Famous for pristine powder and luxury ski lodging, you probably think of Park City as a ski destination, reserved for cold winter getaways. If you haven’t considered visiting in the summer, though, you’re missing out on epic adventures, perfect weather and great deals. We’ve outlined six of the main reasons you should visit this summer.
Hit the Trails
Whether you prefer to tour the mountain on two feet or two wheels, Park City is your summer spot. With more than 400 miles of easily accessible public trails, it’s no wonder why The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) refers to Park City as the highest rated mountain biking destination in the world. Each of the three area resorts run lifts to the top for those who just want to enjoy the descent and mountain bike rentals are available from a number of shops in town.
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It’s romantic, exciting and, quite possibly, the best way to see Park City—lift off in a hot air balloon for a truly unique experience. Climb 1,000 feet, to the top of the Wasatch Range and take it all in, there’s never been a better fusion of excitement and serenity.
If you’re looking for a new challenge among some breathtaking scenery, you need to check out the Park City Marathon (and half marathon). The mountain terrain is as beautiful as it is challenging and the downhill finish is a special treat.
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Go For Gold
Bobsledding, pool climbing, ziplining, alpine sliding and making your way across the ropes course—those are just a few of the adventures you’ll find at the Utah Olympic Park. This family friendly, active training arena is a must-visit spot for summer and who knows—you might even spot a future Olympian.
Reel ‘Em In
Of the many ways to enjoy the cool mountain streams that surround Park City, fly fishing certainly tops the list. Follow a guide out to the top spots or feel it out on your own, the Weber and Provo Rivers are known for their healthy trout populations and there’s no time like the summer to cast out beside the mountains and reel in your biggest catch ever.
Explore Local Parks
Acres upon acres of mountain, forest and shoreline are just waiting to be discovered a few miles outside of Park City at one of the many incredible local parks. Head to Jordanelle State Park and try your luck on a set of water skis or get to Wasatch Mountain State Park for great fishing, you’ll be surprised at just how much pristine land lies right outside of Park City.
Get Your Feet Wet
What happens when the snow melts? In Park City the skiers and boarders take to the lake. From sailing to kayaking and everything between, the rivers and lakes that surround Park City are best enjoyed in the summer sun. There are tons of outfitters and rental shops in the area for whatever gear you need, so the only issue now is deciding what you want to do on the water.