If you’re planning your Park City summer vacation, we are so excited to welcome you to our mountain town. We have a plethora of wonderful mountain activities that might be overwhelming to navigate on your own. Well, have no fear, as that’s why we have a concierge team that is dedicated to creating a unique experience of a lifetime for you. Below we’ve shared a sample itinerary of what an epic couple of days in Park City could look like. We hope this helps get the ideas and the excitement flowing!
GET INDOCTRINATED INTO THE WESTERN LIFESTYLE WITH A 2 HOUR MOUNTAIN HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE TO START YOUR TRIP OFF RIGHT!
Once settled in your Abode enjoy your first day in Park City with some adventure and one of the best views in town! Follow your guide through a lush, forested mountain trail to a stunning overlook of the Jordanelle Reservoir. You will ride through beautiful alpine meadows, aspen groves, and pine trees while enjoying breathtaking views. This ride is great for the whole family yet also keeps the experienced rider satisfied.
After your afternoon of riding in the fresh air, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Enjoy a meal over at the High West Saloon. Grab a table under the stars, and sip on a whiskey flight highlighting their award-winning bourbons and ryes, and dine on their delicious Western fair.
GET YOUR FEET WET WITH A GUIDED HALF DAY FLY FISHING TOUR THIS PARK CITY SUMMER
Today you’ll be starting the day on the earlier side with a guided half-day fly fishing lesson, as we all know the early bird gets the worm aka fish! If you are staying at one of our Abodes near Main Street, grab a delicious coffee to go from Harvest or Atticus and prepare for a fun day on the river. We’re lucky here in Park City as we have one of the United States’ great “blue-ribbon” fishing rivers nearby – The Provo. With such a quality river only minutes away, all you’ll need is a smile on your face and a skilled fishing guide to help your catch all the fish and create memories of a lifetime.
When you arrive back at your Abode take a moment to put your feet up and enjoy some quiet time before heading to lunch at Fiveseeds. This trendy spot has a great outdoor dining area with picnic tables to soak up that summer air. At FiveSeeds you’ll find great coffee, and great food as their menu is full of nourishing flavorful dishes that are crafted from the best in local, seasonal produce, with a definitive nod to the famed Australian foodie culture from where the owners hail. Satiate your appetite with their Fried Chicken Sando with crumbed chicken breast, Calabrian chili aioli, housemade dill pickles, and cabbage slaw which is to die for!
ENJOY THE TRAILS FROM TWO WHEELS ON A GUIDED MOUNTAIN BIKING TOUR
On day 3 head out on Park City’s world-famous mountain biking trails. Take a local mountain biking tour from an outfitter like White Pine Touring that can be customized to meet the needs of riders of all ability levels. Whether you’re working around time constraints, or simply want a taste of what Park City’s single-track has to offer, this tour is for you. Make no mistake, three hours is plenty of time for a complete mountain bike experience; which can be as leisurely or intense as you like. We suggest starting on the earlier side as it does get quite hot in the summertime here.
In the afternoon take a relaxing chair lift ride on the Town Lift and explore the trails of Park City Mountain. Meander through aspen groves and take in the views of our lush mountains. At the bottom of the Town Lift, you’ll find the charming Bridge Cafe. Grab a happy hour caipirinha at this Brazillian/American spot to cheers an amazing day 3 in Park City.
For dinner enjoy a delicious sushi dinner at Yuki Yama. Yuki Yama offers the freshest seasonal fish flown in from around the world. A contemporary mix of Japanese-inspired cuisine, featuring the best seasonal ingredients that are designed to encourage sampling and sharing at the table. Yuki Yama’s menu consists of both traditional Japanese sushi and noodle dishes, as well as more creative, modern sashimi plates and hot dishes.
RELAX AND REJUVENATE WITH A PRIVATE 90 MINUTE MASSAGE
End your trip with some well-needed R&R. Get pampered with a personal massage in the comfort of your Abode. Skilled, licensed professionals will arrive at your door with everything needed for a relaxing experience. This is a great way to relax, de-stress and detoxify your body, in addition to rubbing down sore muscles after a long week of physical activity in the mountains.
We hope this sample itinerary gave you some ideas on what’s available in Park City and how to structure your days when you are visiting. Please feel free to reach out and get in touch with one of our Abode concierges to help build an amazing trip where you’ll live your story for years to come.
As ski season comes to an end (April 11th is Closing Day for Park City and Deer Valley) and the world begins to open up from the pandemic we are looking ahead to a Park City summer vacation in 2021!We can start the Spring/Summer season with great news! Summit County Health Department announced on April 8th, 2021 that after carefully reviewing metrics, Summit County will not extend a mask mandate following the expiration of the statewide mandate at 11:59 PM on April 9. Many private businesses in Summit County may continue to require masks for patrons. County officials ask that residents and visitors respect and comply with these requirements. Certainly, the public is encouraged to continue health measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Read more about it here. There had not been major new events added yet to the calendar, but we are excited to see what is going to happened! Of course, we still have a couple of months to prepare with mud season on the horizon, but we wanted to share with you some of our favorite homes that are perfect for all things summer fun and the resurgence and welcome back of exciting events and activities that are being scheduled for the 2021 summer season.
START PLANNING YOUR NEXT PARK CITY SUMMER VACATION!
Now more than ever we all need to be outdoors, enjoying the fresh air of the mountains and the peace of the solitude, and making up for lost time! When you come down the mountain, get safely submerged in the many social activities planned for this summer! We’re so ready to welcome back events & activities scheduled for the 2021 summer season – and all things Summer Fun! – but most of all, we’re thrilled to be welcoming YOU back this summer to our favorite Abodes!
Officially, a string of important events has secured dates in 2021. They include the Independence Day celebration on Sunday, July 4, and the Miners Day celebration on September 6th. Both events were canceled in 2020.
August 6 – 8, 2021 – The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is not only one of the top ranked art festivals in the country and Kimball Art Center’s largest fundraiser. This three-day event allows them to continue, and further, their mission of providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone, all year long! Join them on our beautiful Park City’s Historic Main Street.
May 19, 2021 – The lovely Park City Farmer’s Market grand opening, you can not miss it!
June 6 – September 26,2021 | Every Sunday – You can find The Park Silly Sunday Market, also hosted on Main Street (excluding July 25th, August 1st and August 8th), showcasing eco-friendly, open-air markets, street festival environment, vendors featuring unique and eclectic arts and crafts, live music, delicious gourmet food, fresh produce from local farmers, and their amazing beer garden and famous Bloody Mary bar.
July 2 – August 7, 2021 – Deer Valley Music Festival takes place at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains.
July 19 – 24, 2021 – The Triple Crown Sports Baseball World Series hostess 5-game guarantee with the 9u & 12u divisions.
Our always around lacrosse tournament known as the Ski Town Shoot Out happens on June 4 – 5, 2021. We are still waiting for new events dates confirmations like the colorful and beautiful hot air balloon festival, Autumn Aloft, the fun plays at the Egyptian Theatre, and many more.
And as always our mountains will be open for all outdoor activities like Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Dining Al Fresco, and more! You will be able to find more information about it here.
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The shoulder season of September is actually a perfect time to visit Jackson Hole & Park City as the weather is still dry and the parks are still open, the fall colors are changing with incredible wildflowers and beautiful mountain scenery. The fall’s wild palette of colors makes these areas a heaven for the photo enthusiast or viewers of nature’s annual colorful spectacle. Be prepared for backcountry hiking with knowledge of the area, water and food, and bear spray for the remote chance of a close encounter during fall in Utah.
GORGEOUS SCENERY DURING FALL IN UTAH
The whole family will love the best in the state wildflowers, the easy and lovely hike to the Cecret Lake holds incredible sunsets just below Sugarloaf. The popular day trail begins at 9000 feet of elevation running west from the campground, it climbs a gentle slope, with about 300 feet of elevation gain and is located right by Albion Basin Campground, you have the option to continue hiking up from this trail to Sugarloaf Peak. Take the time to relax at the beautiful alpine lake in the Little Cottonwood Canyons Albion Basin near Alta Ski Resort and Snowbird Ski Resort and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop. Along the way, there are interpretive signs with information about the basin, its plants, animals, and geology. From the lake, you can return the way you came, or explore the area. Remember, swimming is not permitted in the lake!
Summer is always a good time to go hiking but fall is even better because colored leaves are breathtaking in the Sundance area. Stewart Falls is one of the most scenic and photogenic waterfalls in northern Utah. Hike to the two over 200 feet tall tiers before it freezes during the winter. It is an easy but steep hike through a beautiful forest on the east side of Mountain Timpanogos, you will spot beautiful vistas and little friends along the way. The recommended trail starts at Aspen Grove, along the Alpine Loop Road. Several trails start here so pay attention to the signs. The Stewart Fall trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back and easy to find trail, it is wide and well maintained. And for the adventurous that want to get to one of Utah’s most recognizable mountains, Mount Timpanogos, take the Aspen Grove Trail, which runs 8.3 miles one way, starting at the Theater-in-the-Pines picnic area on the mountain’s east side. That trail is very scenic and passes several waterfalls. Daytime temperatures along the trails are usually warm but it can get very chilly at high altitudes so dress in layers and bring a jacket!
An easy one mile hike featuring high mountain meadows, pine trees and wildflowers takes you to a popular lake with a rope swing. The trail forks at the trailhead/parking lot but the forks are unmarked. Take the left fork for Bloods Lake. The first three quarters of the trail is a light downhill through meadows and patches of pine trees. The last bit is a moderately steep downhill to the lake. The trail around the lake is flat but there is a section that walks across a boulder field. The trail and lake are heavily trafficked towards midday, especially on weekends. There are some great places for hanging hammocks near the rope swing. This is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly hike. Good to know: The parking lot is shared for several trails in the area and gets full very quickly. Avoid parking on the shoulder of the road outside of the parking lot, Police will ticket cars illegally parked.
AROUND JACKSON HOLE
TWO OCEAN LAKE
Making noise and bringing pepper spray is not a choice, this hike is in BEAR country. Those looking for a more secluded hike will enjoy looping Two Ocean Lake. Leaving from the Two Ocean Lake Trailhead, you can head around the lakeshore for views of the Teton Range. Wildflowers populate the area, brightening up the landscape and making for stunning views. If you hike this trail in September you might see the sunflowers in bloom. The fall colors are in full swing and are just wonderful to look at, on the southern side of the lake you will be in a dense forest then the north side opens up into more open patchy aspens/shrubby terrain, pretty fun! Due to the wet, marshy nature of the landscape, Two Ocean Lake is a popular area for mosquitos so don’t forget your bug spray! Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter that varies by vehicle or if entering on foot, horse, or bike. For more information, please click here.
Fall is going to be your absolute favorite season in Jackson after doing this trail. Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail. Located roughly 2.5 miles north of the Moose Entrance Station in Grand Teton National Park. This hike visits two of the six glacially-formed lakes that lie at the base of the Teton Range, colorful leaves and fresh snow on the mountains makes it a great place for pictures. Make sure your camera is charged! Grand Teton National Park charges a fee to enter that varies by vehicle or if entering on foot, horse, or bike. For more information, please click here. https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Tons of wildlife live in this area, you might be able to see bears, elks, deer and moos getting ready for the winter. Carrying bear spray should not be optional here. Take a moderate 7 miles and only 725 ft gain elevation, out and back trail for the closest views of Phelps Lake. The trail takes hikers through a wooded section, before opening up at the Phelps Lake Overlook. The overlook will place you high above Phelps Lake, with views of the lake and valley. If you are looking to access Phelps Lake you will need to continue another mile down to the lakeshore via a series of switchbacks. In the northeast side of the lake you will find the Jumping Rock, a large 30 feet boulder where people jump from to the lake. Considering that the hike back to the overlook is an uphill climb, relax on the shore of Phelps Beach before heading back.
Contact our team to learn more and find accommodation in Park City, such as one of our lovely Canyons Village rentals, while on your vacation during fall in Utah!
The 2021 Park City Kimball Arts Festival returns to an in-person event on Park City’s Historic Main Street – Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8.The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is one of the top ranked art festivals in the country and one of Kimball Art Center’s most celebrated programs. Each year, the arts festival showcases the work of jury-selected artists and welcomes guests from around the country. Now in its 52nd year, this three-day, open-air celebration of the arts is considered one of Park City’s signature events.
TRAFFIC & PARKING
The festival spans the length of Main Street and will affect parking and traffic beginning Wednesday and reopening is planned by 11:59pm on Sunday.
>> CLICK HERE for the Impact Map and Transportation Information.
Park Record, August 4, 2021 – According to City Hall, spots in the Bob Wells Plaza on Swede Alley and the Brew Pub lot will be closed to drivers starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Then, at 6 a.m. on Friday, officials will close Main Street, Heber Avenue and Swede Alley to traffic. The remaining parking spots on Swede Alley will also close at that time. A reopening is planned by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
Festival-goers driving to the event have the option of parking in the China Bridge garage on Swede Alley. The rate on Friday is $3 per hour after 5 p.m. with the first hour being free and a maximum of $18. On Saturday and Sunday, the rate is set at $5 per hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., also with the first hour being free and a maximum of $18. Standard rates will be charged after 5 p.m. The public parking in the Old Town core is expected to fill early each day. Privately held garages or lots charge their own rates.
A series of park-and-ride lots are available with bus service to the Main Street core. They include the Homestake lot off Kearns Boulevard, the Ecker Hill lot on Kilby Road, the Park City School District campus on Kearns Boulevard, Park City Mountain Resort and Snow Park in lower Deer Valley. The Snow Park lot is available to festival-goers from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Masks are required on public transit.
A staging area for taxis and a drop-and-load area will be available in the lots on the south side of the Marsac Building from Friday until Sunday. A bicycle valet will also be available, along 9th Street.
ABOUT PARK CITY KIMBALL ARTS FESTIVAL & TICKET INFORMATION
The 2021 Park City Kimball Arts Festival will be held in-person on August 6-8, 2021 and welcomes juror-selected artists from around the world with twelve different art mediums represented. In addition to viewing and purchasing art, festival attendees are encouraged to explore the many art experiences taking place during the weekend, which include live music, artist demonstrations led by Kimball Art Center education staff, kids’ art classes and education programs, and craft beer and artisan cuisine.
Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged to ensure entrance to the festival and to save time by bypassing the line at the entrance gates. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 17 and will be available beginning June 15, 2021.
Proceeds from the festival support Kimball Art Center’s year-round exhibitions, education, and creative community events.
Monies raised from the event help support:
- Access to thought-provoking exhibitions.
- Scholarships for low-income children to participate in art classes and camps.
- Hands-on instruction for teenagers dedicated to the study and practice of the visual arts.
>> READ MORE & GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
Sunday June 20, 2021 is around the corner and we’ve compiled a list of activities in Park City for all kinds of dads to make a truly epic Father’s Day this year. Besides the usual Father’s Day gift and Father’s Day card, surprise Dad with something he will truly appreciate, the gift of time spent with family doing what he loves and making memories.
DRIVES TO LAKES AND RIVERS AROUND PARK CITY
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming.
Just an hour’s drive from Park City, Strawberry Bay is long known as Utah’s premier fishing and boating paradise. Nestled high in the Uinta National Forest of the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Strawberry Reservoir combines convenience and year-round accessibility.
Heading east from Kamas through the national forest, Mirror Lake Highway is one of the most popular mountain routes in the state. The road winds through farm and ranch lands and rises to heavily forested, mountain terrain, accented by meadows and rugged peaks. There are numerous access points into the High Uinta Wilderness along this byway.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A GREAT PICNIC
The best-liked sandwich (peanut butter and jelly, chicken salad, tuna fish, ALT) is the first choice when you think about having a picnic, whatever is your family favorite is always a great quick meal. You can also make it a wrap or easy breakfast burritos.
Don’t forget to add some veggies like carrots, cucumbers, radishes and cauliflowers to dip in your choice’s hummus or dip.
An easy sweet dessert can be chocolate chip cookies, fresh muffins or blueberry-lemon pie bars!
And don’t forget to bring water, the weather is really nice in our mountains but Utah is known for its dry air, stay safe! You will also need a cooler full of ice, to keep all your snacks and drinks refrigerated and ready to go.
Our Concierge Team will be happy to help, they can provide you with different options for your Sunday’s picnic and do everything for you. For more information contact them at email@example.com.
There are well over 1,000 natural lakes in the Uintas and more than 500 of them support populations of game fish. There are also over 400 miles of streams. Queant Lake, Mirror Lake and Fish lake are our favorites, where you will be able to find brook, cutthroat and rainbow trout, and also arctic grayling in Fish Lake.
Strawberry Reservoir is Utah’s best and people’s choice trout fishery. Why? It might have something to do with consistently good action for large rainbow & cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon; rainbows and cutts up to 24 inches are caught regularly; and larger fish show up occasionally.
The current regulations limit 4 fish statewide Trout/Grayling (in the aggregate). No more than 2 can be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, no more than 1 can be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches and all cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Please, release all cutts because they are needed to eat those fierce non-game fish. For official rules and how to get your fishing license click here!
Either if dad is an expert in fly fishing or not, you can book him some fly casting lessons to improve his technique or a fishing tour. Our Concierge Team will put together a unique experience just for you! Click here for details.
FUN ACTIVITIES IN PARK CITY: WATER SPORTS
Jordanelle, Strawberry and Deer Creek Reservoirs are all nearby for a fun day out on the water. Book a half day or full day rental for our personal watercraft, standup paddle boards and kayak rentals. You can also rent boats for a full day.
Less than 20 minutes away from Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir is perfect for boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, and personal water crafts. Boat ramps are located at the Hailstone recreation area.
Though primarily known for its excellent fishing, Strawberry Reservoir is also an ideal boating destination near Heber Valley. There are four marinas (•Strawberry Bay Marina, Renegade, Soldier Creek Marina and Aspen) with their boat ramps that each feature boat rentals and gasoline access. Water temperatures tend to be on the cool side, but water skiers, wakeboarders and personal watercraft operators love this mountain reservoir.
Deer Creek is a medium-sized reservoir located in Heber Valley, just a short drive from Park City. The reservoir is a popular recreation spot because it is scenic and offers ideal conditions for boating, wakeboarding, water skiing and more.
WHERE TO STAY
RESTAURANT PICKS FOR BRUNCH
Staying in the Deer Valley area? Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge is an award winner, usually open for dinner but brunch is served on Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM at this Forbes 4 Star Rated restaurant.
Nourishment and flavor are the two words that come to mind when we think about Five Seeds, and they agree! This local restaurant uses seasonal products and offers amazing service. The menu features many different options for all the tastes. Don’t forget to order your fresh brew coffee!
350 Main Brasserie on Main St. invites you to enjoy modern American cuisine in an upscale, mountain dining atmosphere. Open every Sunday of the summer from 10am to 2pm. Our favorite dish is the Truffle Cheese and Asian Pear Crêpe, you can check their menu online.
Does Brazilian-American fusion sound good to you? The Bridge Café is next to the town lift in Main St. and offers breakfast all day! Can’t choose between the benedicts or their big omelets? Here is their menu, and don’t forget your mimosa!
COCKTAILS & APPETIZERS AT HOME
Is Dad a Martini or Old Fashioned type of guy? We love these two recipes that give a twist to the classics: Vanilla Espresso Martini & Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned. And if you’re looking for a fresher summer cocktail these are our favorites: Smoky Watermelon Lemon Margarita & Balsamic Peach Spritz.
Crispy and a touch spicy. These Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Fritters with Chipotle Aioli make for the best simple summer appetizer. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a batch of golden crisp corn fritters seasoned with jalapeño, garlic, and chive. Serve these fun summer bites with creamy chipotle honey aioli to balance out the heat.
Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Twists are the holiday appetizer that everyone asks for, quick, easy, and everyone loves these sweet and savory twists. Or embrace the summertime strawberries with these simple Marinated Goat Cheese Strawberry Crostini.
Having too much fun during the day and not enough time for evening plans? Contact our Concierge Team and plan ahead a great and delicious night at your Abode with Dad.
GOLFING WITH DAD
What better than a full day activity and have a one on one with Dad?
The Park City golf scene now boasts 15 superb golf courses. These fabulous new golf courses, private and public facilities alike, have propelled our mountain town into a highly desirable summertime golf destination. Canyons and Park City Golf Course feature 18-hole, par-70 course, over 550 feet of elevation change. Here you can take dad to play with a pro and an hour of instruction, in either Canyons or Park City Golf Course you can join for a day or get a season pass. Just pick the right course for your skills and book your tee time.
And the most important part of golfing on Father’s Day with Dad, let him give you some advice about golfing, let him give you a little grief about your bad putting technique, but most of all, don’t let him win.
WHERE TO STAY
Abode at Fairway Springs and Abode at Juniper Ridge are located at Park City Canyons Village in Fairway Springs, an exclusive neighborhood near the base of the resort.
These luxury townhomes are located just steps to the Frostwood Gondola and are bordered by two fairways of the new Canyons golf course, making it a dream location for golfers.
As with everything this year the Sundance Film Festival will look a little different in 2021. Now you can enjoy the festival from the comfort of your home or your home away from home. Bring Park City into your living room with online Park City Sundance 2021 festivities. Below we will be highlighting the changes and what you should expect from the upcoming movie festival in January of 2021.
- WHEN: JANUARY 28 through FEBRUARY 3 2021
- WHERE: Virtual screenings + one physical screening for each film in its lineup at more than 25 arthouses around the country + drive-in options in Los Angeles and Park City.
- HOW TO FEST: Head to the following website for all the information on how to enjoy this year’s Sundance Film Festival https://htf.festival.sundance.org/
- EXPLORE THE FILMS: Check out the list of films participating in this year’s Fest https://fpg.festival.sundance.org/film/films/catalog
- TICKETS: Passes and Tickets go on sale on January 7th. Make sure to register for an account https://tickets.festival.sundance.org/
“SLIPPERS INSTEAD OF SNOW BOOTS”
Welcome to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. A new chapter filled with possibilities. Despite the challenges this year has brought, nothing could stop us from celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and you, our adventurous audiences. So, for the first time ever, we are bringing the festival to you—both online and in the real world across the US and beyond.
The heart of our festival is our community. The joining of artists and audiences forms something truly extraordinary. We invite you to explore the program, join the conversation, and experience this new festival with us.
-Tabitha Jackson, Director, Sundance Film Festival
The festival has reduced its timeline to seven days from the usual 11 and will take place JANUARY 28 through FEBRUARY 3.
The entire program will be available on festival.sundance.org to pass holders and ticket buyers across the United States, in addition to some international territories that have yet to be finalized. The festival is also planning at least one physical screening for each film in its lineup, as well as drive-in options in Los Angeles and Park City. More than 25 arthouses around the country, from Alabama to Puerto Rico, will partner with Sundance for screenings and events. Its full slate of talks, as well as the New Frontier, XR, and emerging media programs will be available around the world.
Programmers just finalized the lineup including 70-plus features, 50 short films, and four episodic works. Passholders will either gain immediate access or need to request space in advance, depending on the level of their accreditation. A three-hour availability window begins at each film’s scheduled start time. Two days after their premieres, all films will have a second screening window, this one for 24 hours. Because you’re not running between venues this year, the possibility of seeing more films is higher!
The general public also will be able to purchase tickets for virtual screenings, though the festival has yet to determine a timeline for making them available. All talks and events will be free and globally accessible, as long as you have an internet connection.
Confirmed drive-in events will take place at the Rose Bowl and the Mission Tiki in Los Angeles. In Park City, The Ray will host indoor, socially distant screenings. The festival is also exploring around 15 international partners for screening events.
The usual chaos of Park City’s Main Street, will go dormant, however, the festival’s online hub, will include “Main Street,” “Artists Lounge,” and “Festival Village” sections for social engagement.
With vaccines on the horizon, Sundance views its 2021 edition as a temporary setup, but some of this year’s tweaks might stick around.
One of the fundamental values of the Festival is gathering: it’s a place where a global community of independent artists can convene for a generative and open exchange of ideas. This year, that will take place on the platform’s Festival Village, a free-to-all space where Satellite Screens, partners, and Festival sponsors will host a wide range of events, programming, and offerings to complement and enrich the official program. The platform’s Main Street will act as both an homage to the iconic Park City thoroughfare and as an extension of the Festival’s core programming, featuring digital partner spaces hosting conversations, musical performances, and more. The Artist Lounge will feature a space for creators to gather for artist programming, as well as for the Festival’s Class of ’21 to network and celebrate at private events.
FEATURED FILMS AT THE PARK CITY SUNDANCE 2021
As at past Sundance Film Festivals, films will premiere throughout the day, with Day One films set to debut Thursday, January 28, at 6 p.m. U.S. Mountain Time. During the 2021 Festival, each of the 70+ feature films will premiere online in a dedicated time slot, followed by a live Q&A. Multiple films will premiere simultaneously roughly every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. U.S. Mountain Time. This rollout is designed to preserve the energy of a Festival, with an abundance of choices and collective experiences, as audiences can begin the film simultaneously, and participate in the live Q&A which follows (viewers can also begin films any time within three hours of their premiere’s start). All films will return to the platform two days after their premiere for a “second screening,” offered on demand for 24 hours. The platform’s movie player is powered by Shift72 and developed with best-in-industry security and access practices. In a Festival first, the entire 70+-feature lineup on the platform will be closed-captioned on demand, and Q&As will be live-captioned.
SHORT FILM, INDIE SERIES PROGRAMS
The Short Film and Indie Series (formerly Indie Episodic) programs, focused on creative storytelling outside the feature format, will include 50 short films and world premieres of four episodic works. These will be available on-demand on the Festival platform for the full length of the Festival.
Since its launch, the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier has served as a showcase for dynamic, innovative work at the crossroads of film, art, and technology — and 2021 is no exception, with 14 works in the program. For the first time ever, adventurous audiences around the world will be given the chance to engage with the works, the artists, and each other via a bespoke virtual platform, accessible via computer and VR headsets. The New Frontier Gallery hosts the complete slate of live performances, AR, VR, and other emerging media works. Cinema House is the Festival’s fully immersive, big-screen theater, and Film Party is an interactive social space where the entire community of accredited Festivalgoers can safely gather together again. The environment also features interactive tools such as proximity audio and video chat.
Tickets and passes for those who want to experience the Festival for the full run, a single day, or a single screening will be available to the general public beginning January 7; further details will be available later this month. For more information, sign up at Festival.Sundance.org.
The full list of participating arthouses is below. Check out the Sundance lineup –> https://fpg.festival.sundance.org/film/films/catalog:
Birmingham with Sidewalk Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Center, Sidewalk Drive-In
Arizona: Tucson with The Loft Cinema
The Loft Open Air Cinema
Montclair with American Cinematheque
Mission Tiki Drive-In
Pasadena with the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Drive-In
San Francisco with The Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater, Fort Mason Drive-In
Denver with Denver Film
Key West with Tropic Cinema
Tropic Cinema, The Key West Lighthouse, The Truman Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
Miami with Third Horizon and O Cinema
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Atlanta with Atlanta Film Society
The Plaza Theater, Plaza Drive-In, Dad’s Garage Drive-In
Macon with Macon Film Festival
Honolulu with Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)
Iowa City with FilmScene
FilmScene at The Chauncey
Wichita with mama.film
mama.film microcinema, Wichita Art Museum, Groover Labs
Louisville with The Speed Art Museum
Speed Art Museum
New Orleans with New Orleans Film Society
The Broad Theater
Baltimore with Maryland Film Festival
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theater
Brookline with Coolidge Corner Theatre
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Detroit with Cinema Detroit
Minneapolis-St. Paul with FilmNorth
Pleasantville with The Jacob Burns Film Center
Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab
Columbus with Gateway Film Center
Gateway Film Center
Tulsa with Circle Cinema
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This summer is all about exploring the great outdoors. We are so lucky to have access to many, many wide-open spaces where we can find ourselves socially distanced from others and experiencing solitude amongst the trees. We’ve compiled an extensive list of places to enjoy Park City outdoor activities, where you can experience some awe and wonder, and feel safe.
ECHO STATE PARK
Conveniently located near the old mining town of Coalville, Echo State Park boasts year-round recreation opportunities for its visitors. Echo State Park offers primitive camping and a day-use area with easy beach access making it a great spot for an afternoon of kayaking on sparkling waters.
JORDANELLE STATE PARK
This is one of our more popular state parks, as it offers an array of recreation opportunities including camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking.
ROCKPORT STATE PARK
You can make the most of the 1,080 acres of water surface by launching your boat, or renting one, for water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Fishing from shore or from a boat is also possible with trout and bass among the catch.
DEER CREEK STATE PARK
Deer Creek is a medium-sized reservoir located in Heber Valley, just a short drive from Park City. The reservoir is a popular recreation spot because it offers excellent conditions for boating, fishing, and other water sports.
WASATCH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Head south of Park City to reach Wasatch Mountain State Park, a nearly 23,000-acre preserve located in the Wasatch Mountains which form the distinctive horizon of northern Utah. There are miles of trails dedicated to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as nearly 30 miles of trails for off-highway vehicles like ATVs. You can also golf at any of the four 18-hole courses located within the park.
HIKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
LOFTY LAKES LOOP
A 4.4-mile loop trail located near Kamas, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and fishing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Bald Mountain via Silver Lake Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Park City, Utah that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
IRON CANYON TRAIL
Iron Canyon Trail is a short and steep hike that takes you through some amazing aspen groves on the way up to a stunning panoramic view of Park City. This is not as popular as some trails, so it can be an escape from the crowds and a way to avoid mountain bikers. This 3-mile out-and-back hike will take roughly 1.5-2 hours roundtrip
Glenwilde Loop Trail is an 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options, including mountain biking, and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Beginning at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, Lower Jenni’s Trail is popular among runners who love tough steep climbs and exhilarating descents. Pass through scrubby shrubs and aspen stands while winding underneath ski lifts and up to the Jenni’s Trail sign at a fork in the trail. From here, continue up or speed downhill back to the base. Starting at 6,900 feet and topping out at 8,200 feet, this 5-mile trail can be run uphill or down, but be aware that the path is shared with uphill mountain bikers.
Find fantastic views and moderate climbs on this 6-mile dirt trail above Silver Star Café. It’s also an uphill-only mountain bike trail, so you won’t have to worry about speeding cyclists crashing into you during your ascent. Park at Silver Star and follow the signs leading to Armstrong for a three-mile run. Continue to HAM and Spiro Trails for a roughly six-mile loop, ending back in the parking lot. Or, if you’re running out of daylight and just need a short 3-miler, turn off of Armstrong after 1.5 miles (before you reach HAM) and loop down Dawn’s Trail.
The rolling hills and valleys of this preserved open space northeast of Old Town make it a go-to for locals. With over 30 miles of trails spread over 700 acres, there are soft dirt doubletrack and flowing singletrack paths for every skill level. For easy access, start and end at Quinn’s Trailhead–near bustling Kearns Boulevard. This area is popular with mountain bikers and off-leash pups are welcome and abundant.
HISTORIC RAIL TRAIL
This unpaved, historic path welcomes runners, cyclists, and hikers on its 28 miles as it passes through Park City, along the river, and to active farmlands and tiny towns before ending at Echo Reservoir—an idyllic place for a post-run swim. Start in Park City and cruise down the two-percent grade along Silver Creek, or run from the trail’s many designated parking areas. Stop to catch your breath at markers showcasing Mormon history, Ice Age excavation sites, and historical town events.
The iconic 26-mile Mid Mountain Trail bisects Deer Valley and both sides of Park City Mountain at an elevation of 8,000 feet, and it isn’t just for the mountain biking crowd. The best starting point for an out-and-back run is Deer Valley’s, Silver Lake Lodge. Head down the mountain just right of the Sterling Express Lift to catch the trail and run until you’re ready to turn back. Or access the trail with a beautiful ride up the Canyons Village Gondola or the Town Lift. One great option for skipping a shuttle or out-and-back is starting at Deer Valley, running to Park City Mountain Resort, then running or taking the Town Lift back to Main Street.
JEREMY RANCH AND BOBS BASIN
Bobs Basin is more of a trail system than a single trail. It offers great downhill mountain biking over short mileage. Access is easy, just get off the Jeremy Ranch exit on I-80 and turn into the Jeremy Ranch Elementary school parking lot. Follow the road around the back of the school and look for the parking area a couple of hundred yards down the road on the right.
Rob’s Trail is a fun & easy trail that climbs a mere 1,000 ft over 2.5 miles to a beautiful overlook of The Canyons Ski Resort, Park City, and surrounding mountains. The trail works its way through evergreen forest, aspen trees, with great views along the way.
The Wasatch Crest trail is a daylong adventure filled with five-star scenery and unparalleled vantage points. July and into August wildflowers add color to the alpine trailside, and the path into Mill Creek Canyon provides a beautiful, green, packed trail through the trees. Start at the Guardsman Pass trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon and hike 12.5 miles to Mill Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City. This route is one of Utah’s most popular mountain biking trails, but bikes are allowed only on the Mill Creek side of the trail on even-numbered days. If you wish to hike on a day without bikes, pick an odd-numbered day.
CASCADE SPRINGS HIKING TRAILS
A large natural spring releasing millions of gallons of water over a series of ledges and pools which feed into the Deer Creek Reservoir, which you passed if you drove down Provo Canyon from Heber on US-189. A paved path creates three loops (around .8 miles) around the spring with viewing areas and benches. The lower loop, Pools Loop, is wheelchair accessible, but the upper loops, Cascade and Springs Loops require the use of stairs.
BRIDAL VEIL FALLS TRAIL
It’s about 38 miles from Park City to Bridal Veil Falls, where, from the road, you can see this 607-foot waterfall flowing over a series of steep drops. There is an easy 1.4 mile paved out and back trail.
For more off-road options, check out the Mountain Trails Foundation map, available at local retailers and online.
Some of the best scenic drives or road bike rides in Utah are within a few miles of Park City. These mountain passes and scenic byways will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the West. Bring your camera so you can take home many memorable photos of wildlife, wildflower, and incredible mountain vistas. Please note that many roads within our state forests are closed during the winter month due to snow. Please visit the Utah Department of Transportation website Seasonal Road Closure page.
This beautiful mountain pass connects Park City to Midway and Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is a popular drive to view wildflowers, wildlife, and fall foliage. The road is paved and winds through Deer Valley Resort, through alpine meadows, and advances to the summit of Guardsman Pass (elevation 9,700 ft.). There is short-term parking and bathrooms at the summit. The road continues into Big Cottonwood Canyon to Salt Lake City where dogs are not allowed because it is a watershed.
Directions: From Deer Valley Drive head south. At the traffic circle take the second exit, Marsac Avenue (the first is the bus-only entrance to transportation center). Continue on Marsac Avenue for 7 miles.
Distance: 15 miles round trip from Main Street to the summit.
Average Drive Time: .5 to 1 hour out-and-back.
MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY
One of the most popular mountain routes in the state, Mirror Lake Scenic Byway cuts through Utah’s highest mountain range from the town of Kamas up into the Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest before descending to placid Mirror Lake. Many small lakes, waterfalls, camping sites, and hiking trails are along this beautiful route. There are no retail services within the forest area, so it’s best to shop and gas up before you begin your drive.
Directions: Take UT-248 east from Park City towards Kamas for 16 miles. Turn left at the intersection of UT-248 and UT-32. Drive 2 blocks then turn right onto UT-150 (Scenic Byway). Drive 32 miles along the highway to Mirror Lake. Return the same way or continue to Evanston, WY and return via I-80 westbound.
Distance: 48 miles one-way from Park City to Mirror Lake.
Average Drive Time: 1.5 to 3 hours.
WOLF CREEK HIGHWAY PASS
This paved highway begins in Woodland offering unimpeded views of the Uinta and Wasatch Mountain Ranges as well as the iconic Mount Timpanogos. There are several pullouts along the route that offer excellent photo opportunities and there are large aspen groves and open meadows filled with wildflowers in the summer months.
Directions: Take UT-248 east from Park City towards Kamas for 16 miles. Turn right at the intersection of UT-248 and UT-32. After 2 miles turn left at the flashing light onto UT-35. Follow UT-35 for 24 miles through Woodland and into the Uinta Wasatch-Cache National Forest to the summit of Wolf Creek Pass (elevation 9,476 ft.).
Distance: 38 miles from Park City to the summit of Wolf Creek Pass.
Average Drive Time: 1 to 3.5 hours.
A mellow drive through scenic Weber Canyon filled with aspen groves that are bright green in the summer and bright yellow in the fall. A perfect destination for this drive is the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. At one point the Trans-Continental Railway traveled through the canyon.
Directions: Drive east on UT-248 toward Kamas. In 5 miles turn left onto Brown’s Canyon Road. After 7 miles turn right onto UT-32 towards Peoa/Oakley. After 4 miles on UT-32 turn left and head east on Weber Canyon Road. Drive for 12 miles where the pavement will end. Turn right and follow Forest Rd 33, a dirt road, for 2.5 miles to the reservoir. The parking lot will be on your left.
Distance: 60 miles round trip from Park City.
Average Drive Time: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Provo Canyon connects Heber City to Provo and is the starting point for several attractions including Bridal Veil Falls, Sundance Resort, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, and Cascade Springs.
Directions:Drive east on UT-248 toward Kamas. Turn right onto US-40 East towards Heber. Drive for 14 miles on US-40 through downtown Heber and turn right onto US-189.
ALPINE LOOP SCENIC BYWAY
This is one of the most scenic drives in the Uinta Wasatch-Cache National Forest, connecting Provo Canyon and American Fork Canyon. The paved road winds through aspen groves to the summit (elevation 8,000 ft.) where there are stunning views of Mount Timpanogos, Utah’s second tallest mountain (elevation 11,752 ft.) and is an incredible place to go as the fall colors start to peak. Sites accessible from the highway include Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, and Cascade Springs.
Directions: From Heber, drive on US-189 for 14 miles. Turn right onto UT-92 (Alpine Loop Scenic Byway). You will see Sundance Resort after 3 miles, Mountain Timpanogos and through American Fork Canyon. If returning via Cascade Springs, the road turns to gravel where you’ll travel 7.5 miles back down to Midway, where you can return to Park City. Although paved, trailers are not recommended because of the steep grade and narrow curves. Must purchase a 3-day National Forest Pass that is also valid for the Mirror Lake Highway.
Distance: Out-and-back from Park City is 87 miles. Loop returning through Cascade Springs is 80 miles.
Average Drive Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
ECHO CANYON I-84
This leg of the drive from Park City through Echo Canyon State Park to Henefer was traveled by buffalo, Native Americans, and the Mormon pioneer’s journey to Salt Lake City in 1847. Echo Canyon features peculiar rock formations viewable from the highway.
Directions: From Kimball Junction, take I-80 east towards Cheyenne, Wyoming. After 23 miles take Exit 168 for I-84 toward Ogden. Continue on I-84 for 3.5 miles to Exit 115 for UT-65 toward Henefer/Echo.
Distance: 28 miles one way from Kimball Junction.
Average Drive Time: 30-45 minutes.
BIG MOUNTAIN PASS HIGHWAY UT-65
This pass is famous for being the route of the Donner Party and Mormon Pioneers in the 1840’s. Starting from Mountain Dell Canyon the highway climbs to Big Mountain Pass (elevation 7,420 ft.). From the summit continue on UT-65 for 10 miles to East Canyon State Park. The complete loop then descends into Henefer and through Echo Canyon via I-84 and back to Kimball Junction on I-80.
Directions: From Kimball Junction, drive west on I-80 to exit 134. Turn right off the exit onto UT-65 and travel 8.5 miles to Big Mountain Pass. To continue the loop through Henefer and Echo follow UT-65 for 19 miles. Turn right onto Main and follow it to I-84.
Distance: From Kimball Junction the full loop is 70 miles, out-and-back to Big Mountain Pass is 36 miles, and out-and-back to East Canyon State Park is 55 miles.
Average Drive Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
The highway between East Canyon and Salt Lake City was the final descent of the Mormon pioneers in 1847. From the Little Mountain Summit (elevation 4,940 ft.) you will have great views of Little Dell Reservoir.
Directions: From Kimball Junction, drive west on I-80 towards Salt Lake City. Take Exit 134 and turn right onto UT-65 N towards East Canyon. In two miles turn left onto Emigration Canyon Road. The Little Mountain Summit is 1.5 miles from the turn. You can park and enjoy the view before returning to Park City via I-80 or you can continue through Emigration Canyon into Salt Lake City.
Distance: 17 miles one way from Kimball Junction.
Average Drive Time: 30 – 45 minutes.
Park City and the surrounding area are home to seven public and eight private courses. Golf is a perfect activity for socially distancing. Stay within the confines of your group and enjoy a day out in the fresh air on the links at one of these courses:
3636 Willow Draw Rd, Park City, UT 84098 435.615.4728
PARK CITY GOLF CLUB
1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr, Park City, UT 84060 435.615.5800
SOLDIER HOLLOW GOLF COURSE
1370 W Soldier Hollow Ln, Midway, Utah 84049
WASATCH MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE
975 W Golf Course Dr, Midway, UT 84049
Parleys Canyon, I-80, Exit #134, Salt Lake City, UT 84109 (801) 582-3812
With the many reservoirs nearby you can stand up paddleboard, sail, wakesurf/board, kayak, jetski, fish, swim, and more! No need to bring your own gear, you can rent!
Utah Boat & Jet Ski Rentals, located at 255 Main Street is one of the most popular rental places in the area offering boat tours as well as boat rentals. Nearby, in Heber City, Jordanelle Rentals and Marina, offers boat, jet ski, and kayak rentals to ensure that you are all set to go on your Utah water adventures.
There is also Park City SUP – who call Pebble Beach at Deer Valley Resort their home base for daily rentals of inflatable SUPs, classes, lessons, and equipment demos. With sandy beach access to the water, no boats and no waves, people of all ages and abilities can enjoy standup paddleboarding and kayaking with confidence. Pebble Beach is adjacent to the Deer Valley Grocery Cafe, which offers great snacks and a full menu. They also offer a One Wheel electric board rentals, lessons and tours. Check out our Park City vacation rentals if you plan on coming here!
From Olympic history to incredible music, Park City is a bucket-list destination. Here are four of the best Park City experiences:
UTAH OLYMPIC PARK
Utah Olympic Park gives everyone the chance to experience Olympic sports as well as other thrilling activities. You can ride a bobsled down the actual 2002 Olympic track with an experienced pilot, soar over the park on a zip line, ride an alpine slide, hike around, and learn about Olympic history. Utah Olympic Park gives you a unique Olympic experience and the thrill of a lifetime.
With more than a dozen galleries around downtown, Park City is an art lover’s dream. And on the last Friday of every month, the galleries open up for the free community Park City Gallery Stroll. You’ll discover collections including contemporary art and crafts and works from local and international artists. Art-buying and browsing opportunities abound in Park City.
MUSIC FESTIVALS & CONCERTS
Park City has concerts going year-round, with big-name artists appearing frequently. In the summer the Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series takes center stage from July to early September. The Deer Valley Music Festival also runs from July to early August. And most weekends—and some weeknights—you can find bands playing in venues downtown. Music is just a natural part of Park City life.
HISTORIC MAIN STREET
Park City’s historic Main Street is a destination that shouldn’t be missed. The city started as a silver-mining town, nearly died as a ghost town, and reinvented itself as a ski and summer resort destination. Main Street thus boasts the charm of the Old West with historic buildings, plus 200 unique businesses. There are independent boutiques, unique restaurants, spas, bars, art galleries, and a lift to take you to the top of the mountain. Don’t miss your chance to check out historic Main Street and its wealth of shops, restaurants, and nightlife. And most importantly, don’t forget to check out our Park City vacation rentals!
From shopping to fly fishing, and massages to zip lines, Park City in summer 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
Park City in 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 Bigfoot Balloons 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.
Park City, Utah isn’t all about skiing. Don’t be shocked by this statement. In fact, there is so much more to enjoy in that area, you’ll be amazed at just how perfect a vacation spot this wonderful place truly is going to be for you, your family, or any group outing. Alright the skiing is top notch, but there are many other activities that aim to please. You can get the best value for your stay, by doing a combination of adventurous ideas, with galleries, shops, great food and so much more to consider. Here are 15 one-of-a-kind things to do in Park City that you’ll love.
WINTERTIME FUN FOR THE WHOLE GANG
15. Heli-Skiing: Alright this is skiing, but it’s extreme skiing for the truly adventurous and experienced skiers. No beginners allowed on these runs.
14. Guided Snowshoeing: This is a excellent way to get into the show without downhill skiing. Snowshoeing through the area with a guide is going to allow you to really breathe in all that nature has to offer.
13. Snowmobiling: Adventure that’s like riding the waves of snow. Go backcountry snowmobiling to truly get a unique experience.
12. Dog Sledding: Luna Lobos Dog Sledding Ranch is open for rides from their famous dog sled teams. An experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
11. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: Romance is in the air anytime you step into a horse drawn carriage. There is just something absolutely magical about the dashing through the snow in one of these vehicles carried by a team of horses.
10. The Kimball Art Center: Even in the winter, you might want to warm up inside of a great museum. The Kimball Art Center is fantastic for your whole group to enjoy.
SUMMER IS AMAZING IN PARK CITY
9. A Spa Day: There are many amazing spas in the Park City area that will pamper you like a princess. Or even the guys might like a little relaxing massage, buff pedicure, or even a decadent shave and a haircut..two bits!
8. Sundance Resort Zip Lining: A 900 foot zipline? Piece of cake! This is an experience you’ll never forget as you glide over the glorious treetops of the mountainous terrain.
7. Tubing The Provo River: This is a May through December activity, but is a great way to get into the water for some fun in the sun.
6. Bike Or Hike The Trails: A simple morning walk, or more intense hike is a popular activity. It’s all up to what you want to explore on the many trails offered in the area. You can rent bikes too for the whole family.
5. Kayaking: Park City Rafting and Kayaking Company offers guided and solo tours that you can do yourself, depending on your skill level.
DON’T FORGET THESE THINGS TO DO IN PARK CITY WITH THE LITTLE ONES
4. Explore Main Street: Charming buildings, ice cream, and even some toy shops. Kids will love to look around and window bronze as much as the adults do.
3. The Family Tree Center: Learn all about your ancestry to educate your kids. This is actually more fun than it sounds, and just a bit educational to boot.
2. Trolley Rides: What kid doesn’t love to look out the window of a old school trolley? This is tons of fun and it’s actually free to the public. Just wave to the trolley driver along Main Street and he will stop to pick you up.
1. The “Yabba Dabba Doo” Flintstone Car: 1800 Bonanza Dr, Park City, UT 84060. Kids of all ages will actually get a kick out of this replica of Fred Flintstone’s favorite car.
Abode Park City is going to be luxury lodging that will give you access to all the best activities, right out your front door in many of our exceptional properties. Call us today to learn more about how Park City will be the destination you’ll want to return to again and again.