How to do Park City Right
In addition to the main attractions of skiing, snowboarding, biking and golfing, here is our essential guide of what not to miss during your visit to Park City.
Restaurants, shops, and galleries now inhabit the historic buildings of Park City’s Main Street. What was once a hub for silver miners is now the liveliest area of this resort-based town. It’s easy to spend an afternoon meandering down the street. But it can be done wrong. There’s more to see than t-shirt stores and souvenir shops. Check out our How To Main Street for insider tips and “can’t miss” spots.
Silver Star Café feels like a local secret, away from the hustle of Main Street and steps from some of Park City’s best mountain trails. With extensive patio seating, you’ll be cradled in between the mountainside and a golf course. The Café has an interesting menu of seasonal plates, both small and large, as well as hearth-fired pizza. But it’s the relaxed atmosphere that you can’t beat. Look for live music on the outdoor patio on Thursdays through Saturdays during the peak of summer. During ski season, you can ski to the Café for lunch or aprés, accessible via the Silver Star lift (Park City Base Area). Visit Silver Star Cafe website.
High West Distillery and Saloon is popular among locals and tourists alike. This historic space connects a renovated Victorian home with a neighboring building that dates back to the mining boom. The bar and restaurant carry a little of the old west feel, offering a menu of classic home-style western fare with a contemporary twist. If you’re skiing Park City Mountain, you can ski down to the restaurant located almost directly under the Town Lift. We recommend their signature whiskey cocktails, even if you aren’t into whiskey. Visit High West Distillery website.
The Montage Deer Valley is famous for doing everything right. They’re genius at programming live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and other select peak periods. While this is an enormous hotel with several options for fine dining, there’s a unique and intimate feel to each area within the resort. You don’t need to be a hotel guest in order to experience the exclusive, yet comfortable, ambiance of the Montage. Come up for a drink or for a full meal. Families should check out Daly’s Pub & Rec, equipped with bowling alley, games and a full menu and bar. Visit Montage Deer Valley website.
For amazing “farm to table” fare, don’t miss a meal at Handle. The rustic modern atmosphere will make you feel like you are somewhere between a country kitchen and a New York bistro. Located in the Gateway Mall, on the corner of Heber and Swede Alley, you stand almost NO chance of finding this place unless you’re actively looking for it. The menu changes seasonally, and highlights locally-sourced ingredients. We recommend making advanced reservations on weekends and holiday breaks. Visit Handle website.
Just thinking about Cloud Dine makes us want to ski—it’s nearly as motivating as a powder day. Believe us when we insist that this is not your usual on-mountain greasy food. You still grab a tray and wait in a long line, but the comparisons end there. The beautifully prepared salads, including a very legitimate salad niçoise, made to order wood-fired pizzas, artisan burgers and fries, and fresh homemade donuts all come with an incredible view. Cloud Dine is located on the Canyons Village side of Park City Resort, at the top of the Dreamscape lift. Plan some traverse time and arrive early or late, as the establishment is relatively small, and is usually crowded. Did we mention the donuts? They’re worth it and you deserve one. Visit Cloud Dine website.
Built for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park serves as a world-class training facility and offers unique adventures for visitors. Family offerings include a museum, a freestyle ski show, nature trails, and access to real athletes in training. The facility is perched at about 7,000 feet and offers incredible mountain views. Summer adventurers should try the bobsled, alpine slide, zip line, and adventure ropes courses. The newest and most popular activity is called “Extreme Tubing.” This involves an inner-tube and a nordic ski jump. It’s a sure-fire way to spike your adrenaline. Visit Utah Olympic Park website.
Nestled underneath Park City Mountain’s Town Lift, Butcher’s is an ideal aprés ski, or mid-day treat. Ski down to this classic Main Street bar for a beer and appetizer. It really has more of a steakhouse menu, but enjoys a sophisticated and comfortable bar. If it’s a Park City “blue bird” day, request the patio seating and watch fellow skiers emerge from the mountain. Visit Butcher’s website.
Each Sunday (from June through mid-September) Historic Main Street transforms into a carnival-style affair. An eco-friendly open-air market lines the street with art, creative gifts, and just plain silly fun. You’ll find local bands, food, beer, a farmer’s market, and more. It’s a sure win for kids, with bouncy houses, face painting, art projects, hula hoops, and a petting zoo. You won’t find anything more energetic and inspiring in all of downtown. Visit Park Silly website.
Local Tip: Don’t miss the Bloody Mary Bar – create your own with all kinds of condiment fixin’s. And don’t forget that the rest of Main Street has great shopping and restaurants as well.
The St. Regis Deer Valley is a fine choice for extravagant ski-in/ski-out hotel. But you can also enjoy some of the St. Regis offerings if you aren’t a hotel guest. The St. Regis Bar has some of the best cocktails in Park City. We like the cucumber martini and the signature Bloody Mary. To visit, take the Funicular, which is like an outdoor glass elevator that departs lower Deer Valley. The mountain views are worth the time spent traveling. If you’re skiing Deer Valley Resort, there’s true ski-in/ski-out access to the snow beach and a divine patio area for lounging in the sun or treating yourself to food and drink, or perhaps caviar and champagne. Visit St. Regis website.
Get away from the hustle and bustle on Main to cool off—or warm up—for a bit in this two-for-one hot spot. Built adjacent to one another, with easy access between both establishments. Boneyard packs top-rate pub fare. We suggest a craft beer, wings, and truffle fries. But if you want to step it up a notch, step down into Wine Dive. They offer wood-fired artisan pizzas, unique salads, and delicious small plates to go with their nectar of the gods. Visit Boneyard/Wine Dive website.
The Park City Film Series is a single screen art house cinema that shows awesome independent films, both domestic and international, and is often considered to be a year-round miniature Sundance Film Festival. Located within the library building, this niche cinema brings incredible movies to Park City that would otherwise slip right under the popular radar. It is worth a visit every time you visit Park City, if possible. Check their calendar to see what is playing and what is coming up. Visit Park City Film Series website.
The unique combination of American staples like wings and burgers, craft and draft brews, outdoor dining, and a 360’ glass enclosure make Umbrella a great place to take après. The refreshing environment and stimulating menu will simultaneously relax and invigorate you whenever you need a little something during your ski day. Visit Umbrella Bar website.
Relatively new to the Park City Mountain area, the Armstrong Trail begins at the Silver Star chair lift and the Silver Star Café. The beauty of this one is unparalleled. Initially you’ll get views of Park City as you being to climb. Then the trail flattens out a bit and becomes enveloped in a canopy of trees. Because it’s covered, it’s less likely to be dusty or hot during the peak of summer. About a mile up, you’ll pass a Park City Resort ski lift. The trail is limited to uphill bike traffic only, which makes it a safe bet for hikers. This is a moderate trail; expect to gain some elevation. Visit Mountain Trail’s Foundation website.
Of Park City’s astonishing 400+ miles of available singletrack, the Mid-Mountain Trail is frequently our suggestion for first trail to check out. It appeals to nearly everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, even long time locals. The Mid-Mountain Trail rolls over 30 miles of country, from Deer Valley through Park City Resort, while staying at approximately 8,000 feet of elevation. It has many access points, including lift service at each resort. For those with Billy Goat lungs, bypass the chair and spin up your wheels (the Armstrong trail being a great option). In general, we recommend beginning at upper Deer Valley and heading towards Park City for the smoothest and most enjoyable terrain. You have many options and distances available, so stop by a local bike shop for advice, maps, and parking recommendations. Visit Mountain Trail’s Foundation website.
The Town Lift offers access from Historic Main Street to Park City Resort. But aside from being a skier’s lift, this is a great option for a scenic ride for travelers of all ages. It channels through an intimate tree-studded area of Park City Resort. See the picturesque area from a bird’s-eye view. Take the lift up and then back down, or try a hike from the top. If you’re skiing Park City, we recommend bypassing the on-mountain food and skiing down to Main Street for lunch. You can take the Town Lift back up the mountain. Visit Park City Mountain website.
Get away from the hustle and bustle on Main to cool off—or warm up—for a bit in this two-for-one hot spot. Built adjacent to one another, with easy access between both establishments. Boneyard packs top-rate pub fare. We suggest a craft beer, wings, and truffle fries. But if you want to step it up a notch, step down into Wine Dive. They offer wood-fired artisan pizzas, unique salads, and delicious small plates to go with their nectar of the gods. Visit Egyptian Theater website.
The Historic Egyptian Theatre, built in 1926, is an intimate Main Street venue for unique live theatre programming, comedy, music and film. With fewer than 300 seats, it’s an old-school experience that’ll make you feel like a part of the show. You might recognize the marquee of the Egyptian, as it gains worldwide exposure during the annual Sundance Film Festival. The Egyptian maintains programming every weekend throughout the year, so check the schedule and plan ahead. Visit Park City Mountain website.