Sanpete’s Best Kept Secrets

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Alice and John O’Driscoll can hardly contain their excitement as they enjoy the legendary snow crèmes at the Sugar Plum Cottage in Spring City. They are both self-proclaimed snow crème junkies. Photo by Tyler Aldous.

Alice and John O’Driscoll can hardly contain their excitement as they enjoy the legendary snow crèmes at the Sugar Plum Cottage in Spring City. They are both self-proclaimed snow crème junkies. Photo by Tyler Aldous.

For newcomers to Snow College, finding fun things to do in Ephraim might seem to be a bit of a challenge; however, with a little investigating, one students can find themselves surrounded by tons of not-so-well-known activities.
Most students have, in one way or another, heard of The Sugar Plum Cottage, better known as “The Snow Crème Place.” Located just a short drive from Snow, in Spring City, is one of the best shave ice places in Sanpete County.
“We’ve been here for about twenty years,” explained Victoria Drake, owner of The Sugar Plum Cottage, “and we love getting to know all of the college kids.”
Victoria and her family have found so much success in this business that they’ve actually expanded to Southern California. “We love it here, and will keep our shop in Sanpete open, we are just growing as a business.”
Though it may feel too chilly for shave ice this autumn, there are plenty of other places for fun nearby.
The Keebler House, also called the “Elf House”, is found up Ephraim Canyon and is only a short hike up the path. There you will find a big tree trunk with a wooden door that stores geo-cashes and books full of signatures of past visitors.
The Keebler House, also called the “Elf House”, is found up Ephraim Canyon and is only a short hike up. There you will find a big tree trunk with a wooden door that stores geo-cashes and books full of signatures of past visitors.
“I went to the Keebler House with a group of friends one night,” explained Dallin Duncan, “It was a lot smaller than I thought, but it was fun to see how many people had been there and see the geo-cashes.”
For those who are a bit more adventurous, and would like a more challenging hike, Maple Canyon is not only one of the world’s top rock-climbing spots, it also provides a gorgeous view for any nature lover.
“My friends and I hiked to the waterfall in Maple Canyon recently,” stated Kyle Christiansen, “It was cool meeting people who travelled from other countries to rock climb. After our hike we had a fire and made s’mores. It was a lot of fun.”
All in all, there is more adventure out there than one might think. Now go find it!

Haley Christiansen is the Editor-in-Chief for The Snowdrift. She has two years of experience writing for The Snowdrift and three years’ experience writing for her high school’s newspaper before that. She worked in editing as well as layout and design of the newspaper. Haley is a social science major and plans to go into secondary education.

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