There's no better time to experience Park City than in the fall; incredible colors, warm days, cool nights, with golf, hiking, biking, and back-to-school shopping at its best. Fall is certainly my favorite time of year; the kids are back in school, the leaves are turning, and the cool weather is much appreciated after a longer, hotter than normal summer in Park City. And one of the benefits of all the rain we've had this summer, the fall colors should be spectacular. Just take a look outside, the hills are already dotted with fall colors.
The second annual Park City Area Restaurant Association "Dine About" arrives October 1-12, 2014. The 12-day extravaganza features affordable and delicious two-course lunches and three-course dinners from your favorite area restaurants.
The prices can't be beat: just $5 and $10 per person for each lunch, and $15 or $30 per person for each dinner.
"No coupons, no punch cards, no strings attached - simply walk in, ask your server for a Dine About menu, and enjoy."
However, it's only the beginning of a beautiful fall season with lots of fun things to do. Here's a list of ways to enjoy the fall season:
With over 400 miles of trails for hiking and biking, Park City couldn't be better in the fall. From scenic strolls to adrenaline-raising terrain, Park City is a great place for a mountain biking vacation this fall. If you prefer a lift up the mountain; some of the Resorts do provide lift-served mountain biking and hiking though the fall.
- Park City Mountain Resort is open through October 19, 2014
- Canyons Resort is open through October 5, 2014
- Deer Valley Resort closes summer operations on Labor Day, September 1, 2014
Looking for hiking trails in Park City? The Mountain Trails Foundation maintains over 400 miles of trails around Park City. Use the Park City Interactive Trail Map and pick a perfect trail for your next hike or bike ride.
Park City Mountain Resort
The Alpine Coaster, Alpine Slide, and ZipRider provide just a few of the many exciting activities for the whole family can enjoy this fall. Take a scenic chairlift ride or bring along your bike and explore miles of trails bathed in spectacular fall colors.
Operating Hours: Closing Day is October 19, 2014
One of the country's largest winter resorts, is equally as large in the summer. In addition to fresh mountain air and breathtaking scenery, Canyons provides scenic gondola rides, guided hiking and biking, single-track hiking and mountain biking trails for all abilities. Soar above the pines on a Zip Tour, hike through spectacular trails of reds and gold's of fall, and then let kid-friendly activities fill an unforgettable afternoon. Fall Operating Hours: Open weekends only September 5 through October 5 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Deer Valley Resort
Although Deer Valley Resort closes lift-served operations after Labor Day, there are still plenty of great hiking and biking trails on the mountain to enjoy as well as great deals on fall lodging.
Utah Olympic Park
There is never a dull moment at Utah Olympic Park in the summer. Experience the ride of a lifetime on our Comet Bobsled! Or, propel yourself down the Extreme Zipline - the steepest zipline in the world. And on a slower pace, explore the Olympic Museum and learn about the amazing stories of Olympic achievement. Admission to the Park is free and must-do on everyone's fall activity list.
Fall Operating Hours: Weekends Only from September 7 to October 27.
Park Silly Sunday Market
One of our Park City favorites is the Park Silly Sunday Market, a great place for family and friends to gather. It is held every Sunday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, but ends on September 21, 2014. Enjoy live music, activities and games for kids, face-painting, a Farmers' Market with amazing produce and foods, and lots of booths full of unique gifts and artwork.
Park City Farmers Market
The Park City Farmer's Market is held every Wednesday from noon to 6:00 PM at Canyons Resort, chocked full of fruits, vegetables, and with the holiday season coming, unique Christmas gifts, great food, and music. The Market runs through October 29, so makes plans to visit and stock up.
One of my favorites no matter what time of year is hot air ballooning over Park City. The view from high above Park City is breathtaking, and being up in the sky at sunrise is one of my most memorable experiences. And, after 20 years, the Park City Autumn Aloft Festival return September 20-21, 2014.
Golfing is great throughout the summer season, but especially breathtaking in the fall. You'll spend much of your time just enjoying the scenery as you make your way around the 18-hole Park City Golf Club.
Another don't miss this fall, Thriller! A ghoulish dance of monsters and maniacs, creeps and clowns. It is mystifying, mesmerizing, and morbid. An annual tradition and always a sell-out! I've got my tickets already, how about you? Purchase Thriller tickets today. Get inspired and have a listen to Michale's song.
The highlight of the fall season is Howl-O-Ween on Main Street. Bring the kids, "big" trick-or-treat bags and the dogs in costume and enjoy the fun and festivities on Main Street.
Park City scenic drives are my fall favorite! One of my favorite drives is from Park City, over Guardsman Pass, down to Midway, then up to Cascade Springs (one of my photos from last year's drive to Cascade Springs), over the top on the Alpine Scenic Loop and ending at Sundance Resort for lunch in the Tree Room. Don't forget your camera, it's one spectacular adventure. Plan an hour, or spend the day on one of the mapped Park City scenic drives from Park City to our surrounding communities, including Sundance Resort.
Park City has an action-packed calendar of events this fall, complete with film screenings, music, and endless things to do in Park City. No matter what the season, shopping and dining in Park City is perfect for any occasion. Plan your Park City fall getaway today at visitparkcity.com and take advantage of end of season lodging and dining deals throughout Park City.
Fall is in the air and the colors are already popping! If you've never visited in the fall, you are missing out!