Sometimes a solo getaway is just what the doctor ordered, some one on one time with yourself to reconnect, feel rejuvenated, and be on your own schedule. Through outdoor activities, you can find reconnection with yourself, with nature, and potential connections with new friends. Park City is a vibrant, year-round destination and wide open spaces play host to so many activities that are great for the solo traveler—from skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and wellness activities to restaurants and the arts—these experiences are not only conducive to creating a connection with yourself but also a connection to other people. By traveling solo you create space for new opportunities and interesting experiences you may not have explored if you were not by yourself. Below is a list that hopefully inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and travel solo!
Where to Stay
Every solo traveler needs a landing pad and an easy spot to launch into activities and exploration. There are a couple of things to consider when choosing lodging; 1.) location, either within walking distance to outdoor activities, restaurants, or Historic Main Street although it’s important to note that our robust free transit system can get you from A to B in Park City and 2.) the amenities! Costs range from relatively inexpensive to high-end properties with more amenities.
Near Old Town Park City
Historic Main Street
Looking for a little solitude to reconnect with yourself and nature? When you're in Park City, you'll have access to thousands of acres of open space and 450+ miles of singletrack for you to get lost in the beauty of the land surrounding us. With trailheads within a mile of each lodging option we listed, you can walk, run, ski, or pedal out your front door!
Nordic and Alpine Skiing
Park City is home to two world class ski resorts—Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort—with ~9,300 acres of bowls, groomers, bumps, parks, and ridges between them. Many of the locations listed above feature ski-in and -out access, and the rest will have a convenient bus stop nearby. Day tickets are available but the better value is buying an Epic Pass (Park City Mountain) or an Ikon Pass (Deer Valley) to save on daily rates.
If being on the slopes isn't your cup of tea, Park City boasts tens of miles of daily-groomed Nordic Track. The White Pine Nordic Center offers lessons and rentals. And if you already have gear, it's just a hop and a skip to Round Valley where you can access a huge amount of trails for free. Take Transit To Trails up to Bonanza Flats where there are even more loops weaving through a beautiful high-alpine valley. For more information, check out the Park City Trail Map for more ideas of where to go!
Wander the Swaner Preserve
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a 1,200-acre nature Preserve and adjacent 10,000-square-foot LEED Platinum building with interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment. They offer weekly nature tours, wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education, evening lecture series, and a gift shop with local and eco-friendly art. You can visit the EcoCenter to learn more about our wetland ecosystems and take a walk on the boardwalk through the preserve to immerse yourself in the beautiful setting of this preserved land.
Only a half hour from Park City are the Weber and Blue Ribbon Provo Rivers. To our east are the Uinta Mountains—stocked with hundreds of streams, lakes, and the headwaters of the Provo River. Fly fishing is one of the most meditative ways to spend time in nature, enjoying the great outdoors, and relishing the present moment. Here are a couple of guiding services we suggest you reach out to for a fun day of wading through the river:
- Park City Outfitters is run by a fourth-generation ranching family from Park City.
- Trout Bum 2 can also get you geared up and guide you off the beaten path and fly fishing on the Provo, Green, and Weber rivers.
- Fishwest offers full and half-day tours to the best spots on the Weber and Provo rivers, remote streams, and the Green River in Wyoming. Plus, the guides know a lot about fish habits and hatches and will help you improve your technique.
For more information, check out Fishwest's guide on where to fly fish near Park City.
Park City is a premier Mountain Biking destination. Rated as the world’s first Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Park City has over 450 miles of public trails available for you to ride. Mountain biking is a great activity to do solo as it gets you into a present moment mindset, and you have the to opportunity to learn at your own pace. If you are new to mountain biking or to Park City, sign up for a lesson or a tour where you can discover why everyone is obsessed with this sport. As a solo traveler mountain biking is a great way to connect with other mountain bike enthusiasts as Park City has a couple of options for riders to meet other riders during weekly meet-ups like White Pine Touring’s free group rides on Tuesday evening (women-only) and Thursday evening (coed). A couple of lesson, rental, and tour outfitters include:
Check out the Park City Trail Map for more ideas of where to ride!
Hiking, like mountain biking, offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the outdoors solo. However, hiking has a lower barrier of entry, requiring minimal gear and no specific lessons to get started. You can simply find a trailhead and walk into the wilderness and find peace and solitude all to yourself. Below are few great trail options to start your tip.
- Mother Urban - Old Town
- Dawn's Trail - Silver Star
- Lofty Lakes Loop - Uinta mountains
Check out the Park City Trail Map for mileage and more ideas of where to hike!
Park City is a big little town with lots of opportunities to dive into some cultural activities. Seeing art and listening to music are two perfect examples of how to enjoy an afternoon hanging out with yourself.
Check Out an Outdoor Concert
Mountain Town Music is a year-round organization that supports local musicians, music venues, and our community by presenting live music, in beautiful spaces. Their lineup is full of amazing acts, and a great opportunity to check out lots of cool outdoor venues where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some tunes. Check out their calendar of shows for their full summer schedule.
Kimball Art Center
Visit the Kimball Art Center (KAC) and check out their current exhibits. The KAC inspires, educates, and connects our community through art by offering exhibitions, classes, and events to Park City residents and visitors. It’s a stimulating place to enjoy an afternoon of creativity that might spark something within yourself.
If you’re looking to purchase some pieces of art for your home or want to browse some exquisite creations then take yourself on a walk along Historic Main Street and visit the plethora of galleries lining the street. Each gallery has a different vibe hosting the creative juices of a diverse group of artists. A wonderful activity to play into the art of curiosity and inspiration.
There are many reasons for a solo trip to Park City, some being to reconnect with yourself and find some time and space to rejuvenate and restore. Park City has an abundance of experiences that bring out your healthiest and most vibrant self. Step into a world of pampering where spa days, treatments, and movement sessions revolve around you.
- Refresh your mind and body with a therapeutic treatment at Align Spa in the Prospector neighborhood.
- Pure Sweat Float Studio in Kimball Junction creates spaces and opportunities for you to restore, replenish, and tune back into yourself through infrared sauna and float sessions. It’s an opportunity to get still and go inward.
- Empower yourself through a class at the PC Yoga Collective in Kimball Junction, where you move your body through an energetic flow to connect yourself to your mind and body.
- Find peace on the water with Park City Yoga Adventures and their yoga on a paddleboard experience in a 10,000-year-old hot spring in a crater in Midway, UT (yes, that's actually what you do).
Eating alone in a restaurant may have a stigma, but there is something glorious about eating out alone. It’s a time to unwind and reflect and an opportunity to savor every bite of your meal without distraction. You can read a book, journal, people watch, sit at the bar, and chat with the bartender to get a local's perspective. Or, treat yourself to a dish you wouldn’t usually get, and savor the moment by relishing the time with your own thoughts in comfortable solitude. Below is a list of great solo dining options in Park City.
- Flanagan's Irish Pub - Irish cuisine & bar
- The Spur Bar and Grill - American & pizza
- Atticus Coffee and Teahouse - Coffee, tea, & breakfast
- No Name Saloon - American
- The Eating Establishment - American
- Nosh - Mediterranean
- Pretty Bird - Hot chicken sandwiches
- Freshie's Lobster Co. - Seafood
- Offset Bier Brewery - Beers & bites
- Deer Valley Cafe - Gourmet American
Park City - Off Main Street
- Five5eeds Cafe - Gourmet American
- Harvest - Gourmet American
- Blind Dog - Raw bar and sushi
- Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive - American
Kimball Junction Area
Recently, I traveled solo and it felt totally free and refreshing—I didn’t feel rushed or like I needed to cater to family or friend's preferences and was on my own schedule. I could find my true authentic self by going inward and reconnecting with my pure wants and needs. A solo trip is always a good idea, especially to Park City. This town has the makings for a trip that you will remember for a lifetime.