We were able to see this gorgeous area with gorgeous weather, showing off the fall colors, sparkling lakes and mountains. The tour began on the Heber Valley Railroad, a historic diesel-powered train that traveled Provo Canyon, Deer Creek Lake and Weber Valley farmlands. The old train is nick-named The Creeper. We had no problem with the speed, but it could have used a shot of WD-40! The area has a prosperous look and parts of it function as Salt Lake City's playground. We saw people sailing boats, wind sailing, trout fishing, zip lining, kayaking and hiking from the windows of the train.
After the train ride, the helpful man at the visitor center sent us to Cascade Springs State Park, a steep drive on a gravel road to the top of a mountain. There we hiked around a verdant field of water. A nature trail wrapped around the natural springs, their streams and waterfalls, along boardwalks and paved pathways. More than 7 million gallons of water flow from the spring each day before tumbling into Deer Creek. This area is hard for my midwestern mind to understand. Although it is basically high desert, there are many areas that are green either because of irrigation or some sort of seepage as we saw here. Then we drove the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, with breathtaking views of rugged peaks and canyons.