The Heber Valley Visitor Center is a jewel on Main Street Heber. The Swiss Style pin and beam construction makes it stick out among the other buildings in town. Construction of the Visitor Center began around 1991 and finished in 1992. Over the years the building has served as a reception hall for weddings, chamber of commerce headquarters and now serves as the offices and official Visitor Center for Heber Valley Tourism, Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce.
As the years passed damages and fading architectural styles have necessitated renovations over the past few years. Starting with the interior old dirty carpet was replaced with hard surface floors, new office spaces and furniture were added to increase functionality and to create an inviting space for visitors. On the exterior a the warn out decking was resurface and the railings replaced with a more timeless look.
Most recently the aging wood shingled roof was replaced with a new material that should last another 50 years. Materials for the project were donated by DaVinci RoofScapes and installed through a patnership with Utah Correctional Industries.
Ryan Starks, executive director for Heber Valley Tourism, says making some of these cosmetic changes has helped to improve visitor traffic by creating a space where they feel comfortable stopping and spending some time.
"Our goals is to make sure our visitors have a good first impression when they come to the valley, and having a clean, functional, and well maintained building helps create a positive impression," says Starks.
There is more to come for the Visitor Center in the near future. Soon new reader boards will be added to the give the building a true visitor center feeling with historical and current information about the valley.
The Visitor Center is not just for out of county visitors. Also serving as the headquarters for the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce residents can find information on local services and businesses. While here visitors, out of county and residents alike, can enjoy free WIFI for their phones and tablets as they plan their next adventure.
"If you haven't stopped by the visitor center in a while, come by and let us show you around," says Starks