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Park City, UT - Summer Vacation

DJensen

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We are heading to Park City in August and have found many listings online of activities, but looking for first-hand advice and thoughts from those that have traveled and stayed there in the SUMMER.

A few thoughts for activities - please send your ideas of certain trails or cities to visit:
  • Hiking
  • Biking (road or mountain) - one in our travel party has a broken hand so thinking mountain biking out for her
  • ATV or 2 seater trail ride
  • Horseback riding
  • Olympic Park (we did a bobsled run in Lillehammer Norway a few years ago, so will probably skip the run down the mountain)
  • Alpine Slides

Also, any fun gastropubs in Park City for lunch or dinner?
 

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We had a fabulous week of easy-moderate hiking during a June trip to Park City: we like to take lifts or cable cars up, and hike down if possible. Deer Valley was excellent (they also have mountain bike paths, everyone can be happy), also we went to Snowbird (fun lift up but couldn't hike all the way down, too much snow as I recall) and Sundance has a cable car up - and beautiful trail down, I think we didn't have time to walk the whole way so we retraced our steps after awhile and then rode back down.

We watched training jumps (into the pool) at Olympic Park, and went to see the Great Salt Lake. We'd hoped to see Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse, but they were on break. Seems like there was a little film fest right in Park City. The cable car over Park City was unmemorable. I honestly can't recall restaurants, but enjoyed the art galleries right in the town which is where we stayed.

One more thing: our timeshare in town had minimal air-conditioning and had promised nights would be cool enough and opening windows sufficient. It was sweltering, and very noisy during the evenings until very late. So I hope you have AC.
 
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Deb from NC

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We are heading to Park City in August and have found many listings online of activities, but looking for first-hand advice and thoughts from those that have traveled and stayed there in the SUMMER.

A few thoughts for activities - please send your ideas of certain trails or cities to visit:
  • Hiking
  • Biking (road or mountain) - one in our travel party has a broken hand so thinking mountain biking out for her
  • ATV or 2 seater trail ride
  • Horseback riding
  • Olympic Park (we did a bobsled run in Lillehammer Norway a few years ago, so will probably skip the run down the mountain)
  • Alpine Slides

Also, any fun gastropubs in Park City for lunch or dinner?
We had a great summer vacation in Park City a few years ago. We really enjoyed a day at Sundance...a beautiful drive ( less than an hour if I remember correctly). We rode the ski lift to the top...hiked and had a picnic, then hiked down. There were a lot of people taking mountain bikes up on the lift and riding down too. There’s also a nice
restaurant on site.
We also got to see skiers practicing at Olympic Park...jumping into the pool! Great fun to watch.
Enjoy, it’s a great place to visit!
 

Laurie

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... Sundance...a beautiful drive ( less than an hour if I remember correctly). We rode the ski lift to the top...hiked and had a picnic, then hiked down. There were a lot of people taking mountain bikes up on the lift and riding down too. There’s also a nice restaurant on site.
Now that you mention it, that's one restaurant I do recall, we liked it too. I think we also got a little tour of Sundance before going up the mountain. Or it could have been a self-tour. Apparently our trip was 11 years ago, time has flown. :)
 

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If it is open I would suggest a tour of Timpanogos Cave and can combine with a trip to Sundance Resort.
 

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When we went to Park City for 3 weeks 4 years ago we took our Kayaks and Hybrid Bikes. We saw numerous folks on the shuttle with true Mountain Bikes with almost full body armor. They took the lift to the top and rode down on some of the ski trails. We also saw folks with casts on their arms or legs. Patti quickly gave up on Biking at 7,000 feet. I did a lot of Road Biking including from the Worldmark to old town Park City. Yes it is up the entire way. There is a Lake not too far of a drive we kayaked several times. We are not white water kayakers. If it is open drive to Midway and try out the Homestead Crater. If you are not use to exercise at this elevation take at least 1 aspirin a day to thin at your blood and drink Gatorade.
 

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We were in Park City in early July about 5 years ago.
We also enjoyed Timpaganos Cave. Our friend does not like heights and had a bit of a problem with parts of the trail. He stayed close to the inner part of the trail going up and coming down.
Check out Mirror Lake. That's in the Uinta-Wasatch National Forest. Also Albion Basin. Those were both nice hikes
For a different kind of hike, might want to consider Great Salt Lake. We went to Antelope Island. Will be hot in August.

Enjoy
 
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