Autumn is officially here in Park City, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our uncrowded hiking trails and palpable energy in the air surrounding the upcoming ski season makes this time of year truly magical. However, don’t set your eyes on winter just yet! With Halloween just around the corner, Park City has an incredible offering of fun and festive activities for the entire family. If you’re coming into town this October make sure to leave some room on your calendar to enjoy Halloween in the mountains. (more…)
Nestled into North Central Utah’s Rocky Mountains, it won’t take you long to realize that Park City is your quintessential ski town. With a unique history of pioneers and exploration, Park City started off as a sleepy little valley before expanding into the bustling winter sport epicenter that it is today. Made most famous by the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City has since cemented itself as a must-visit destination for all winter sports enthusiasts. With its awe-inspiring beauty, incredible winter weather, and assortment of après ski activities for the entire family, its no wonder Park City has become the premiere winter destination in the U.S. When it comes to skiing, the valley boasts three world-class ski resorts a stone’s throw away from historic downtown, but what does each one have to offer? (more…)
Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter!
Wow, summer is finally over and all the exciting events around Park City that go with summer are wrapping up. Soon it will be our favorite season once again, ski season, but before the snows show up and the resorts open there are lots of fun things to do still.
Our recent posts have covered trains, tourism, love stories and music so hopefully you have the idea that there is a lot to do in and around park city. Indeed, weather you are a history junky, outdoor sports or activity enthusiast or art lover, there is simply a never ending amount of stuff to do in and around Park City. (more…)
On May 10, 1869, the east and west ends of the transcontinental railroad were joined 115 miles northwest of Park City. The meeting of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads signaled the ceremonial joining of the United States.
The Golden Spike National Historic Site, in Box Elder County provides a splendid day trip opportunity from Park City. Through September, you can see working replicas of the locomotives that “met” at the site, the Jupiter and the 119. There are two auto tours available: a 14 mile round trip which affords views of the original track locations, and a two mile loop. The tours are self-guided. The Big Fill Walk is a 1.5 mile hike to the last rail and last spike of the massive engineering project.
Interestingly, the golden spike was symbolic. Engineers had hoped to lay a final golden rail and tamp it with the golden spike, but gold is too soft to be spiked or run across by a steam-powered locomotive. You can see the actual, final spike but don’t expect it be golden. And you will also be surprised by the gaudy colors of the train replicas. Trains weren’t flat black until the twentieth century.
In the Wasatch Mountains, the Indian warrior Red Eagle, in his desperation to win the heart of the beautiful Utahna, who was being pursued by many suitors of great wealth, declared to her that he was a god. What girl wouldn’t fall for that? They became lovers, sparking the jealousy of the other would-be husbands.
Rumors started flying among the local groups of Ute Indians, and then the truth was revealed, when Red Eagle was wounded by a great bear. Gods don’t get wounded by bears large or small. He was a guy—a hunky guy to be sure—but not a god. Our girl Utahna was devastated.
Had you been a tourist visiting Park City, Utah, in 1869, you would have written, in your postcard (an ancient communications device requiring you to use a pen and lick a stamp) to back home, “Be glad you are not here.” ParkCity was all about silver mining then. Its citizens were rough-hewn, not a step removed from Butch Cassidy’s Hole In The Wall Gang which thrived 400 miles to the south.
You wouldn’t have skied outside ParkCity, in 1869. You wouldn’t have explored the many national parks (thank Teddy Roosevelt for that)—there were none. You didn’t hike or ride horses unless you were an outlaw or a mountain man. You bathed; you didn’t swim. Utah’s tourism came well after the mines had been exhausted.
The Deer Valley Music Festival, home of the Utah Symphony & the Utah Opera, presents a series of events for all musical tastes from pop to classical. And while you’re waiting for your concert to begin, enjoy all that Park City and the surrounding mountains have to offer: from fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, hot air ballooning, and art galleries, to fine/casual dining (including July 9-13, the 9th annual Park City Food and Wine Classic).
Apart from skiing, there is nothing better than celebrating America’s Birthday, and the Park City Peaks Hotel is right in the heart of the action (and America!) if you are looking to go off the beaten path and enjoy a great town with great amenities, Park City is the place to be. Aside from all the nature, beauty and fresh air, we also have a lot of fun.
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