November/December 2022 Issue
Tucked into the Wasatch Range in northeastern Utah, the Heber Valley is stocked with adventures to tackle during the day and small towns where you can rest your weary feet at night. Go adventurous with snow tubing and ziplining, or take a slower pace with art, history, and great eats, all in this one quiet valley.
Park City, Utah
Most people flock to Park City in the winter months for skiing at world-class resorts such as Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort (a must for those who want a ski-only resort). If an afternoon of snow-plowing isn’t on your list, sample the Comet Bobsled Ride at the Utah Olympic Park. This 3,000-foot ride swoops down the winding track used by athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Alternatively, hitch a ride on a dogsled with Destination Sports & Adventures, where teams of Alaskan and Siberian huskies pull you through a winter wonderland.
If you’re looking for quieter activities, head to Main Street, with its mix of ruddy brick and cheerfully wood buildings in cheerful colors. When you’re done admiring the architecture, pop into some of the many the many shops. At Atticus Tea and Coffee, warm up with a freshly brewed cuppa while perusing new and used books. Pick up Western gear and other souvenirs at Burns Cowboy Shop before browsing the numerous art galleries lining the main drag.
Hearty fare for the hungry can be found at Handle, which serves fried chicken and prime ribeye steak. Nosh offers lighter fare, including crispy falafel and creamy hummus. Cap off the night at High West Distillery’s saloon, where you can pair their Western Mountain cuisine with Utah-crafted spirits.
Heber City, Utah
Heber City is well-known for the Heber Valley Railroad, originally founded in 1899 to carry livestock and passengers. Today, the line carries visitors past towering mountains and over rushing rivers on themed rides throughout the year. Visit mid-November through December to experience the popular North Pole Express, where children can visit with Santa and his elves, indulge in hot chocolate and cookies, and even take home a souvenir bell from the reindeers’ sleigh, just like in the popular children’s book.
After a day on the rails, find sustenance at the Lakehouse at Deer Creek, a new restaurant that re-envisions heritage Utah cuisine in dishes such as bison meatloaf and roasted quail. For lighter fare, visit Spin Cafe to enjoy sandwiches stacked with house-smoked meats or indulge a sweet tooth with homemade gelato.