Park City is best known for its epic skiing and the Sundance Film Festival, but those are just the surface layers of this charming Utah mountain town. No matter the season, if you’re planning a weekend getaway and you want to know what to do in Park City, read on.
Summer and fall
No snow doesn’t mean no fun in Park City. From outdoor sports to live events, this town embraces warmer weather with plenty of new adventures.Mountain biking: If you’re an adrenaline junkie and you love testing your limits, the nearly 500 miles of Park City mountain biking trails are ready and waiting to challenge your skills.Scenic chairlifts: Once the skiers have retired for the season, the Park City Mountain chairlifts provide a relaxing (and romantic) ride to the top of the mountain for stunning views and access to hiking trails.Hiking: Lace up your boots and head up the slopes to take in Park City’s alpine lakes and wildflower meadows – and don’t be surprised if you come across some leftover snow!Fly fishing: When the melted snow turns into rivers, Park City is ripe for fly fishing. The nearby Provo River and the Weber River are both blue ribbon fisheries, with easily accessible shorelines and plentiful fish. Water sports: Park City’s rivers and lakes are perfect for whitewater rafting, tubing, stand-up paddleboarding and sailing. Deer Valley Music Festival: Pack a picnic dinner and catch a concert under the stars at the Deer Valley Music Festival. The slopeside festival features chamber, classical, pops and country music. Park Silly Sunday Market: If you’re looking for some fun on a lazy Sunday, stop by the Park Silly Sunday Market on historic Main Street to shop from local vendors and grab a bite to eat.
Winter and spring
Winter is when Park City really shines, but there’s also plenty of snow around in the early spring as well. (And a springtime visit to Park City brings emptier slopes, lower lodging rates and a more relaxed atmosphere.)Sundance Film Festival: Every January the stars shine bright in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country. Snowshoeing: If you prefer to take in the snowy scenery at a slower pace, snowshoeing on a groomed trail is a great way to enjoy the wonderland that is Park City in the wintertime. Sleigh rides: Book a sleigh for two for a little romance, or invite the whole gang and make it a party as you glide through the powder and take in picturesque views of Park City.Dog sledding: Experience the power of paws with a Park City dog sled team led by professional handlers. Choose to ride along or take it to the next level and learn the art of mushing. Snow biking: If the snowy months have you pining for your mountain bike, snow biking is a fun winter alternative. Hit some of Park City’s designated fat tire bike trails for an exhilarating experience. Snow tubing: Snow tubing offers a downhill thrill for the whole family. Lifts and lighted lanes make it fun and easy even after the sun goes down.Snowmobiling: If you want to explore Park City beyond the slopes, check out one of the many snowmobile companies in the area. You can zoom through the backcountry or wind your way across acres of private ranchland. Skiing & snowboarding: And of course, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain have slopes for every skill level.
Park City offers plenty of options to enjoy any time of year. Horseback riding: Ride across Park City’s magical mountain meadows in the warmer months or trot through the serene snowy forest in the winter. Tour downtown: The shops and restaurants along Park City’s historic Main Street have plenty to offer. (Pro tip: To avoid parking hassles, use the free bus and trolley system to get around town.)Utah Olympic Park: Have you always wanted to try a bobsled? The Utah Olympic Park has one, along with a ropes course, extreme tubing and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Egyptian Theatre: The Egyptian Theatre plays a starring role in the Sundance Film Festival each year, but it’s also home to live plays, concerts, comedy and other entertainment year round. Atticus Tea & Coffee: If you love books and beverages (coffee and tea), you’ll love Atticus. With a cozy, quirky atmosphere and owners who love shredding the slopes, this Park City gem is not to be missed. High West Saloon: Part restaurant, part distillery, part general store and all atmosphere, High West is a Park City icon. It’s the perfect spot to grab some lunch, dinner or a drink with friends. The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge: The Alpine Serenity at Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of just two Forbes five-star spas in Utah, and every spa treatment comes with complimentary use of other spa facilities including a sauna, steam room and hot and cold plunge pools.
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