Heber City, UT & the Mountain Valley RV Resort
Oh Utah, we love you for your blue skies, rolling hills of green, trees, open pastures and diversity of landscapes.
I'm pretty sure we were lost in the landscape when we should have been looking for our turn off. We had even used our Next Exit book to plan a gas and food stop along Interstate 15.
But, that could only happen if we cut over on 20 from Highway 89. We saw we missed it, what we couldn't see was a place to turn our caboose around. Highway 89 is a two-lane road, there are pull-offs and side roads, but when you are looking for a spot to turn a 40-foot 5th wheel attached to a long-bed Ford F350, you are pretty much out of luck.
It wasn't the re-route that worried us, we could catch the Interstate again up there by Big Rock Candy Mountain.
(Doesn't that sound like a name of a mountain in Wreck-It Ralph? Perhaps I've watched that movie too many times)
What worried us was the availability of a gas station, even more so, a gas station that sold diesel.
The drive was BEAUTIFUL. I would definitely recommend this road. There was hardly any traffic and it was open back country sprinkled with mountains.
We were definitely paying attention now.
We were watching our gas gauge, the one that told us how many miles to empty and I was trying to add the distance numbers on the map when we had to slow down for another town.
We happened to see a sign for an RV park and a sign that said Diesel. What?!? Awesome!!
We had just talked about having to unhitch around a corner if we couldn't find a gas station that we could pull the trailer up to.
We turned down a side street and that's when we saw it, the gas pump.
That's right: one pump and 4 RV spaces.
We looked around figuring we were going to have to go inside to pay, there was no one. Luckily, there was a credit card machine on the pump. I mean, I'm sure they were there, we just weren't sure where. We gassed up and we were right back on the road.
Thankful for this little gas pump.
A short while later we were able to catch back up to our original route and make it to Heber City. We had reservations at the Mountain Valley RV Resort.
We knew this was going to be a nice place, we also knew that we were going to have to back in. Excited about nice, not excited about backwards. We booked it thinking, well, it was on a end and on a slant, we could do it.
The park was gated! Geesh, fancy.
We were led to our spot and while it was on the end and slanted, there wasn't much room in the front. We lucked out because the people in front of our space weren't there and we could use part of their drive to maneuver the truck.
We don't turn as fast as people think we do. Our neighbor came out to help us back up. He had a small pull camper, yeah, his will turn like that. This behemoth, not a chance.
We got it in the spot. The beautifully manicured grass where our picnic table sat now had a few tire track valleys (no photo evidence exists). Ultimately, we needed more room to maneuver. The park is full of pull-through spaces. It really is a beautiful place to stay. I would not recommend backing in if you have a 40-foot 5th wheel but book ahead and get one of the nice pull through spots.
As we looked around the park, we saw tiny, really tiny, airstreams sitting parked in the 60 foot long pull through spaces. There was probably 40 feet of space not being used.
Since we missed our food stop, we were starving. Backed in and hooked up we set out to find dinner. We had found a restaurant called the Claim Jumper that was nearby, thinking it was the chain that we've eaten at in Tucson (we later found out that it was not), we'd go there not having to read reviews.
Well, we had basically driven out of town and never saw it. We did see a random place that was busy, the Back 40 Ranch House Grill.
What was that? We pulled in and pulled up the menu and reviews on our phone. It only had 4 reviews but they were good ones and the menu looked tasty.
We decided to give it a try. Oh boy are we so glad we did!
We decided that since we haven't eaten all day we were going to splurge on dinner.
One of the best meals we have ever had! The ingredients were fresh and full of flavor. Our daughter asked for veggies with her meal and they brought her a cup of broccoli and carrots that were delicious.
I wish we were closer so we could eat there more often, just looking at these photos is making me hungry.
The next day we ventured into town for a light lunch and stopped at a small place called the Spin Café. The food was great and the bonus was they had homemade gelato at the front counter.
We enjoyed our stay in Heber City. It is just big enough to have a Wal-Mart and Sportsman's Warehouse and we were able to purchase additional supplies.
The park was beautiful, we enjoyed the use of the playground and swimming pool. They had a nice laundry facilities and the grounds were well maintained.
Until next time Heber City!