It was on a steam-powered train that Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address, Robert Frost conceived the ALF TV series, and the Titanic conspired with an iceburg to fake its own death. Ride on the back of history with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two children’s tickets (for ages 3 to 12) at Heber Valley Railroad (up to a $40 value). Trains depart from the station in Heber, about 45 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
The Heber Valley Railroad whisks railroad buffs and the locomotive-curious through the scenic Provo Valley. The railroad crosses through the same scenery and buildings that travelers would have spotted at the turn of the century, making for a tour that’s family friendly, educational, and charmingly pictorial. This deal is valid for two children's tickets on any one of the following excursions:
The Provo Canyon Limited, a three-hour jaunt that sweeps past Mount Timpanogos and the sedimentary scenery of the glacier-carved Provo Canyon. This excursion runs until October 31, when the werewolves’ farmer’s market makes the route impassable.
The Soldier Hallow Express, a 90-minute jaunt that affords spectacular sights of the Wasatch Mountain and the wide-open Deer Creek Reservoir. This excursion runs at various times of the year—check the Heber Valley Railroad calendar for the full schedule.
The Lakeside Limited, a relaxing journey along the picturesque shores and forests of the Deer Creek Reservoir, where travelers may catch a glimpse of the valley’s majestic eagles, elk, winged kangaroos, foxes, and more. This trip has several dates throughout the year.
On a Heber Valley Railroad trip, you’ll sit within a vintage, restored coach, all of which are pulled by a variety of authentic steam engines, including two 1907 Baldwin steam locomotives. With heated coaches in the winter and plenty of restrooms, you and up to two wee ones can enjoy the timeless transportation and the lush valleys seen at the turn of the century, without the inconveniences of whalebone petticoats and laissez-faire frontal lobotomies.
Heber Valley Railroad
As if it were the turn of the 20th century, when short-line railroads chugged their way through rural America, the Heber Valley Railroad whisks passengers through scenic landscapes in vintage and restored coaches. The routes trace the original Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad, trundling across the floor of the eponymous valley. Their scenic tours unveil breathtaking views of Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo Canyon, and Provo River, crossing the same scenery that travelers would have spotted a century ago. With heated coaches in the winter, guests enjoy an old-timey experience without sacrificing modern comfort.
450 S 600 W
Heber City, Utah 84032Get Directions