Park City – A Year-Round Vacation Destination

April 27, 2021

Park City is ranked as one of the “Top 10 Best Mountain Towns in America” and is a popular year-round vacation destination for snow, sunshine, and socially distanced activities in the stunning Wasatch Mountains. Spring is in the air, the snow is melting, the birds are chirping and it’s time to plan your summer vacation in Park City.

Park City saw a surge in vacation rentals over the past summer as stay-at-home orders lifted and travelers went in search of fresh air, nature, and wide-open spaces. There’s nothing different this year! Park City is a top trending summer travel destination with a high demand for spring and summer rentals. Another highly-anticipated summer travel boom is on the way for Park City, Utah!

Summer in Park City

Summer in Park City offers unique experiences, stunning scenery, and warm summer days. Crystal clear rivers, streams, and reservoirs invite anglers to enjoy world-class fly fishing, zip tours weave through the canyons, hot air balloons soar through the skies and Utah’s scenic state parks boast unlimited free activities in a natural socially distanced environment. In addition, Park City is home to 7 golf courses. It’s no wonder it’s one of “America’s Best Mountain Towns”. If you’re looking for adventure, here’s our top pick of outdoor summer activities in Park City.


Saddle Up

Meander through the gorgeous countryside of the Heber Valley with KB Horses. Escape the crowds and enjoy a horseback ride on the trails at Red Ledges in nearby Heber. KB horses offer riding lessons, trail rides ranging from short easy rides to half-day trips to Mountain Man Pass, wagon rides with the beautiful Clydesdale horses, and even playdates with Twinkle the pony for the kids. All rides on their kind-minded, sure-footed horses are custom-tailored to your riding ability.

Heber Valley Railroad

Ride the Railroad

Enjoy exceptional views of the Wasatch Mountains from the comfort of the Heber Valley Railroad. Whether you’re all dressed up singing along to Broadway show tunes, soaking up the wide-open vistas of Deer Creek Reservoir, or sampling chocolate on the Heber Creeper Chocolate Lovers Train, the Heber Valley Railroad takes you back in time on a fun adventure for the whole family. Pull out your bell-bottoms and book now for the totally groovy Summer Solstice Evening Train.

Rafting in Park City, Utah

On the Water

The snowmelt from a great winter season means Park City has awesome and exhilarating on-the-water adventures. Ride the rapids of the Weber River on a mild half-day or thrilling full-day rafting adventure with Park City Rafting. If you’re feeling adventurous, Destination Sports will have you kayaking or stand-up paddling like a pro in no time. Their combination trips will take you from the fun rapids of the Weber River to the wildflowers of the Wasatch Mountains for a double adventure on a two-in-one trip. Jordanelle State Park is the ideal spot for water recreation close to Park City. Pick up a rental (boat, jet ski, kayak, or SUP) at Jordanelle Rentals and Marina for a high-speed adventure or relaxing cruise on the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Hiking trail overlooking the Jordanelle Reservoir in Park City, Utah.

Parks & Trails

Park City has easy access to five of the premier national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef). As the snowmelts, outdoor adventurers have over 400 miles of scenic trails to choose from. Basin Recreation has miles of backcountry trails and acres of open space for the ultimate outdoor recreation in Park City. From wide, paved beginner trails for the kids to steady climbs and fast-flowing descents for the more advanced rider, you’re spoilt for choice at Basin Recreation.

Main Street in Park City

Explore Main Street

The western town of Park City boasts the perfect blend of old and new and a whole heap of small-town charm. The rustic and historic Main Street is the “main” attraction and must be experienced. Explore the unique shops and galleries, take a tour of the historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dine at one of over 50 unique restaurants and immerse yourself in Park City’s vibrant nightlife.

Winter in Park City

While summer is around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your winter vacation and Park City pulls out all the stops! This world-class mountain destination boasts three major resorts: Park City Resort, Canyons, and Deer Valley with over 7,300 skiable acres, 300 trails, terrain parks, bowls, and natural half pipes for skiers and snowboarders. The fun is not limited to the ski runs! Park City offers outdoor lovers endless snowy adventures with snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and winter fly fishing. The Park City Ice Rink is open daily for festive outdoor ice skating or book a winter tour into the Wasatch backcountry with Destination Sports, the oldest activity and tour company in the Park City Area.

Avoid bulky baggage and airline ski and snowboard fees when you rent the latest ski gear for your stay in Park City.  Aloha Ski & Snowboard Rentals have 9 convenient Park City ski shop locations and offer a great selection of equipment from leading brands. If you’re looking for convenience and delivery to your vacation rental, book your gear online with Ski Butlers, they’ll do the rest!

Getting to Park City

You don’t need a car to visit Park City! Park City is located only 32 miles from Salt Lake City and Canyon Transportation have the largest fleet of 4×4 vans to get you safely to your vacation rental. Once in Park City, the Main Street trolley runs up and down historic Main Street and the free, convenient bus service will get you to the resorts with ease. Uber and Lyft are available and affordable in Park City.

Staying in Park City

Staying in a vacation rental is still the safest option for travel allowing you to remain within your bubble, limit exposure to the outside world and enjoy a safe stay in a clean, sanitized private home. Whether you’re booking a modern, mountain-side condo with resort amenities or a luxurious, secluded mountain getaway with a private hot tub, both iTrip Park City and StayLuxe Luxury Vacation Homes have a diverse selection of Park City condo rentals and vacation rentals.

There’s no doubt Park City is top trending summer travel destination for 2021! Book your Park City Vacation with Xplorie today to avoid disappointment.