At close to 22,000 acres, Wasatch Mountain State Park provides year-round recreation, including camping, picnicking, hiking, golf, and off-highway vehicle and horseback riding. There is a Lake and Mountain golf course, and you can snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe at Wasatch Mountain. There is white-water rafting, fishing, and canoeing.
One venue of the park was a host of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Soldier Hollow remains open to the public year-round with a variety of activities and events. This site offers cross-country skiing, tubing, summer and winter biathlon, in-line skating facilities, and more.
There are two historic areas in the park, Tate Barn and Huber Grove. Tate Barn is an important architectural landmark and a symbol for the Heber Valley. Huber Grove includes the Huber Farmhouse and Creamery.
Wasatch Mountain State Park information:
Acres - 21,592
Park Elevation - 6,000 feet
Park Hours - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Holiday closures - Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Fees - Yes, Day visit, camping fees
Annual passes - yes
Camping/picnic areas - 139
Group use pavilions - 2
Facilities - Modern restrooms. Some campgrounds have hot showers and utility hookups. Closed in winter - yes
Cottonwood and Mahogany campgrounds are two of the options with full hookups. There is electricity only at Oak Hollow and primitive conditions at Little Deer Creek. The Chalet is an option available for summer and winter group outings. This ranch building with a full kitchen and large, fenced, grassy area has a one hundred person limit.
This state park twists and turns throughout the Heber Valley. One way to get there from Salt Lake City is to take I80 East past Park City and turn on US Highway 40 towards Heber City and Midway. Follow the signs to the state park. The physical address of the visitor's center is 750 Homestead Drive, Midway, Utah.
One tip for enjoying the park is to be prepared for temperature fluctuations. Summertime in the Wasatch Mountains comes with high temperatures in the eighties and common nighttime lows in the fifties. Wintertime highs are in the thirties, and overnight lows in the teens.
Wildlife in the park is plentiful. There are fox, mule deer, cottontail rabbits, red tail hawks, night hawks, scrub jay, great horned owl, lizards, elk, moose, and other smaller birds and mammals.
From an online February 2008 reviewer, "I loved viewing the mountains from a distance with the snow-capped peaks...especially on a dewy morning as the sun was rising! Just too awesome for words!!''