I now believe why the locals say Park City, Utah summers, are better than the winters. I don’t know if they are better over the winters, but equally amazing. This is our second time spending time there in the summer, and I fell in love with it even more than last year. If you love the outdoors, then this is the place for you. There is hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, horseback riding, boating and sometimes skiing (if the season had good snow). Park City is on the quieter side in the summer so if you are looking for more energy with people, this may not be the place for you.
We have a home up in Deer Valley where the hiking is superb. What is great about hiking at Deer Valley is the access of the chairlifts (ski lifts in the winter). You can ride the chairlifts up the mountain and walk or, if you’re feeling even more energetic, hike up the mountain and take a chairlift ride back down. It is easy to find the hiking trails on a map or if you want you can hire a hiking guide. My favorite hiking trails at Deer Valley are Ontario and Silver Lake. The Ontario trail is about 5 miles with an upward elevation of 1,266. The Silver Lake trail is about 4.2 miles and an upward elevation of 1,397. Both trails give you a little kick in the butt and a good sweat, plus it is absolutely gorgeous
Biking is another big activity in Park City. I haven’t experienced it myself as I am not as extreme as my husband is. There are many bike rental shops in Park City, or you can go up to Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley and rent a bike with all the gear including helmet, pads, etc. Once you have your bike you can ride your mountain bike up (really tough) or you can take the ski lift up with your bike and ride down. There are 70 miles of biking trails that are marked for bikes only. There are flat roads that you can ride on, I haven’t had the chance to do that yet but I am looking forward to trying that on my next trip up.
Fishing is something I have recently found a love for. I tried flyfishing many years ago on the Truckee River, near Lake Tahoe, but I didn’t catch anything. On this most recent trip to Utah, we went flyfishing with guides http://www.parkcityflyfishingguides.com. I recommend hiring a guide if you are going to fly fish because it is extremely difficult to tie your own fly on a line. The guides teach you all the basics to fish On our first trip, we went to the Ruth Lake area in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache national forest. There was still a lot of snow and it was pretty cold, and we hiked in our waders to our fishing spot. It was so beautiful and we did catch some trout, however, it was so cold that I couldn’t even hold on to my fish for a picture because it felt like an ice ball.
Our second trip was to Weber River in Wanship, Utah, about 30 minutes from Park City. My husband and I took our son Charlie and his girlfriend. I have to brag and say that I did catch the biggest fish. Even our guides asked if they could put the picture of me catching the fish on their website.
I now understand why so many people love flyfishing, it is a very calming sport. It requires intense concentration and awareness of the environment. You are watching the lure to see if a fish is biting while listening to the running water on the river, it’s as if the rest of the world disappears. I could fly fish every day.
If you are craving to get on a boat and water ski, tube or just take a ride, the Jordanelle Reservoir is 20 minutes from Park City. You can rent a boat with all the accessories. There is also a deli at the rental area if you want to bring a picnic.
Another fun event that we experienced was the Savor by Summit dinner. It is Park city’s biggest outdoor dinner party with food, drink and live music while sitting in the middle of Main Street. All of the best restaurants showcase their food and silently compete in decorating their tables. It is an open air community celebration. You need to make a reservation directly with the participating restaurants months in advance. It isn’t a cheap ticket, around $300, which includes food, drink and sometimes a photo booth opportunity.
The music scene in Park City is pretty fabulous in the summer. On our most recent visit, we saw Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti & Spearhead. The location is at Deer Valley Resort at Snow Park, where in the winter, it is the base of the ski resort. The location is one of the most beautiful spots to see a concert. Every year they have a concert series line up. Click on http://www.deervalley.com/things-to-do/activities/concerts/deer-valley-concert-series to check out this summers lineup. You can buy a ticket for an assigned seat or you can buy a general admission seat and bring a picnic, we ordered from http://www.riverhorseprovisions.com, it was fabulous! If there is a very popular lineup, I recommend getting to the gate early and waiting in line. Once they open the gates, you can run (literally) to get your spot on the grass.
Understanding why most locals will say that Park City is their favorite in the summer, it is because it is quiet and not crowded and of course, it is unbelievably gorgeous.