Get out and enjoy the many adventures available throughout Park City's resort playgrounds.
Photograph: Courtesy of Canyons
The sun is shining, and mountains of fun are calling! Get out and enjoy the many adventures available throughout Park City’s resort playgrounds, including these top picks. Make sure to check with each venue for pricing and hours of operation.
Canyons, 435.649.5400, canyonsresort.com
Utah’s largest resort at 4,000 acres, Canyons offers a wide array of summer activities. Ride the gondola up to Red Pine Lodge for breathtaking views and lunch, or hang out in the Resort Village for fine eats, miniature golf, and live music at the grassy concert venue.
The Mid-Mountain Adventure Area at Canyons’ Red Pine Lodge offers two zip lines through the trees, a scenic disc golf course, and a new-last-summer reservoir where you can rent a paddleboat, cast a fishing line to hook a tiger trout, or simply sit back and savor a picnic in the picturesque alpine lake setting.
With more than 12 miles of hiking trails, Canyons Resort encourages you to lace your shoes and see the aspen and pine trees up close. You can set out on your own or enjoy a guided European-style hike that includes a gourmet lunch and snacks. Keep your eyes out for moose—both the real thing and Canyons’ mascot, Murdock, who likes to enjoy the summer hiking trails.
Crank it up in the new mountain bike park accessible by Canyons’ High Meadow chairlift, also near Red Pine Lodge. It’s a great addition to the network of cross-country trails available in the mountains.
Deer Valley Resort, 435.649.1000, deervalley.com
Deer Valley is an award-winning resort no matter the season. Its pristine mountains are full of naturally good fun from hiking and mountain biking to summer-evening concerts and picnics.
The first in town to offer lift-accessed mountain biking in the early ’90s, Deer Valley has been rated one of the 10 best mountain bike destinations in the country and continues to delight hikers and bikers each year. Last summer, Deer Valley expanded its incredible trail system with new lift operations to Empire Canyon and trails in the Flagstaff Mountain area. You can make tracks on 60 miles of trails and ride to incredible vistas of the Heber Valley and Park City. Don’t miss lunch on the deck of Royal Street Café after biking.
If you’re new to mountain biking or hoping to pick up a few insider tips, check out Deer Valley’s Mountain Bike School. It offers regularly scheduled clinics and tours of the mountains for children (age 8 and up) and adults at three easily accessed locations—Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Lodge at mid-mountain, and in the yurt next to Empire Lodge. Kids can also mountain bike during Deer Valley’s Summer Adventure Camp, offered weekdays June through August.
Music fills the mountainside throughout the summer from the Snow Park Amphitheater. Deer Valley is the summer home of the Utah Symphony and also attracts nationally touring performances, including John Fogerty this summer. Make a night of it by packing a picnic. You can also stop by the Deer Valley Grocery Café en route to the concert for snacks, libations (including the annual Park City Cocktail Contest winner, the Flower and Pine), and nicely packed meals to go, or purchase award-winning Deer Valley cuisine at its concession stands.
Park City Mountain Resort, 435.649.8111, parkcitymountain.com
Park City Mountain Resort was one of the first in town to offer family summer activities. All activities for kids big and small are centered out of the resort base area.
Kids can channel their inner Sir Edmund Hillary while they climb and explore in the Adventure Zone. It features a climbing web and spider slide, boulders simulating the rocky terrain of southern Utah, and a climbing wall with trained climbing instructors on hand to assist little mountaineers.
Get your speed fix with exhilarating gravity rides, including the ZipRider. While safely harnessed in, you’ll fly through the trees at speeds of up to 45 m.p.h. The new high Flying Eagle Zip Line also offers a buzz of fun while seated next to a partner. And, have you ever experienced a roller coaster in the mountains? The Alpine Coaster is just that with its elevated track winding through more than a mile of loops, curves, and hairpin turns.
Complete the day by grabbing a meal at Baja Cantina for a great Mexican dish, at Legends Bar & Grill for a tasty creation by new chef de cuisine Brian Prusse (formerly of Park City’s Zoom restaurant), at Crescent Burger Shack for a simple bite or refreshing homemade shake, or at the patio of The Corner Store for a simply satisfying burger and beer.
Utah Olympic Park, 435.658.4200, utaholympiclegacy.com
Catch the Olympic spirit here by perusing the museum or watching athletes train in the aerial splash pool, slide down the bobsled track, or fly through the air at the Nordic jumps. Watching is free, including the Flying Ace All-Star Aerial Shows at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.