Top 5 Park City Summer Musts
It’s hot; it’s summer, and you’re more than just a day guest to this vacation town of Park City, Utah. But can you really say you’re a “local”?
Have you hiked or biked the Mid-Mountain Trail? Have you attended the Park Silly Sunday Market or the Canyons Farmers Market? Or boogied on the grass at a Deer Valley Snow Park concert? Eaten breakfast at the Main Street Deli? Gotten hammered at the Fourth of July Parade? Until you express yourself in all things “Park City Summer”, we reserve the right to judge.
So as the summer begins, here are five cool things to add to your Park City Summer (hot) bucket list.
Rock Climb (or hike) in the Uintas
Hit up White Pine Touring for your beta, grab a guidebook, map, and personal supplies, and pack up the car for a day in the wilderness. Head to where the air is cool, clean and quiet; where there’s a lake for the pooch to splash in and where a trail for every fitness level exists- The Uintas.
About 45 minutes east through Kamas on the Mirror Lake Highway, rock climbers will find the Ruth Lake pullout. Hike northwest for less than a mile until a wall, and people scaling it, comes into view. The Lake itself is further along the trail, but for climbers, you can’t pick a better spot to cool off from the Salt Lake Valley heat. The area boasts about 100 sport routes striping the quartzite walls for climbing at all levels. About 1.3 miles north from the large pull out for Ruth Lake, lies the Stone Garden for you more advanced climbers.
Paddle the Mighty Weber
Weber River by inner tube or sit-on-top kayak is brought to you by either two commercial outfitters or your own party group. You can also show up on Wednesday evenings for the weekly Utah Whitewater Club float. The Club usually has spare gear and room in rafts. Either way, don’t miss out on your shot at the only river worth paddling within an hour of Park City. Head out I-80 toward Cheyenne then go west on I-84 towards Ogden. The Henefer to Taggert section is about a class II+ – full of mild rapids and boulders to navigate, and nestled in the beautiful, wooded Ogden Canyon.
Mountain Bike Deer Valley
We would have said ride Canyons Resort but Vail Resorts put the kibosh on their bike park last year. The fun and games can still be had over at Deer Valley Resort. For the price of a ticket ($14-53 depending on when and how long you plan to ride), you can pedal on over six mountains, 3,000 vertical feet of elevation change, and nearly 70 miles of trails, including four flow trails designed by Gravity Logic. In addition, several of Deer Valley Resort’s mountain bike trails connect with Park City’s extensive 400-mile network of single track. Do your own thing, join a group lesson or hire your own private guide/instructor to tour you around.
Slide the Slopes
The Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain Resort is a guaranteed thrill ride. But it ain’t the safe Disneyland version. This summertime toboggan-on-wheels can be hazardous to your health not just from the jolt of adrenaline but many a hardy athlete has launched out of the track. After the aches, bruises and road rash subside, you’ll be anxiously drooling for your next visit. Looking for something safer? Try the Alpine Coaster, a gravity fed track that carries you down to the base at speeds up to 30 mph. Hint: double up. The heavier the car, the faster you go.
Fly High at the Utah Oly Park
Adventure Courses at the Utah Olympic Park will bust through your fears, test your limits, and build skills that will carry on into the winter whether you weave through the ropes course, navigate a bobsled (on wheels), ride the world’s steepest zipline, or take a half-day freestyle clinic to learn to jump (into a pool). Or if your heart can take it, try Extreme Tubing. For $15-20, take an inflatable tube onto one of the Nordic Ski Jumps and launch.