Activity: Riding the Reins and Trains in Heber Valley
When to go: June 1–August 31 (Tuesdays–Saturdays)
Level: All abilities, all ages
Who to go with: Rocky Mountain Outfitters, Homestead Resort, Heber Valley Railroad
Closest resorts: Deer Valley, Sundance, Park City Mountain
Hop aboard the Heber Valley Railroad, where horse lovers and train aficionados in the Park City area can ride through time and relive the pioneering era of Utah settlers. The 100-year-old Heber Valley Railroad operates year-round vintage locomotive rides along train tracks that parallel the blue-ribbon Provo River. Passengers are transported through the lush Provo Canyon, which passes by panoramic views like the sheer limestone silhouette of Mt. Timpanogos or the high-desert meadows of the Heber Valley floor from the restored cars of the “Heber Creeper.” If one of the trains looks all too familiar, that’s probably because it is. Over the past two decades, the Heber Valley Movie Train has been featured in more than 35 films.