A few miles south of Park City lies scenic Heber Valley - another place for fun and adventure. Surrounded by three large reservoirs and nestled between the Uintah and Wasatch mountains, Heber Valley is home to Heber City, Deer Creek Reservoir, the town of Midway, Soldier Hollow, and Wasatch Mountain State Park. Just down Provo Canyon is Sundance Ski Resort.
Heber City has grown from a colorful farming town into a community of around 7,000 full-time residents. It has several excellent and relatively inexpensive restaurants and lodging facilities along with grocery stores, theatres, shops etc. Midway is a few miles to the west and is a picturesque community set against the breath-taking backdrop of Mount Timpanogos. Several upscale resorts and romantic bed and breakfast inns can be found here. Midway has retained much of its Swiss Village appearance and this heritage is celebrated every Labor Day weekend at their "Swiss Days" festival. Other annual events include Heber City's Cowboy Poetry and Buckaroo Fair, the Heber Valley Pow Wow, and the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic. Sundance Resort schedules artist workshops, film screenings, literary events, live theatre and concerts.
Year-round recreational opportunities include taking a ride on the historic Heber Valley Railroad, visiting the Homestead Crater's 90° mineral water (where you can swim or scuba dive), fishing the Provo River, or gaining some perspective from a hot air balloon, small plane, helicopter or glider.
During the winter,visitors can ski or snowboard at Sundance and other nearby resorts, cross-country ski or snowshoe various trails (including at Soldier Hollow - home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games biathlon and cross-country skiing events), ice fish on one of the nearby lakes or reservoirs, or snowmobile on extensive trail systems.
Popular summer activities include hiking, biking, camping at one of the many nearby national forests and parks, golfing at Wasatch State Park or Soldier Hollow, water sports at Deer Creek or Jordanelle reservoirs, horseback or ATV rides, or just relaxing at one of several first-class lodging facilities.
The weather is another reason to visit Heber Valley. It enjoys relatively cool summer temperatures and though winter may be cold, the snow sports make it all worth while. During the spring, wildflowers light up the mountains and meadows while the fall colors are simply spectacular. Taken all together, the Heber Valley is one more great reason to visit Utah's Wasatch Back.