3 Reasons to Visit Heber Valley Utah This Winter

Heber Valley, Utah has long been on my list of family friendly winter destinations. Not only is there plenty of snow and fun winter activities, but Heber Valley is also full of breathtaking scenery. Here are three reasons to add Heber Valley to your list of places to visit with your family this winter!Breathtaking Scenery in Heber Vally Utah - a fun, family friendly winter vacation destination.

*This post is sponsored by Heber Valley (@HeberValley). All opinions are mine.*

Many thanks to @HeberValley for providing the photos used in this post.

Heber Valley, Utah is located 45 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport, so it’s close enough for convenient travel but is just far enough away to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big city. When my husband I were in grad school years ago we spent some time in Heber Valley with a good friend of mine who lives in Midway – recently named as one of the ten most beautiful US towns in the winter. Dan and I skied at The Canyons and visited the Homestead Resort. Now that we have kids, I would love to go back as I know first hand what a pretty place it is. I’m excited to share a few of the reasons you should visit Heber Valley with your own family.

3 Reasons to Visit Heber Valley, Utah This Winter

Connect with your Family

What better way to connect with your family that visiting a true Winter Wonderland? Heber Valley and the iconic Wasatch Mountains make the perfect setting for true outdoor winter fun. With an average of 102 inches of snow a year, Heber Valley is full of snow packed trails for hiking or mountain biking, downhill and cross country skiing, the longest snow tubing lanes in Utah, a huge outdoor ice skating rink, show-shoeing. winter fishing, sleigh rides, and more. Surely with this list of fun outdoor activities, even the pickiest kid will find something fun to do.

tubing in Heber Valley. Utah

Unplugging from electronics and spending quality family time together is great for all families. If your family is anything like mine, I’m sure you know the electronic struggle is real. I get so sick of kicking my kids off one type of electronic only to have to do the same five minutes later on a different electronic. I showed my kids the pictures of Heber Valley and they want to know when we will visit! They’ve already made their list and want to do all of the outdoor fun (and with no electronics!).Heber Valley Winter Train

Experience Unique Family Friendly Activities

Ice Castles at Night in Heber Valley Utah

Besides skiing, hiking, and tubing, fly fishing on the Provo River (even in the wintertime) and riding the historic Heber Valley Railroad are more family friendly activities to add to your list. Midway has the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Utah and the Midway Ice Castles are simply stunning. Your FROZEN movie fans would be delighted to visit the Ice Castles which are built icicle by icicle (20 million pounds of ice!) and look to be straight out of the movie. Geothermal Crater Spring at the Homestead Resort in Heber Valley Utah

Another must visit destination in Heber Valley is the Homestead Crater. The Crater is a geothermal spring with mineral water that naturally stays at a delightful 90-96 F. It’s hidden in a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock  and is the only naturally warm SCUBA diving spot in the continental US.

Love the Luxurious Lodging in Heber Valley

All of this winter outdoor stuff is lots of fun, but I also appreciate luxurious accommodations and Heber Valley offers that as well. When my husband took his USAFA Rugby team to play BYU, the team stayed at The historic Homestead Resort. I haven’t personally seen the rooms, but I’ve been assured that their Garden Family Rooms with cozy built-in bunk beds for kiddos are wonderful.

Zermatt Resort in Heber Valley Utah

The Zermatt Resort offers European villa experience and guest room suites for any size of family which I appreciate. It can be challenging to find accommodations for my family of six. My family visited Zermatt, Switzerland when I was about ten and I am so inspired by this beautiful resort located in the US.

Daniels Summit Lodge Heber Valley Utah

The Daniels Summit Lodge is another beautiful lodging option. Located on the edge of the Uintah National Forest, Daniels Summit Lodge offers unlimited snowmobiling from your temporary back porch! They also offer three family lodges that sleep over 40+ people, perfect for family reunions.

If you like snow and winter fun, Heber Valley, Utah is the place to go. Connecting with family, participating in unique and fun outdoor activities, and staying in beautiful hotels will make any family vacation magical. For more information about Heber Valley, check out their facebook and youtube pages.

I can’t wait to visit Heber Valley, Utah again. It’s on the family bucket list for sure. Which of the amazing activities I’ve listed would you most like to do?

Family Friendly Winter Fun in Heber Valley, Utah

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Comments

  1. I had never heard of Heber Valley before, but I definitely want to go now! I think that visiting The Crater and Strawberry Narrows would be wonderful.
  2. I have a friend who's originally from Heber - she says it's beautiful! I'd love to visit and photograph the mountain views there.
  3. I really want to live there! Almost moved to Midway once, years ago, when there were only about 3 houses there. :)

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