When talking about chasing snow it makes sense to visit the area where 4 of the top 10 ski areas in the U.S. for snowfall reside…the Wasatch Mountains. This is an amazing place with towering peaks, giant bowls, and canyon after canyon to explore. This in combination with the ridiculous amount of annual snowfall takes this destination near the top of our list of best places to ride.
Location: Wasatch Mtn State Park (WMSP) near Midway and Heber City, Utah. This area is just to the southeast of Brighton, Alta, Solitude, and Snowbird ski areas.
Trail-head: Accessing the Wasatch Mtn State Park specifically requires you to get to Midway, Utah, which is in the Heber Valley. You can access much of the same terrain from the west side of the Wasatch Mtn Range by traveling up American Fork Canyon as well. Since we rode in from the Midway side, that’s what we’ll focus on. The parking lot here is really small, but that helps to limit the number of daily users.
The cost of parking and using the back-country is $7. There is a small pay station in the northwest corner of the lot. From the parking lot, you can’t miss the only trail into the mountains.
Directions to the Trail-head: You’ll need to get to Heber City before traveling to Midway and then on to WMSP.
From Heber you will head west on 100 South which turns into state road 113. This will take you directly into Midway on Main Street. Once in Midway, you will simply follow the signs to WMSP. I’ll talk you through it anyway.
When you get to 200 West, you will turn right (north) and continue until 200 North where you’ll turn left/west. 200 North turns into Homestead Drive/state road 222 and later becomes Snake Creek Road. This road meanders through some upscale homes, a resort, and a golf course. Snake Creek Road will put you right on the parking lot and trail-head.
Here are the distances between some notable locations in the area.
Midway to WMSP parking lot: 3.6 mi
Heber City to Midway: 3.4 mi
SLC to Heber City: 44.5 mi
Provo to Heber City: 28.1 mi
Click here to see a detailed trail map of the area. Refer to the trail legend below.
- A. Midway Reservoir 4.8 Miles
- B. Snake Creek 3.9 Miles
- C. Cummings Parkway 8.2 Miles
- D. Mill Flat-Tibble Fork 15.7 Miles
- E. Cascade Spring 5.2 Miles
- F. Mutual Dell 10.6 Miles
- G. Little Deer Creek 1.2 Miles
- H. Mill Canyon 2.3 Miles
- I. Sundance 3.5 Miles
- J. Silver Lake 2.6 Miles
Here is a video of the parking area and some of the trail into the area.
Nearest Snotel: There are two that are really representative of the area. For the Brighton site click here, for the Snowbird site click here. If you are new to Snotel, simply select Daily or Hourly in the “Time Series” box toward the bottom and then choose last 30 days, last 7 days, or last 24 hours in the yellow box. Now, click on the “View Current” button. Enjoy the joys of modern weather technology!
For a ton of awesome information and the forecast for these mountains, click here. This guys does an amazing job.
Snowmobile Registration: From the utah.gov website, “owners of snowmobiles, brought into Utah by non-residents, must obtain a non-resident permit for their machine. To obtain a non-resident permit, you must provide proof of out-of-state residency and that the OHV is not owned by a Utah resident. The cost for a 12-month permit is $30.”
You can purchase permits at the following locations:
Heber: Maverik-435 North Main, (435) 654 -4421 -OR- Mountainland Onestop-1175 South Main, (435) 654 -5530
Fuel: Ethanol-free fuel is found less commonly in Utah than some other states we’ve visited, especially if you’re looking for 91 octane. If you find a place with ethanol-free 91 octane anywhere along the way, you may want to take advantage. Here are your fuel options.
Spanish Fork (near Provo): Sinclair-720 North Main Street w/100 octane
Heber City: Silver Eagle-1590 Us Hwy 40 w/88 octane
Kamas: Sinclair/Food Town-146 West 200 South w/91 octane
Regular 91 Octane: There are plenty of gas stations in SLC, Provo, Heber, and even Midway. Last chance is Chevron in Midway on Main Street.
Hotel/Accommodations: There are some really nice accommodations in Midway and Heber. Here are a few…
Mountain Springs Inn-350 Fairway Drive Unit J, Midway
Swiss Alps Inn-167 South Main Street, Heber City
Holiday Inn-1268 South Highway 40, Heber City
There are many others near the area as well.
Nearby Snowmobile Shops:
Fast Track Powersports, 1740 S Highway 40, Heber City, Hours: 9a-6p/closed Sunday
Plaza Powersports, 345 N Main St, Heber City, 9a-6p/closed Sunday
Weller Recreation (Ski-Doo), 936 UT-248, Kamas, Hours: 8:30a-6p (except 3p close time on Saturdays)/closed Sunday
More Area Information:
Local Snowmobile Club, click here.
Grooming/Conditions Report, click here.
Final Review for Wasatch Mtn Park: This is probably our favorite area we’ve ever visited in our Rocky Mtn Pursuit. In fact, we debated on not revealing this area on here! You can thank us later in a comment below. There is much more to explore here, including coming up from the American Fork side, but we can’t seem to figure out what more you could ask for in a riding area. There are typical conveniences and accommodations within 25 minutes of the trail-head, and anything you could dream of within an hour or so. The snow falls with clock-like consistency. There is every type of riding from hard core chute climbing to ridge boondocking to canyon tree riding to insane bowls. Check this place out…but don’t steal our snow or we might regret telling you about it! Send us some pics and tell us your story!
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