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Park City (Utah)

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Park City [30] is a year-round resort town located on the Eastern side of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain Range in Utah. Altitude in town ranges from 6,720 to 9,990 ft. above sea level. The surrounding Wasatch Mountain rise over 10,000 ft. Probably best known for its skiing and winter season with two world-class ski resorts- Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort - as well as hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Park City is a wonderful place to visit throughout the year with fabulous dining and recreation options.


Long before Park City became a world class mountain resort and venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, it was famous as a silver mining town, and boasts a lively and colorful past. Founded by prospectors in the late 1860's, Park City continued to mine silver until the early 1970's.

From approximately 1850, when small settlements were forming, until the railroad lines were laid throughout the West in the 1890s, stagecoach travel was the main form of transportation. There was even a stagecoach business in Park City! William Kimball, a Park City resident, started his stagecoach business in 1858 competing with Brigham Young for United States mail contracts. He was sent to England on a Mormon Church mission and when he returned, he started the Park City-Salt Lake City Route. The Kimball Brothers Stage Line operated from 1872 until 1890, when the railroad made its way into the West. Moving quicker as well as transporting more people and mail, the railroad easily put the stagecoach out of business.

Between 1880 and 1920 when Park City mines were the most organized, productive and active, they produced more than 20 million tons of ore including lead, zinc, copper, silver, and a small amount of gold. These were the years of Park City's mining renaissance. The mining company, Park City Consolidated Mines, started the ski business in 1963, when they built the first lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountain. The Park City area now has three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort.

In 2002 Park City was a major host site for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. 175 city volunteers contributed more than 6000 hours to the Games, or the equivalent of 750 workdays (and this doesn't even count the public safety volunteers).

  • Travel Planning, the visitor bureau's website [31] is an excellent resource for researching the destination. From checking lodging availability, to events, activities, and current deals.
  • Visitor Centers: There are two visitor information centers in town. The main visitor center is located just off I-80, 1794 Olympic Parkway, Park City, UT 84098. In addition to getting staff recommendations, exclusive offers, and free wi-fi you can grab a cup of coffee and light meal. A visitor information desk is located at 528 Main Street in the Park City Museum.

Get in[edit]

The Salt Lake City International Airport (IATA: SLC) is just 36 miles from Park City via interstate I-80. There are numerous transportation companies that pick-up in the baggage claim area and drop you at your desired destination or hotel. [32] If you choose to rent a car, Park City is a short 30-45 minute drive East on Interstate 80 runs through Parley's Canyon. Take the Kimball Junction Exit 145 onto SR-224.

For general aviation, the Heber Valley Airport / Russ McDonald Field (IATA: HCR) is about 20 miles to the south via US-189, and charter companies including Akamai Air and Air Charter Advisors offer aircraft rentals for direct flights to/from the airport.

Get around[edit]

Park City has a year-round free city-wide transit system. The bus routes connects Historic Main Street, Kimball Junction, Prospector, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Village. Traveling with skis or snowboards on public transit is not a problem.

Parking at the resorts is free; however, the lots fill up early in the morning. On the weekends, patrons of Park City Mountain can park at the Park City High School on Kearns Blvd and take the complimentary resort shuttle to the Park City Base Area. The majority of parking in the Historic Main Street area is paid.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Alf Engen Ski Museum, 3419 Olympic Parkway (he Utah Olympic Park is accessible eastbound and westbound from I-80, about 28 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City.), (435) 658-4228‎, [1]. 9AM to 6PM. The Alf Engen Ski Museum is in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at Utah Olympic Park, four miles north of town. It contains more than 300 trophies, medals, uniforms, scrapbooks, skis, boots, photos, films and other collectables that span some 70 years in the career of the Engen family. The museum's educational component gives school children a skiing-based foundation to study subjects such as the water cycle, physics and Utah's colorful history. FREE.  edit
  • Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Avenue, 435-649-8882, [2]. Weekdays 10AM-5PM; Weekends 12PM-5PM. The Kimball Art Center is non-profit center for the arts committed to inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events. The Kimball Arts Festival is the signature annual event hosted in early August each summer.  edit

If you like entertainment for sure go during the summer. Down at Silver Lake, they put together concerts. They have had award wining bands, and stars of all different genres. They only do those during the summer. The Montage also does summer concerts, but they only host them every so often. Now if you like music while you eat, Stein Erikson Lodge, has lots of different jazz bands that come and play. During there street fair, they also have bands that come and play.

Do[edit][add listing]

The Park City area has three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort. The winter offers great opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, tubing, shopping and dining. Summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, road biking, horseback riding, golfing, shopping and dining.

There are a lot of fun activities to do in Park City. There is the Park City Resort, which has really fun slides. Almost like a roller coaster, but better! Also, over at Olympic Park, they have slides, zip lining, and rock climbing.

  • Sundance Film Festival, [3]. Started in 1978, the largest American independent film festival is held every year in Park City and surrounding areas. It is widely recognized as the premier showcase for American and international independent film and has grown to include film culture events, panel discussions, youth programs, an online exhibition, and live music for its 45,000 yearly attendees.  edit
  • Kimball Arts Festival, [4]. The three-day festival is set to offer a newly programmed multi-sensory artistic experience for its anticipated 45,000 attendees, including visual-art exhibitions, live musical performances, cuisine-related activities, art-focused film screening, as well as its largest fundraising event, The Park City Kimball Arts Festival Opening Night Gala and Auction.  edit
  • Egyptian Theatre Company, 328 Main Street, 435-649-9371, [5]. Park City's Historic Egyptian Theatre was built in 1926 and is home to a professional theatre company that puts on several musicals and a play every year in addition to hosting concerts and the Sundance Film Festival. $10-$40.  edit
  • White Pine Nordic Ski Center, Park Avenue and Thaynes Canyon Drive, Park City, Utah, 435-649-6249, [6]. 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski tracks are maintained by White Pine Touring in the winter for classic and skate skiers. The 3k, 5k and 10k+ loops wind through the base of Park City's scenic Wasatch Mountains. Lessons and rentals are available for all levels and ages of cross-country skiers. $8-$20.  edit
  • Invert Sports, 888-205-7119. [33] Enjoy the lakes around Park City with you group in luxury watercraft vacation rentals and guided boat tours including; boats, jet skis, waverunners, houseboats, stand up paddle boards, wakeboards, water skis, other water toys, water sport lessons, and private tours.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Resort shopping areas such as the Resort Center at Park City Mountain Resort, Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort, and the Resort Village at The Canyons, make it easy to browse between runs.

  • Gallery Mar, 580 Main Street, 435-649-3001, [7]. Gallery MAR welcomes both emerging and seasoned collectors and feature fine contemporary art spanning from detailed still life works to abstracted landscapes and whimsical figurative pieces. The gallery seeks out non-commercial artwork and specializes in individualized customer service for private and public collections, as well as designers and decorators. Media include oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, bronze sculpture, and ceramic. From vast canvases to intimate smaller works. Painting starter sets, art supplies, and fine art books available.  edit
  • Jans, 1600 Park Ave, Park City, Utah, 435-649-4949, [8]. Jans' flagship store on Park Avenue carries a large selection of alpine and Nordic skis, mountain bikes, road bikes, fly fishing equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories for year-round mountain recreation. Their expert guides offer local knowledge of Park City's best recreation spots, and their shop technicians are skilled for all types of gear repairs.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The best place to get good food, and great views is Deer Valley. As far as food goes, Main Street is the place to be. Good restaurants include River Horse, Prime Steakhouse, and Grappa. All are fairly expensive, but if you want five-star food, and five-star service, you must pick one of the three.

  • Davanzas Pizza & More, Main street. Pizza, salad and ranch. Recommended for cheap eats.  edit
  • Main Street Pizza & Noodle, 530 Main Street, 435 645-8878, [9]. 11AM-midnight. This spacious pizza joint on Main Street is a hidden gem - featuring homemade fresh pasta, free drink refills, and tasty (if a bit cornflour-heavy crusted) pizza, this is a great place to go after a day on the slopes. While the pizza is what this place is known for, you'll be missing out if you don't order one of their homemade pasta dishes, like Pasta #5, homemade spaghetti with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and tomatoes sauteed with white wine. moderate.  edit
  • Zoom, 660 Main Street, Park City, Utah, 4356499108, [10]. Tuesday-Saturday 5PM - 9PM. Zoom- An elegant rustic style restaurant owned and operated by the Sundance Resort group, Zoom offers a diverse menu of Midwestern style cuisine mixed together with an international flavor. The diverse menu reflects the different backgrounds of its elite kitchen staff, who have brought with them regional influences from all parts of the country. Zoom is part of the Sundance Resort’s family of restaurants, all of which serve inventive American cuisine. midrange.  edit
  • Handle, 36 Heber Ave, Park City, UT 84060, [11]. Very cool rustic chic eatery with nice portions, atmosphere and bar.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Wasatch Brew Pub, Main Street. Great pub with restaurant attached. Reasonably priced food.  edit
  • No Name Saloon. One of the more popular bars, classic ski town vibe, good burgers, and upstairs patio is great when it's sunny. Can get crowded, but there are several good bars just uphill with less crowds.  edit
  • O'shucks. Local and no frills. couple arcade games and shuffleboard in the back. Good option when No Name (next door) is too crowded  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under $100
Mid-range $100 - $200
Splurge Over $200

Expect hotel prices to be 2-3 times higher during ski season; shop around for bargains from June through September. During Sundance expect every hotel within thirty miles of town to be booked, so make plans far in advance. If visiting in the summer be aware that ski lodges and condo units will be operating with significantly less staff, meaning that you may be picking up your key from a lock-box rather than the front desk and may not be able to quickly resolve any problems with your room; hotels will not have this problem.


  • Park City Hostel, 1781 Sidewinder Drive, +1-435-731-8811, [12]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Clean, brand new hostel located near downtown Park City, offering 6-person dorms or a variety of private rooms. Easy access to Park City or Deer Valley ski resorts - 5 minute drive or 15 minute free bus ride. Large common area with kitchen and pool table, friendly staff, laid back kind of place - definitely the most (arguably, the only) affordable option for staying in Park City. Free coffee during the morning. $35-$70.  edit
  • Best Western Landmark Inn, 6560 N Landmark Drive, +1-435-649-7300 (fax: +1-435-649-1760), [13]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. A 100% smoke-free hotel with 106 rooms that is located just off of I-80, several miles from downtown Park City. Amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, a tiny exercise room (three pieces of equipment), free cookies, expansive lobby with fireplace, complimentary buffet breakfast, HBO, and wireless internet. The Best Western is comparable to the nearby Holiday Inn Express, and while not as nice as the pricier resort hotels it is a good value for the money with a comfy lobby and friendly staff. $50-$150.  edit
  • Chateau Apres Lodge, 1299 Norfolk Avenue, +1-435-649-9372, [14]. Private rooms start at $100 per night, dorm-style beds start at $35 per night..  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1501 Ute Boulevard, +1-435-658-1600 (fax: +1-435-658-5059), [15]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Like the Best Western and Newpark Hotels, the Holiday Inn Express is located just off of I-80, a few miles from the ski resorts and downtown Park City. It is a smoke-free hotel that offers the expected functionality of most of the hotels in this chain: free breakfast, fitness center, pool, free cookies, clean room, HBO, wireless, and good service. The soundproofing leaves a bit to be desired - if you have moderately noisy neighbors you'll hear their every word - but the staff is responsive to complaints. For those choosing between this hotel and the Best Western, the Holiday Inn has a better fitness area and slightly nicer rooms, while the Best Western offers a better breakfast, high-def TVs, and cozier common areas. $70-$120.  edit


  • The Yarrow Hotel and Conference Center, 1800 Park Avenue, +1-800-927-7694 (, fax: +1-435-649-4819), [16]. Located in the heart of Park City. Within three miles of ALL THREE of the top ten ranked Park City Ski Resorts. Ideal for year round outdoor fun and experiences!  edit
  • Marriott Park City, 1895 Sidewinder Dr, +1-435-649-2900, [17]. One mile from downtown by complimentary town shuttle.  edit
  • Newpark Resort, 1456 Newpark Boulevard, +1-435-649-3600 (toll free: +1-877-649-3600, , fax: +1-435-615-7767), [18]. Eco-friendly rooms feature a fireplace, couch, luxury linens, expansive bath, and flat-screen television. Hotel amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, workout room, and several common areas with fireplaces. Downtown Park City is several miles away making a vehicle a necessity, and the location is across from a mall, but it's quiet, extremely clean, and a good option for those looking for an upscale place to spend the night. Rooms from $159/night.  edit
  • Westgate Resort & Spa, 3000 Canyons Resorts Dr, [19]. An all seasons mountain resort with ski-in/ski-out lodging accommodations and a spa. Year-round activities from hiking to fishing.  edit


  • Alpine Ski Properties, 875 Iron Horse Drive, Park City, Utah 84060, 800.771.1505 (), [20]. checkin: 4PM""; checkout: 10AM"". Offering private vacation homes and condos for rent in the Park City and Deer Valley area. A wide variety of accommodations to choose from and a selection for every budget.  edit
  • Black Diamond Lodge 333, 2280 Deer Valley Dr, [21]. Accommodations immediately adjacent to the Snow Park Lodge. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out lodging at Deer Valley Resort.  edit
  • Club Lespri, 1765 Sidewinder Drive (Prospector Square), +1-435-645-9696 (fax: +1-435-645-7676), [22]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 10AM. Luxury boutique hotel.  edit
  • Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, 3551 North Escala Court Park City, UT 84098, 435-940-1234, [23]. A full-service AAA Four Diamond rated Canyons Mountain Resort offering deluxe ski in ski out accommodations.  edit
  • Grand Summit Resort, [24]. Ski-in Ski-out condo hotel resort at the base of the Canyons Resort.  edit
  • The Lowell, 1335 Lowell Avenue Park City, Utah 84060, 888.649.0291 (), [25]. The Lowell's brand-new luxury suites boast a brilliant mix of mountain indulgence and avenue design. Each detail has been carefully composed for the perfect balance of contemporary sophistication and rich amenities, combined with proximity to unrivaled recreation, superior beauty & timeless memories.  edit
  • Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street (near the top of Main Street), 800-344-2460, [26]. Eco-tique hotel located near the top of historic Main Street. Family owned, mid-sized suite hotel and conference center. Park City's first green hotel -- 100% carbon neutral.  edit
  • Washington School Inn, 543 Park Avenue, +1-435-649-3800 (fax: +1-435-649-3802), [27]. A lavish bed and breakfast centrally located by Town Ski Lift.  edit
  • Hyatt Centric Park City, 3551 North Escala Court Park City, Utah, United States, 84098, 1-435-940-1234, [28]. Rest easy at Hyatt Centric Park City, a comfy resort with mountain views, ski-in/ski-out access, complimentary Wi-Fi, and locally sourced dining. (40.682804,-111.556947) edit


  • Park City RV Resort, 2200 Rasmussen Rd, +1-435-649-2535, [29]. RV Park located close to ski resorts; hot tub and heated pool; Reasonable rates and easy access from I-80 at exit 145.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Salt Lake City - The state's largest city is located approximately 35 miles away via interstate highway.

Routes through Park City
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