Living in Park City: Things to Do and See in Park City, Utah
Park City—Mountain Living at its Finest
Renowned for more than 300 days of sunshine, 200 restaurants, 3,000 acres of preserved open space, 400 miles of maintained trails, and 350 inches of snowfall each year, Park City, Utah, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with one of the most charming, lively, and walkable alpine villages in the west, Park City is only 30 minutes away from an international airport and major metropolitan city, Salt Lake City.
Park City, Utah, was first recognized internationally when it hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Thousands of visitors from around the world filled the city during the Olympics to watch the world's best athletes compete for a gold medal.
However, more than 130 years before the Olympics, a rush of people flocked to Park City seeking a different precious metal—silver! In the late 1850s, federal troops were sent to the Utah Territory during the Utah War, an armed campaign between the United States government and Mormon settlers. Some of the troops ended up living in the Park City area and, in their spare time, became prospectors. Upon the discovery of silver, the great rush to Park City began and over 10,000 people came to work and live in the area. The town became known as a hub for silver mining in the American West. Over 1,000 miles of tunnels were built and $400 million in silver was discovered. However, in the 1950s, due to the costs and a drop in the price of silver, mining became less desirable and the town became quiet.
In 1946, the first ski lift was built. With the 1960s came a newfound interest in skiing. The quality of snow and the terrain became the real jackpot for Park City and people started to move back to the area.
In 1981, Deer Valley Resort was opened and is now the #1 ski resort in North America according to Ski Magazine. The #1 spot comes as no surprise as Deer Valley Resort is a “skier’s only” paradise with pristine groomers, sweeping back bowls, some of the best on-mountain food, and luxurious lodging. Deer Valley Resort is known as a high-end area for real estate with many ski-in, ski-out properties and five-star hotels including the Montage and St. Regis.
Park City is also home to Park City Mountain, the largest ski-resort in North America. Park City Mountain is well-known for its terrain park, Town Lift—a lift that takes you up onto the slopes from Main Street, a gondola that brings you into Canyons Village, and over 7,300 skiable acres. Plus, there are free summer concerts and activities at the resort’s base.
The history of Park City is embedded in Old Town. Old Town is within walking distance to historic Main Street and Park City Mountain Resort. Many of the homes in historic Old Town are built into the hillside and have been beautifully and lovingly remodeled into luxurious ski homes that have a lot of charm and history with endless adventures out the back door.
In addition to having some of the “greatest snow on earth,” Park City is also a mountain-biking mecca and is rated a Gold Level destination by the IMBA. Mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers enjoy miles of maintained trails and mountain vistas in the summer months. If you’d rather swing for a hole-in-one, you can enjoy one of the 10-plus golf courses in the area. You could also take a hot-air balloon ride and see all the activities and beauty from above.
The town of Park City is a foodie’s delight with over 200 restaurants and bars along Main Street and beyond. You could spend a whole day strolling Main Street, shopping in all of the boutiques and art galleries, grabbing lunch and learning about the town’s history at the Park City Museum. The town is also complete with great culture, theater, performing arts, the Art Festival, Park Silly Sunday Market, and, of course, the annual Sundance Film Festival.
We weren’t surprised that in 2013, Outside Magazine recognized Park City as the Best Town in America. Park City continues to be a forward-thinking town with clean air, sustainable transportation and a free bus system. See you on the slopes!
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