Summer In Park City Is As Exciting As Winter
From shopping to fly fishing, massages to zip lines, Park City is full of things to do. Here are 12 activities to keep you busy this summer!
Top Mountain Biking Destination
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, Park City is surrounded by world-class mountain-biking trails. With 450 miles of mountain-biking trails accessible from town, the International Mountain Bicycling Association designated the city as the first gold-level Ride Center. There are technical trails, bike parks for all levels, and lift-access mountain biking at ski resorts during the summer. And if you want an experienced guide to show you best trails around, there are a number of reputable companies ready to take you for a ride. From easy single-track to heart-pounding technical trails, there’s something for everyone.
The mountains around Park City offer more than 100 miles of public hiking trails. There’s the partially paved 28-mile Rail Trail that runs from Park City to Echo Reservoir, networks of trails throughout the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, paths through nearby Wasatch Mountain State Park, and summer hiking at the ski resorts. All the trails have possible wildlife viewing and unique scenery. Check out utah.com/hiking/park-city for a great list of area hiking trails.
Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop
When you need a break from the adrenaline rush of hiking and biking, check out the abundant shopping choices in Park City. There are high-end retailers, quaint shops, local goods, and galleries on and around Main Street. And if you’re in a bargain-shopping mood, there’s the massive Tanger Outlet Center at Kimball Junction, a short drive from downtown. Whether you’re looking for a good deal or want some designer goods, Park City is your shopping destination.
Unforgettable Zip Lines
Summer is the perfect time for a thrilling ride on a zip line. At Park City Mountain Resort, there’s the Flying Eagle (open in winter too) and Red Pine and Lookout zip lines. At Utah Olympic Park there’s the Extreme and Freestyle ZipRiders, some of the most popular attractions in the park. In most cases, the only limitation is height. So strap in and soar over incredible mountain scenery.
Mountain Hot Air Balloon Rides
Take a peaceful, scenic ride above beautiful Park City and the surrounding mountains in a hot air balloon. You can soar high above the treetops or go low enough to see the abundant wildlife. Rides range from one to several hours long. And every September, Park City hosts Autumn Aloft, a three-day hot air balloon festival. Check out Park City Balloon Adventures and Skywalker Balloon Company for more information and to get started on your relaxing ride high above the city.
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of bobsledding? Then the Utah Olympic Park has the activity for you. Hop on a bobsled—with an experienced pilot—and roll down the track used in the 2002 Olympics. The bobsleds, modified for summer use on the concrete track, go up to 60 mph in less than a minute. If you want to try out a quick Olympic-level thrill, check out bobsledding in Park City.
If you’re looking for a ride down an alpine slide, Park City has three options. For thrill-seekers, there’s the Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain Resort, with an automated ascent up the mountain and a long ride down. Though it’s considered a roller coaster, riders still control their speed. Another slide option at Park City Mountain Resort is the Alpine Slide, with four tracks that go 3,000 feet down a luge-like slide. There’s also the Alpine Slide at Utah Olympic Park, a single-track slide with 18 banked turns. Whether you want a roller-coaster experience or a ride at an Olympic venue, Park City has three alpine slide options for you.
With the Weber and Provo rivers nearby, whitewater rafting is a popular activity for Park City visitors and residents. Numerous adventure companies offer raft rentals or tours with experienced river guides, so you can choose your adventure. With nearby rivers, whitewater rafting is within reach.
Fly fishing opportunities abound around Park City. The Provo River is rated one of the best trout waters in the country, and it’s only minutes from Park City. Weber River, another blue-ribbon trout stream, is also nearby. Both rivers have heavy concentrations of brown trout as well as other species, and fly fishers are in the rivers year-round. And along with the plentiful fishing spots are several fly shops with knowledgeable employees. If you want to fly fish, Park City is a perfect base for some of the best fishing spots in the country.
Park City—with its mining town roots—offers horseback riding trails through aspen groves with incredible views of the resort town. Outfitters around the city offer group and private trail rides. There are even horseback riding trails through the ski resorts. For an authentic Old West experience, try taking a horseback ride in the mountains around Park City.
There’s no shortage of award-winning spas in Park City. You can experience salt stone therapies with materials from the Great Salt Lake, have a pigment-balancing facial, experience a body wrap, get a massage to ease your aching hiking muscles, or have your hair and makeup done for a night on the town. If you’ve been working hard hiking, biking, shopping, horseback riding, or golfing, it’s the perfect way to just relax and recover.
Mountain Golf Courses
Park City is known as a ski town, but summertime is golf time. With 15 golf courses in and around Park City, the hardest decision is which course to play. Plus, the altitude will improve your golf game, adding distance to your shots. From the public Park City Golf Club to the courses at Wasatch Mountain State Park, golfing opportunities abound in Park City.
So break out the sunscreen and get ready for summer fun in the mountains. Abode’s concierge services can help you arrange everything you will need.