Helper, Utah 84526
Historic. Recreational. Artistic. Heart. Discover Helper.
Helper is located approximately 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Carbon County. Helper has always reflected an ethnically diverse population, with southern and eastern European groups rising to positions of prominence within the community. With the motto The Gateway to Castle Country. The town is bisected by US Hwy 6, which sees over 25,000 vehicles/day and is the scenic route to 7 National Parks. Two hours from the Salt Lake Airport, its midway to renowned recreational destination Moab. It includes the only Amtrak Station between Colorado and Salt Lake City, with easy access for rail travelers.
Helper is transitioning from a coal-based economy to a historic/recreational/artistic tourism base. This objective will supplement a recent $25 million infrastructure improvement and a 50% completed river restoration project for fishing, kayaking, biking and walking. We intend to foster optimism by establishing a walkable Main Street and river trail, attract more resident artists and create an active, positive community.
Historic Helper Highlights Some of the featured stops in Historic Helper, Utah are:
Balance Rock: Look to the north of Main Street to see this geological feature as it stands out among the mountains.
Big John: A high-gloss, black metal, iconic statue that stands over 20 feet tall and commemorates the roots of this historical coal mining community.
The convenient Amtrak Depot, in the center of town is convenient if you plan to visit by train.
Western Mining and Railroad Museum: See antique items and more in theme rooms featuring the life as early immigrants in Helper.
Helper Train Mosaic: Located next to the museum, this local art piece was created by famous artists and children alike.
Gigliotti Pond: An easily accessible fishing pond, perfect for families needing a break from the road.
Spring Canyon: See the remains and ruins of the very coal camps that were the foundation for Helper and the surrounding areas.
Utahs Christmas Town Festival
Every December, Helper transforms into a dazzling holiday extravaganza. Beginning before Thanksgiving, the town is lit up with Christmas lights and during this time many events are offered. There is a craft fair, chili dinner, silent auction and visits with Santa, to name a few. The Light Parade, held the first weekend in December is a showcase of floats traveling Main Street concluding with a firework show on Saturday night. Come see why Helper is the states designated Christmas Town!
The Helper Outlaw Car Show & Cruise
In June, experience the Helper Outlaw Car Show & Cruise and see a wide variety of custom cars. This event is held annually at the city park which is conveniently located next to a pool and ballpark. See Firebirds, Mustangs, Corvettes, Chevelles and more, all on display in one place highlighting Americas passion for the automobile.
The Helper Arts, Music and Film Festival
On the third weekend in August, The Helper Arts and Music Festival arrives on Main Street with over 65 booths in the arts and crafts marketplace. Some of the best art in the Intermountain West is on display. Visit local artists studios and see how Helper inspires them.
Historic Main Street No visit to Helper would be complete without a stop by the Historical District, which includes Main Street. Here, local restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores, art galleries, and unique buildings all contribute to its charm and character. The beauty of the Main Street comes from the varying ethnic groups which contribute to the culture of Helper. You can see proudly displayed buildings made by Greek masons, Italian stone work and more as you wander Main Street. Numerous art galleries line our Main Street with nationally known artists as well as a contingent of up and coming artists. Many genres are covered including oil painting, sculpture, ceramics and more.
The Helper Parkway and Spring Canyon Trail Having a river just one block from our historic Main Street is a true treasure. For the past several years the River has been gradually returned to a natural state to enhance recreational opportunities such as tubing, fishing, swimming and more. One block off Main Street, you can stroll the Helper Parkway and take the family for a picnic at the pavilion and a boulder park. If you want to explore the surrounding mountain areas, the Spring Canyon Trail is ideal. Located in the west part of town, the trail follows the abandoned railroad line that served the old coal camps. The Kenilworth-Helper Railroad Trail is on the opposite side of town. Following the abandoned railroad line between Helper and the small mining town of Kenilworth, it is suitable for walking, biking or ATVing. The trail begins at the foot of the mountains in North Helper. You can find information and maps at the Western Mining and Railroad Museum or the Office of Tourism in Price. You can also visit www.castlecountry.com for trails maps and additional information.
Helper, Utah 84526
The Western Mining and Railroad Museum is located in the small town of Helper, Utah, two hours southeast of Salt Lake City, named so because of the engines required to help the trains climb the steep grades to Soldier Summit. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established the town when the railroad came through the area and coal, that was needed to fuel the steam engines, was found. By 1891 the depot, roundhouse and a hotel were built and the town was beginning. As more coal mines were opened it became the railroad center and the “hub” for coal miners and their families from the many mining camps. The camps were full of European and Asian immigrants and some of them came into Helper to build the town. This is the story told by the Western Mining and Railroad Muesum