Although Park City came to fame for our spectacular snow and mountains, our town has a rich historydating back over 150 years. Park City started as a mining town when copper and silver ore were discovered in the area in the 1860s; you can still find many of the boarded up mines and buildings scattered throughout the area. The town has seen many economic ups and downs since then (including several fires and a major mining accident), and at one point was all but a ghost town – until local Parkites banded together to open Treasure Mountain, Park City’s first ski resort, in 1963.
Since then, Park City has steadily grown in popularity amongst skiers and snowboarders alike for our diverse mountain tracks and quality snowfall. The Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford and hosted in Park City each January, has also helped Park City achieve some notoriety – but the 2002 Winter Olympics quickly catapulted Park City to fame, and since then, our small mountain town has grown from a winter destination into a full year-round resort town, with diverse activities for everyone throughout each season of the year.
Regardless of what time of year you visit, a stroll through our historic downtown district is a must for any Park City vacation. Main Street is lined with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, galleries and other locations of note that are well worth a visit – plan to dedicate at least a day or more to exploring these treasures, and don’t forget to stop by the Park City Museum on your way down the street for an in-depth look at Park City’s colorful history (including an exhibit about Park City’s very own red light district!).
Winter visitors may come primarily for the skiing, but non-skiers will find plenty to occupy their time while friends and family hit the slopes. If skis and snowboards aren’t your thing, try tubing – Gorgoza Tubing Park is just across I-80 from Circle J Club, and Soldier Hollow Tubing, with a free toddler hill, is less a 30 minute drive.
In addition to the amazing shops and restaurants, Park City and Salt Lake both boast a vibrant theatre scene. Take in a show at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Park City, or coast down Parley’s Canyon to see the Utah Symphony play at the acclaimed Abravanel Hall or catch the Utah Opera or Ballet West performing at a number of beautiful theatres and playhouses around the valley.
In the summer, guests will find a diverse calendar of activities every week, ranging from family friendly to adults only. Outdoor concerts and movies are held every week (many of which are free and open to the public) at a variety of venues around town, and the Park Silly Market, held every Sunday during the summer from 10am to 5pm on Main Street in Park City, is a must-see. It features a fresh farmer’s market, a plethora of local vendors with one-of- a-kind items and, of course, fantastic food.
Summer guests should also consider taking a ride on one (or all!) of the alpine slides and coasters that can be found at Park City’s local resorts. While some appeal strictly to older kids and adults, there are some toddler-friendly rides as well. Check out https://www.visitparkcity.com/blog/post/the-park- city-slide-guide/ for more details on Park City’s collection of alpine rides.
This is The Place Heritage Park and our world famous Hogle Zoo are both open year-round and are well worth a visit, particularly during their holiday celebrations (Zoo Lights is of particular interest if you’re here in December). Lagoon, Utah’s largest amusement park, is a 45 minute drive from the resort and worth a trip if you’re here with your family.
Park City is also home to over 400 miles worth of interconnecting hiking and biking trails, with trails that will appeal to every skill level, as well as half a dozen or more beautiful public parks with sports fields, playground equipment and pavilions that are ideal for family gatherings, and a slew of gorgeous golf courses that will satisfy even the most experienced players.
Please feel free to visit our office for a more detailed calendar of events during your stay. Tim O’Brien, our resort manager, has been a local Parkite for 47 years and is a wonderful resource for our guests – whether it’s your first visit or your twelfth, Tim can find something new for you to do every time you visit.