Park City is a mountain town known for its world-renowned ski resorts. Iconic Park City experiences include visiting Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain, as they surround the small town. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do on both mountains year-round.
For the best of Park City, including the town’s finest shops, restaurants and art galleries, head to Main Street. The historic street also hosts the most popular Park City events, including the Sundance Film Festival. Plus, if you’re looking for things to do in Salt Lake City, Park City is basically next door. Here are 14 of the most fun things to do in Park City, Utah in winter and summer.
1. Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is consistently named one of North America’s best ski resorts. To set itself apart from its nearby competitors, Deer Valley Resort caters towards more prestigious guests. This is evident in the fact that it’s a ski-only resort with perfectly groomed slopes; daily ticket sales are limited to avoid overcrowding; there are free ski valets, and it’s home to both fine dining restaurants and clothing boutiques. It’s a refined skiing experience like no other in Utah.
2. Park City Mountain
With over 7300 skiable acres, Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in North America. To break it down, it has 17 peaks, 12 bowls, 338 trails, seven terrain parks with two superpipes, and 41 lifts. Its two base areas are home to several restaurants and nine hotels as well. Once the snow melts, the mountain becomes an adventure playground. Summer activities include hiking and biking, ziplining, riding the Mountain Coast and Alpine Slide, and playing a round of mini golf.
3. Park City Museum
One of the most family-friendly things to do in Park City is to visit the Park City Museum, which aims to preserve, protect and promote the town’s history and heritage. It has several interactive permanent exhibits on the town’s early settlers, mining history, and The Great Fire of 1898. You can also visit the town’s original territorial jail, and watch a movie from inside an original car from the world’s only ‘Skier Subway.’
4. Park City Alpine Slide
At over 3000 feet long, The Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain is one of the world’s longest slides. However, it’s only open and available in summer. The slide includes four concrete luge-like tracks, so you could potentially race family and friends down the mountain. Alternatively, take it at your own pace as you control the speed. Participants must be 48” tall to ride their own sled. Otherwise, children between 35 and 47” tall can ride with someone aged 16 or older.
5. Utah Outdoor Adventures
Utah Outdoor Adventures are one of the town’s top-ranked tour operators. If you’re looking for year-round fun and adventurous things to do in Park City, visit Utah Outdoor Adventures. In summer, they organize white water rafting tours down the Weber River, as well as hiking tours. Then in winter, their attention turns to snowshoeing tours on the town’s snow-covered mountains. Expect to be snowshoeing through several feet of fresh snow, surrounded by the Wasatch Range’s towering peaks.
6. Park Silly Sunday Market
Open from June to September, the Park Silly Sunday Market is an eco-friendly and open-air farmers market. The market pops up on Sundays along the town’s historic Main Street. You will find locals selling fresh fruit and vegetables, antiques, homemade gifts, arts and crafts, and gourmet food. The market is also known for its live music. Don’t miss the Park Silly Sunday Market on a visit to the mountain town in the summer months.
7. All Seasons Adventures
All Seasons Adventures is another one of the town’s premier year-round outdoor tour companies. No matter the adventure you’re seeking, they’ve definitely got you covered. For example, in summer they organize tours that involve rafting, trap shooting, horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Whereas in winter, they do snowshoeing, fly fishing, fat biking, snowmobiling, trap shooting, cross-country skiing, and dog sledding tours. For fun and adventure in Park City, turn to All Seasons Adventures.
8. Canyons Village at Park City
Located just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City Airport, Canyons Village is the first base area that welcomes visitors to Park City Mountain. The village has world-class accommodation, including a Waldorf Astoria property and three true ski-in/ski-out hotels. It also has five cafes and restaurants, including the town’s best apres-ski scene at Umbrella Bar. Canyons Village provides direct access to the Orange Bubble Express too, which is the country’s first bubbled and heated chairlift (yes, really).
9. Main Street
Historic Main Street is the town’s heart and soul. Flanked by Park City Mountain on one side and Deer Valley on the other, the street is lined with 19th-century buildings constructed during the town’s mining boom. They’re now home to over 200 businesses, including 100 independent boutiques, 50 restaurants, art galleries, and a restorative spa. If there’s an event in town, it’s usually held on Main Street, including the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival and the aforementioned Park Silly Sunday Market.
10. Utah Olympic Park
Located just outside of town, the Utah Olympic Park was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today, it’s one of the most fun places to visit in Park City. Start at the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which is home to a gift shop and the Alf Engen Ski Museum. The free museum has displays on the town’s winter sports history. Its other attractions include the Comet Bobsled Ride, tubing down the Nordic jump in summer, ziplining, and the Discovery Zone.
11. Fletcher’s, Park City, Utah
Fletcher’s on Main Street is one of the town’s most popular restaurants. However, it’s more than just a restaurant. There’s the Library Lounge for drinks, and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. Fletcher’s has a cosy interior, where you can enjoy dishes like steamed mussels, short rib grilled cheese (the “best in the state”), and seared grass-fed beef and buffalo with blue cheese fondue. Finish with a plate of beignets with a twist.
12. Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, Park City, Utah
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a part of Utah State University. Sitting on the 1200-acre nature preserve, the EcoCenter features interactive displays on the surrounding environment. It offers weekly nature tours, an evening lecture series, and environmental education for everyone. There’s also an onsite gift shop, filled with local and eco-friendly products. People are welcome to visit the Swaner Preserve to go hiking, biking and snowshoeing along its 10 miles of trails as well.
13. The Egyptian Theatre
Another one of the best things to do in Park City and along its historic Main Street is to see a live performance at the iconic Egyptian Theatre. Established in the 1920s, locals love to visit for its variety of weekly events, which may include concerts by touring artists, comedy shows, dance performances, and community theatre. The Egyptian Theatre is also a premier destination during the Sundance Film Festival. Visit their website for upcoming events.
14. Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway
The Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway is a beautiful summertime place to explore. This road takes visitors between Park City and the town of Brighton and it reaches over 9,000 ft at the top of Guardsman Pass. With epic views of the untouched Utah backcountry, colorful wildflowers, and the occasional wildlife sighting, this roadway is a must-visit destination if you are here in the summer months. While you can travel this entire road in a normal car, there are sections that are unpaved gravel and it does get a little bumpy.