One of America’s premier bike races comes back to Park City when we host the Tour of Utah’s final leg on August 10. This will be Park City’s fourth year hosting the Tour’s climactic stage, a grueling test that throws 20 percent grades at riders before they cross the finish line on Historic Main Street.
Lower Main Street takes on a carnival atmosphere for the big day as kids cover the homestretch in chalk drawings, bike fans watch riders make their way toward town on big screen TV’s, restaurants and bars serve Park City’s summer enthusiasts and visitors of all kinds line the route’s final hundred meters to cheer the field across the line.
In the heart of all the action is our own Town Lift, loading and unloading right on Lower Main and running through the summer! Jump on Town for a scenic round-trip ride with a one-of-a-kind view of the course; ride up and hike directly back down to town; or get motivated by the race competitors and ride up with your bike to enjoy some of our trails!
Summer’s flying by faster than you can say “hot dog with mustard” – which means the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is just around the corner!
Every year, for a weekend in August, artists from around the country and the world come to Park City and turn Historic Main Street into a combination gallery and bazaar of sculptures, paintings, photographs and more – all in the shadow of Park City’s beautiful peaks. It’s a fantastic time to be in town, whether you’re here to add to your collection, just stroll the exhibits or simply grab a table at one of any number of restaurants’ outdoor decks and people-watch.
But if you want to experience the weekend to the fullest, you need to make us part of your festival schedule – and there’s so many ways to do it!
Stop at the bottom of Main Street for a scenic ride up and down Town Lift – our chairlift connecting downtown Park City directly to one of our peaks.
Or get over to our base area – just a few blocks away – and take advantage of over a dozen summer activities going on; including our alpine coaster, alpine slide (one of the longest in the world), our zip lines, Adventure Zone and Little Miners Park.
If you’re feeling adventurous, or just want to work off the amazing meals, rent a mountain bike or grab your hiking shoes and hit our hiking & biking trails – we have more than 70 miles of them! And with a variety of terrain, we have something for virtually any ability level.
Catch the high-flying action every summer weekend in the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show presented by Montage Deer Valley. See Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders perform acrobatic feats as they soar up to 60 feet in the air before landing in the Park’s 750,000 gallon Aerials Pool. A great show for the whole family, this half-hour choreographed production will leave you breathless!
June 8 to August 31 | Sundays at 1 pm
NEW!!! July ONLY | Saturdays at 11 am
Deer Valley Resort, open for summer June 13
Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley offers 70 miles of lift serviced bike trails and general access to over 400 miles of flowing singletrack. Rated one of the top five best bike parks in the Rocky Mountains, Deer Valley sells $40 day passes for adults, which give riders 10 a.m.–5 p.m. service on three different chairlifts. The Homeward Bound trail hosts a number of manmade stunts and features for skilled bikers, but if you’re looking for a simple joyride, try Naildriver.
I was stoked to get my hiking shoes and Camelbak out of storage to present you with a fun, short intermediate hike involving Spiro, one of Park City’s most popular trails.
Trails: Jenni’s Trail, Crescent Mine Grade, Eagle, Spiro and Silver Spur
Length: 3.8 miles
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
You’ll need: Water
To begin this hike, you’ll access Jenni’s Trail from the Park City Mountain Resort Base Area and First Time Face. This portion of Jenni’s is uphill-only, so make sure you take this trail the way I’m describing it and not backwards. Jenni’s Trail was cut two years ago, and as it’s pretty new, it’s still pretty wide and easy navigate. Jenni’s zigzags through the 3 Kings terrain park, and since it’s still pretty early in the summer, there are several mounds of snow where the jumps were located all winter. One of the larger mounds you’ll come across is actually right in the center of the trail. Just hike up and around the snow, and you’ll find Jenni’s again next to the trees on the other side of the run.
The first trail crossing you’ll come to is Crescent Mine Grade (CMG), just after you get past the First Time Lift. Hang a right! It’s a pretty sharp turn (maybe 30 degrees). From here, you’ll continue a steady grade uphill, hiking past the Eagle Chairlift and its midstation. The next trail intersection is another sharp turn onto Eagle. From Eagle on, you’ll be hiking downhill. Follow Eagle until it deadends into Spiro. While descending Spiro, you’ll come across a lot of mountain bikers heading downhill. Be aware of them, and use your hiking manners and share the trail.
Eventually, Spiro ends into a fork: Silver Spur and “To Armstrong”. Make sure you take the right and slight uphill to Silver Spur. This will take you right back to the 3 Kings park, Eagle Superpipe and Base Area. Later in the summer, Silver Spur cuts through the Superpipe. Right now, the pipe walls are still big piles of snow. I’d recommend taking the dirt road when it crosses Silver Spur before you reach the pipe to avoid the snow. The road will take you back to the Main Base Area.
This loop is perfect hike from Old Town Guest House!!
Morning Fitness: 10-10:45am: Yoga Kula Project – Bring your mat for a FREE Yoga Class
11am-1pm: Jake Johnson Band
1pm: Deer Valley Chef Presentation
1:15pm: Jaecey Adams – Hoops O’Funn Performance
2-5pm: PATWA Reggae Band
Park City Farmers Market
Starts Wednesday, June 4th from Noon-6 PM
Support your local farmers,
artisans and vendors.
See what’s new and see what’s the same.
Just come and see!
Canyons parking lot
Shorter family vacations can be full of adventure without a whirlwind ending in exhaustion. Consider this itinerary as a guideline while planning your summer trip to Park City just remember to pack the sunscreen.
Day One – a bit of everything
One of our family traditions when vacationing in Park City starts with a trip to the Park City Visitor’s Center at Kimball Junction. In a few short minutes, we’re up to speed on town events, new restaurants, and tips based on the weather conditions. This is time well spent!
After settling in at our home away from home, we’re off to explore Park City Mountain Resort. Younger family members look forward to exploring the Little Miners Park and Adventure Zone while older kids race each other on the alpine slide and ZipRider zip lines then cruise together on the alpine coaster. Everyone gets to burn off some of that travel adrenaline and work up an appetite.
Then, we hop aboard the free Park City Transit Bus for a leisurely drive to the top of Historic Main Street. We stroll along and let the kids choose where we will eat. With so many family friendly options, we’re always well fed and everyone is happy.
We like to explore the new exhibits at the Park City Museum and Kimball Art Center. Depending on the events calendar, we’ll attend a show at the Egyptian Theater.
Ending the day with an ice cream treat is a cool cap to the first night in town.
Day Two – Gear up early and get out there!
Park City is an outdoor paradise with adventures suited to all skill and activity levels. The hiking and mountain bike trails at Park City Mountain Resort offer breathtaking views and spectacular terrain. We hop aboard the Scenic Lift Rides with gear in tow and spend most of the day on mountain. Grab some lunch at the Resort Base and enjoy live concerts or pack a picnic lunch and kick back in the alpine shade.
We round out the day at the resort with a family friendly challenge on the miniature 18-hole golf course. The winner gets to choose where to eat dinner that night!
Usually, the kids win and choose to eat and play at Jupiter Bowl. This high energy bowling alley serves a tasty full menu and desserts large enough to share. That’s how we roll!
Half day – Tag on these experiences to either end of your trip to complete your vacation.
Explore the Utah Olympic Park Museums and take a guided tour of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games sites. For an added burst of adrenaline, we hopped aboard the Comet for a face paced bobsled ride we’ll always remember!
Take a walk at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. The kids like to get their hands dirty exploring the trails and learn a lot on the guided nature tours.
Every Sunday in summer, plan to stroll along Historic Main Street for the Park Silly Sunday Market. Vendors sell a variety of unique souvenirs to take home, delicious treats to eat, and street performers to entertain and delight.
From classical to country and a little rock and roll, Deer Valley Resort has announced the lineup of celebrated singers, songwriters and musicians who will entertain guests on the resort’s mountainside this summer. The 2014 summer concert series, performed at the resort’s renowned Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, includes the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Deer Valley® Music Festival, the Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series and the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presented by Mountain Town Music.
“Bringing some of the world’s best artists to fill up the nights at Deer Valley Resort is such an idyllic part of summer in the mountains,” said Coleen Reardon, director of marketing at Deer Valley Resort. “Our guests look forward to this and plan their vacations around these concert events year after year.”
For its eleventh year at Deer Valley Resort, the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Deer Valley® Music Festival kicks off its series with a Fourth of July celebration featuring The Texas Tenors: Let Freedom Sing! and follows it up the next night with Kenny Rogers joining the Utah Symphony for a heartwarming special performance. Additional featured guests include Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Ben Folds Orchestra Experience, Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Band, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and more. Running from July 4 to August 9, the 2014 season also includes the 1812 Overture!, the Music of U2, the Music of John Williams (famed for movie soundtracks including “Indiana Jones”, “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” and the “Star Wars” trilogy) and Disney in Concert which will feature a medley from the blockbuster movie “Frozen”. Show times and ticket information are available at deervalleymusicfestival.org.
The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series, presented by the Park City Institute, is also in its eleventh season sharing summer concerts on Deer Valley’s outdoor stage. The 2014 concert series features ten powerhouse concerts: The Bacon Brothers (June 28); Martina McBride (July 3); Punch Brothers (July 6); Dierks Bentley (July 24); Kix Brooks (July 31); Muscle Shoals Live with Lisa Fischer (Aug. 3); Five for Fighting (Aug. 16); Trampled by Turtles (Aug. 19); Nashville Café (August 23); and Vince Gill with the Time Jumpers (Aug. 30). For show times and ticket information, please visit bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org.
The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series, presented by Mountain Town Music, a weekly staple of Park City’s social scene, is a free event, highlighting local musical acts every Wednesday night. June 18 to August 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s musical showcase includes Afro Omega, Bonanza Town, Matt Wink, Junior and Transportation and more..
The shows, performed rain or shine, are family-friendly and guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and chairs; dogs are not permitted. For more information on Deer Valley’s summer concert series, concert packages and Gourmet Picnic Baskets and Bags, please contact resort Communications Manager Emily Summers at 800-424-DEER (3337), 435-645-6522 or visit deervalley.com.
Winter’s behind us. The boots have been stored, the flip-flops back in rotation. And the days are getting long. Which means: IT’S TIME TO OPEN FOR SUMMER! With over a dozen Park City summer activities, designed for guests of virtually any age and size, we have something for everyone from thrill seekers to mountain explorers to casual chairlift riders.
Summer in the mountains kicks off this Friday, May 23 when we open our signature summer adventures including: the Alpine Coaster and Alpine Slide; ZipRider and Flying Eagle Zip Line; the Adventure Zone; and Little Miners Park. PayDay Lift will also be spinning for scenic chairlift rides.
That’s a lot of stuff going on – enough to work up an appetite. So we’ve got you covered with both Legends Bar & Grill and Kristi’s Coffee Shop open beginning this weekend. Or, if the mention of Memorial Day gets you jonesing for a burger off the grill, Crescent Burger will be serving up their made-to-order burgers; hand-cut fries and homemade shakes.
PayDay will be our only operating chairlift for the season’s first couple weeks. Town Lift begins turning Friday, June 6 and then Crescent Lift comes online for hikers and bikers Saturday, June 21.
One other important note about early-summer conditions: it will be a couple more weeks before snow has melted from our hiking and biking trails and they are ready to be used. We’ll keep you posted as soon as they’re ready.