Welcome to scenic Heber Valley!
With its majestic views of Mt. Timpanogos, wide pastoral swaths, and untouched mountain wilderness, this valley is arguably the most beautiful area in all of Utah. One day is not enough time to fully appreciate all that is offered here, but it is enough to make sure you want to return again and again.
We suggest you begin your day with a stop at Dottie’s Kolaches Company on Main Street and pick up a few of these warm bread wonders. Stuffed with sweet or savory fillings, they are perfect fare for a morning hike through Wasatch Mountain State Park, located on the western edge of the Valley. The miles of well-maintained trails will guide you to panoramic views where you will be able to admire the natural magnificence of this area.
After that, your options are endless. You could stay on the east side of the Valley and play golf at one of the several nationally acclaimed courses or fly fish the pristine mountain streams. Heading just a little west, you can spend time exploring the hamlet of Midway, that still shows off its Swiss settlers’ roots. Known for its commitment to the arts, you will find several galleries on its Main Street, displaying breathtaking works by local artists.
Next, dive into Heber City’s vibrant shopping scene. This lively town has maintained its rural ambiance by becoming home to scores of small shops and restaurants. Begin at the north end of Main Street and leisurely work your way south. The locals are wonderfully friendly and love to talk about all there is to adore about Heber. Driving a few blocks east or west of Main Street will also reveal several more shops that are a bargain hunter’s paradise.
A great spot to dine is Spin Café, right downtown. This casual restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring items from house-smoked pork to creamy gelato. With many specialties made from locally- sourced ingredients, Spin Café emphasizes freshness and flavor. A variety of meats are hickory-smoked on-premises, and menu selections tantalize with apple-smoked bacon and fresh salmon. House-made fries complement any dish, but save room for the gelato — made fresh daily!
If you’re into “keepin’ it real,” Heber’s Real Foods Market is a must-stop! Self-billed as Utah’s only health food store with its own farm, this is more than a specialty store. Dedicated to nutrient-rich and chemical-free foods, Real Foods redefines “fresh.” The Market sells a wide range of nutritious grocery items, including wild-caught seafood, raw milk, and vegan cookies, with an enviable organic produce selection. While you’re there, check-out the café, where you can enjoy house-made soups and fresh juices. Open daily.
If you have time, drive south over Daniel’s Summit. You will find yourself in awe of the vast national forest lands that surround Heber Valley. Daniel’s Summit Lodge is a wonderful stop with many activities to explore. They also have a gift shop filled with unique items and a hospitable restaurant offering the best of western American cooking. Treat yourself to spending the night in one of their luxuriously rustic hotel rooms or family cabins.
No matter where in Heber Valley you are standing right now, you can easily see it is one of nature’s wonders. Add to that small-town western hospitality, and you have the makings of a perfect day out. If you have any questions or would like further suggestions, the Heber Valley Chamber Visitor Center is conveniently located at 475 N. Main Street and welcomes visitors from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Heber Valley: the heart of Utah’s mountain living!