Park City’s resorts are truly paradise for skiers and snowboarders, but there is also a lot of fun to be had in the snow off the slopes, as well. Whether you’re a die hard taking off a morning or afternoon, or a non-skier or visiting with kids or others who don’t ski, there are lots of options to get outside and enjoy crisp mountain air and playing in the snow.
Park City Lodging’s concierge services team can help you plan your off-slope adventures before your stay, or on the fly if you get here and find your plans changing. Some ideas for fun off the slopes in the itinerary below:
Day 1 – Start off your trip with the not-to-be-missed Utah Olympic Park. The UOP hosted the sliding and Nordic ski jumping and Nordic combined events in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and it remains a vibrant and exciting international training and competition venue. Feel the thrill of it all riding the Winter Extreme Zipline or challenging yourself on the Winter Summit Course. For those age 16+ the most authentic Olympic sensation is the Winter Bobsled Experience. You can make a full day of it with a guided tour and the engaging Quinney Welcome Center & Museums, grabbing lunch in the Café.
Day 2 – Brand new this year and certain to become a wildly popular part of the Park City experience, Woodward Park City is a world-class, year-round action sports destination. There’s something to do for everyone, all day and into the evening including lift-served tubing and indoor trampoline.
Day 3 – Check out the miles and miles of trails in and surrounding Park City, on foot, skis, snowshoes or even fat bikes. White Pine Touring Nordic Center offers groomed Nordic tracks for both classic and skate skiing. The Center is conveniently located in town and offers cross country ski tuning, rental equipment and lessons, making it convenient and easy for all ages and ability levels.
All Seasons Adventures guides snowshoeing tours customized to your interest and ability. They provide the snowshoes and poles and the local area expertise you need to enjoy an aerobic workout or just a peaceful outing in the woods.
Here in Park City we love our bikes, all year long. Long-time local mountain recreation experts, Jans offers fat bike rentals in the winter. Bikes with fat tires are a great way to explore the trails in the area, and another, fun way to commute around town.
Day 4 – If you really want to get cover a lot of ground and get into the wilderness, there’s nothing like the rush of snowmobiling. Daniels Summit is a short drive and a world away for 40 miles of groomed trails and amazing adventure. They offer guided and self-guided tours, and limitless fun.
If non-motorized is more your style, Rocky Mountain Outfitters offers horse-drawn sleigh rides through the beautiful countryside. Make it a romantic ride with just you and your sweetheart, or a festive group ride with the kids; either way it’s certain to be a delightful, lasting memory.
In nearly every corner of the state, Utah’s rivers, lakes, and streams have excellent fishing that any angler would appreciate. From high alpine lakes to unassuming desert waters, a variety of species can be caught and admired year-round. In fact, Utah is home to 40 Blue Ribbon fisheries. The term “Blue Ribbon” refers to waters with healthy fish habitats that provide superb outdoor experiences and exceptional fishing.
Around Park City, the most common fish are trout. The Blue Ribbon Provo and Weber Rivers are full of Rainbow and Brown trout along with the Mountain whitefish. Cutthroat and other trout species can also be found just outside of town or in the nearby Uinta Mountains. The Bonneville cutthroat, an endemic species, is historically found in the tributaries of the Great Salt Lake. It is pretty rare to find and catch one, as they were victim to over fishing and habitat degradation. In recent years, populations have been improving thanks to many conservation efforts and regulations promoting healthy fisheries.
The High Uinta Mountains are home to many fish species that are much rarer to the state. Golden trout, Brook trout, Colorado River cutthroat (native), Yellowstone cutthroat (native) and even Arctic grayling, a beautiful, silvery sport fish with a large dorsal fin, are found in the high-elevation alpine lakes. Fishing trips into the High Uintas often require hiking or backpacking to remote locations. South of the Uintas lies Strawberry Reservoir—a consistently excellent and pristine source for big trout and Kokanee salmon.
Other popular fishing spots in Northern Utah include Bear Lake, where you can catch a heavy lake trout, or the Bear River, filled with everything from Largemouth bass, Green sunfish, Carp, and Channel and Black Bullhead catfish, among many other species. The Green River, a world-class fly fishing destination, is home to many types of fish and stunning scenery.
Central and Southern Utah also boast renowned fishing locations. Lake Powell and Sand Hollow Reservoir claim fame for big Striped bass. Fish Lake, just outside of Richfield, Utah, is popular for mackinaw. Utah is also home to many hybrid species. Tiger trout, Splake, Wipers, and elusive Tiger muskies are stocked into streams, rivers, and lakes all over the state.
For assistance in catching beautiful fish along Utah’s prized rivers, All Seasons Adventures offers year-round guided fish trips on the Provo and the Weber River. Call All Seasons Adventures at 435-649-9619 or book your next fishing excursion online for the experience of a lifetime and more information on half and full day fly fishing trips.
Rafting the Weber River is a staple summer adventure in Park City and the best white water within a 3 hour drive. Located about 45 minutes from Main Street, the trip out to All Seasons Adventures private launch site is a beautiful canyon drive along I-80. You will pass the Echo Reservoir and lots of farmland while following the Weber all the way to the town of Henefer, Utah. There, you can park your car, meet your guides, and get going on the water!
After you meet at their launch site, you will be thoroughly briefed with safety instructions and grouped onto All Seasons Adventures’ rafts. Each boat can hold 6 people (maybe even 7 if very small children are present), and sometimes they combine groups. You can also kayak the Weber if you have previous rafting or kayaking experience. When either rafting or kayaking, expect to be on the water for about 2 hours and 15 minutes, although the trip length can vary slightly depending on the water speed and any present winds. After you have traveled just over 8 miles, you will reach the takeout where we will shuttle the group back to the launch site. From there, you can either return to your Park City Lodging home or stay and enjoy some lunch and lawn games in their shaded picnic area.
The Mighty Weber is a Class II river according to the whitewater classification system. The Class II river has sections of calm, flat water and sections of fun, splashy rapids perfect for families and those looking to have an exciting day outdoors. Summer rafting is usually warm and enjoyable with average highs between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter how hot the air temps, the water is usually cooler and roams around 55 degrees. With the sun shining and your hearts racing, the brisk splashes are a great refresher for a summer day!
For us to safely raft, the river needs to be flowing above 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). We are usually able to begin rafting by late May, although it can change from year to year. Because the Weber River is not only used for all sorts of outdoor recreation like rafting and fly fishing, but also used to provide irrigation to nearby agricultural land, water flows are not directly affected by snow melt and heavy rains. The Bureau of Reclamation controls the release of water from the dam when the spring rains are no longer sufficient to irrigate the land. When we have a wet spring season, the water gets released later in the year. Alternatively, the rafting season typically ends sometime in the beginning of September after farmers can no longer grow their summer crops in the summer, which reduces the flows below 300cfs.
Don’t wait too long to enjoy the Mighty Weber! At All Seasons Adventures, they can introduce you to the best white water in town and give your group an experience they will never forget. Their personable and witty guides will show you the ropes of rafting and teach you about the unique geography of Utah. Book online or call 435-649-9619 to reserve your spot rafting or kayaking the Weber River today!
Want to explore the winter wonderland surrounding Park City without having to buy a lift ticket? Consider renting a fatbike – an exciting outdoor activity that is rapidly growing in popularity.
Fatbikes are bicycles with oversized tires, allowing them to travel easily over snowy trails, and have even been ridden all the way to the South Pole!
We’re far from Antarctica, but Park City also boasts a vast network of trails, many of which are open to fatbike riding in the winter. Hop on a fatbike and see a side of Park City that many visitors never do.
Fatbikes are available for rental from a number of locations in Park City, including Jans and All Seasons Adventures. To be sure that your fatbike will be ready for you, make a reservation in advance.
Jans: (800) 745-1020
All Seasons: (435) 649-9619
Park City has miles of free trails perfect for fatbike riding. Jans recommends starting on the Rail Trail, a groomed trail that connects with the Round Valley Nordic Area. From there you can connect to Round Valley and explore the area. If you’re more adventurous, you can check out the ungroomed Glenwild trail network, riding in the paths left behind by hikers and snowshoers.
For more information on where to take your fatbike, check with the rental shops or consult the Mountain Trails Foundation winter trail map.
One of the best ways to get acquainted with a fatbike is on a guided tour. All Seasons Adventures is offering guided tours this winter that are perfect for active bikers and casual vacationers alike. Give All Seasons a call to make your tour reservation and learn how to get the most out of your fatbike under their expert tutelage.
Park City Lodging is a corporate member and official destination partner of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). As an IMBA member, we are proud to promote Park City as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world. Come get a taste of our trails on a fatbike in the winter and return in the summer to check out all that the mountains have to offer to cyclists!
As you plan your fatbike adventure in Park City, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We have properties all over the Park City area, including at all three resorts and on downtown Main Street.
Photo credit: Anthony DeLorenzo
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