Park City History

Beginning as a gathering place for the Ute and Shoshone people of the Great Basin, then a mining boom town, and now a center of excellence for Olympians, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe, Park City’s story has always been one of progress, change, and renewal. That legacy lives today in the stories that rest in the heritage sites and historic lands woven throughout and surrounding our town, which began more than 5,000 years ago.

Horseback Riding on a Trail

Long before our town was called Park City, there is evidence of nomadic camps in the Summit County region dating back 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples settled and worked with the land in a sustainable way that helps us craft our path forward today.

Explore Park City’s Origins

Park City's mining boom started in the 1860s with the discovery of silver, gold, and lead and the opening of the town’s first silver mine.

Park City’s Mining Heritage

Silver Mining in Park City, Utah
Mom and child skiing down a groomed trail

The end of the mining catalyzed Park City’s rebirth as a skiing destination. With government assistance and other contributions, Park City’s first ski resort, Treasure Mountain, opened in 1963 on 10,000 acres of land the miners owned with mineral rights.

 Skiing, Arts, and the Olympics

Park City Museum

Preserving, protecting, and promoting Park City's history & heritage. Interactive exhibitions explore Park City's colorful mining and ski history. In the heart of Park City's historic Old Town district, the award-winning Park City Museum is full of surprises. Guided Historic Main Street Walking…