Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Whoever said you can't please all the people all the time has never spent a summer in Park City, Utah. The nice thing about having three year-round mountain resorts - Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and The Canyons Resort - in such close proximity is all the added activities for summer visitors.  Here the skies are perpetually blue, the foothills are covered with wildflowers, and the cool mountain breezes make summer temperatures a whole lot more enjoyable. 

And we've got summer mountain activities for everyone, whether your idea of active is sipping drinks on the patio at one of our over 100 restaurants and bars or exploring some of our 400 miles of trails, on foot or by bike.  If you're into thrills, try out the summertime version of the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park.  Challenge yourself to some alpine golf at one of several area courses.  Treat yourself to our cultural side to some of the most entertaining arts and music festivals at any elevation. 

We could go one by mentioning the many spas, fly-fishing outfitters, shopping and galleries, or the limitless Park City lodging possibilities, but we think you'll agree - if Park City can't please everyone in your group, nowhere can.

Winter Activities
There is more to Park City than our world-famous slopes...there's an abundance of alternative activities that are every bit as enjoyable as skiing and riding. Find out about winter fly-fishing trips or hot-air balloon rides.  Park City has dozens of specialty outfitters that can arrange it all, each with their own unique style. For those who prefer a different style of recreation there are museums, galleries, spas, salons, and historical tours.

With 9,326 acres of The Greatest Snow on Earth, 426 runs, bowls and parks and 58 lifts, skiing in Park City has never been better.  Home of three world-class resorts (Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and The Canyons Resort), Park City has something for everyone, ranging from lessons for beginners, to moguls and chutes for expert skiers, and everything in between.  Deer Valley Resort is a skiers-only resort; Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons Resort host both skiers and snowboarders.

Snowboarding is a sport inspired by skateboarding, surfing and skiing.  It was developed in the U.S.A. in the 1960s and the 1970s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998, and made famous by the U.S. sweep in the half-pipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Park City.  Both Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons offer snowboarders numerous terrain parks, half-pipes and acres of free riding terrain.  On any given day, some of the world's best snowboarders can be found riding in the parks and pipes in Park City.

Interconnect Tour
Is it possible to ski six resorts in one day? In Park City, Utah it is. The Interconnect Tour takes you on a guided hike/ski tour of six incredible peaks at Deer Valley, Park City, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird resorts all in one day. Strong intermediate or advanced skiers are encouraged to take part in this unique, breathtaking backcountry tour.

The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour offers a safe, exciting and unique way to experience the Wasatch mountain backcountry via routes in and out of up to six different ski resorts. Seasoned guides lead the way to fabulous off-piste turns, incredible views and a day not soon forgotten.

Faster than two skis, more thrills than a half-pipe, Park City offers the maximum in snowmobiling excitement. Let one of our touring companies guide you on a picturesque ride, with Rocky Mountain views only accessible via snowmobile. You'll have fun and learn to ride safely, while enjoying the beautiful environment around you.

Cross Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing combines the benefits of aerobic exercise with the tranquility of the Rocky Mountains. Before there was the thrill of alpine skiing, there was the serenity of cross-country. Park City offers several options for beginners and experts in this demanding and fulfilling sport. Try out our groomed trails or take a custom tour under the Rocky Mountain skyline.

Arts, Culture, Theater
Park City is a thriving, world-renowned art community. Browse through our local galleries, where you'll find the best from local artists and designers, or take in a theater or dance performance at the Eccles Center or the Egyptian Theatre. The summer brings the annual Kimball Arts Festival and Park City Food and Wine Classic.

Park City offers movie lovers much more than the Sundance Film Festival every January. The Park City Film Series offers screenings of current independent films at the Jim Santy Auditorium from June through September. The intimate venue combined with the thought-provoking cinema holds a huge appeal for art film enthusiasts.  Also, the Sundance Institute offers free community programs throughout the year.

There's a lot more going on here than sitting around smelling the wildflowers. Turns out that Park City's quite the hot spot for summertime performing arts events and chances are, when you visit there will be something waiting for you.  Whether it's our regionally famous Park City Kimball Arts Festival, 4th of July Parade, Miner's Day Celebration and Parade, the Park City Food & Wine Classic, the Oakley Rodeo, the Utah Symphony & Opera's Deer Valley Music Festival or weekly Farmer's Market.  

Art connoisseurs will enjoy the broad selection of art galleries featuring photography, pottery, jewelry and glass and metal work.  Browse our calendar of events including renowned musical acts, live theater, symphony concerts, independent film showings and much more. 

Utah Olympic Park
Although it was built for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, this expansive facility accommodates a range of summer activities:

-The Xtreme Zipline with a 435-foot vertical drop
-The QuickSilver, Utah Olympic Park's stainless steel alpine slide
-A summer bobsled ride on "The Comet"
-Expert guided tours
-Introductory Olympic sports clinics offered for all ages and abilities
-Freestyle Exhibition Shows every Saturday
-Alf Engen Ski Museum and George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum
-Free admission to explore museums or to watch athletes train

Spa & Massage Services
After a hard day of outdoor adventure, make time for some pampering. Park City features many world-class, luxury spas that specialize in a vast array of invigorating massages and specialized treatments.

Hit the shops when the time comes (if ever) to take a break from the slopes or other outdoor adventures,  We're talking everything from handmade furniture, books and sportswear to art collectibles and Western antiques. Historic Main Street is lined with quaint shops and galleries. And if you're in the mood for a brand-name bargain, stop by our popular factory outlet mall. You may not wear yourself out shopping here, but it'll be fun to try.  Resort shopping areas such as the Resort Center at Park City Mountain Resort, Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort, and the Resort Village at The Canyons, make it easy to browse between runs.

Summer Activities
As crazy as it may sound, there's more to Park City than our world-famous slopes.  And no, we're not talking about the food (although that is pretty enticing).  We're talking about alternative activities that can be every bit as enjoyable as skiing or riding.  Things like winter fly-fishing, hot-air ballooning tours, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, to name a few.  Park City has dozens of specialty outfitters that can arrange it all.  And for anyone looking for a different kind of recreation, we've got historical tours and museums, too. 

Biking & Hiking
Park City offers some of the best mountain biking, road cycling and hiking available. The town's three resorts provide lift-served, single- and double-track mountain biking and hiking during the summer months.

Hikers and bikers are welcome on any section of Park City's 400+ miles of public trails...ranging from mellow, scenic rides to adrenaline-raising thrills on steeper terrain.

Fishing & Hunting
In Park City, you're never far from a crystal-clear river or stream. Grab some waders and a pole, and spend an afternoon-or a week-tapping your line across the cool mountain waters. Go out on your own or with one of our experienced guides.

It's hard to imagine a better setting for a game of golf. Breathtaking mountain vistas, cool dry breezes and more blue sky days than you'll find at almost any elevation. Maybe that's why the Park City area is becoming a renowned golf destination offering a variety of 18-hole championship courses. Add guaranteed tee times* and the opportunity to book 60 days in advance through select lodging properties, and you'll wonder why you've never played here before.

Hay Rides
When the snow disappears, horse-drawn rides around Park City don't.  A relaxing hayride throughout our scenic countryside on a summer evening is the perfect way for the whole family to finish the day.   A hay ride is an experience you will not soon forget. Ideal for companies, families or for those who are looking for a leisurely way to observe the unforgettable West.

Horseback Riding
When you come to Park City, it's time to leave your cares-and your car-behind and experience the mountains like the miners who founded the city: on horseback. Ride up the mountains and down into the valleys, through the aspen trees and lush underbrush. Can you think of a better way to explore the Rockies?

State Parks & Reservoirs
Enjoy the amazing natural beauty that envelops you on every side when you visit one of the area's many state parks. It's a blanket of serenity tucked 5,000-plus feet high away from the rest of the world. Hiking and mountain biking, becoming one with nature at one of our many campgrounds, sunbathing on a rock, or fishing until the sun goes down are all activities you can do right here in Utah. From jet skiing to the best fishing around, our lakes and state parks have it all. Even the natural shorelines create the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, camping, and sand castles.

For more information about local State Parks, please visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/ or email [email protected]

Echo Reservoir
Phone: 435-336-9894
Location: 25 Miles Northeast of Park City off I-80
Size: 4.5 Square Miles
Elevation: 5,500 feet
Features: Picnic areas, boat ramp, and campsites.
Activities: Boating, swimming, fishing, and water skiing.
Services: Boat rentals and food service.
Fish: Trout, bass, crappie, and catfish.
Season: May to October

Deer Creek State Park
Phone: 435-654-0171
Location: 25 Miles South of Park City. take Highway 40 south 15 miles to Heber, then Highway 189 south 10 mils to park.
Size: 4.1 Square Miles
Elevation: 5,400 feet
Features: Reservoir, beach areas, boat ramps, campsites and restrooms.
Activities: Boating, windsurfing, water skiing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking.
Services: Deer Creek Island Resort has a restaurant, store, and boat rentals.
Fish: Trout, perch, walleye, and bass.
Season: Year-round

Jordanelle State Park
Phone: 435-649-9540 or 435-782-3030
Location: Five miles south of Park City on Highway 40.
Size: 6.2 Square Miles
Elevation: 6,166 feet
Features: Reservoir, sandy beaches, boat ramp, nature center, ADA campsites and restrooms.
Activities: Boating, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking, nature study, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. 
Services: Store and restaurant.
Fish: Bass, trout, and perch.
Season: May through September

Rockport State Park
Phone: 435-336-2241
Location: 15 miles northeast of Park City on I-80 by Wanship.
Size: 1.2 Square Miles
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Features: Reservoir, beach areas, boat ramp, campsites and restrooms.
Activities: Boating, windsurfing, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
Services: Concessionaire with food, ice, firewood, boat and PWC rentals.
Fish: Perch, bass, and trout.
Season: Year-round

Historic Union Pacific Rail Tail
Phone: 435-649-6839
Location: 25 miles northeast of Park City off I-80.
Size: 28-mile non-motorized trail from Park City along I-80 through Wanship and Coalville to Echo Reservoir. 
Elevation: 5,280 to 6,900 feet
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, nordic skiing, and wildlife watching.
Hours: Daylight hours year-round

Wasatch Mountain State Park
Phone: 435-336-9894
Location: 25 miles northeast of Park City off I-80.
Size: 4.5 Square Miles
Elevation: 5,500 feet
Features: Picnic areas, boat ramp, and campsites. 
Activities: Boating, swimming, fishing, and water skiing.
Services: Boat rentals and food service.
Fish: Trout, bass, crappie, and catfish.
Season: May to October

Water Sports
There is no shortage of water recreation in and around the Park City area. From sailing to kayaking to river rafting, soak in a water adventure that is sure to make your trip a memorable one!