Wasatch Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Located 50 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in beautiful Heber Valley, Wasatch Mountain State Park boasts nearly 23,000-acres of summer and winter recreation, as home to four 18-hole golf courses and Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games venue. With its countless recreation options set among stunning mountain scenery, Wasatch Mountain State Park offers year-round family-friendly fun perfect for your next RV vacation.

Visitors with all interests will be able to find an activity they enjoy at Wasatch Mountain State Park, no matter what time of year they visit: this popular Utah state park offers two golf courses at Soldier Hollow and another two in the northwest Wasatch Mountain area, miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling, and the Soldier Hollow venue offering cross-country skiing, tubing, summer and winter biathlon, in-line skating, and more. Beyond these countless recreation options, Wasatch Mountain State Park also offers two historic areas sure to interest any history buffs in your group: Tate Barn stands at the park’s southern end as an important architectural symbol for the Heber Valley, while Huber Grove is on the National Register of Historic Places and features the Huber Farmhouse and Creamery, capturing early pioneer life.

With its gorgeous setting and varied recreation options, Wasatch Mountain State Park can be enjoyed year-round, as visitors can enjoy excellent hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing in the warmer months, and excellent cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter months. Camping is closed during the winter months, but throughout the rest of the year, visitors can take advantage of the park’s 122 RV sites spread across three campgrounds, and featuring a mix of about half full-hookup sites and half partial hookup sites.

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Transportation in Wasatch Mountain State Park

Driving

Located approximately 50 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in the northwest corner of the town of Midway, Wasatch Mountain State Park is fairly easy to access by RV or car. This popular Utah state park sits just five miles west of US 40/US 189.

While the park sprawls across nearly 23,000 acres, extensive paved roads make the park mostly easy to navigate, though visitors should be mindful of some winding and narrow spots with tight passes. Once inside the park, visitors can plan to park their rig at their campsite or at various designated parking areas, including near the Visitor Center, near the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course clubhouse, and by Soldier Hollow Nordic Center.

Visitors can try out one of the restaurants located within the park itself, with options in both the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course and the Soldier Hollow Golf Course. For more varied food and shopping options, visitors can take advantage of the many restaurants, gas stations, and shops in the town of Midway just outside the park, or head to Heber City a few miles away for even more options.

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Campgrounds and parking in Wasatch Mountain State Park

Campsites in Wasatch Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

Oak Hollow Loop

The Oak Hollow Loop campground is the northernmost loop in this string of campgrounds, and it is home to sites 82-121, which all offer water and electricity hookups only. Since there are no sewer hookups, guests will have to make use of the dump station located near the entrance of the Cottonwood Loop. Restrooms and showers are located within the loop at two different spots, allowing for easy access to these amenities for all guests. Visitors can also take advantage of easy access to a hiking trail from the northwest side of the campground, which guests can hop on to stretch their legs, spot wildlife, and take in the scenery away from their campsite. This campground can accommodate rigs up to 35 feet in length, and features back-in sites only. As with the sites in the Cottonwood Loop and in the Mahogany Loop, these sites in Oak Hollow can be reserved ahead of time.

Mahogany Loop

The Mahogany Loop campground is the middle campground, located in between Cottonwood to the south and Oak Hollow to the north. Mahogany Loop is home to sites 48-81, which all offer full hookups. Visitors can make use of restrooms and showers centrally located within this loop, and can enjoy easy access to a trail that leads to the amphitheater. As with the Cottonwood campground, this campground can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet in length, and offers both back-in and pull-through sites. As with the sites in the Cottonwood Loop, these sites in the Mahogany Loop can be reserved ahead of time.

Cottonwood Loop

Wasatch Mountain State Park offers 122 total RV sites spread across three distinct campgrounds. All three campgrounds are located in the northwest section of the park, with Cottonwood as the southernmost loop. Cottonwood Loop is home to sites 1-47, which all have electricity and water, and about half of which have electricity, water, and sewer hookups. Restrooms and showers are located within this loop, and a dump station is located near the entrance to the campground. This campground can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet in length, and offers both back-in and pull-through sites. These sites can be reserved ahead of time.

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Seasonal activities in Wasatch Mountain State Park

In-Season

Horseback Riding

Equestrians will be happy to hear that 13 miles of Wasatch Mountain State Park’s Dutch Hollow Trail system are open to horseback riding as well, so those hoping to explore the park on horseback will have plenty to keep them busy. For an easy trail, equestrians can hop on Heber Valley Overlook, a one-mile trail that overlooks the Provo River, Heber Valley, and Midway Valley, with stellar views of Timpanogos. Those looking for a more difficult ride can check out Gobblers Gulch, a one-mile section of trail that follows the gully to the park boundary and features a steep climb.

Hiking & Biking

Visitors eager to explore this southern Utah state park by foot or by bike can take advantage of the park’s many miles of multi-use trails. The park’s Dutch Hollow Trail system offers 19 miles of trails for visitors to explore. Hikers and mountain bikers looking for a very challenging, technical trail can check out The Boneyard, a one-mile section of trail that features steep enough areas to warrant the ominous name. Those looking instead for a more casual stroll can hop on Dutch Canyon Road, an easy four-mile trail featuring a wide and rocky dirt road with a gradual climb through the canyon.

Golf

Wasatch Mountain State Park has four unique 18-hole golf courses spread throughout its 23,000 acres, offering challenging play along with beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains. Visitors can try out the Gold and Silver courses of Soldier Hollow, or the Lake and Mountain courses of Wasatch Mountain. Wasatch Mountain’s Lake and Mountain courses, located at the northern end of the park, are consistently ranked among the most scenic, popular, and affordable golf courses in Utah. Both Soldier Hollow and Wasatch Mountain offer full-service pro shops, driving ranges, practice greens, and restaurants.

Off-Season

Historic Sites

In addition to the countless recreation opportunities available at Wasatch Mountain State Park, the park also has a rich history sure to spark the interest of any history enthusiasts in your group. The park is home to two historic areas worth checking out. First is Historic Tate Barn, which stands at the southern end of the park and is recognized as a significant architectural landmark and symbol for the broader Heber Valley. Second is Huber Grove, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The grove was settled and built by Swiss immigrant Johannes Huber, and today stands as one of the area’s best examples of early pioneer life.

Cross-Country Skiing

Skiers of all abilities have tons of terrain to explore at Wasatch Mountain State Park. At the northern end of the park, visitors can ski the groomed seven-mile Nordic ski track with diagonal stride and skating lanes, offering both flat and hilly terrain with stunning views of Heber Valley. At Soldier Hollow, skiers can then trek through the 31-kilometer trail system for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors without their own equipment can rent skis on both ends of the park, with Nordic ski rentals available from both the Wasatch Mountain Clubhouse and the Soldier Hollow Day Lodge.

Snowshoeing

Wasatch Mountain State Park becomes an entirely new park in the winter, with a whole range of additional activities sprouting up to take advantage of the area’s transformed, snow-covered landscape. One of the most popular activities that becomes available in the winter is snowshoeing: those eager to explore the park in snowshoes can check out Soldier Hollow’s 31-kilometer trail system for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and visitors can even rent snowshoes directly from the Soldier Hollow Day Lodge and from the Visitor Center.

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