Park City may be a relatively small town, but it has a huge presence on the world scene. Not only is it the venue for one of the world’s most famous film festivals, but it also hosted many events for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
There are many exciting activities you can cross off your bucket list in Park City. Here are just 6.
#1. Dog Sledding
You’ve probably enjoyed watching dogs pull sleds in films, but have you ever considered taking a ride in a sled yourself? In Park City, you can.
Luna Lobos operates a Dog Sled Experience in the winter and a Dog Sled Safari in summer. The winter experience involves riding a traditional sled across the snow, while the summer experience is similar but with a wheeled cart. Your kids will love this.
Many of the Luna Lobos dogs are rescue animals. These well-trained creatures will take you on a thrilling adventure with beautiful mountain views, open pastures, and scenic trails. During your experience, you not only get to enjoy a ride, you also learn how the dogs are cared for and trained.
#2. Learn all about nature
You can learn lots from a visit to the Swaner EcoCenter. The center comprises of an environmental education facility, a farm, 10 miles of hiking trails, and a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge.
The center puts on educational shows that are suitable for all the family. During a typical show, one of the center’s naturalists will introduce a selection of animals to their audience and proceed to teach the group about them. Many of these animals will be touchable, enabling hands-on experience.
Shows are usually given to small groups to ensure a safe and rich learning environment. Typical animals include beetles, hedgehogs, armadillos, snakes, and turtles.
Aside from the show, you can also explore the wetland outside the center. A boardwalk enables you to walk across the wetland without damaging the ecosystem. Sandhill cranes and other birds populate the wetland.
#3. Go looking for ghosts
Park City Ghost Tours operates in Park City’s historic district. This tour has been voted the #2 Best Ghost Tour in the USA. On a 75-minute tour, you’ll see all the haunted buildings around Main Street, and your guide will share lots of creepy stories. Tours set off from Miner’s Park at 8:00 pm daily.
64 of the buildings in the historic center are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most of them on Main Street. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, the area is well worth a look. Check out the Park City Museum at 528 Main Street to learn more about the city’s colorful past.
#4. Go snowboarding
Park City Mountain Resort is a fantastic snowboarding destination. The Canyons section of the resort features 3 terrain parks and 6 natural halfpipes. The resort offers professional snowboarding and skiing lessons as well as equipment rentals. Whatever your age and ability, Park City Mountain Resort can teach you how to enjoy a snowboarding experience.
Park City Mountain Resort contains training courses for the US Ski Team, including giant slalom and slalom runs. The resort hosted the snowboarding events and men’s and women’s alpine giant slalom events for the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is also the US’s biggest lift-served ski resort. So, if you want to learn how to snowboard or ski, this is the best place. Just get yourself a high-quality Ski App so you can figure out the best time to go.
#5. Experience a genuine Olympic bobsleigh ride
Why not try a Winter Bobsled Experience at Utah Olympic Park? The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track is situated in the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. You can be one of the 3 passengers when a professional pilot drives a bobsled down the Olympic track
On October 16, 2001, a world speed record was set on this track with a luge speed of 86.6 mph. Until 2009, this track was officially the fastest in the world.
And if you visit Park City in summer, you don’t have to miss out. The Park City Mountain Resort features an alpine slide that provides an experience resembling a bobsleigh ride when you ride a wheeled sled down a specially designed chute.
#6. Go mountain biking
During the summer when there’s no snow on the mountains, Utah Olympic Park, Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Village and Park City Mountain Resort offer over 400 miles of maintained trails perfect for mountain biking.
Mountain biking is an exhilarating way of exploring the scenic mountains around Park City. Park City Mountain Resort offers lifts into the mountains from the Park City Mountain Village Base for people who want to enjoy mountain biking on the heights.
Most of the mountain bike trails around Park City are intermediate, but a few are designated as expert trails. There are no easy beginners’ trails here, so you’ll need a mountain bike helmet and suitable clothing. Do your research before you go and ensure that you only attempt suitable trails for your level of performance.