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Wasatch Mountain State Park

(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)

Wasatch Mountain State Park is located in Midway near Heber City. The park has a lot of activities including camping, hiking, biking, history, fishing, and golf. We always have a lot of fun when we spend a day or two in this state park.

Camping

There is a large campground for tents and RVs, but we opted to stay in the cabins. The cabins each have a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a vacuum. There is a queen bunkbed, and a large futon– space to sleep five. Outside there is a small porch, a fire ring, and bathrooms just across the parking lot. The cabin costs $70 per night in the off season, and $85/night during the summer months, and there is a $100 cleaning deposit which you get back if you clean up and vacuum before you check out.

Our boys loved staying in the cabins.

We loved sitting outside the cabin at night looking for constellations. We also saw pinyon jays, bats, and deer throughout the campground. Just down the road there were wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, and lots of ospreys.

It was a little nicer version of camping. Just what we needed with a one year old.
Just one of the many Osprey we spotted.

Fishing

Our boys love to fish! We didn’t bring any fishing stuff, but luckily we did rent poles from the Visitor’s Center ($3/each) and let our boys catch a few tiny rainbow trout from the pond. You can buy worms for $3, as well. This little pond is the perfect spot for beginning fishermen.

If you don’t have time to fish, make sure to bring a quarter or two to buy duck food. Our boys’ favorite thing to do is feed the ducks because some of them will eat right our your hand. You purchase the duck food inside the visitor center.

We caught a few fish while fishing in the small pond.
If you don’t want to fish, there are lots of ducks to feed.
The ducks will eat right out of your hand.

Junior Ranger Program

Our boys also participated in the Junior Ranger Program. The program is free. Pick up a booklet near the front desk of the Visitor Center. Make sure to wander through the small Visitor Center, which has a cool animal display and gives a brief history of Midway. Some of the pages in the booklet can be answered in the Visitor Center. Others need to be done on a trail or in Huber Grove.

The Junior Ranger program is great for all ages. Parents can help kids complete activities.
The animal display is interesting in the Visitor Center.
The other side of the small Visitor Center talks about the mining history of the area.

Huber Grove

There is also a historical aspect to Wasatch Mountain State Park in the form of a pioneer homestead. Huber Grove includes a small house, a mill, and an outhouse. There are historical signs throughout the grove sharing about the history of those who settled here. It is most famous for its orchard, though. In September, you can pay a small fee and pick apples. Call ahead, though, as Huber Grove has limited days and hours of operation.

We love learning about the historic Huber Grove.
The apple trees are all over.
There are bridges and little trails throughout Huber Grove. It is very shady and nice.

Hiking

There are a few hikes at Wasatch Mountain State Park. We hiked the Pine Creek Nature trail from the campground which was a nice walk through the oak trees along the stream. This trail is 3.6 miles RT, and it does climb as you hike, but very gradually. You can read more details on our post about the Pine Creek Trail.

The Pine Creek Trail has fun bridges and is in and out of shade.
We worked on our Junior Ranger booklets along the Pine Creek Nature Trail.

We didn’t get a chance to try the larger hikes located in the east end of the park called Dutch Hollow, but we picked up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center. This area is popular with mountain bikers. You can also hike from the Visitor Center to Huber Grove if you want a flat, easy trail, but we prefer to park right at Huber Grove and explore.

Golfing

Wasatch Mountain State Park is one of the few state parks that has a golf course. We aren’t big golfers, but we did enjoy eating breakfast at Wasatch Park Cafe next to the golf course. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and had very reasonable prices. For more about this restaurant, and others in the area, visit our Restaurants in Heber Valley post.

Information

We stayed two nights in the camp at Wasatch Mountain State Park and had a great stay! For more information on Wasatch Mountain State Park, check the state parks website.

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