Hotel at a Glance: Homestead Resort
The 126-year-old Homestead Resort has a near-miraculous feature on its property—its very own geothermic crater for swimming, diving, and soaking. Surrounded by Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the historic resort also draws visitors for its proximity to outdoor recreation, its family-friendly atmosphere, onsite golf course, and charming accommodations.
- Must-see: The 10,000-year-old Homestead Crater is open for swimming year round. The interior is heated by spring mineral water to a constant temperature of 90–96 degrees, and the hole in the dome lets in sunlight. There’s a fee for admission and separate reservations are required; call 435-657-3840.
- Spacious rooms and cottages: Each garden room has a private deck or patio. Some feature vintage quilts and century-old photographs of the property.
- Fore!: Go golfing on the 18-hole Crater Springs Golf Course, which features GPS-equipped golf carts (call 435-657-3848 for tee times).
- Simon’s Restaurant serves pot roast, country-fried steak, and other comfort foods.
- Wasatch Mountain State Park is just minutes from the resort. Here you’ll find miles of mountain trails for hiking.
Midway, Utah: Mountain Scenery, Skiing, and Caves in Northern Utah
The little northern Utah town of Midway seems made for outdoors lovers. It’s less than 20 miles from Deer Valley, which was ranked the No. 1 ski resort in North America by the readers of Ski Magazine. When it’s not ski season, you can ride a scenic chairlift to the top of Bald Mountain and go hiking, or mountain bike through 400 miles of trails.
Hike into Timpanogos Cave National Monument, three limestone caverns that are connected by manmade tunnels, where you can see stalactites and stalagmites. Don’t miss a chance to view the area’s spectacular mountain scenery. A great way to do this is on the Heber Creeper, a 100-year-old steam locomotive that travels next to jaw-dropping views of the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway.