It was in 2002 that the state of Utah had the privilege of hosting the Winter Olympics. The Games were a time of pride for Utah, with the world’s attention focused on our state, we showed the world what we were made of and that the spirit of the Olympic Games was at home in Utah. The spirit of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games is still alive and well in Utah thanks to Utah Olympic Park which is operated by the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization charged with the duties of operating an maintaing all of the Olympic Legacy facilities.
Utah Olympic Park
Located in Park City, Utah Olympic Park sits comfortably nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. The park includes an astounding six nordic ski jumps including the K10, K20, K40, K64, K90,and K120 meter jumps. The park also includes a 1,335 meter sliding track, a freestyle aerials hill suitable for winter training, which has hosted a number of world-class competitions, and a 750,000 gallon training pool for summer freestyle aerials. Also located in Utah Olympic Park is the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, the Alf Engen Ski Museum, and the George Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum.
During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Park hosted events such as luge, bobsledding, skeleton, ski jumping, and other exciting nordic events. Today, the park is open to visitors year-round and offer’s guided tours of the park. Visitors to Utah Olympic Park also get to enjoy free admission to the Alf Engen Ski Museum, and the George Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum.
Things to do While Visiting Utah Olympic Park
There is a whole world of excitement awaiting visitors at Utah Olympic Park all year-round.
As we head into the summer months, park visitors are given the opportunity to ride the Comet Bobsled with a trained bobsledding pilot. Utah Olympic Park is also home to the fastest zipline in the world, the Xtreme Zipline. Thrill seekers can also take a ride on the Quicksilver Alpine Slide. For the really daring visitors, there is the opportunity to ride a pair of skis down the freestyle ski jump and land in Utah Olympic Park’s summer splash pool.
Closed for the summer are the park’s winter activities which include the Rocket Skeleton Ride, the nordic ski jump, and the terrain park.
There are also a number of events hosted at Utah Olympic Park and the Utah Olympic Oval. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation’s webpage.
Utah Olympic Village is just one of the fun and exciting destinations in Park City Utah. Being a guest of Park City Peaks Hotel means that venues such as Utah Olympic Park are conveniently close and there for the whole family to enjoy while staying with us, enjoying the comfort of our hotel, and Park City Peaks Hotel’s friendly service. For more information on visiting Park City Peaks Hotel, please contact us by calling 1-800-649-5012. We look forward to your visit.
Tucked away in the beautiful and majestic mountains of Utah and just a mere 35 minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport, Park City Peaks Hotel is the perfect get away for anyone looking to do some skiing. With a decor inspired by the Rocky Mountains themselves, Park City Peaks Hotel sits atop three mountains of world renown within the ski community as unmatched ski resorts, The Canyons, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain Resort.
The Canyons is one of the largest ski resorts in North America and is the largest ski resort in Utah. The Canyons Ski Resort has something to offer absolutely every type of skier out there. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or really know what you’re doing, The Canyons Ski Resort has a ski run that is right up your ally.
The Canyons boasts a base elevation of 6,800 feet and an average annual snowfall of 355 inches meaning there will always be fresh powder for skiers to take advantage of. With a summit elevation of 9,900 feet, and over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain with 182 trails, 10 percent of which is beginner, 44 percent intermediate, and 46 percent for experts, The Canyons really does have something for everyone.
Another of Utah’s ski resort treasures, Deer Valley Ski resorts boasts a staff which has been ranked number one by SKI Magazine for their exemplary customer service. Deer Valley offers Ski shipment to and from the resort via FedEx. There is also complimentary day parking near the resort and curb side assistance for helping guests load and upload their heavy ski equipment. Deer Valley staff will also store ski equipment for their guests to make travel between the resort and their guest’s accommodations that much easier.
If you’re a beginner, or someone looking to advance your skiing abilities, Deer Valley Ski Resort is home to some of the best ski instructors out there who offer ski classes for adults and children. If your children aren’t quite ready to ski, Deer Valley has a state-licensed children’s center where your kids will be looked after while you spend your day on the mountain. For guests who need to take a bit of a break from skiing, Deer Valley Ski Resort offers guided snow mobile tours of the foothills surrounding Park City.
Park City Mountain Resort has been rated number on in North America for ease and accessibility and is located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. With a base elevation os 6,900 feet and a summit height of 10,000 feat, Park City Mountain Resort boasts over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain with 114 trails spread over eight peaks and nine bowls. Of the 114 trails, 17 percent are beginner, 52 percent are intermediate, and 31 percent are expert making Park City Mountain Ski Resort perfect for any skier regardless of experience and ability.
After a day spent in the wonder that is the Rocky Mountains, guests of Park City Peaks Hotel can return to their cozy suites and await a visit from our infamous “cookie man” who stop by and deliver freshly baked cookies with warm hot chocolate, the perfect end to any ski trip. Guests of Park City Peaks Hotel can also spend the evening relaxing in our comfortable indoor hot tub which is open daily until 11PM. Given our perfect location within the vicinity of three world class ski resorts, Park City Peaks Hotel is the perfect accommodations for anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxing place to stay during their Utah ski experience.
If you’re looking for a unique winter experience while you visit our beautiful city, why not take a sleigh ride? Glide across the snow on a romantic journey or get in the Christmas spirit with family as you travel through our breath-taking mountain scenery. A horse-drawn sleigh can take you to viewpoints you won’t find on foot and you’ll be able to look over breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and Park City. Check out the rest of the article for information on some local sleigh ride companies.
Boulder Mountain Ranch: This highly rated organization is located on the Deer Valley Ski Resort and is a favorite for marriage proposals or couples on their honeymoon. Rides are 30 minutes long and warm blankets are provided. They also have holiday rates and a dinner/sleigh ride combination package. The ranch offers horse tours through the mountains, wagon rides and horse rentals for self guided trips as well.
Rocky Mountain Outfitters: These guys are known for their excellent service and they were nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Guide Service of the Year Award. Their beautiful horses include friendly Clydesdales, Belgians, and spotted draft breeds who will take you to enjoy breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains. They have a variety of options available including group and individual rides as well as daytime and night rides. Click here for a great video of the Rocky Mountain horse drawn sleigh rides.
Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company was recognized as one of the top ten sleigh dinner operators by USA Today. They will take you far from crowds and along rivers, valleys and forests before treating you to a three course meal next to a wood burning fireplace in a charming log cabin. Check out their unique dog sledding adventures with real Alaskan Husky racing sled dogs too. Menu and prices are available here.
The Canyons Sleigh Rides: Take a 30 minute horse drawn tour through the beautiful and enchanting Willow Draw and learn a little about the history of Park City along the way. Although warm blankets are supplied, don’t forget to wear warm clothing as well.
Relax after an eventful day at our Park City hotel
Treat yourself to a traditional resort vacation while staying with Park City Peaks. You can warm yourself by the fire, relax in the comfort of one of our stylish rooms or enjoy a delicious meal at our on-site restaurant and bar. We are near free transport to numerous Park City attractions and the mountains are right on our doorstep. Check out our photo gallery to see what makes Park City Peaks so special and contact us here to make a reservation.
Park City is famous for the world renowned Sundance Film Festival, but that’s not the only worthwhile event happening over the next few months. The vibrant resort town regularly hosts events which are enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike. With talented communities supporting arts, music, sports, food and more, there’s always something interesting to attend. If you’re wondering what great events Park City is hosting in the next few months continue reading for some useful recommendations.
Our Park City Lodge Suggests the Following Events and Activities
Park City Gallery Stroll: During the last Friday of every month, the Park City Gallery Association offers a unique showcase of our talented artists and takes you through a walking tour of special events and exhibits.
Paul Draper – Mysteries of the Mind: Paul Draper performs mind reading and magic on November 17 at the historic Egyptian Theatre. This all-ages show will shock, amaze and entertain audiences. For more events and information about the Egyptian Theatre, take a look at our previous blog post!
Winter Classics Music Festival: The extremely talented Park Chamber Music society will be performing songs from classic composers such as Beethoven and Mozart during the upcoming winter months. Stay tuned for more details.
Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest: Stars from television, film and the Olympic games show their skills and raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance charity during December 7-10.
Sprint US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix: See the world’s top skiers perform in slopestyle as well as snowboarding and freeskiing halfpipe. With over $375,000 in prizes on the line, this will be a highly competitive event. Competition runs from December 21-22.
The Utah Olympic Oval Halloween events: There are a variety of great Halloween events at the oval during the next few months. On October 26, the Oval is hosting a trick or treat indoor street where you can walk around in your favourite costume and collect treats from community vendors and businesses. If you’re not in a spooky mood, there’s also “Cosmic Curling” on Mondays, which uses black lights and neon to make curling even more fun!
Sundance Film Festival: Although America’s premier film festival isn’t until January 17-27 next year, tickets sell out fast and accommodation books out quickly so it’s best to be prepared as early as possible. Even if you’re not attending the festival, this is a great time to visit Park City and there are usually many celebrity spottings in the area.
Looking for Park City accommodation while visiting some of our local events?
Park City Peaks is the perfect hub for anyone coming to Park City and looking to enjoy some of activities and events in the area. As well as previously hosting exciting events ourselves, we also offer free shuttle transportation into town and are just a brief stroll from the mountains. If you’d like to find out more about what makes Park City Peaks so special, learn about our luxurious rooms and read about the amazing amenities including a heated pool, restaurant and bar.
Don’t forget we have also posted many other useful articles about Park City on our Park City Peaks blog! Thanks for reading!
Park City is well known for its talented community of artists, film-makers, musicians and more. Our downtown area is a combination of historic and modern, with many older buildings mixed in with modern construction. For people looking to experience some of our vibrant local talent and unique culture, we have a wide range of excellent art galleries which each cater to different styles and tastes. Read below for some information about Park City art galleries.
Great Park City Art Galleries
Meyer Gallery: Located in the former First National Bank of Utah building built in 1890, the Meyer Gallery was established in 1965 and represents both renowned and emerging artists. It is open late on most days.
Gallery MAR: This unique collection of modern art includes everything from landscapes to bronze sculptures. They specialize in non-commercial work and have a warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly attentive staff.
Julie Nester Gallery: Named after a local enthusiast with over 15 years experience, the Julie Nester Gallery is located in the Iron Horse District and supports artists of all fields. Their collection includes original paintings, mixed media prints, photography and sculpture. It was named “Best Art Gallery in Utah” in 2005 by Salt Lake Magazine.
Coda Gallery: Sculptures, glass and paintings of all styles are visible at the Coda Gallery. View some of the work currently on display here.
Silver Queen Fine Art: This intimate gallery features an eclectic group of local artists and has some very unique artwork including contemporary bronze and glass sculptures, paintings and jewellery.
There are many more galleries to be found in Park City. Click here, to view an index.
Looking for Park City Accommodation? Park City Peaks is an Excellent Choice!
Park City Peaks is the perfect location for the outdoor adventurer or someone just looking to explore the city. We are renowned for our classic ski lodge atmosphere and excellent Park City accommodation. Enjoy our elegant, cozy rooms located right in front of the beautiful mountainside with easy access to the ski lifts. All of our luxurious rooms include cable television, laundry and valet service and more. Contact us here if you would like to make a booking.
From skiing to mountain biking, there are plenty of great things to do in Park City. For an entertaining night out with friends and family, we also recommend visiting local favorite The Egyptian Theatre. The live performance venue was founded in 1926 and always has an interesting show, musical performance or community event happening. Read below for some event recommendations from our Park City accommodation.
If you’re Looking for Park City Attractions for your Next Park City Vacation, The Egyptian Theater is an Excellent Option.
Thriller! By Odyssey Dance Theatre: Sep 28th – Oct 7th
This electrifying dance show of monsters and maniacs is suitable for all ages and usually sells out quickly. More funny than frightening and definitely worth seeing.
Leon Redbone: October 12 – 13th
Redbone performs jazz and blues inspired by the greats of the World War II era. After releasing 15 albums over 30 years, he has become renowned for captivating audiences with his incredible musicianship. Sure to be a great performance.
Average White Band: Wednesday: Oct 24th
This band has been performing infectiously danceable soul and funk to sold-out audiences for over 30 years.
Jekyll & Hyde- the Musical: Oct 18th – 28th
With the Halloween season approaching, the Dark House company theater tells the classic tale of Dr Jekyll exploring good and evil. Sure to be a thrilling performance!
Stand Up Comedy Night: November 2nd – 3rd
Enjoy a laugh with talented comedians including Big Al Goodwin who has previously opened for Dave Chapelle and Wayne Brady.
Forbidden Broadway: November 8th – 11th
After a successful New York City tour and winning dozens of awards, this satirical take of over 30 Broadway Hits is sure to delight and entertain audiences.
Coming for a Park City Vacation? Stay with Park City Peaks
We are ideally located off Park City’s Olympic Highway with the mountains and several hiking trails right on our doorstep. Relax in our swim-in, swim-out heated pool after a day of exploring, make use of our extensive meeting facilities or enjoy a complementary breakfast in one of our elegantly designed rooms, the choice is yours. Check our Park City Peaks website for more information and learn more about the area before you book a relaxing Park City vacation to remember.
There’s no better feeling than racing down an exhilarating bike track in the beautiful Park City mountains. There are dozens of trails for any skill level, whether you are looking for a quiet ride with a friend or a ferocious uphill trek. Exploring Park City’s flora and fauna during a comfortable ride through the wilderness is a great way to make the most of our beautiful outdoors during the summer season. Make your Utah vacation even better by checking out the following trails next time you visit Park City.
Try mountain biking on your next Utah vacation
There are more than 150 miles of public trails ideal for hiking and biking in the Park City area so here are five suggestions to get you started.
Gambel Oak Loop: Located South-East of Park City, this trail is open May through October and has some light climbing and technical areas.
Wasatch Crest Ridge Connector: This relaxed ride has a moderate climb to the Wasatch Crest trail and upper Millcreek Canyon. It is mostly in the shade, but be sure to stay hydrated regardless.
Wasatch Crest – Midmountain Loop: If you’re an expert rider, this trail is for you. There is a lot of climbing at high altitudes and some trails are quite long and difficult.
Midmountain Trail (North): Visit this trail June through to September, it is for immediate riders and reaches the 8000 foot mark above Park City after beginning with an incline.
Rail Trail: This track follows an old railroad route and moves through the prospector area of Park City.
Looking for somewhere to stay for a great Utah vacation? Try our Park City Hotel
Did you know many more hiking and biking trails are accessible from our north lawn? We are in the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. If you want to come experience our beautiful mountainous region, stay in luxury at Park City Peaks. From our swim in and out pool to our elegantly furnished rooms, we have many satisfied customers and have earned a great reputation based on quality. Contact Park City Peaks to make a booking.
The Utah Olympic Park might be famous for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, but there are also plenty of other exciting year round activities for tourists to enjoy. It’s no surprise that hundreds of people flock to Utah Olympic Park every year. From the steepest zip line in the world to breath-taking bobsledding, there is something for everyone. Here are some essential activities recommended by Park City Peaks.
Things to do in Park City During Summer – Bobsledding, Adventure Parks and More.
Guided Tours – These daily tours take you through Utah Olympic Park and tell you about the amazing stories that still inspire world class athletes today.
Adventure courses – These three different tree courses are very safe and a great way to challenge yourself while getting a excellent view of the Park City scenery.
Comet Bobsled Ride – Take a thrilling ride down the Olympic track with a professional pilot and reach speeds of up to 70mph.
Extreme Zipline Ride – If you’ve always wondered what it felt like to be an Olympian jumping off the K120 Nordic ski jump this is the place for you. There’s also a freestyle zipline which is a bit less scary for children and beginners.
Alpine Slide – Take a sled and enjoy a fast ride down this exciting sliding track which features a 300 degree sweeping turn at the end.
Summer freestyle private lessons – Try some water skiing with help from professionals and also bounce on training trampolines.
Chairlift ride – Enjoy a relaxing trip to the top of the mountain while you discover some stunning views of the park.
Looking for More Things to do in Park City During Summer? Stay with us!
Our friendly Park City Peaks staff can recommend plenty of fun things to do in this beautiful town. Hiking and biking trails are easily accessible from our north lawn and we can also help you find public transport into the quaint historic district. The “swim in swim out” heated pool is a great way to enjoy the sun and we have many other great amenities such as a gift shop, sauna, spa and much more. View the Park City Peaks website to make a reservation and check our room rates.
One of the things that we’re most proud of here in Park City, is our town’s rich history and culture. As a result, we offer a great deal of wonderful historic sites for tourists to visit, as well as some fun activities that can help you get an idea of how the miners who founded our town experienced the Park City area. With the ski season over until next year, it’s finally time to take advantage of some of the things to do in Park City in the summer. One of the best ways to get a feel of this is through guided horseback riding in Park City, a popular tourist activity. Take advantage of the amazing trails and wooded regions that Utah has to offer by riding a horse through the valleys, mountains and woodlands that Park City is known for.
Best Horseback Riding in Park City – Things to do in Park City
Rocky Mountain Recreation of Utah
Voted one of the best outdoor recreation companies by USA Today, this company offers a, “one of a kind” outdoor adventure on a 9,000 acre working ranch near Park City, with trail rides and guided horseback riding tours in Park City for riders of all skill levels.
Red Pine Adventures
A locally owned and operated outdoor adventure company, Red Pine Adventures offers horseback riding tours during the summer on privately-owned property in the Red Pine Canyon. This company is conveniently located right next to Canyons resort.
Rocky Mountain Outfitters
This company offers both fishing and horseback riding tours in Park City in the spring and summer months. Nominated for the Guide Service of the Year Award, two years in a row, this company offers a great experience and has a variety of options for skill levels and tour lengths.
Why Try Horseback Riding in Park City? Fun Things to do in Park City in the Summer
With some of the most beautiful terrain, trails and mountains views in the country, Park City offers a little of everything for the outdoor adventure enthusiast. From stunning trails, to beautiful valleys and wooded areas, why not experience Park City as it’s meant to be experienced?
No matter how adventurous you are, or your skill at horseback riding, Park City’s scenic splendour will offer every visitor a great experience. If you’d like to visit Park City and try some of our outdoor adventures for yourself, why not consider booking a stay at the Park City Peaks Hotel? Our experienced staff can help you choose the right tour company for you and can assist you in booking any tours you may be interested in.
Many people don’t realize that Park City has just as much to offer during the spring and summer months as it does during the winter ones. While ski season may be over, that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of things to do in Park City during the hotter seasons. In fact, the hiking and biking in Park City is among the best in the country, and our town’s three resorts offer some amazing mountain biking, road cycling and hiking you can find in the United States.
Hiking in Park City
Park City has many great public trails that are perfect for those visitors looking to do some hiking. There are many companies that offer guided hikes in Park City, but for those who want to go-it-alone, there’s many options available for all skill levels. Some of the best include:
- Easy: Silver Lake Trail at Brighton which is an easy trail that goes on for about 1 mile. To access the trail take UT-224/Marsac Ave up to the junction with UT-152 to Brighton and you’ll see the trailhead clearly marked.
- Moderate: Silver Lake Trail at Deer Valley is a longer trail (2.5 miles) with a steep ascent, although the return trip is more moderate in difficulty. The trail takes roughly 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete and can be accessed from Silver Lake Village in Deer Valley.
Biking in Park City
Mountain biking is a popular pastime in Park City during the warmer months with bikers coming from all over the country to experience our 400+ public trails. For more casual bikers, many of the resorts offer bike rental services, and trail difficulty ranges from easy to extremely difficult. Each of the three ski areas, Deer Valley, Park City Resort and The Canyons all offer miles of good biking routes and there are also a variety of city trails within the town of Park City. We suggest:
- Bench Creek: This ride, located in Downtown Park City, is roughly 15.5 miles long and is suitable for more experienced bikers.
- Duchesne Ridge: This path is 10 miles one-way and is a nice long ride for beginner to intermediate bikers. It’s located in Park City Resort (trailhead at Wolf Creek Campground) and takes 2-3 hours to complete.
- Lower Daly: This is a beautifully wooded trail that goes past some old mining areas. It’s a single-track dirt road roughly 5 miles in length and takes about an hour to complete. It is also located at Park City Resort.
Things to do in Park City: Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors!
Whatever your skill level, Park City’s abundant selection of hiking and mountain biking trails have something to offer every Park City visitor. If you’re not comfortable going out by yourself, there are also some guided tours available for new or inexperienced bikers. If you’re thinking of coming to town to try some of our great trails, why not also consider booking a stay at the Park City Peaks Hotel? Our experience staff can help you locate the best trails for you and your party, and can assist you in booking any tours you may be interested in.