It’s that time of year when the slopes and trails begin to soften and we await the start of another season, watching our mountains transform from bustling ski slopes to eager trail heads. But for those visiting between Mid-April and June, it can be especially unique, a time of true metamorphosis that brings with it the possibility of experiences not often enjoyed by peak-season travelers.
So, for those of you looking to enjoy this early spring season, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite activities to keep you moving, casting, rolling, and smiling.
By far of the least strenuous and most relaxing ways to experience Park City in an afternoon. Take an e-bike up and down the hills of Old Town, explore the many nooks and crannies of Canyons Village, or traverse the stunning golf courses tucked into Park Meadows neighborhood, the wind in your hair and no fear of breaking a sweat.
Whether you’re just in town for the day or exploring Park City for the season, e-bikes and helmets can be rented for hours or weeks at a time.
Rentals can be scheduled day-of or in advance at one of Park City’s many local bike shops. We recommend dressing in layers as the wind in spring can be chilly, but sunny days heat up quickly.
A few popular rental spots include:
Dependent on the weather, the Summit E-bike program can open in early May. Read more about our Pathway system and Summit Bike Share program.
For a relaxing full or half-day on the water that doesn’t require a bathing suit or boat rental, enjoy some time on the Provo or Weber River casting your line (and a few deep breathes) in a blue-ribbon fishery. Book rental gear or a guided trip through one of Park City’s many fly-fishing touring companies leading everyone from first-timers to experienced fishermen. For those more seasoned, we recommend a trip to the Uintas for truly stunning views nestled in nature.
Utah Olympic Park
A landmark of the 2002 Olympic Games in Park City, Utah Olympic Park is an afternoon worth the visit. Explore the very grounds where gold medals were earned, and future Olympians are trained. Soar through the air on their K120 zipline and get the feeling of being a true world-class Ski Jumper. Explore the Alf Engen Ski Museum filled with Olympic photography and memorabilia, or enjoy a day trekking the grounds, gawking at the ski jumps, or exploring new trails amongst the venue’s nearly 400 acres. Please make sure to plan ahead and confirm which activities are open.
Exploring Main Street + Small Business
It’s no secret small businesses took a hit in 2020, Park City being no different. Thankfully, with the help of locals and tourists alike, our little mountain town has been able to keep the majority of its small businesses alive through the pandemic, but without continued support, the challenges only increase. So, what better way to spend an afternoon than strolling historic Main Street, buying a few souvenirs, and grabbing lunch or a coffee along the way. It’s one of our favorite ways to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in spring, away from peak season crowds and living like locals.
Early Season Mountain Biking
Early-season mountain bikers chase the driest trails as soon as the lifts stop turning. And while the majority of Park City’s 450+ miles of trail aren’t quite ready to endure the tread of tires or shoes, depending on the month you arrive, Round Valley is typically drying out by late April/early May and a few warmup laps on Matt’s Flat or Nowhere Elks can help get more serious riders tuned up for the months ahead, while giving beginner cyclists a taste of the sport.
For trail updates and conditions, we love Mountain Trails Foundation for their frequent updates and maintenance, but any local bike shop can tell you which trails are open, and which are still too wet to ride. So, for anyone interested in traversing some new terrain (pending conditions) head to one of Park City’s local bike shops for rentals, tours, and the green light to hit dirt.