Four Seasons of Fun
It’s home to the U.S. Ski Team as well as to the largest independent film festival in the country, yet even those who don’t ski or care about Sundance will find plenty to do in this mountain town, year-round. Most activities center on the outdoors: Park City has more than 400 miles of hiking trails, was recently named the first gold.level ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, and is the site of three notable ski resorts. But high.altitude adventure comes in many forms, including sampling bison steaks and power shopping.
Wasatch Brew Pub pours more than a dozen house.made beers with names like Polygamy Porter and 1st Amendment Lager. To accompany them, there’s a menu of bar foods, like nachos, burgers, and an Over the Top Mac n’ Cheese made with bacon, chorizo, jalapeño, and crispy onion. High West, Utah’s first legal distillery since the 1870s, is known for craft whiskeys and vodkas. Sign up for a tour and later sit down to a dinner of nouvelle Western fare. Whiskey is a common ingredient in dishes such as the onion soup and whiskey-cider-braised short ribs.
Talisker on Main remains a foodie favorite for its ever.changing menu, which incorporates vegetables and herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop gardens. Windy Ridge Café, a popular spot off Main Street, offers soups, salads, pastas, and entrées like Utah red trout and a killer meat loaf. There are also many gluten.free options. El Chubasco is the place for traditional Mexican fare at very reasonable prices.
In warm weather months, the trails around Park City are filled with hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. (For a complete listing including maps, go to mountaintrails.org.) Come winter, the same trails are used for snowshoeing. The latest low.impact craze is snow tubing—speeding down the slopes on inner tubes—and Gorgoza Park has seven lanes for people of all ages.
If you want to fish, you’re in luck: They say that the trout here are hungry year.round, so the area is a big draw for anglers, who come to fish the Provo and Weber Rivers. Park City Anglers offers half. and full.day guided trips with all equipment, instruction, and snacks included.
The Park City Museum, which has exhibits on Park City’s history, also offers historic walking tours. Take some time afterward to explore the two dozen or so shops on Main Street, many in wooden buildings that date from the early 1900s.
Wasatch Brew Pub: 250 Main St.; 1.435.649.0900; wasatchbeers.com
High West: 703 Park Ave.; 1.435.649.8300; highwest.com
Talisker on Main: 515 Main St.; 1.435.658.5479; taliskeronmain.com
Windy Ridge Café: 1250 Iron Horse Dr.; 1.435.647.0880; billwhiterestaurantgroup.com/windy.ridge.cafe.html
El Chubasco: 1890 Bonanza Dr.; 1.435.645.9114; elchubascomexicangrill.com
Snowshoeing in Park City: www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/
Gorgoza Park: 3863 W. Kilby Rd.; 1.435.658.2648; gorgoza.com
Park City Anglers: 1.435.658.3474; parkcityanglers.com
Park City Museum: 528 Main St.; 1.435.649.7457; parkcityhistory.org