Park City is a prime place for travelers to enjoy time away year-round. If you’re lucky enough to be heading this way over Labor Day in 2023, you’ll find there’s even more to add to the itinerary. The following are a few of the many activities waiting to be enjoyed when travel plans bring you this way in early September to celebrate.
Have Fun at the Miner’s Day Celebration
When you head to Park City over Labor Day, you’re going to want to take advantage of all the fun that awaits at the annual Miner’s Day Celebration. This yearly event is a fan-favorite among locals and visitors alike and kicks off with a pancake breakfast hosted at City Park for just $5 a person. Once you’re fueled up for the fun ahead, it’s time to make your way to Main Street where you can purchase a numbered golf ball and participate in the highly anticipated Running of Balls! This event sees thousands of numbered golf balls released onto the road from the top of Main Street with prizes waiting for those that reach the finish line first. In years past, prizes have been as exciting as ski resort passes so giving your golf ball a shot is always worth it. Next up is the annual Labor Day Parade which typically kicks off around 11:00 am and is a family-friendly experience that’s sure to inspire everyone in your traveling crew. The parade begins on Main Street and Park Avenue and ends up at City Park. The conclusion of the parade opens up the afternoon to BBQ, games, and live music in the park. The afternoon continues on with a full-fledged mining demonstration just across the street from City Library. This event is a chance for guests to observe miners from across the country put their digging and mucking skills on display! The evening highlight is the Skateboard Pro Bow Jam which is a great showcase for amateur and pro skateboarders alike. It’s an impressive display whether you’re a skateboarder yourself, or just interested in being a spectator.
Enjoy a Round of Golf This Labor Day
Adventurers that can’t get enough of time on the greens no matter where they roam will love that Park City is the perfect place to book a tee time over Labor Day. Set your sights on Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf for an amazing experience on the course complete with breathtaking views the entire way through. The greens here are notoriously smooth and green while it’s entirely possible to pair wildlife watching with opportunities to work on your short and long game when you enjoy a round of golf here. Have your fill of deer and moose sightings at this course which is no more than 30 minutes from the center of Park City and one that’s likely to call you back a time or two.
Take a Holiday Hike in Good Company
With the Labor Day weather often on your side this time of year, planning a hike for your holiday away is always a good idea in Park City. This destination is loved for its scenic appeal and getting out and trekking some of the best routes is a great way to make the most of it all. Lace up your boots and consider making your way along the Armstrong Trail during your Labor Day adventures. This is a popular hiking trail that leads to the top of Park City Mountain and is relatively steep but rewards you with sweeping city and mountain views from the summit. Stop in the forested plateau area at the top and enjoy a rest before heading down for more in-town fun ahead.
Add Musical Fun to Your Itinerary
For music enthusiasts heading to Park City over Labor Day, it’s a good idea to look into the two free concert series that the city hosts this time of year. Canyons Village often holds free concerts on Thursday and Saturday nights through Labor Day weekend while Park City Mountain Village organizes performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays this time of year.
Celebrate Swiss Days
Another fun event that happens over Labor Day in Park City is the annual Swiss Days. Hosted the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day, Swiss Days is a Midway volunteer-organized experience complete with Swiss German food booths to explore, an outdoor craft fair to enjoy, and a traditional Swiss Parade that happens at 10:00 am the Saturday before Labor Day. Live musical entertainment is always on the lineup and a fun time is practically guaranteed! The event is located in the Midway Town Hall and festivities begin at 8:00 am each day.
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A summer trip to Park City is always exciting and in 2023, there’s no shortage of options for added fun. The following are a few of the top summer events in Park City to add to your itinerary this year!
Add Flavor and Fun to Your Summer Itinerary in Park City
If you happen to be the type of traveler that simply can’t get enough savory moments no matter where you roam, heading to Park City this summer is bound to be a treat! You’ll be just in time to make the most of participating in the annual Savor the Summit event hosted by the Park City Area Restaurant Association at Historic Main Street. This is a gathering you’ll certainly want to bring your appetite for. Guests are invited to gather for this outdoor dinner party that’s anything but average. In fact, it’s considered the largest dinner party in the entire state and it happens on June 24, 2023, at 6:00 pm. This community dinner is a chance for local restaurants to show off their best work as they serve up specialties to over 2,500 participants. Everyone gets together on Main Street as the sun sets, making for a great atmosphere that’s both flavorful and fun. In addition to the dinner, guests can enjoy fabulous drinks as well as live musical performances. It’s a celebration and a tasty moment you won’t want to miss out on this summer.
Experience Plein Air in the Gardens
If your summer travel plans have you in Park City on June 24, 2023, and you find yourself looking for some creative inspiration, Plein Air in the Gardens is sure to please. Hosted from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm at 4459 UT-224, this event is hosted by Gallery MAR and brings Park City Gardens to life in artistic style. During Plein Air in the Gardens, guests can join artists for a Garden Stroll and talk. As you walk through the gardens, you’ll enjoy seeing artists at work, gathering inspiration from the scenery around them, and bringing their craft to life right on-site. In addition to the many live artist demonstrations, guests can enjoy live music, refreshments, and great company.
Check out the Deer Valley Music Festival
In 2023, the Deer Valley Music Festival: Patriotic Pops will once again return to Park City much to the delight of locals and visitors alike! This festival is presented by the Deer Valley Music Festival in association with the Utah Symphony. It’s hosted at the Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at 2250 Deer Valley Drive South and will be held June 30, 2023. This is a festival dedicated to Independence Day celebrations and this year, participants can expect to enjoy renditions of everything from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to the Suite from Porgy and Bess as well as music from John Williams, a Sousa march just to name a few!
Make the Most of Park City’s 4th of July Fun!
Each 4th of July, Park City celebrates in patriotic style and 2023 is shaping up to be no exception to the rule. Those that head here in July will be just in time for some family-friendly and exciting Independence Day celebrations you won’t want to miss. Things kick off with the annual Park City 4th of July pancake breakfast at 7:00 am followed by the 5K and fun run at 8:00 am. This event is sponsored and presented by Park City Ski & Snowboard at Cole Sport and the race begins at 1615 Park Avenue. The race first started in Park City on the 4th of July in the 1980s and continues to be a fan-favorite holiday activity in the area. Proceeds go to support youth athletes in the Park City area and the fun run is open to racers of all ages. Registration is $30 for kids 11 and under and $50 for adults. Registration is open until July 3, 2023, at 5:00 pm, and do keep in mind that same-day registration isn’t provided. Everyone who signs up gets a race shirt that can be picked up at Cole Sport prior to the 4th as well.
Following the holiday 5K, the 4th of July fun continues with a day filled with activities, events, and performances in Park City. The annual 4th of July parade kicks off at 11:00 am on Main Street and is presented by Historic Park City Alliance. This major city attraction is always packed with spectators so it’s worth your while to head over early to get a great spot. The route begins at the top of Main Street and heads down 9th Street. After the parade, guests can head over to City Park where a variety of refreshments and snacks are waiting to be enjoyed. There are also family-friendly activities on-site as well as community rugby and volleyball games going.
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Make the most of your stay with Abode in Utah and Wyoming. Whether you’re just passing through on your road trip through the Great American West, or hoping to stay and immerse yourself outdoors, we have sample routes and itineraries to match your interests.
Take a peek at our favorite plans for day trips from Park City to Yellowstone, or the other way too, it explains everything you need to know about the route and options for where to stay each night.
START DAY TRIPS FROM PARK CITY
The miner town has 341 trails that highlight some of our best scenery from shady aspen groves, high alpine lakes, and wildflowers, to autumn leaves, wildlife, and epic views. They can be easy, moderate or high difficulty letting everyone enjoy the magnificent views during their hike. Our top 5 trails in town are:
#1 Armstrong Trail to Dawns Trail Loop is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is great from the summer trough the fall. A little tip: if you go clockwise on the trail you will go up hill in the sun and then, on the backside, the breeze really picks up and its shaded almost all the way down. And watch out for wildlife!
#2 Iron Canyon Trail is a 5.5 mile high on adventure and challenge out & back trail that offers the chance to see wildlife (be careful if you spot a moose!) and is rated as difficult but totally rewarding! The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Don’t forget your hiking boots! They would make a difference
#3 Rob’s Trail is 8.5 mile long, an elevation gain of 1,863 ft. and features aspen groves at the start then beautiful flowery area, and more woods before the top. This trail is rated as moderate and is best used from June until September.
#4 Bald Mountain via Silver Lake Trail is a 4 mile with an elevation gain of 1,266 ft. out and back trail located in the Deer Valley area (you could start from Silver Lake Village) that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. You can also only hiked the half up the mountain and took chair lift down.
#5 Round Valley Rail Trail is a 7.1 mile loop trail that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. There are a lot of paths that you can take and explore because area is very open. You can bring your bike on the trails, the main paths are wide enough that you can share the road easily. There isn’t a steep elevation gain but don’t forget to bring your water!
After a wonderful hike you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner around Main St. or Silver Lake Village. But, of course, you can always go back to your Abode and relax in the hot tub or deck. Check some our favorite stays for couples or families:
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STOP AT ANTELOPE ISLAND OR BEAR LAKE, OR BOTH!
To access the island, drive, bicycle, or walk across a seven-mile causeway that crosses the Great Salt Lake’s Farmington Bay, connecting the Antelope Island Marina to the town of Syracuse, Utah. The road doesn’t fully encircle Antelope Island so you can’t drive around.
Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery. There are approximately 20 miles of trails to be explored on the Great Salt Lake’s biggest island.
On the west side, the Bear Lake State Park Marina is open year round, located on the north end of Garden City, approximately 1 mile north of the US 89 and SR 30 junction, this is also the location of the park’s office. Rendezvous Beach is on the southwest curve of Bear Lake, approximately 2 miles northwest from Lake town on SR 30 from the Cisco Road and SR 30 junction. This facility is usually open from late April through late October. On the east side of Bear Lake, accessed via Cisco Road you will find the areas known as First Point, South Eden, Cisco Beach, Rainbow Cove, and North Eden. Distances vary from four miles to 13 miles north on Cisco Road from Laketown and the Cisco Road and SR 30
NOW TAKE WYOMING’S NEWEST SCENIC BYWAY!
You will be rewarded with excellent views of both mountain ranges, as well as the amazing scenery along the Salt River as the road heads northward through this incredible valley. From the summit, U.S. 89 continues generally north as it descends into Star Valley, continuing through the communities of Smoot, Afton, Grover, Thayne and Etna before reaching Alpine. At the “Alpine Junction”, three major river meet at Palisades Reservoir. These three rivers are the Salt River, the Greys River and the Snake River. There, the byway continues to the east as U.S. 26-89 into Snake River Canyon to its northernmost point at the Lincoln-Teton county line about nine miles south of Hoback Junction.
About 16 miles north of Hoback Junction you will reach the most commercial town in the Jackson Hole valley, Jackson. However don’t rush but enjoy the drive up till here, as the panoramas just begin to showcase what this valley and the national parks hold for you.
GRAND TETON AREA
You can start by exploring Jenny Lake. Swim, kayak, photograph and take a shuttle across the lake. Tucked away at the base of the Teton Range, the lake is a centerpiece of the park. From the east shore, visitors have views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount St. John, and into Cascade Canyon. From the west shore, visitors can look back across the lake towards the valley of Jackson Hole. If your group prefers to hike, we recommend the popular Inspiration Point that features a beautiful waterfall, anice overlook with views of Jenny Lake, nearby peaks and the Gros Ventre Mountains to the east. It’s accessible via the Jenny Lake Loop Trail (5.8 miles RT) or by taking the shuttle boat to shorten the hike (2 miles RT). If you are planning on using the shuttle boat, check their hours and prices.
Tickets are purchased directly at the boat dock.
Still scouting the area? Drive up Signal Mountain! During the early summer, bright wildflowers cover the hills below, Signal Mountain Road is 5 miles long and takes about 20 minutes to climb. Don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars to spot wildlife in the valley below as they congregate around one of the many glacial lakes that dot the region! 1,000 feet from the road below, get elevated views of the entire 40 mile Grand Teton range.
A great overlook along highway 89/191 is Oxbow Bend. An oxbow is a crescent-shaped section of river lying alongside a flowing, winding river. The oxbow is created over time as erosion and deposits of soil change the river’s course. Oxbow Bend is home to a variety of birds and animals, including pelicans, Great Blue Herons, muskrats, otters, moose, and bear. If you are like in a calm day, you might be able to see Mount Moran reflected on the surface of the water!
Schwabacher Landing is a spot on the Snake River, almost exactly east of Grand Teton, where the terrain flattens out and allows easy access to the river. There is a dirt road coming off the main highway and down to various trailheads. You will find serene mountains and trees reflecting flawlessly in Snake River. Schwabacher’s Landing Trail is a great way to stretch out your legs after a day in Yellowstone, a 1.8 mile out and back trail that features a river and is good for all skill levels.
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AND FINALLY, YELLOWSTONE!
Starting with West Thumb Geyser Basin, a scenic mile loop trail that features views over lake and mountains in distance and is good for all skill levels. The colorful hot spring pools are only 21 miles from the South Entrance.
Old Faithful is located in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin in the southwest section of the park. The geyser-viewing area is the most accessible and visitor-friendly in the park with bench seating, a large parking lot, and a ranger station that tracks the time, height and length of an eruption to predict the next eruption.
The most photographed thermal feature in Yellowstone is the Grand Prismatic Spring. The vibrantly colorful hot spring is best seen from above. The hot spring has bright bands of orange, yellow, and green ring the deep blue waters in the spring. The multicolored layers get their hues from different species of thermophile (heat-loving) bacteria living in the progressively cooler water around the spring.
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas. The basin consists of two areas: Porcelain Basin and the Back Basin. Porcelain Basin is barren of trees and provides a sensory experience in sound, color, and smell; a 3/4-mile (1.2-km) bare ground and boardwalk trail accesses this area. Back Basin is more heavily wooded with features scattered throughout the area. A 1.5-mile (2.4-km) trail of boardwalks and bare ground encircles this part of the basin.
If you are looking for wildlife head to Hayden Valley or Lamar Valley! Get your prime time wildlife spotting as you drive along these beautiful and broad valleys. You are likely to see herds of bison, pronghorn, badgers, grizzly bears, bald eagles, osprey, deer, and coyotes. Look for waterfowl, grizzly bears, and wolves! Don’t forget to pack binoculars, be still and wait quietly!
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!
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.
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