When to Go
Winter is long in the mountains (ski resorts buzz from November to mid-April) but much more manageable in the valleys. The snow stops falling in April or May, and a month later the temperatures are in the 80s. In spring and fall, rates drop and crowds lessen. Late spring is also a good time for fishing, rafting on rivers swollen with snowmelt, birding, and wildlife viewing. In summer, water-sports enthusiasts of all stripes flock to the region's reservoirs, alpine lakes, rivers, and streams. The Wasatch Mountains draw those seeking respite from the heat of the valley from June through Labor Day. Fall's colors rival those of New England; a tradition here is to drive along the Alpine Loop east of Provo or up Pine Canyon out of the Heber Valley.