Park City Summer Secrets!

Park City Summer Secrets! 

Park City is a famous skiing destination, regularly appearing on all the best-known Top 10 lists. It’s definitely a magical wintertime wonderland for many happy vacationers.  

But did you know that summers are pretty awesome here, too? It’s true! It’s a well-guarded secret, but we’re going to let you in on it. And we’re going to tell you the reasons you should consider Park City as much your go-to summer destination as winter. 

Weather

While the rest of the country is sweating it out, we’re breezing along with daytime temps between the mid-70s and low 80s. Ahhh! 

Pair that with the low mountain humidity and you’ve got the ideal daytime environment, for any activity that appeals to you. 

Something for Both Introverts and Extroverts

Here’s the cool things about Park City in the summer. With far fewer tourists, there’s a laid-back “locals” vibe around town. Not to mention that fewer people means fewer crowds all around. That translates to a lot less stress for those folks who prefer a more quiet atmosphere.

For those who like the energy of a crowd, there’s plenty for you, too. Summertime in Park City means an abundance of summer festivals and music concerts. As just one example, check out the Canyons Village Summer Concert Series, which is every Thursday until the end of August. There are many more!

Hiking 

Here’s how to really enjoy those cooler temperatures. Throw on your hiking shoes, and head out to one of the many scenic trails in and around Park City. 

Wondering which is best for your skill level? For beginners or easy family hikes, check out Farm Trail, a paved trail which winds through Park City’s historic McPolin Barn off of Highway 224.

The Round Valley Trail System features both easy and moderate trails in its 700-mile trail system. Access some of the trailheads at Quinn’s Junction and Old Ranch Road.

For more experienced hikers, you’ll want to visit Fantasy Ridge, which features six miles of beautiful scenery and breathtaking views at its 9900’ peak. 

Biking 

Mountain bikers, take note. You will LOVE Park City! 

From novice to expert, you’ll find the perfect trail to fit your abilities and get a great ride.

Beginners will want to start with the Lost Prospector trail, which is easily accessed from several vantage points and a great introductory mountain biking trail. It cruises along the historic Union Pacific Rail Trail.

Intermediates will enjoy the Flying Dog Trail, in the Glenwild area of Park City and the Mid-Mountain Trail, starting in the Deer Valley Resort

Those hardy souls who can withstand advanced level mountain biking will find their thrills at the Wasatch Crest Trail, accessible from several different points and the Flagstaff Loop, at Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake area.

Farmer’s Market

Whatever you do, make sure you reserve one Sunday for the Park City Farmer’s Market from 12-5. Part organic food, part local artisan crafts, part music, and all fun, it’s a must-do on your summer Park City agenda. 

Defy Gravity

No summertime list of outdoor Park City events would be complete without ziplining, alpine coasters, and alpine slides. Downhill exhilaration without the effort!

 

Whatever activity you decide to indulge in, we look forward to welcoming you to Park City and one of our vacation rental accommodations. Don’t forget to ask for recommendations, we love to share what we know!

Summertime in Park City

In the winter, Park City is a skiing mecca. During the summer months, it turns into nirvana for different types of outdoor enthusiasts.

On Solid Ground

If you prefer to stay on terra firma, there are plenty of land-based activities to get the adrenalin pumping! There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom on a mountain bike, from the exertion of the ride up to the exhilaration of the ride back down! With over 400 miles of public trails in the Park City mountains, you’re sure to find your perfect route.

Enjoy a round of golf, with easy access to over 15 courses in the general area. Perhaps you’d like the bragging rights to a William Neff or Rees Jones course or maybe the local Park City golf club better suits your taste.

Up in the Air

For those who like to soar through the clouds, try a hot air balloon ride! You’ll see out over the Kamas Valley as you ascend thousands of feet up, up and away, all the way over the Wasatch Mountains.

For a different type of view, take a zipline tour over Park City. You’ll fly at 40 mph and 161 feet over Olympic Park. Imagine the sights to take in from that altitude!

Water Lovers Rejoice!

The water-farers amongst us will gravitate towards a day fly-fishing on the Provo River or the Echo and Rockport reservoirs. And if that’s not quite adventurous enough for you, try your luck at river rafting, tubing, SUP, kayaking or jet skiing.

Families with children will appreciate the myriad activities available for the younger set. Choose from water parks to museums, a railroad ride to strolling through an EcoCenter.

Music is Good for the Soul

If easy-summertime living equals music to you, Park City is the right place! The Deer Valley Concert Series is featuring such artists as Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, Phillip Phillips, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gov’t Mule and The Decemberists, all in a beautiful amphitheater setting.

Also check out up and coming musicians at both the Deer Valley Music Festival and the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series.

What’s Good to Eat?

Many say if there’s only one summertime event in which to participate, it’s Savor the Summit, this year held on June 22. This rip-roaring event is billed as Park City’s biggest outdoor dinner party and offers those lucky diners a uniquely eclectic celebration of food, drink and live music all while seated in the middle of Main Street. Reservations are required.

If a one-night gastronomic event is not enough for the foodies and connoisseurs, choose from a number of tastings and tours. With a Park City food tour, you’ll receive a walking, talking, historical, and culinary experience all rolled up into one, providing you with hours of entertainment, as well as delicious noshes.

Wine drinkers will definitely want to check out tours offered by several different outfits in downtown Park City. Some are more geared towards locals than visitors and some offer beer and spirit tastings, as well.

Enjoy Your Summer Adventure in Park City!

While Park City has well earned its reputation as a world-class ski destination, it’s summertime offerings also put it squarely on the map and in the heart of its many loyal visitors and guests.