Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, however, it’s only the beginning of a beautiful fall season with lots of fun fall things to do in Park City. Fall in Park City is certainly my favorite time of year. The kids are back in school, the leaves are turning, and the cool weather is much appreciated after a longer, hotter than normal summer in Park City. And one of the benefits of all the rain we’ve had this summer, the fall colors should be spectacular this year. Even now, the hills are already dotted with fall colors, but generally we see the most colors beginning in mid September and running into October. Our calendar of events is still packed with things to do, but the highlight event of the fall is the return of Park City Autumn Aloft, held September 19-20, 2015.
Here’s a list of Fall activities and things to do in Park City:
Park City Mountain Resort
The Alpine Coaster, Alpine Slide, and ZipRider provide just a few of the many exciting activities for the whole family can enjoy this fall. Take a scenic chairlift ride or bring along your bike and explore miles of trails bathed in spectacular fall colors.
Fall Operating Hours: Daily through October 18, 2015
One of the country’s largest winter resorts, is equally as large in the summer. In addition to fresh mountain air and breathtaking scenery, Canyons provides scenic gondola rides, guided hiking and biking, bike parks, single-track hiking and mountain biking trails for all abilities.
Fall Hours: Open weekends only Sept 7 through September 27th (10am-5pm)
Although Deer Valley Resort closes lift-served operations after Labor Day, there are still plenty of great hiking and biking trails on the mountain to enjoy.
Utah Olympic Park – There is never a dull moment at Utah Olympic Park in the summer. Experience the ride of a lifetime on their Comet Bobsled or the brand new Extreme Summer Tubing on the Nordic ski jumps. Perhaps you’d prefer to propel yourself down the Extreme Zipline – the steepest zipline in the world? Admission to the Park and the Museum is free and must-do on everyone’s fall activity list.
Fall Operating Hours: Weekends Only from Sept 7 to Oct 25th.
Park Silly Sunday Market is a great place for family and friends. It is held every Sunday from 10am to 5pm, but ends on September 20, 2015. Enjoy live music, activities and games for kids, face-painting, a Famer’s Market with amazing produce and foods, and lots of booths full of unique gifts and artwork.
The Park City Farmer’s Market runs through October and is held every Wednesday at Canyons Resort parking lot.
Fall Scenic Drives: It seems the highlight of the fall season is a scenic drive to capture the spectacular colors the Wasatch Mountains offer. Conveniently, some of the best scenic drives or road bike rides in Utah are within a few miles of Park City. Our mountain passes and scenic byways will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the West.
Here are a few suggestions for scenic drives around Park City:
GUARDSMAN PASS – If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can’t beat Guardsman Pass, which, for a longer drive connects Park City to Brighton and Salt Lake or to Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park.
ALPINE SCENIC LOOP – The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a 27-mile journey through fantastic mountain landscapes, with sites along the way including Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, including a short detour to Cascade Springs. This is one of the most scenic drives in Utah and is an incredible place to go as the fall colors start to peak. Continue over the top on the Alpine Scenic Loop and ending at Sundance Resort for lunch in the Tree Room, then head back to Park City by way of Provo Canyon enjoy the beautiful sights along the Provo River, including a stop at Bridal Veil Falls.
MIRROR LAKE HIGHWAY – Mirror Lake Scenic Byway cuts through Utah’s highest mountain range from the town of Kamas up into the national forest before descending to placid Mirror Lake. The start of the the Mirror Lake Highway scenic drive is located 16 miles east of Park City in the town of Kamas. Mirror Lake is about an hour drive from Park City, but plan to back a picnic and enjoy a leisurely hike around Mirror Lake.
And one of the best things about fall in Park City is the savings you’ll find on Park City lodging. Save 20% on stays of two nights or more, or stay longer and get your 3rd night free in one of our fully-equipped condominiums in Park City. Call today 800-243-6417 or book online at www.pclodge.com