Summer Press Kit
Park City's Top 25 Summer Activities
1. MOUNTAIN & ROAD BIKING
Park City, Utah, enjoys the honor as the world's highest rated mountain bike destination according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as their first and only Gold Level Ride Center. That honor comes from the seemingly endless trail system with over 400 miles of trails ranging from mellow, scenic rides to adrenaline-raising thrills on hand-built features, flow trails, and dirt jump parks. Park City's three resorts offer lift-served biking and the bike-friendly town is home to several bike shops offering rentals, service, and locals' insight on where to ride. Road cyclists love Park City for the picturesque rides through the town's historic district and scenic tours on country roads meandering through the vast open spaces of nearby ranching communities.
2. OUTDOOR CONCERTS
During the summer, Park City comes alive with outdoor concerts and music festivals. Park City offers music to suit all listeners in settings ranging from the Snow Park Lodge Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort, to the Resort Village at Canyons Resort, or a club on Historic Main Street. Visitors can catch the best local talent at free concerts at Deer Valley Resort, Newpark Town Center, Silver Star, and Canyons Resort Village.
3. CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF
Park City's golf courses are among the best in the West and certainly some of the most scenic. A total of 12 golf courses-six public courses and six private-are located within a 20-mile radius of the town. When players tee up at this altitude, they'll notice the ball soaring further than ever before.
4. ZIP LINING
The Ziprider at Park City Mountain Resort offers an exhilarating 60-second ride that suspends riders 110 feet off the ground at its highest point and reaches speeds up to 45 mph. The Utah Olympic Park offers two sets of ziplines, and their Xtreme Zipline is the world's steepest, flying at 50 mph along the length of the 120 meter ski jump. Canyons Resort features family-friendly zip tour adventures flying over the tree tops on an 800 foot long ride and across the deep canyon spanning 2,111 feet.
5. ALPINE COASTER
This rollercoaster of a ride at Park City Mountain Resort zips and loops for over a mile and sends you down a metal track at 30 mph. The two-seated coaster delivers a thrill in the summer and winter for adventure-seekers of all ages.
6. ALPINE SLIDE
What visitor, young or old, would pass up speeding down the mountain on an alpine slide? Seated in sleds, passengers can glide down the slopes or zoom down the half-mile parallel tracks, racing friends along the way. The Utah Olympic Park and Park City Mountain Resort each offer their own style slide for additional downhill summer adventures.
7. ARTS & CULTURE
Park City is a thriving, world-renowned art community and every August hosts the annual Kimball Arts Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the West. Browse through our local galleries where you'll find the best from local artists and designers, or take in a live performance at the Eccles Center or the Egyptian Theatre.
After a fun day of outdoor adventure, make time for some pampering. Park City features many world-class, luxury spas specializing in a vast array of invigorating massages and signature treatments.
9. WATER SPORTS
Grab your suit and enjoy the many aquatic adventures at one of several nearby reservoirs. Jordanelle Reservoir, just a few miles from the heart of Park City, provides sailing, stand up paddleboarding, wakeboard and water ski lessons, boat/personal watercraft rentals, and camping facilities. Other nearby reservoirs include Deer Creek, Echo and Rockport, each within a 20-mile radius of Park City.
10. HISTORIC TOURS
From mining silver to Olympic gold, discover all the aspects that make historic Park City one of the most authentic resort destinations in the United States. At the Utah Olympic Park's Alf Engen Ski Museum, see Park City's skiing history that qualified it as a venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics or tour the Olympic venues. The recently renovated Museum & Old Territorial Jail on Main Street allows visitors to travel back in time to explore the rich mining-to-skiing heritage that makes Park City so distinct.
Park City's alpine setting is the ideal choice for weddings, family reunions and conventions. More than 30 meeting and convention properties accommodate groups of 10 to 700, at a full range of levels and prices to suit every small- to mid-size gathering. Park City's breathtaking setting and available activities make it a venue attendees will never forget.
Park City is a great place for another favorite pastime: shopping. Our merchants specialize in everything from art collectibles and handmade furniture to Western antiques and wildlife photography. With bookstores, fashion boutiques and the Tanger Outlet Center, even the most discerning shopper is guaranteed great finds.
13. DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Park City's many award-winning restaurants are among the finest in the West, reflecting several different culinary styles and influences. More than 100 options provide an answer to every taste, mood and budget. After dinner you may want to wind down with an evening of contemporary jazz or wind it up to a live show by the mayor of Park City and his folk band.
14. UTAH OLYMPIC PARK
Take flight as you soar down the world's steepest Zipline, feel the rush as you cruise the Park's alpine slide, build skills and challenge yourself on the ropes course, plummet down the free fall tower, or experience big air on an aerial bungee. This park gives the family the opportunity to be an Olympian for a day.
15. WHEELED BOBSLED RIDES
The 2002 Olympic Winter Games venues are open for Park City visitors to have their own Olympic experience, even in the summertime. Enjoy one of the biggest thrills imaginable by racing down the Olympic track at 70 mph on a wheeled bobsled ride.
16. LEARN-TO CAMPS & CLINICS
For visitors seeking the full experience, the Utah Olympic Park provides an array of programs all year long. With plastic
runways on the ski jumps and a 750,000-gallon freestyle aerials training pool, the UOP offers summer camps in freestyle aerials and ski jumping for introductory, developmental and high-performance athletes.
17. BLUE-RIBBON FLY FISHING
Try your luck casting for rainbow or brown trout in one of our
pristine rivers and streams. Grab some waders and a rod and spend an afternoon-or a week-casting your line across mountain waters such as Utah's famed blue-ribbon fishery, the Provo River.
Two outdoor public courts are located in City Park and several additional outdoor courts are available for paid use at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center (MARC).
19. HORSEBACK RIDING
Another way to enjoy Park City's mountain setting is on horseback. Meander through stands of aspens and pines or gallop your horse through an open field. Our local stables offer horseback guided tours for equestrians of all abilities, while daily to seasonal horse rentals are available for the more experienced riders.
Park City offers film lovers much more than the Sundance Film Festival every January. Visitors can take in a movie at two local cinemas, catch award-winning environmental documentaries at the SwanerEco Center or watch screenings of independent movies at the Santy Auditorium. Sundance Institute also features free independant film screenings at different outdoor venues throughout Park City.
21. HOT-AIR BALLOONING
See Park City from a bird's-eye view in a hot-air balloon. Our hot-air balloon companies offer flights of varying lengths, and the surrounding scenery is sure to take your breath away. Start the day off right by catching a flight that includes a continental breakfast or a champagne toast.
22. SCENIC DRIVES
Park City is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking and dramatic scenery in Northern Utah. Take a summer drive to one of the many surrounding mountain communities, discover a lazy country road or climb an adventurous jeep trail to take in the vibrant mountain colors.
23. SKATEBOARDING & ROLLERBLADING
Park City is home to one of the best outdoor municipal skateboard parks around. Featuring the 20,000 square foot skate park in City Park and miles of paved trails, Park City is a great place to bring your board or blades.
24. ROCK CLIMBING
Climbing opportunities abound in and around Park City. From the very novice to veteran climbers, there is a route for everyone. Hone your skills with expert instructors to guide you up and down terrain in the nearby Uinta Mountain Range.
Whether with friends or family or on a guided tour, hiking is a perfect way to enjoy the mountains surrounding Park City. Hikers are welcome on any section of Park City's 400 miles of public trails. Visitors can enjoy scenic strolls on paved trails or adventurous hikes through mountain terrain.