In Park City there’s a trail for everyone, and there’s no better time to hit them than summer.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast head to White Pine Touring, a one-stop shop for local advice, gear and rentals. Then, hit the city’s 400-plus miles of trails on bike or on foot to get a taste of this mountain town. The 4.7-mile Silver Lake Trail is a hiker-only destination ending in gorgeous valley views and 5-mile Rob’s Trail is the perfect short mountain bike, which can be made longer by linking up with other trails in the area.
If you have kids, point yourself toward Park City Mountain Resort, a world-class ski destination in winter, headquarters of family fun in summer. With an alpine slide, zipline and mountain coaster, your little ones will be all smiles at the end of the day. Deer Valley Resort also offers world-class summer mountain biking experiences. Don’t forget to check out the new Woodward Action Sports Park, which teaches everything from BMX biking to snowboarding in a safe environment, including foam pits.
Or, experience what it’s like to be an Olympian at the 400-acre Utah Olympic Park just outside of Park City. Home to a number of events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, the center has two free museums, adventure courses and the bobsled ride, which sends you 65 miles per hour (on wheels in the summer) down the Olympic luge, bobsled and skeleton course. Watch for winter freestyle athletes launching off ski jumps and landing in the center’s pools.
From Dirt Paths to Park City's Sidewalks
You don’t have to leave the trails just because the sun goes down. Trade dirt paths for city sidewalks as you head to Main Street for al fresco dining. This picturesque street includes a dozen dining decks, allowing you to take in the beauty of the Utah mountains while enjoying dinner.
“It feels like you’ve been transported to another era,” says Dan Howard, Park City’s director of communications, of the 47 historic buildings set against the stunning mountain backdrop.
For a truly unique experience, head to Alpine Distilling’s Pie Bar. Local Alpine Summit Gin is paired with pie, a match only Park City could imagine.
You may have come to Park City for the outdoor experiences, but the literal underground music scene will have you planning your next trip on the drive home. Many of the buildings on Main Street were originally built in the silver mining days of the 1800s and are equipped with steep sets of stairs leading underground to incredible live music. Start your music trek at O.P. Rockwell, Fletcher’s or The Downstairs and then head to the Egyptian Theatre, where the world-famous Sundance Film Festival was first held. Consult the venues’ websites for show and ticket information.
Arts and culture buffs will want to point their feet towards the Kimball Arts Center, the beginning of Park City’s in-progress arts district to spend time exploring the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
Off the Beaten Trail
Park City is just one gem in a surrounding area waiting to be explored. Get off the beaten trail and explore the Union Pacific Trail State Park, beginning in Park City and extending 25 beautiful miles. Local rivers are home to blue-ribbon fly-fishing and a truly adventurous day isn’t complete without a pilgrimage to High West Distillery in Wanship. This local joint isn’t something you’d just stumble upon without knowing it was there. The second you walk in the doors, you’ll get a sense of Utah’s prohibition-era history. With a great patio, live music and distillery tours, it’s a great place to spend part of your day. Brunch is a local favorite with delicious cocktails and a menu shaped by the distillery’s signature whiskeys. Think French Toast with whiskey syrup.
Summer is the time to stay in the town’s stunning, high-quality hotels at less than half the price of a winter stay. Basecamp two minutes from the Utah Olympic Park in a Newpark Resort townhouse that’s near Whole Foods and Tanger Outlets stores. For mountain-side access, head to Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village. For a taste of luxury, indulge yourself at the five-star Montage Deer Valley where a room for four in the summer is a fraction of what it costs in winter.
“What we learned in 2020 is that Park City has the open space and relaxed culture that draws visitors to beat a path to the town’s front door,” says Howard. “We look forward to sharing our trails with both new and returning guests this summer.”
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