Heber Valley - Heber City, Utah - Four season destination, Water Sports, snow sports, hiking, camping, Theme railroad

Heber Valley is situated between the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges. With multiple lakes, trout streams and top rated golf courses, this area is a true "Four Season'' destination. A reflection of the mountains surrounding it, Heber Valley has a culture that combines cowboy with a little Swiss heritage. There is also a wholly natural element to the area. From skiing, to scuba diving and "soaring'' in a plane with no engine- you want something to do, Heber has multiple options. If you are interested in something besides interactive sports, there are many choices from live theater, to historic railroads.

Summer activities include water sports on three large reservoirs, golf on five different championship courses, or horseback rides into the mountains. There are several resorts and lodges where you can take a more passive approach from the pool, hot tube or hot springs. In fall, the mountains burst in to color and the winding scenic drives are some of the best in the state.

Winter blankets Heber with snow. There are eight different ski resorts within one hour of the Valley. At Soldier Hollow you'll find Olympic worthy cross-country skiing. In spring, there are wildflower choked meadows and plenty of trails for hikers and mountain bikers. No matter the season, there are many options for lodging, food and things to do. If you've come to relax, choose one of several spas or take a drive up into the surrounding canyons and simply enjoy the scenery.

The heart of Heber Valley is Heber City and a good place to start exploring. This city is located approximately one hour from Salt Lake City, twenty five minutes from Park City, and forty five minutes from Provo. If driving from Salt Lake: Take Interstate 80 eastbound to U.S. Highway 40 (Exit No. 146). Go east on U.S. 40 about 17 miles until you get to Heber City,

Heber Valley Railroad is a famous attraction. You can just ride the rails or choose one of the many themed options like "A Day With Thomas,'' or "Raft and Rails.'' You can ride the train while listening to a local band performs old show tunes, or you ride the train while having an authentic chuck wagon dinner.

With historic movie theaters, live theater and a plethora of art galleries, you'll find several options for your more artistic side. The Valley has its excellent museums on everything from local history to the history of aviation. There is a Swiss Festival, and annual rodeos and fairs throughout the valley.

Several state and city parks give you a choice of simply grass and picnic tables, or more complex options. You can choose the mountains, a lake, or vistas dissected by a river. There are waterfalls and wildlife throughout the valley. Heber Valley has three extremely large reservoirs - Jordanelle, Strawberry and Deer Creek. There are several smaller lakes as well. You can scuba dive year round, go boating, water-skiing, and fishing (And ice-fishing in the winter). You can canoe, kayak and white-water raft.

In the summer there is hiking, golf and biking. In the winter there are all types of skiing at award-winning resorts. There aren't just a few hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and ATV trails-there is hundreds of miles worth. There isn't one ski resort to choice from, but several. As the Heber Valley website says, "What Heber Valley offers are options, many, many options.''

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