About Us

The Heber Valley Historic Railroad’s history began in 1899, when trains served the pioneers who first settled the valley. In the early 1970′s, the railroad became the Heber Creeper, a tourist passenger train operating on a seasonal basis. We now operate as an independent agency of the State of Utah, essentially a non-profit organization focused on tourism, education and the restoration of historical railroad equipment. The Heber Valley Railroad is reminiscent of the typical short-line railway that could be seen in many parts of Utah and throughout rural America during the Golden Years of U.S. railroading. Our goal is to help you enjoy a slice of Americana which has otherwise disappeared. The train ride, depot and atmosphere around the rail equipment, yards and buildings have been designed to be educational to all ages.

The Heber Valley Railroad has appeared in a number of motion pictures and is often used for filming, video, and commercial work.  Our steam locomotives and rail cars have been in many, many motion pictures over the years.

Today, vintage and restored coaches are pulled through the beautiful Heber Valley by a variety of diesel electric locomotives.  We are also in the process of restoring and rebuilding our 1907 Baldwin Steam locomotive – the No. 75  for future generations. In addition, our No. 618 Balwind steam locomotive – also built in 1907 has recently moved into the our shop for its Federal Railroad Authority Boiler Inspection. We look forward to raising the funds and gathering the volunteers to get that done very soon!

Our track runs the original Denver & Rio Grande Western rail line along US Highway 189, across the valley floor, alongside the renowned Provo River to Vivian Park. 

Utah’s 114-year-old Heber Valley Railroad is a tourist passenger railroad that runs through a beautiful, lush valley, along the shore of a year-round recreational lake and through a steep, forested canyon.  Amenities on-board include heated coaches in the winter, restrooms, snack car, and gift shop.

The Heber Valley Railroad has created several scenic excursions, adventure trains, dinner trains, and special events for you to choose from. Our Scenic Trains include breath taking scenery of Heber Valley’s natural landscape, the beautiful Deer Creek Reservoir, and the majestic Provo Canyon/Provo River. These scenic trains include the Provo Canyon Limited, Lakeside Limited (Winter Only), and the Deer Creek Express. If you are looking for something more exciting then why not try one of our Adventure Trains. You can go rafting down the Provo River on the Raft & Rails. Don’t like rafting? Take a beautiful ride through the Wasatch country side astride a majestic steed on the Reins & Trains. Still need more excitement? Well then dare to ride fast paced steep inclines of the intense Wilderness Zip Line! Perhaps you would rather sit down with your loved ones and enjoy a beautiful sunset while eating a dinner fit for a cowboy on our Sunset BBQ Special.  Are you looking for a fun family outing around the Holidays? Then come and join us on one of our many Special Events such as; The Valentine’s Day Special, Chocolate Lovers Train, Magic Train, Fiddle Fest, Summer Kick Off, Day Out With Thomas, Pumpkin Festival, or The North Pole Express.

Your ticket helps ensure that this priceless piece of Utah and American History will be here for future generations to enjoy. Whether you are planning to ride a train for the first time, or this is one of many trains you’ve enjoyed, we thank you for choosing to ride the Heber Valley Historic Railroad and hope that your experience aboard the train is a great one!