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Who knew you could have that summer beach vacation just a short 45 minutes from Salt Lake City? That’s right, Heber Valley boasts three reservoirs with sandy beaches, the Provo River which features some of the best fly fishing in the state, and the Homestead Crater — a geothermal hot spring that offers the only warm water scuba diving in Utah.
Visitors to the Heber Valley love paddle boarding — a combination of surfing and kayaking that got its roots from the Hawaiian beach boys in the 1960’s who started paddling out on their surf boards using outrigger paddles to get a better view of the surf.
Paddle boarding is great form of exercise, yet it hardly feels like work since it includes exploring nature, sunbathing, and spending time with friends or family. Paddle boarding can be done on most bodies of water in the Heber Valley, including rivers, lakes, and of course, the Homestead Crater.