Mountain Biking, Tasty Food, and Summer Fun in Park City

It’s no secret that Park City, Utah, is a fantastic place to ski in the winter. In fact, Forbes ranked the town fifth in its 2013 ranking of the top 10 ski destinations in the United States. Although the mountainous village is a popular place in the winter, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about traveling there in the summer.

There’s no shortage of outdoor activities, such as hiking or mountain biking, that you can do while admiring the three mountains – Iron Mountain, Bald Eagle Mountain, and Quarry Mountain – that surround the town. Park City also has interesting shopping opportunities, great locally owned coffee shops, wonderful restaurants, and numerous concerts and events that will surely keep you entertained.

Main Street, Park City

Main Street, Park City

Outdoor Activities – Park City offers a staggering amount of exciting outdoor activities for visitors of all ages. If you like hiking or mountain biking you can explore more than 400 miles of trails in the hills surrounding Park City. There’s nothing quite like breathing in the delightfully fresh mountain air while looking over rolling green hills covered in emerald aspen and conifer trees.

The city’s trails are so well thought of that in 2011 the International Mountain Bicycling Association chose Park City as the highest-rated mountain biking destination in the world. Three Park City resorts – Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort – offer lift-served mountain biking, making it easier to explore the city’s trails.

Another way to immerse yourself in the area’s natural beauty is by going horseback riding. There are seven businesses that provide horseback riding services, which you can view at Park City’s website. You can also get an unparalleled view of the Wasatch Mountains by going on a hot air balloon ride with Morning Star Balloons or Park City Balloon Adventures. This is a fantastic trip to take in the fall when the leaves changing from green to gold. Finally, you can rent a Jet Ski or kayak, or go tubing, at any of Park City’s nearby lakes and rivers.

Amazing landscape!

Amazing landscape!

Shopping – Dozens of independently owned boutiques, antique stores, and food shops reside in colorful two-story buildings on either side of Park City’s four-lane Main Street. All told, there are more than 100 shops in Park City, which is surprising given the town’s population of less than 10,000 people.

Although you can find nationwide chain stores, the best experience you’ll have shopping in Park City will be at the town’s quaint shops that sell custom furniture, art, and more. For example, foodies should check out A Local Table, which sells locally produced cheeses, pickles, cured meats, and preserves. Meanwhile, those who want to add some Wild West flair to their wardrobe can buy leather cowboy boots, cowboy hats, handbags, leather jackets, and more at Burns Cowboy Shop.


Restaurants – Restaurants in Park City have something to suit just about anyone’s tastes. Sushi sound good for dinner? Try the Casanova Roll – crunchy shrimp and avocado topped with spicy maguro and finished with spicy mayonnaise, tobiko, and eel sauce – at Lespri Prime Steak and Sushi Bar. Want something heavier? Try the Prato Feito, steak or chicken served with delicious black beans, white rice, collard greens, oranges, and farofa, at The Bridge Café & Grill, Park City’s only Brazilian restaurant. Diners can also find Mediterranean, Irish, French, and Thai restaurants, as well as diners that serve traditional American cuisine.

Coffee Shops – There are quite a few fantastic places to get a cup of Joe in Park City, many of which are located on or near the town’s historic Main Street. For example, Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, located one block away from one of the town’s ski lifts, offers a full service espresso bar, creamy hot chocolate, delicious mochas, and soothing teas. It’s a great place to take a break during the day, put your feet up, sip on a cup of coffee, and read a book. Atticus also carries locally crafted chocolate bars in many flavors: Ginger and Wasabi Peas, Himalayan Pink Salt, Hot Mole, and Orange Peel by Millcreek Cacao Roasters.

No matter where you are in Park City you’ll find a great local coffee shop that will give you a unique experience. 

Ginger and Wasabi Peas chocolate bar by Millcreek Cacao Roasters

Ginger and Wasabi Peas chocolate bar by Millcreek Cacao Roasters

Pubs – Craft beers are becoming more popular, and Park City’s pubs are a fantastic place to sample some of the finest independent brews Utah has to offer. The old mining town is home to the Shades of Pale Brewery and the High West Distillery & Saloon, as well as pubs for the Salt Lake City-based Wasatch Brewery, Red Rock Junction Brewery, and Squatters Brewery. Each of these pubs offer different ways for you to enjoy your brew. Tuck into Squatters’ delicious oatmeal stout inside of a white-paneled building that resembles a small airport air traffic control tower, or enjoy the summer sun on Wasatch Brew Pub’s covered outdoor patio.


Those interested in a something a little stronger should check out the High West Distillery & Saloon, which uses local ingredients to produce 10 varieties of whiskey. In addition to the whiskey, the saloon offers lunch and dinner fare such as Black Coffee and Bourbon Glazed Cod and Bacon Wrapped Delta Blue Shrimp. Each of their menu items feature a grain, herb, or sauce directly related to what is used to produce their whiskey, which makes the drinking and dining experience feel completely connected. You can take it a step further by going on a tour of the distillery so you can get a first-hand look at how the whiskey is produced.

Festivals – Besides its skiing and mountain biking trails, Park City is also best known for being the annual host of the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place every January. Yet the film festival is just one of many events that happen in Park City every year. From bike races to food and wine festivals, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Check out the list below for some of the notable festivals happening in Park City this summer.

What to do:
XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series – June 1
20th Annual Park City Children’s Fair – June 2
Savor the Summit – June 22
Park City Cycling Festival – June 28-30
Park City Food & Wine Classic – July 10-14
Classic Car Show – July 27
Summit County Fair – August 3-10
Tour of Utah – August 5 – 11
Park City Marathon & Half Marathon – August 17
Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival – August 30 – September 2

Where to stay:

The Miners Club

The Miners Club

The Miners Club
The Miners Club offers two, three and four bedroom condominiums, all with fully-equipped kitchens featuring GE Profile appliances and granite counter tops, private washer and dryer, vaulted ceilings, and gas-burning stone fireplaces in all living rooms and master bedrooms.

Park Plaza

Park Plaza

Park Plaza:
The resort amenities include an indoor swimming pool, jetted tub, sauna, gas BBQs and ski storage. Park Plaza also offers complimentary shuttle service to historic Main Street, a popular destination for shopping and dining.


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