Heber Valley: A Safe Haven for the Adventurous Traveler

Heber Valley: A Safe Haven for the Adventurous Traveler

Heber Valley, Utah, is a melting pot of outdoor activity, creating a safe place to escape the worries of the nine-to-five daily grind while experiencing the great outdoors at its finest.

Located in a beautiful mountain valley just a short drive from the Wasatch Front, the area offers outstanding year-round outdoor recreation, including golf, fly fishing, boating, and water sports, plus skiing, snow tubing and other winter sports. In summer, temperatures are usually cool and pleasant. In winter, abundant snowfall makes this a paradise for winter recreation.

Heber Valley Fall

Fall is a special time of year in the Valley as the summer heat cools down and adventures heat up. Enjoy the scenic fall colors by horseback, train ride, ATV, mountain bike, or a scenic drive. During the month of October you can attend several Halloween events including Sleepy Hollow Wagon Rides, Pumpkin Train, Haunted Houses, a Scarecrow Walk, and more.

Hiking, biking and horseback riding are wonderful ways to view the resplendent fall foliage that abounds throughout the region. With both Wasatch Mountain State Park and the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, the Heber Valley area offers opportunity to hike trails in beautiful mountain settings.

Grab your fishing pole and head to the Provo River, a premier blue ribbon trout fishery with rainbow and brown trout at record lengths. Typical fish are 18 inches or bigger. Now that’s no fish tale. Deer Creek boasts 3,000 acres, and the entire shore is publicly owned with unrestricted access.

ATV enthusiasts will love the paved and dirt roads that travel in all directions from Heber Valley through alpine meadows and forested canyons, crossing rocky ridges and meandering streams. Don’t forget your camera to capture incredible views and your binoculars to get a good look at the variety of wildlife that inhabit these mountains. Mirror Lake, Strawberry Valley, Provo Canyon, and the Alpine Loop are all paved drives and recommended for any type of vehicle. Guardsman Pass, the Adventure Highway, and Cascade Springs are dirt roads and conditions vary.

No visit to the region is complete without hopping on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad, located on one of the county’s most spectacular mountain settings. The Provo Canyon Limited features a relaxing three-hour round trip along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir and the base of majestic Mt. Timpanogos, and along the beautiful Provo River, while the Deer Creek Express offers incredible views of the Wasatch Mountains and the wide open vistas of Deer Creek Reservoir.

Dining here is an experience to be savored as the Valley is a small community but big on flavor. With over 30 local restaurants there is something new to try every day. Cafe Galleria offers a very cool outdoor dining vibe along Midway Mainstreet serving delicious wood fired pizza and pastas, while Kohler Creamery a four generation dairy farm offering culinary classes to learn to make ice cream, gelato, and different cheeses. Midway Mercantile is offering Wine Dinners for small groups.

From car camping to hotel accommodations to renting a cozy AirBNB, visitors will find the perfect place to pillow down. Discover Swiss Charm at the Zermatt Resort, and the Homestead Resort offers history and charm. Camping at Wasatch Mountain State Park is an ideal way to get up close and personal with nature.

As vacation destinations begin to slowly re-open by adhering to safety guidelines, it has never been a better time to soak in all that the great outdoors has to offer. Heber Valley awaits your arrival.

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