine if we were hiking in the right direction or not. A group that started just ahead of us reached the sunset overlook point across the canyon to the north, about the same time that we did, so I’m guessing that distance is about the same.

wild rose trail bountiful utah

The views we caught glimpses of every time the trail turned west and there was a break in the trees were stunning and I think I said, “Wow….” about a million times on our hike. Once we reached the top, the view was even more extraordinary! We wished we would have hiked to the sunset point instead of the scenic overlook because the view is a little less obscured there than where we were. The bench we were sitting on was tucked back on the hill a bit and surrounded in tall bushes, blocking us from enjoying the full view of the valley and the sunset all at once. It was still gorgeous though and definitely a great place to sit together!

view of davis county from the mountains

We sat at the top for almost half an hour, watching the sky turn colors as the sun set and the planes took off from the airport in the distance. We decided to start hiking back down before the sun had fully set, so that we still had enough daylight to see the trail. Although I know a lot of people who sit at the top and watch until the sky has turned dark, then hike down with flashlights, it was fun to watch the sun set completely as we made our way back down the mountain and to our car.

wild rose trailhead park, north salt lake utah

The entire Wild Rose Trail is an approximate four mile loop that goes back into the mountains a bit. It’s fairly well covered by trees so it wouldn’t get too hot if you were hiking during the day. I would love to hike the entire trail one day and also hike to the opposite overlook to watch the sunset from a different perspective. It’s a well groomed trail, but only wide enough to walk single file. I was out of breath for the first half, but quickly got used to the speed and incline, and the trail flattened out a bit on the way as well. There were a few stretches with loose rock, but walking to one side helped us avoid that and I never tripped or stumbled hiking in either direction. We went on a Saturday night and didn’t feel like the trail was busy at all. We passed a couple of people headed back down the trail when we were on our way up and saw a few bikers on the bike trail as well. A couple of other groups headed to the other scenic overlook, so our choice to go to the bench with the slightly obscured view was a positive thing because we had the entire place to ourselves.

davis county hiking trails, bountiful utah

This is a great, free date night activity, no matter what your hiking abilities are and something that I would suggest everyone try to do at least once!

The Perfect Date for National Fishing Week

National Fishing and Boating Week takes place this week and I thought you might want to plan a date night to celebrate! This post contains everything that you need to know to plan your fishing date(s) or getaway this week.

Location: A pond near you - see list below
Cost: Varies based on fishing license, gear needed, etc.

National fishing week

If I were you, I would go fishing this coming Saturday, June 9th because it is free fishing day in Utah! This means that you can fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. The cost of your date will go down if you don't need a fishing license.

To fish on any other day of the year, you will need to get a license first. You can purchase your fishing license online. Once you've picked up your license, grab any gear that you need. If you don't own gear, see if anyone in your family or friend group is willing to let you borrow theirs, or go out and invest in some of your own. If you're considering turning fishing into a hobby, even if you only go a few times a year, it might be worth investing in all of the right equipment for yourself.

Bountiful Pond

Now that you're already to go fishing, head to a pond near you. Below is a list of the bodies of water in Davis County where you can go fishing. If there are any missing from the list, feel free to e-mail us and let us know! Click on the links below to find out more about each fishing location (ie directions, size, hours, fish available, and restrictions specific to that body of water).

Fishing at Bountiful Pond

The best places to go fishing in Davis County

Bountiful Pond (Lake) - W 1600 N, Woods Cross

Farmington Pond - 750 N 75 W, Farmington

USU Botanical Gardens aka Kaysville Ponds - 920 S 50 W, Kaysville

Holmes Creek Reservoir - 2692 E Gentile St, Layton

Jensen Nature Park Pond - 3176 S Bluff Rd, Syracuse

Steed Pond - 300 N 1000 W, Clearfield

Maybey Pond - 310 S 500 E, Clearfield

Clinton Pond - 2415 N 3000 W, Clinton

view at Bountiful Pond

Pack a picnic and get ready for hours of relaxation and good conversation while you fish together. This is something that I haven't done since I was a little kid, so it's definitely on our date night to do list for the summer.

ducks at bountiful pond, utah

Click here for more details about National Fishing & Boating Week as well as a few more ideas for how to celebrate.

Photos by Randy Burgoyne

Where is your favorite fishing hole located?

Celebrate National Fishing Week with a fun date activity. Free fishing day in Utah is this weekend. The best fishing holes in Davis County.

Five Ways to Make a Date Night Out of the Bountiful Chalk Art Festival

When we moved to Bountiful, I started hearing about The Bountiful Chalk Art Festival and one year we finally made it a priority to go. We've been every year since, for date night or for a family outing. We love walking down Bountiful Main Street, seeing the amazing talent that our community has and chat with friends and neighbors who we run into while we're out. We've found that Sunday evenings are an amazing time to go, although the drawings aren't as fresh by then, and sometimes it's rained and washed a few away. This year we're planning to go on Friday for date night, so I thought I'd share a few ways that you could turn the Chalk Art Festival into a fun date of your own.

Where: Bountiful Main Street
Cost: FREE (food and other activities are an added cost)

bountiful chalk art festival

Bountiful Chalk Art Festival Date Ideas

Check out the Food Truck League Event

Every Friday night, The Food Truck League has an event just down the street at Bountiful City Hall. You can check out their food truck finder for details on which food trucks will be there the night of the chalk art festival. After you've walked Main Street, head over to grab some food or dessert. If you'd rather start with your meal and avoid missing out on the popular items from the food trucks, you could eat first and stroll down Main Street after.

Eat at one of the Locally Owned Restaurants

Bountiful Main Street has a lot of great, locally owned restaurants and stores. A few of them are located on the blocks where the chalk art festival will take place and the rest are just a couple of blocks away. You could stop for a bite to eat while you're walking or after you've seen everything that there is to see.

Marcello's Italian Restaurant is on the north end of Main Street and really yummy. Royal India and The Bun Basket are right in the middle of the chalk art festival walk. Vito's is as well but has specific hours, so you'll want to check to make sure they'll be open when you go if you want to eat there. And a couple of blocks south of the festival is the Greek Cafe and SeaBears Scottish American Fish House.

magic on the sidewalk

Grab Dessert Afterward

If you're on a mid-day date or already ate elsewhere, you might decide to grab a quick treat after your walk down Main Street instead. Walk to 4th North for a drink and a cookie from Fiiz or walk the few extra blocks to 5th South and check out Bountiful's newest cookie shop, Crumbl. 

Have a Festival of Your Own

Seeing all of the amazing artistic creations at the chalk art festival makes me wish I was a little more creative in that way. Maybe the two of you are really good at drawing and looking for a new medium to try. On your way home from the chalk art festival, stop to grab a box of sidewalk chalk for yourselves. Use your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house and have a festival of your own. Work on a mural together or draw your own separate images. Maybe you'll be inspired to register to participate in next year's festival

Continue to Enjoy the Spring Weather

Bountiful has a lot of great overlook areas where you can get a view of the valley and have a great view when the sun sets. Drive up to toward the mountains after you're finished with the festival, find a place to stop and get out to enjoy the view. You could put a blanket down on the grass or in the back of your car and chat while you watch the sun go down. If you're feeling extra romantic and want to keep moving, turn on some music and dance together while you watch the sunset.

chalk art festival

I'm really excited for our date to The Chalk Art Festival this weekend and hope you'll venture out to enjoy it as well! As far as I know, it's the only event in Davis County of its kind. I'll be sharing some of our favorite chalk drawings on Instagram this weekend and a few of the details of our date. If you see us while you're strolling down Main Street, be sure to stop and say hi!

Visit the USU Botanical Gardens in the Winter

We aren’t really outdoor people during the winter, so this year I’ve been looking for things that we can do outside that are fun and that we might enjoy. We don’t do much skiing or snowboarding or anything like that, so we have to get creative because that’s everyone’s first suggestion for winter fun, especially here in Utah. I’d love to say that we’re adventurous and plan to go on winter hikes or snow shoeing but we’re not that exciting at this point in our life. We’re going to take some of our favorite activities and date night locations and adjust them to fit the colder weather and snow.

Where: USU Botanical Gardens (920 S 50 W, Kaysville)
Cost: Free
Hours: Ponds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset

winter date ideas davis county, utah

The USU Botanical Gardens have become one of my favorite places in Davis County. I love the calm piece of nature that’s right in the middle of town. Until this year, I’d never really seen it in the winter, but I think it’s almost more gorgeous when it’s cold than during the summer or fall. The pond freezes in places and everything is covered in snow. I’ve seen people fishing there, even when it’s cold and there’s a paved trail around the pond that you can walk on. You have a great view of the mountains and might catch glimpses of ducks and other wildlife that frequent the area.

usu botanical gardens in the winter

The gardens would be a fun place to spend walk and talk on a sunny winter day. It’s a quiet trail close to eating establishments and a freeway entrance. Make an entire date out of spending time at the gardens or include it as a portion of your date.

9 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Davis County

We usually keep our New Year's Eve celebrations low key and stay home because we have young kids and don't want to take our babysitters away from the fun activities that they have planned. I have grand ideas for fun in future years and even a few overnight getaways as a couple and as a family. This year, we're hoping to do a couple of the things on this list, as our kids allow. For those of you who are looking for date night fun this weekend, we've compiled a list of almost 10 different things going on in the area that sound like a great way to celebrate everything you've accomplished in 2018 and look forward to 2019.

New Year's Celebrations

Davis County New Year's Celebrations

Check Out the Remaining Holiday Lights

If you didn't get a chance to visit your favorite holiday light displays amidst the chaos of Christmas, I have good news for you! Most of the lights remain on through January 1st. You could create a new tradition and hit them all on New Year's Eve or the weekend of New Year's. Click here for a great list of light displays here in Davis County.

Ice Skate Outside at Station Park

There's something so romantic about an outdoor ice rink and Station Park has the perfect one! Go skating then cozy up under one of the heaters and enjoy the fountain shows. Stop by one of the delicious restaurants at Station Park for dinner or dessert or grab takeout and enjoy a quiet and romantic dinner at home. If you pay with an America First card, you get your skate rental for half price. Click here for one of our favorite date night restaurants at Station Park

Boondocks New Year’s Eve Celebration

From 6pm on New Year’s Eve to 1am on New Year’s Day, enjoy unlimited access to bowling, laser tag, XD dark ride XD Theater, Rollerball, Miniature Golf, and Go-Karts. You’ll also enjoy $5 arcade play and an all you can eat buffet served from 6pm-10pm. You will receive free noise makers and hats to participate in the midnight balloon drop and toast. Adult entrance is $24.95 per person.

Station Park Ice Rink

Grab Some Donuts

After a late night of partying, the last thing I want to do is cook breakfast, but I always want a celebratory meal first thing on New Year's Day. Donuts and chocolate milk are always the answer when I'm looking for an quick and delicious celebratory breakfast. Click here for some of the best donut spots in Davis County.

Christmas Bird Count at Antelope Island

This year marks the 119th annual bird count, the nation's longest running citizen science bird project. Take an easy hike in the park on Antelope Island to help identify birds and compile vial data. The hike will take place at 8:00 am on New Year's Day and will be an all day trip. Bring water and lunch and dress warm for the weather. You don't need any experience with bird-watching!

New Year's Celebrations at Antelope Island

First Day Hike at Antelope Island

If you're an avid hiker or just looking for ways to be more active and get outdoors in 2019, this is the event for you! A park naturalist will guide the 2.5 mile hike. You will get to enjoy a view of the Great Salt Lake and the beauty of Antelope Island while learning all about the area. There will be two different events this year, both start at 10am. The first hike will begin at the Buffalo Point trailhead and will be approximately one mile total. The second hike will be a six mile loop starting at the Lakeside trailhead in White Rock Bay.

Worth the Trip

Elk Viewing and Wagon Ride at Hardware Ranch

For a small fee, you can take a wagon ride and view the elk up close and personal. This is a fun activity for the family or a date. Rides are $5 for adults (9 and older) and $3 for children (4 through 8), kids 3 and younger ride for free. On your way home, we recommend a stop in Perry to eat at Maddox Ranch House, their rolls are amazing!

Top Golf

We enjoyed our brunch date to Top Golf this year and are really looking forward to more dates in the future. This year they're putting together an unforgettable midnight celebration with golf and delicious food leading up to it. The New Year’s Eve package includes unlimited game play from 9pm to 1am for up to six guests, midnight fireworks and party favors to ring in the new year. Book your bay soon if you’re hoping to be there!

Spend the Day in Midway

With the gross inversion that we get here in the Salt Lake Valley, it can be nice to escape to the mountains for a day or two. We love heading to Midway because there are lots of great things to do and cozy places to stay if we decide we aren't ready to come home yet. The Midway Ice Castles are gorgeous during the day or at night, Soldier Hollow has the longest tubing lanes in Utah with a lift service to tow you back up the hill, The Crater at Homestead Resort offers a warm escape from the snow, and Wildfire Smokehaus at Zermatt Resort is one of our very favorite places to eat.  All of the activities are open during the day and at night and are fantastic experiences! Make a day of it or ring in the new year and celebrate with an overnight stay.

Midway Ice Castles

Whatever you do to ring in the New Year, make time for date night and each other! Sit down together and set some goals for date night in the new year and don't forget to make plans for the other things that you'd like to accomplish. Oh, and be sure to grab your New Year's kiss ;)