Welcome to Autumn! While it's never easy to predict how vibrant our fall foliage will be, after a winter with record snowfall and a recurring monsoonal flow this summer, we are hoping the colors will be exceptionally vibrant. The maples have begun to turn and are quite bright as of press time. The cooler days of fall are perfect for golf, hiking, mountain biking, and afternoon events. The cold whisper in the air reminds us that ski season is just around the corner.
Derrik and I hope that these posts can be a valuable asset to you and your family. Our hope is that you find something new to do in our wonderful community! As always, if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell property in Park City, Midway or Heber, we would love to be their agents!
If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can't beat Guardsman Pass. It can be traveled as a loop, or you can continue over the ridge to Brighton & Solitude or into Midway via Wasatch Mountain State Park. The road surface is newly paved, and though 4 WD is recommended, guardrails have been added making it easy to drive in most vehicles. Take SR-224 to Deer Valley Drive, and turn east to continue on to the roundabout. Exit on Marsac Avenue, and continue up Ontario Canyon to Guardsman Pass, which is a sharp left turn once you reach The Montage Hotel. The road is quite narrow; drivers should be alert!
Alpine Scenic Loop
There are not many places more beautiful in the fall than the Alpine Loop Scenic Road in northern Utah. This 20-mile drive winds through aspen groves and rugged Alpine canyons, offering outstanding views of Mount Timpanogos. The route follows Utah Highway 92 up American Fork Canyon and then continues through Uinta National Forest into Provo Canyon on U.S. 189. Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Robert Redford's Sundance are located along the route. Entirely paved, the Alpine Loop is open from approximately late May to late October. Snow closes part of the road the rest of the year. Not recommended for vehicles more than 30 feet long.
Mirror Lake Highway
The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is one of the highest roads in the state of Utah, cresting at 10,687 feet at Bald Mountain Pass. The route winds its way from farmland to forested valleys and higher to pristine lakes overflowing with fish. The byway will take you by the headwaters of the Provo, Weber, Duchesne, and Bear rivers, as well as countless aspen groves with outstanding fall colors.
Farm Trail (easy):
Great for the entire family, this easy paved trail takes you through Park City's historic McPolin Barn off of Highway 224. The path stretches for several miles, so you can go as far as you would like while enjoying the mountain aspens, the postcard-worthy McLeod Creek, and a meadow of grazing horses. Make it a morning adventure or after-lunch stroll. It's a picturesque payoff that doesn't require any hiking expertise. As it gets closer to Halloween, look for the display of scarecrows along the fence line.
Round Valley Trail System (easy-moderate):
Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, hovering at about 6,500 feet, making it a popular hiking spot in early spring and late fall. The 30 miles of trails, which include both double and single tracks, can be accessed from several trail-heads, including Quinn's Junction and Old Ranch Road. Check out a map of the entire trail system.
Silver Lake Trail (more strenuous):
Take Park City's free bus service to Deer Valley Resort's Silver Lake Lodge to start the trail. From here the trail winds its way up Bald Mountain climbing 1,300 feet in a two-mile stretch. The hike leads you to spectacular views of fall foliage, the Jordanelle Reservoir, and the Uinta Mountains. From the top, you can descend the Ontario Canyon Trail, which slowly winds down the mountain, ending back at Silver Lake Lodge.
Fantasy Ridge (strenuous):
This six-mile trail winds through aspen groves and across a ridge-line to Canyons Resort's highest peak at 9,900 feet. The pay-off? 1,890 feet of elevation gain with panoramic views of both Park City and the Uinta Mountains.
Park City Activities and Events
Park City Wine Festival | October 3-6 | Various Locations In Park City
10th Annual Harvest Fest | October 5 | Noon-5pm | High Star Ranch | Free | A personal favorite and fun for the whole family.
Park City Farmers' Market |Wednesdays through October 16th | Silver King Resort Parking Lot
4th Annual Park City Shot Ski Event |October 12 | Check-In Begins at 12 pm | All proceeds will go to Park City Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program for 20 community organizations.
Thriller | Throught October 6 | Mystifying, mesmerizing, morbid monsters and maniacs. Always a sell-out, make this part of your yearly Halloween tradition! @egyptiantheatrepc
Trick-or-treating on Park City's Historic Main Street. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treating: Little ghosts and goblins are invited to Main Street for fun and safe Trick-or-Treating, compliments of participating merchants!
Heber Valley Activities and Events
Kohler Creamery Events Kid's Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Available throughout the month of October. Come and let your kids and family enjoy navigating through more than 100 straw bales on a working dairy farm, complete with a few scattered cow pies. Following their maze experience guests will have the opportunity to pick their favorite pumpkin from our patch to take home, enjoy some delicious Aggie Ice Cream (VIP ticket). $6.99-$8.99. This was one of our favorite activities last year! In addition to the Hay Maze and Pumpkin Path, Kohler Creamery also offers cheese tasting, mozzarella making classes, creamery tours and a chance to meet their cows.
Heber Valley Railroad Events: Pumpkin Train, Star Wars Train and the Wizard's Train are the themes for October's train rides. They are also running their scenic train rides throughout the month. Click on the link above to be directed to their website with full details.
Heber Valley Draft Horse Show October 3-5. The horse power of the draft horse industry is coming to Heber Valley! A brand new show designed to strengthen the horse industry in the west bringing the top hitches in the nation to Heber City, Utah! $10-20 per ticket.
Family Fall Festival at the Homestead. October 5 2:00-6. The Fall Festival will include something for everyone. Take a walk through the Scarecrows and vote on your favorite. Visit the pumpkin patch to pick out one for carving. Have some lunch and enjoy the music. Wander through the farmer’s market and pick up some goodies. Listen to live music from Acoustic Echo. Perfect fall afternoon at the Homestead!
Hocus Pocus in the Woods. October 5 at 7:00. Join us in the woods for a movie night like nothing you have experienced before! Bring your blankets and chairs, cozy up and enjoy some delicious food and drinks while being immersed in the Halloween classic, HOCUS POCUS! Movie will start after sunset! Halloween fun and surprises in store! Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink (NO alcohol) or come hungry and purchase something tasty from local food vendors. Costumes are welcome!
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides at Soldier Hollow throughout the month of October. Try something different this year...a horsedrawn wagon ride through the woods of Sleepy Hollow, rumored to be haunted by the Headless Horseman! $25 per person.
Swiss Valley Produce Farm U-Pick Family Night. Every Monday in October from 4-8:00.
Cowboy Poetry. Heber Valley hosts 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. Cowboy Poets tell tales of the Western life through rhythm and rhyme, they will make you laugh and make you cry, and in the end you'll be forever grateful for the old cowboy tales.Heber Valley’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair includes western booths with arts, crafts and cowboy gear, mountain man camp, cowboy church and nonstop cowboy poetry and entertainment.
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