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Heber City, UT & the Mountain Valley RV Resort

Heber City, UT & the Mountain Valley RV Resort

On the way from Glendale, UT to Heber City, UT

On the way from Glendale, UT to Heber City, UT

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.

That little red line there with the 20 on it, if you blink, you'll miss the turn. 

That little red line there with the 20 on it, if you blink, you'll miss the turn. 

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 were so happy to see this diesel pump in a small little town on Highway 89.

We were so happy to see this diesel pump in a small little town on Highway 89.

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.

The amount of road in front of our camper looks bigger than it was, maybe we're just rookies. 

The amount of road in front of our camper looks bigger than it was, maybe we're just rookies. 

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. 

We wanted that guy's spot. 

We wanted that guy's spot. 

Our spot didn't have enough room for our truck, so we had to park in overflow parking with the other big trucks.

Our spot didn't have enough room for our truck, so we had to park in overflow parking with the other big trucks.

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!

Back 40 Ranch House Grill

Back 40 Ranch House Grill

Farm to Table Restaurant - Back 40 Ranch House Grill - Heber City, Utah

Farm to Table Restaurant - Back 40 Ranch House Grill - Heber City, Utah

The view from our table on the back patio of the Back 40 Ranch House Grill

The view from our table on the back patio of the Back 40 Ranch House Grill

We decided that since we haven't eaten all day we were going to splurge on dinner. 

Ribs with coleslaw and drunken beans. To die for!

Ribs with coleslaw and drunken beans. To die for!

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. 

"I'll take that one right there, the pink one."

"I'll take that one right there, the pink one."

We enjoyed this brownie sundae with homemade chocolate chip gelato.  Delicious.

We enjoyed this brownie sundae with homemade chocolate chip gelato.  Delicious.

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. 

I enjoyed sitting outside working as the sun was setting.

I enjoyed sitting outside working as the sun was setting.

Until next time Heber City! 

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