The leaves are starting to peak with vibrant colors of red, burnt orange, and golden yellow as the change of the season creeps over the valley. September and October are such a lovely time to visit this mountain town. Read on to learn of all the family-friendly and fun festivities happening in Heber this fall.
Take a meandering drive through the beautiful mountains that surround the valley. Whether it be the well-known Alpine Loop Scenic Backway to Cascade Springs, Sundance Mountain Resort, and on to Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon… or Guardsman Pass and on to either Big Cottonwood Canyon or drop into Park City… or even head northeast to the infamous and well-traveled Mirror Lake Scenic Byway – you are sure to see lots of extraordinary fall foliage amid jaw-dropping mountain peaks, valley views, and serene lakes. We recommend you take your best pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting and to get a closer look across the valley floor. Local’s tip: The best time to go is in the early morning and mid-week. September tends to be when colors are at their brightest. Exact timing varies each year, but if you find yourself in Heber when the leaves are changing and the colors are popping, consider yourself lucky as the colorful display rivals that of similar U.S. destinations known for fall colors.
Pumpkin patches, hay mazes, corn fields and mazes, and a scarecrow festival are just some of the fun festivities offered this time of the year.
Pumpkin Patches & Hay Mazes:
Heber Valley Artisan Cheese holds its annual pumpkin patch and hay maze, along with its regular daily farm tours and retail storefront that sells locally made cheeses, cheese curds, and ice cream. This is a “fun for all ages” activity that everyone can enjoy.
Additional “you pick” pumpkin patches are located throughout the valley in Heber, Midway, Charleston, and surrounding neighborhoods.
Spooky Train Rides: Heber Valley Railroad is offering two seasonally themed trains this fall. Come ride along on either the Pumpkin Train or the Halloween Train and make some fun memories with the train staff. This year’s Pumpkin Train is a 40-minute train ride complete with costumed characters, a pumpkin cookie for each guest, and a pumpkin you can pick from the pumpkin patch to take home. This fun train runs every Thursday through Sunday from October 7th through October 30th. The Halloween Train features the infamous Sanderson Sisters (yes – from Hocus Pocus!) on a 90-minute spooky train ride complete with additional costumed characters like roaming zombies and witches. Come dressed in your favorite costume for this fun train ride experience.
Events & Festivals
Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry: Hitch up your skirt, pull on your boots, dust off your hat and join us for this annual celebration of Western music, cowboy tales, fine poetry, and the Mountain Man camp. All festivities happening from October 13th through the 17th this year and at various locations throughout Heber Valley. You don’t want to miss this fun multi-day event with world-class entertainment. Learn more about this year’s event here.
Fall Round Up Horse Sale: If horses get you excited, then you need to be at the annual Fall Round Up Horse Sale event. Friday, October 15th, brings a Poker Ride, dinner, and live entertainment that is all open to the public. Saturday, October 16th, is when the real action happens with the horse sale starting at 1pm. All festivities leading up to the final sale are a blast – so plan to participate on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Heber Main Street Trick-or-Treat: Join the fun along Heber Main Street on Friday, October 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm for lots of treats at the local stores. Trick-or-treat from Timber Knives to the Tabernacle from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Enjoy the carnival with food trucks, donuts, and cider at the Tabernacle from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Costume parade will start at 6:00 pm followed by a glow stick dance party at 7:00 pm. Don your favorite costume and join the community party!