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Heber Valley Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Cross-Country Skiing

The Homestead Resort has 12 km (7 mi) of groomed trails as well as cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals. 700 N. Homestead Dr., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–1102 or 800/327–7220. www.homesteadresort.com.

Golf

The front nine at the Homestead Resort gives you great views, while the back nine winds through Snake Creek Canyon. 700 N. Homestead Dr., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–1102 or 800/327–7220. www.homesteadresort.com.

With a challenging 18-hole mountain course as well as a gentler 18-hole lake course, Wasatch Mountain State Park is one of the most popular public courses in the state. 975 W. Golf Course Rd., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–0532. www.stateparks.utah.gov.

Reflecting the Olympic Heritage of Soldier Hollow Golf Course, the names of the 18-hole courses are Gold and Silver. While on these greens, golfers enjoy the beauty of both the Heber Valley to the east and the stunning Mount Timpanogos to the west. 1371 W. Soldier Hollow La., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–7442.

Hiking

The path connecting the towns of Heber and Midway is an easy walk with spectacular views of the Wasatch range at a distance and, up close, the Provo River.

In Wasatch Mountain State Park hikers will find lots of foliage and wildlife on any number of trails in Dutch Hollow, Pine Canyon, and along Snake Creek. 1281 Warm Springs Rd., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–0532. www.stateparks.utah.gov.

While the trail system at Soldier Hollow is more exposed than that in the northern end of Wasatch Mountain State Park, hikers will enjoy the stunning view of the east side of Mount Timpanogos as well as the vista of the Uinta Mountains to the east across the Heber Valley. 2002 Olympic Dr., Midway, UT, 84049. 435/654–2002. www.soldierhollow.com.

For a quiet experience, start your hike from the Rock Cliff Nature Center, under tall cottonwoods at the east end of Jordanelle State Park. Hikers often report excellent wildlife viewing along this section of the upper Provo River. No dogs are allowed. Hwy. 32, 10 mi east of Heber, Heber City, UT, 84032. 435/782–3030. www.stateparks.utah.gov.

Horseback Riding

Visitors can enjoy the spectacular setting of Wasatch Mountain State Park and surrounding areas on horseback year-round with Rocky Mountain Outfitters. Choose from a variety of ride durations and destinations: from one- to four-hour rides, from summiting the Crow's Nest—an original hunting camp of the Ute Indian tribe—to strolling through meadows to a pioneer cabin for lunch. 435/654–1655. www.rockymountainoutfitters.com.

Water Sports

Consistently good fishing, mild canyon winds, and water warmer than you'd expect are responsible for Deer Creek State Park's popularity with windsurfers, sailboaters, swimmers, and those just kicking back in the mountain sunshine. U.S. 189, 5 mi south of Heber, Heber City, UT, 84049. 435/654–0171. www.stateparks.utah.gov. $10 day-use fee. Daily 6 am–10 pm.

Jordanelle State Park has two recreation areas on a large mountain reservoir. The Hailstone area, 10 mi north of Heber City via U.S. 40, offers tent and RV camping and day-use areas. There are also boat ramps, playgrounds, and a marina store where water toys (wave runners and the like) can be rented. To the east, across the reservoir on Route 32, the Rock Cliff area and facilities are near the Provo River. This is a quiet part of the park known for excellent wildlife-watching, particularly along a series of elevated boardwalks winding through the aspen forest. The 50 campsites here are all walk-ins. The Rock Cliff Nature Center provides interpretation of the area's rich natural history. Hwy. 32, 10 mi east of Heber, Heber City, UT, 84032. 435/649–9540 Hailstone; 435/782–3030 Rock Cliff. www.stateparks.utah.gov. Hailstone $10 per vehicle, Rock Cliff $7 per vehicle.

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