By the end of September, orange and red colors begin to pop up in the mountain views of Heber Valley. With the changing of the leaves, numerous fall activities become available for residents and visitors alike to experience Heber Valley in an entirely new way, with a whole new bucket list of adventures.
As the mountain air cools, sweater weather arises and memorable activities revolving around pumpkin, campfires and Halloween are essential. If you’re looking for family outings, date nights or a weekend away, we’ve compiled five fall experiences for a season of excitement.
What better way to experience the fall foliage than with a scenic drive? The autumn wouldn’t be complete without it. Take the scenic route through Guardsman Pass where trees are bursting with spectacular leaves and an eye-popping adventure that the whole family will enjoy. As you drive up the mountain you can see aspens and maples with pullouts for picture-perfect spots. If you plan to take this drive, go during the day to see the sun hit the leaves and make your way back to see the sunset over the mountain view.
Another option for a scenic ride without the effort of driving is the Heber Valley Railroad. There are many scenic rides through the canyon and by Deer Creek Reservoir to see fall leaves, nature and wildlife in its natural habitat. When looking for a themed train ride, the pumpkin train ride is a wonderful family-friendly Halloween event. When planning your train ride, make sure to look at the Heber Valley Railroad website for specific dates throughout the fall.
Photo Credit: Wasatch Golf Course
Imagine playing 18 holes of golf among the changing leaves and the fall foliage? That would be a round to remember. Golf enthusiasts come from all over to play some or all five award-winning courses in the area. These golf courses range in complexity as well as elevation levels and more. The Mountain Course at Wasatch Mountain is consistently ranked the most popular and is carved from natural mountain contours. Take the golf cart up the mountain for this 18-hole game and come back to the clubhouse refreshed, renewed and excited about such an incredible adventure.
Photo Credit: Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride, Facebook
The Halloween holiday is a big part of the fall and Rocky Mountain Outfitters knows the best way to experience the fall foliage in a spooky, fun-filled way! Ride through the woods, winding your way through a variety of scenes in a horse-drawn wagon while the classic story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is told. This activity is appropriate for all ages, but the later it gets, the scarier it can be because of the darkness. To experience the legend of Sleepy Hollow, tickets are required and can be reserved online.
Photo Credit: Heber Valley’s Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering
What started as a group of friends with poems about cowboys in their back pockets, lead to this annual western-themed event. This year marks the 25th Anniversary event of Heber Valley’s Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The first event, held in 1994, saw 250 attendees and has grown big enough to be held at the local high school. Come celebrate the cowboy way of life through music, poetry and art while giving back to the community along the way. Witness this unique event unfold as you listen to western music, poetry, savor good food and more.
Photo Credit: June Pie
There’s nothing better than a brief pause in adventure to grab a seasonal fall treat. Heber Valley has 30 local restaurants you can’t find anywhere else and many of them make seasonal fall foods you won’t want to miss. For example, the Dairy Keen often has a pumpkin shake. With shakes that have won Best of State awards many years in a row, it’s something worth trying. June Pie has a beautifully-made pumpkin pie that looks so pretty you might not want to eat it as well as many savory pies that make a comfort-food dinner for the family. Midway Bakery on Main serves such delicious and delectable treats, you’ll have to try one. There’s a baked good for everyone including cinnamon rolls, breads, muffins, cupcakes and scones.
Escape to Heber Valley where these five fall must-do adventures are waiting for you.