The weather is starting to cool down here in Utah, but that doesn’t mean the family fun is coming to an end! The autumn season in our state marks a wonderful time to immerse yourself in the beautiful fall scenery and make memories with friends and family.
Hiking in Heber Valley
Escape the busy and mundane by hiking on the many trails surrounding the Heber Valley. Our valley’s mountains and hillsides contain endless trails through breathtaking mountain scenery that you can hike day or night.
If you have little ones or are just looking for a relaxing nature walk, try beginner trails such as Heber Valley Overlook, located in the Dutch Hollow Trail System. It’s an easy 1.2-mile-long trail that provides scenic views of the valley, Mount Timpanogos, and the Provo River. A day fee or annual state parks pass at Dutch Hollow gets you in so you can soak up this beautiful season.
For more experienced hikers, there’s Coyote Canyon that provides a fast-flowing trail through the aspens with some beautiful rock formations and mint leaves to smell along the way. If you would like to enjoy some views of the beautiful Deer Creek Reservoir, head over to the Deer Creek Dam Trailhead. On this trail, you get to experience the views of the beautiful lake and mountain scenery too!
If you’re looking for a little more speed and adrenaline, Dutch Hollow also has over 20 miles of single track for mountain biking. There are dozens of riding combinations and several loops for riders of varying experience levels.
The Cottontail Loop is the most manageable loop, allowing you to fork left on Cottontail, then pass Aqueduct, and merge with Sage before rapid fork right on Cottontail. If you’re seeking a greater challenge, take the southern end of Cottontail from the trail kiosk up to Burnt Ridge and go from there for an extensive adventure.
Known for its colorful caverns, Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits along Utah’s populous Wasatch Front. To reach the colorful caves, you must hike up a 1.5-mile-long trail before meeting with a guide who will help guide your exploration of the caves. Tours are offered up to mid-October, so be sure to visit this staple landmark before it’s too late!
You will get great views of American Fork Canyon and Utah Valley. It’s a steep trail, climbing about 1,160 feet but is still a great experience for the entire family!
Cascade Springs is a must-see if you’re heading over American Fork Canyon on the Alpine Scenic Loop or is an easy ½ day trip from Homestead Resort. These springs are fed by precipitation from the hovering mountains, with seven million gallons of water reaching its surface.
A combination of paved and wooden paths awaits as you can explore surrounding waterfalls and ponds, with three 15-minute loops surrounding the springs’ major flow areas. The warm, fall foliage in Cascade Springs is one of the best ways to experience this time of year in Heber Valley.
When your adventure-filled day is over, make Homestead Resort your spot to relax in Utah. Visit homesteadresort.com and book today!