Our 3 Favorite Hiking Trails in Park City

With the month of April on the horizon, we can’t help but begin daydreaming about spring and summer in Park City. Although we are still experiencing some chilly temps and winter weather, we also know that these days are numbered, and that pretty soon we’ll be packing up our cold-weather gear and getting ready to soak up the sunshine.

Every year around this time, we also start imagining all the epic hikes and fun mountain biking trips we’re going to take once the weather turns. So we thought it was the perfect time to share our favorite Park City hiking trails with you. 

So lace up your hiking shoes and away we go!

The Lofty Lakes Loop

We love a good loop trail— meaning you don’t have to double back the same way you came and can enjoy new views around every turn. The Lofty Lakes Loop has some truly gorgeous ridge and lake views, as well as huge meadows filled with vibrant wildflowers in the late summer. This particular trail does not allow mountain biking, so you can either hike the 4.4 miles or go for a run. You can even bring your furry family member too since this trail is dog friendly. This trail is not super-steep either, making it perfect for a day trip.

The Blood Lakes Trail

Although it has a kind of scary name, this hiking trail is one of our absolute faves. Blood Lakes is a pristine alpine lake that is ideal for swimming in the warmer months. The Blood Lakes trailhead is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Park City, and the trail itself takes you through lovely, peaceful meadows with gorgeous mountain views. Blood Lakes is also dog-friendly, but dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. This trail also has a smidge steeper incline than Lofty lakes, but it flattens out as you get closer to the lake. The entire distance of Blood Lakes is just under three miles for a round trip. 

The Armstrong Trail

If you’re a fan of mountain biking, you’ll want to take this trail for a spin. This trail is steeper than the other two, but there are plenty of scenic lookout spots to take a break if you get tired. The total loop distance for this trail is a little over three miles, and once you hit the halfway point and start heading back downhill, you’ll enjoy a lovely view of downtown Park City. Dogs are also welcome here as well and should be kept on a leash because of all the mountain biking traffic. 

Some Trail Tips

Remember to make sure that your phone is completely charged before heading out, and always tell someone where you will be and what trail you plan on taking. You’ll also want to pack some just-in-case rain gear and plenty of snacks and water— for your dog too if he’s coming along. And practice Leave No Trace— meaning that any trash or supplies that go on the trail with you also come home with you too. 

For advice on where to rent a home that’s close to these fabulous trails and other Park City spring and summer excitement, contact the experts at Moose Management. We love finding families their happy place in Park City.

Fun & Free Things to Do in Park City

There’s an endless amount of reasons to visit Park City— from world-class skiing to delicious local dining to some of the most beautiful mountain views in the world. And while there’s no question that a trip to Park City is a magical, unforgettable experience— it can also get a bit… pricey. That’s why it’s nice to mix in some fun, free attractions during your stay. 

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Park City that won’t cost you a dime.

Kimball Art Center

The Kimball Art Center is a popular art space that’s opening up a brand-new location on March 23, and the exciting, interesting exhibits are not to be missed! The non-profit gallery space is totally free— although you can leave a small donation if you wish. Their noble mission is to “inspire and connect people through art” They also offer an extensive menu of affordable art classes, too.

Utah Olympic Park

Constructed in 2002 for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Park is a historic venue that’s a must-see for any sports fan. Now a non-profit foundation, their goal is to inspire healthy, active lifestyles. This spot is also home to the Eccles 2002 Winter Games Museum— a complimentary, state-of-the-art exhibit that honors the athletes and the volunteers of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympics Games. 

Main Street Trolley

One of the most convenient aspects of Park City is the completely free, totally reliable public transportation service. And one of the most charming modes of free transport in Park City is the bright red Main Street Trolley. With carved oak seats and brass railings, they are truly a blast from the past. Don’t forget to snap a pic! Ding ding ding!

Park City Library

Recently re-opened to the public, the Park City Library is a bright, friendly, vibrant space to spend a quiet afternoon. With over 350,000 books, magazines, and movies to choose from, there’s also lots of comfy seating and specialty study rooms. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and closed on Sundays. 

Save in the Springtime

If you’re traveling on a budget, spring is a wonderful time to visit Park City. Because it’s a shoulder season, vacation rental nightly rates are often much more affordable than in the winter or summertime. 

Rentals like Prospector Condos 404 have space for four and are located just steps away from the free shuttle. Bigger homes like Bear Hollow Village 5474 have space for 14, making it easy— and cost-effective— to travel as a group with another family. Plus, renting a home means you’ll have access to a fully-equipped kitchen, so you’re not forced to eat out for every meal. 

If you’re thinking about visiting Park City on a budget, feel free to connect with one of our knowledgeable, local staff who can find the perfect home base for you and guide you through the booking process with ease. We’re also happy to recommend affordable options for entertainment, dining, and shopping, too. Cha-ching!

4 Ways to Spend Spring Break in Park City

Traditionally, March and April are stellar months to visit Park City, Utah. The sunshine shimmers off the snowbanks and ski slopes. The skies are a gorgeous bright blue. And although the temperatures are milder— fear not— there’s still some seriously awesome springtime skiing to be had. 

Here are four of our favorite ways to enjoy an unforgettable 2021 spring break in Park City.

  1. Springtime snowboardingSki The Slopes

We’ll start with the most obvious. Park City’s claim to fame is our premier skiing and snowboarding— and spring is a great time to take full advantage of the epic slopes at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. The temps are warmer and the snow is soft and plush. Pro tip: don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen!

Take a quick look inside this Sunspot Condo. This gorgeous home is within walking distance of historic downtown, and minutes away from the Deer Valley slopes. Plus, you’ll have a private terrace and hot tub to soak up the spring sunshine in style.  

  1. Banquet in a Bubble

This spring, Culinary Crafts— a 16-time Best of Utah Caterer winner— is hosting rustic, family-style meals on a rooftop terrace overlooking the mountains and Main Street. 

How do they pull this off when the weather is still on the chilly side? By serving your meal inside a private bubble tent, of course. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind dining experience! Click here to make a reservation.

  1. Wander Off the Slopes

Snowshoe in Park CityThere’s so much more adventure to be had around Park City that takes place off the ski slopes! And springtime is the perfect time to take full advantage of all that the city has to offer. 

Take a brisk hike on one of the dryer, sunnier trails. Try your hand— er, your feet— at snowshoeing. Gather your gear together and go fly-fishing— and maybe catch that evening’s dinner! Whatever off-slope adventure you choose, it’s sure to create lasting memories and deepen your love for Park City. 

 

  1. Go to Wine School

What better way to apres-ski like a pro than to take a few wine classes while you’re in town? Fox School of Wine offers dozens of opportunities to learn all about vino. Wine School

Their Recess at the Rock events take you on a tasting tour of Main Street while you explore different vintages. There’s even a class about the best wines to bring when you go camping! Contact the Fox School to grab your spot on one of these fun and festive spring tours. 

Book Direct with Moose Management

However you choose to spend your Spring Break 2021 in Park City, let the local experts at Moose Management handle all the details for you. Staying in a Moose Management vacation rental home is the ideal way to spend a luxurious spring break in the mountains this year. 

Give us a call or drop us a line and let us help you find that perfect home-away-from-home in Park City that may quickly become your annual spring break tradition!

Down on Main Street


With the warm spring weather fast approaching, a leisurely stroll down Main Street, Park City probably sounds like a great idea. As well it should! With all of its galleries, restaurants and shopping, it’s an ideal spot to spend a warm spring afternoon or evening.

Whatever your particular passion, there’s no doubt you’ll find a store in Park City that captivates you! From cooking classes to live shows to art galleries to spas to restaurants, there’s truly something for every interest. And you may even find a new one!

Art aficionados of all types will appreciate the abundance of galleries available. Genres include crafts, photography, paintings, metalworks, sculpture and jewelry. Artists from world-renowned to budding local talent are all represented within these varied walls.

If your interests lie in performing arts, there are several theaters available to satisfy. The iconic Egyptian Theater hosts all manner of live shows, from theatre, comedy, dance to concerts and community events.

Park City Live, housed in an historical War Veterans Memorial Building, is the “go-to” venue for both film festivals and world-renowned acts of all types. If you enjoy your live entertainment with a side of cocktails, either O.P. Rockwell or The Cabin may become your favorite hang-out.

The Park City Museum is a “must-visit” for the entire family. Dedicated to preserving the history of Park City, the Museum features both permanent and rotating exhibits and events. Interactive features keep the young and young-at-heart interested and engaged.

Trying a new restaurant (or two!) is one of the very best parts of vacation. Here in Park City, you may just be overwhelmed by all the delicious choices available!

While there are no shortages of advice on the best restaurants in town, we’ll just add that Riverhorse on Main is a superb “special occasion” restaurant and Yuki Yama sushi boasts some of the best in Park City. Oh, and for a generous Italian feast, visit Buona Vita.

All manner of retail therapists will find their fix on Main St.! From casual t-shirts to elegant designer pieces, you can easily find a new wardrobe at the shops here.

In the mood for some solitude with a cup of tea and a good book? One of the several booksellers welcome you.

If you’re feeling a bit more interactive, check out The Paint Mixer. They offer paint classes led by a professional instructor, with step by step directions and guidance. Unleash your inner artist!

For the foodies, pop in to Mountain Town Olive Oil Company to browse gourmet small-batch olive oils and vinegars. They love to share their extensive knowledge and recipes, too!

Those who subscribe to the “vacation is all about relaxation” theory will be thrilled to find the Aura Spa & Boutique. Schedule a hot stone massage or a Chakra package for new experience.

Part of the heart and soul of Park City is the Burns Cowboy Shop. Owned by the same family for every one of their 134 years of existence, the shop is as much an experience as it is a luxe shopping venue. Those who are lucky enough to own a Burns Cowboy boot, own a true original.

One of many perfect spring destinations in Park City, the city’s Main Street offers an immersive experience for locals and visitors alike.