The Heber Valley
When people think of the Heber Valley they picture soaring mountain views of Mt. Timpanogos, verdant open rangeland dotted with cattle and horses in The North Fields, the charming Swiss Village of Midway, and of all of the outdoor activities that abound in this scenic location. The Heber Valley offers something for everyone with a variety of interesting events, popular local restaurants, outdoor activities, shopping and scenery galore.
Outdoor Enthusiast's Paradise
The Heber Valley is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The pristine Provo River is beloved by fly fishers and hikers from all over the country. Paddleboarders, boaters and kiteboarders flock to the Deer Creek reservoir and enjoy majestic mountain views while on the water. Soldier Hollow State Park and Wasatch State Park offer wonderful golf in summer and groomed Nordic skiing trails in the winter. Both parks feature incredible mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding trails. Road bikers enjoy exploring winding roads that are light on traffic and heavy on scenery. For snowmobile, ATV and Razr lovers, the Heber Valley offers miles and miles of usable trails. Skiers enjoy world class skiing and snowboarding at Sundance Mountain, Park City Resort, the largest resort in North America or skiing at Deer Valley, all of which are just twenty minutes away. Whether you travel by horse, bike, foot, boat or vehicle, if you love the outdoors the Heber Valley has something exciting for you.
The Heber Valley is also known throughout the region for its year round special events. These are just a few of the exciting events happening in the Heber Valley. For more information there is an events calendar at gohebervalley.com.
Fall & Winter
On Labor Day weekend of every year over 125,000 people flock to the small town of Midway for Swiss Days and the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic. The Swiss Days festival features Swiss food, music, yodeling, homemade crafts and more. The Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship is a stunning show of discipline and human-canine bond that has lures more than 28,000 people to Midway.
For people who love to explore by foot with their friends and family, Midway hosts a newer annual event called the Volskmarch which takes visitors on a communal hiking tour of historic Midway and ends with a festive party at City Park. This event, which raises funds to preserve open space, happens the third week in September.
In October, visitors flock to Heber City for one of the nation’s largest Cowboy Poetry gatherings, the Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Performers from all over the United States travel to Utah to perform in front of audiences that embrace the Western culture. October visitors to Heber City also enjoy watching the top 12 cowboys and cowgirls compete in the PRCA RAM Wilderness Circuit Rodeo Finals at the Wasatch County Events Center.
In winter, visitors come back to Midway for the Ice Castles at The Homestead Resort. The Ice Castles are a must-see winter phenomenon built with hundreds of thousands of icicles. The Ice Castles are best viewed at night as they are lit from within with colored lights. For all of you ice lovers, January is time for Midway’s Ice Sculpture Event with live ice sculpting demonstrations at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese in Midway.
Spring & Summer
June brings the exciting Electric Pow Wow to the Heber Valley, a multi-cultural Music and Arts Festival, created to bring our community together with the ability for individuals to learn, laugh, live, love, create, & share memorable experiences with one another in the same place. June is also the time for Baby Animal Day at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese in Midway. This event allows families to hold and pet a variety of baby animals from chicks to bunnies to goats. This is a very popular event so make sure to plan ahead.
Summer is the time for Free Yoga in the Park every Saturday morning in Midway and the Midway Farmer’s Market, on Main Street near City Hall, featuring some of the best locally grown produce, flowers and bread in the region.
Whatever you love to do, the Heber Valley has an event or festival for you!
Life in the Heber Valley
People love living in the Heber Valley for its clean air, beautiful scenery, outdoor opportunities and small town feel. The Heber Valley, with a growing population of 25,000, is home to several different towns: Heber City, Midway, Interlaken, Daniel, Independence, and Charleston. Heber City is the most populous with a population of about 15,000. Midway is the second largest town in the Valley with a year round population of approximately 5,000.
The Valley has a variety of neighborhoods with housing options for everyone. Neighborhoods vary from the rustic cabin community of Timberlakes east of Heber City to the luxury homes in the amenity rich golf community of Red Ledges in East Heber to the Craftsman style family homes surrounding ponds and open space in Dutch Fields in Midway. There are also larger horse properties in Winterton Farms in Charleston and ranching homesteads in The North Fields. Other popular neighborhoods include Cobblestone, Lake Creek Farms, and Wheeler Park in Heber and Cascades at Soldier Hollow, Remund Farms, and Scotch Fields in Midway. The median price of a home in January, 2021 in Heber City was $597,000 with 146 homes for sale ranging from $119,000 – $3,500,000. The median price of a home in January, 2021 in Midway was $634,000 with 46 homes for sale ranging from $45,000 – $11,500,000. Families can purchase an average four to five bedroom home with moderately updated finishes in Heber for about $700,000 and in Midway that price is closer to $850,000.
Year round residents spend time locally boating at Deer Creek Reservoir, and Jordanelle Reservoir, biking, golfing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding or hiking the 22,000 acre Wasatch State Park or Soldier Hollow State Park and skiing in Park City. They enjoy the local restaurants such as the Back 40 Grill, Midway Mercantile, Lola’s, and Spin Café. Residents travel a short twenty minutes to Park City or Provo for expanded dining and shopping opportunities or forty-five minutes to Salt Lake City for an even greater variety of arts, culture, theater, shopping, and dining. Direct flights from Salt Lake City International Airport to Paris, Amsterdam, Cancun, Maui, New York City, and Anchorage keep locals connected to the rest of the world.
The Heber Valley is part of the Wasatch County School District which has strong academics and a variety of extracurricular activities. The Valley also has outstanding Montessori, private and public preschool options. For more detailed information on schools click on our blog post here.
Schools and preschools include:
High School, Grades 9 – 12
Wasatch High School
Middle School, Grades 6 – 8
Timpanogos Middle School
Rocky Mountain Middle School
Soldier Hollow Charter School
Elementary School, Grades Pre-K – 5
Midway Elementary School
Daniel’s Canyon Elementary School
J.R. Smith Elementary School
Old Mill Elementary School
Soldier Hollow Charter School
Little Miner’s Montessori School
Starry Garden Montessori School
Thriving Day Academy
Sunshine Circle Preschool
Wasatch Development Preschool
Aristocat Children’s Learning Academy
Wasatch Learn n Play
Sunny Day Preschool
Back to Basics Preschool