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Travelers who make their way to Park City in the fall are in for an amazing and unforgettable adventure. The following are just a few of the many reasons why it’s worth setting your sights this direction.

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Great Weather Awaits

Fall is a scenic and exciting time of year to visit Park City, especially if you’re the type of traveler that values impeccable weather standards. In a typical year, fall temperatures closely mimic springtime temperatures with warm midday highs and cool evenings. September and early October in this welcoming shoulder season are wonderfully comfortable for visitors with temperatures not getting into the 40s until late October. You’ll want to pack layers for a trip to Park City this time of year, but there’s a good chance you’ll still be able to leave the warm coat behind.

You Can Enjoy Quality Time on the Hiking Trails

Fall comes and goes too quickly no matter where you roam, but if you head to Park City in the autumn, you can take advantage of that ideal weather by enjoying time on the scenic hiking trails. Not to worry, there’s plenty to choose from and amazing views waiting to be savored along the way! The trees begin to turn fantastic colors this time of year and the trails are still rich with wildlife-watching opportunities as well. A prime route to add to your must-trek list while you’re in town between September and October is the Bloods Lake Trail. This is a nearly 3-mile route with an elevation gain of just 465 feet, making it a wonderful choice for friends and family outings. It’s a hiking-only path that’s designed for out-and-back exploration and provides great stops along the way to take in the changing colors of the trees. Early in the fall, the terrain is dotted with red and oranges while later in the season, you can count on those gold hues making their way into the mix. This is a hike you’ll want to have your camera ready for!

Make the Most of Mountain Biking Thrills

Another fan-favorite activity travelers can enjoy during their visit to Park City in the fall is mountain biking. The beauty of the great outdoors paired with the picture-perfect weather means mountain biking enthusiasts can spend endless hours on the trails taking in the sights and enjoying adrenaline-pumping fun too. In total, Park City hosts no less than 450 miles of easy access trails for mountain bikers to enjoy and they’re designed to cater to mountain bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re up for a downhill adventure, a cross-country journey, or a single-track escape, you’ll find it within easy reach this fall. For a truly memorable autumn outing on two wheels, try Rob’s Trail. This is a 5-mile route with an elevation gain of 1,003 feet that’s used for hiking and biking alike, so you’ll want to be aware you’ll be sharing the space with others along the way. That said, you can loop out and back along this path that’s situated in a neighborhood close to the Canyons side of Park City Mountain. The trail itself runs through groves of golden Aspen trees in the fall which makes for a fun and certainly eye-catching challenge!

Visitors Can Enjoy Scenic Drives

For fall travelers to Park City that can’t wait to get behind the wheel and make the most of scenic local routes, the options are seemingly endless! There are many inviting options just a few miles outside of Park City ranging from mountain passes to scenic byways. Guardsman Pass is a beautiful and exciting route to choose that runs from Park City to Midway and on to Big Cottonwood Canyon. The fall foliage is fantastic along this route as well as wildlife spotting opportunities to elevate the excitement of your journey! You’ll make your way through Deer Valley Resort on this road, but it’s the alpine meadows in fall that prove the most memorable and photo worthy. Set aside about an hour of time to enjoy the entire out and back drive which is open from May through November.

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is another great option when you’re looking to add a fall scenic drive to your itinerary. This route runs right through the heart of Utah’s highest mountain range from Kamas to the Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest. As the name suggests, the route leads to Mirror Lake which hosts a collection of hiking trails, waterfalls, and smaller lakes surrounding it. This is a drive you’ll want to dedicate anywhere from two to three hours to complete, depending on how many scenic stops you plan on making. Other scenic routes to consider if you want to expand your fall sightseeing fun include Weber Canyon, Echo Canyon I-84, Provo Canyon and Alpine Loop, as well as the Big Mountain Pass Highway UT-65.

Fun Festivals and Events to Check Out

A fall getaway to Park City is a chance to make the most of annual festival and event fun too. Those who are here in September will be right on time to enjoy time at the Park Silly Sunday Market as well as the Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival. In October, travelers can take time to enjoy the Halloween on Main Street event which is great for families!

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As the sunlight begins to wane, the trees begin to put on a show for us, and this special season presents itself in a display of color that one must revel in. A great way to immerse yourself in the beauty of these mountains in the Fall is to head out on some of our most spectacular hikes. Early autumn reds and oranges pop up first, and then soon after the hillsides are covered in gold. Below are a few of our favorite trails and Park City hikes to take in the Fall and all her glory.



Bloods Lake is a local favorite. You can’t beat a pristine high alpine lake perfect for swimming on warm summer days. The trail is fairly easy but it does have some moderately steep areas.

To get to the Bloods Lake Trailhead travel through Empire Pass, one of the 58 Scenic Backways designated by the State of Utah, where epic mountain views are abundant. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot from Main Street Park City. Note: Guardsman Pass is only open from May to October

Once parked, cross the street, make your way over to a prominent sign marking the Bloods Lake Trailhead. The trail is beautiful as it meanders through meadows, with scenic views of the Wasatch, and dense Aspen groves, which show their true colors during this time of year! As you make your way through the golden tunnels, you’ll find yourself at the base of some switchbacks. This is where the trail gets pretty steep and a bit strenuous. After you hike up this steep section, the trail flattens out and Bloods Lake comes into view.


Rob’s Trail is another local favorite, especially in the Fall. Tucked in a neighborhood close to the Canyons side of Park City Mountain, Rob’s is a moderately strenuous, multi-use trail with plenty of opportunities for spectacular views and lots of leaf-peeping.

Rob’s Trail is an out and back, but you can make it a loop by syncing up with the Ambush Trail, which will cross the slopes of The Canyons, and loop around to Rosebud’s Heaven where you can then reconnect with Rob’s. If you choose to do a loop you’re looking closer at a 7-mile hike. Rob’s is great for a mellow hike or an easy trail run, as it starts with a pretty consistent gentle climb, through lots of Aspen trees. When you get to the top, aspens give way to pine trees, and you come across a nice bench for a rest. From that spot you have some amazing views of The Canyon’s slopes lit up in gold.


For a quick but moderately steep hike to peep some amazing colorful panoramic views, head up the Iron Canyon Trail, which starts at the top of Iron Mountain Court, and provides a wide view of the now colorful ski slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

The vast overlook of Park City is your destination, and it is well worth the climb! Most of the trail is shaded by Aspens, so it’s like you are hiking along the yellow brick road as they shed their leaves. There are no switchbacks along this hike so it’s a pretty straight-up strenuous climb with 860 feet of elevation gain.


Now that lift access is closed on Park City Mountain Resort, the only option to get involved in some golden Aspens on PCMR is to hike up! At the PCMR base area near the First Time Lift, you’ll find signage for Jenni’s Trail. Follow the meandering, gentle uphill trail through gorgeous Aspen groves with smooth switchbacks that cross numerous ski runs until it opens up to some spectacular views of Park City Mountain with the leaves going off. The trails on PCMR are a bit of a choose your own hiking adventure, as you can go as long or as short as you want, try an out and back or a loop, by hooking up with a couple of other trails.


Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Trail is designated as a foot-traffic only trail, so you’re guaranteed more tranquility as you hike through the peaceful landscape. The trail is nicely marked beginning at the base of the Silver Lake chairlift. This is an absolutely gorgeous hike that ends at the top of Bald Mountain with picturesque cliffs on one side and a bird’s eye view of the Heber Valley on the other.


Set realistic goals and research the trail ahead of time  – pay attention to the total distance and the total elevation gain. Have an idea in mind of how far you can comfortably hike in a day and how much elevation gain is too much, and get an idea of how long the hike will take so you don’t get stuck on the trail in the dark if you decide to do these hikes during sunset (if so bring a headlamp)

This is truly an amazing time of year to be in Park City, with the transformation from Summer to Fall, the newly crisp air, and the colorful foliage all around us. It’s not too hot, and not too cold (yet), what a great excuse to get out on the trails for a couple more hikes before the days get shorter and the snow begins to fall. Click here to browse our fantastic vacation rentals in Park City!