This year will see the return of many beloved festivals, special events, and annual celebrations, along with some new experiences. With the most convenient access from an international airport to this welcoming mountain town, getting here is easy. The below summer lineup of activities, events, and announcements is definitely noteworthy and deserves a trip to Heber Valley to experience it all firsthand.
Nordic Yurt Summer Activities
New this summer, The Nordic Yurt at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center is adding new experiences and dining events. Upon wrapping up its first winter season at this Olympic venue site, The Nordic Yurt is thrilled to add summer programming, including the following highlighted events. Visit the website for more information.
Kickoff to Summer Dinner with live music, BBQ dinner, local beers, and a stunning mountain setting. This is a perfect way to celebrate the start of the summer season just after the summer equinox.
Astronomy Dinner with 4-course full dinner service inside the yurt followed by a dark sky viewing party with large-grade, professional telescopes.
Yurt Yoga Brunches feature a morning hike through the hillside and to the mountain yurt where participants will experience a one-hour guided yoga session followed by brunch including a coffee and tea bar and mimosas.
Chuck Wagon Dinners will be offered in partnership with Rocky Mountain Outfitters. Guests will enjoy a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride to the cozy yurt where diners will enjoy a full-service BBQ chuck wagon dinner.
First Annual Red, White & Blue Festival
Heber Valley Chamber and Heber City are proud to announce this inaugural Independence Day event taking place at Heber City Main Street Park on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023. This new, fun-filled day includes the Main-to-Main 10K, 5K, and fun run races in the morning with vendors in the park, live music, food trucks, and entertainment throughout the day, then culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the valley. A few more surprises will be announced closer to the event date. All are welcome to join this small-town 4th of July celebration. Additional details for special events.
Demolition Derby, County Fair & Stampede Rodeo
This popular week of events always sells out in advance. Tickets for both the Wasatch Wipeout Demolition Derby and the Mountain Valley Stampede Rodeo go on sale in early June. Visitors from across the US venture to Heber Valley for the annual demolition derby. Offering the largest purse winnings in the western region of the country, drivers come from all over to compete in this two-day event. It draws a huge crowd of spectators as well. This year, the derby will be held on July 28th and 29th. The following weekend of August 3rd through 5th sees a return of the Mountain Valley Stampede Rodeo. This annual large rodeo brings the best cowboys and cowgirls from across the Intermountain West. In addition to the rodeo action, enjoy the skydivers, nightly fireworks, and specialty acts. Come earlier in the week for the Fair Days celebration. More information can be found here for the Wasatch Wipeout Demolition Derby and the Mountain Valley Stampede Rodeo.
Soldier Hollow Nordic Center Renovations
This Olympic venue will undergo major renovations and an expansion of its competition building this year with construction beginning in spring 2023. Much of the construction work will be completed in time for Soldier Hollow to host the IBU Biathlon World Cup in March 2024. The final project will be done by early summer 2024. The existing building of approximately 7,670 square feet will see renovations. The expansion will increase square footage by an additional 19,115 square feet. Once complete, the competition building will house Nordic ski rentals, athletic training area, ski lockers, and preparation area on the ground floor; day lodge, cafe, retail space, ticket office, and lounge area on the first floor; and a new hospitality, event hosting, and community or meeting space on the second floor. Additional bathroom facilities and locker areas will also be added. This important expansion project of the Soldier Hollow site further supports the state of Utah to once again host an Olympic Winter Games in the future. Learn more about this venue.
Ameyalli Spa To Break Ground
Located in Midway, Ameyalli joins world-class recreation with naturally healing mineral hot springs. The location offers unparalleled views of the spectacular Mount Timpanogos and Wasatch Mountain Range coupled with 28 natural hot springs on the 50-acre parcel of preserved open space. This destination spa will integrate a holistic, transformative, and personal growth approach to wellness and healing. The new Ameyalli Spa and Resort will commence construction on its residences this spring with a planned completion of fall 2023 when the next phase of construction will begin. The final spa and hotel are slated for a two-year build-out and are scheduled to open in spring 2025. More information here.