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Family Fun This Fall in Park City


By, Vicki Gaebe

There’s no better time to experience Park City than in the fall; incredible colors, warm days, cool nights, with golfing, hiking, biking, and shopping at its best.  Fall 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.  Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, however, it’s only the beginning of a beautiful fall season with lots of fun things to do.  Here’s a list of ways to enjoy the fall season:

  • With over 400 miles of trails for hiking and biking, Park City couldn’t be better in the fall.  From scenic strolls to adrenaline-raising terrain, Park City is a great place for a mountain biking vacation this fall.  If you prefer a lift up the mountain; the Resorts do provide lift-served mountain biking and hiking though the fall.   Be sure to check the resort calendars for fall hours of operation.
  • Looking for hiking trails in Park City?  The Mountain Trails Foundation maintains over 400 miles of trails around Park City.  Use the Interactive Trail Map and pick a perfect trail for your next hike or bike ride.
  • 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 20, 2013
  • Canyons Resort, 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, single-track hiking and mountain biking trails for all abilities. Soar above the pines on a Zip Tour, hike through spectacular trails of reds and gold’s of fall, and then let kid-friendly activities fill an unforgettable afternoon.  Fall Hours:  Open weekends only Sept 5 through October 6th (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 our Comet Bobsled!  A professional pilot will take you and two passengers on a thrilling ride down the entire length of the Olympic track.  Or, propel yourself down the Extreme Zip-line – the steepest zip-line in the world.  And on a slower pace, explore the Olympic Museum and learn about the amazing stories of Olympic achievement.  Admission to the Park is free and must-do on everyone’s fall activity list. Fall Operating Hours:  Weekends Only from Sept 7 to Oct 27.


  • 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 22, 2013.  Enjoy live music, activities and games for kids, face-painting, a farmer’s market with amazing produce and foods, and lots of booths full of unique gifts and artwork.
  • The Park City Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday from noon to 6pm at Canyons Resort, chocked full of fruits, vegetables, and with the holiday season coming, unique Christmas gifts, great food, and music.  The Market runs through October 30th, so makes plans to visit and stock up.
  • The Park City Museum is must, not only in the fall, but open year-round.  An interactive pictorial of Park City’s colorful mining and ski history is on display at the newly renovated Park City Museum, located at 528 Main Street, in the heart of Park City’s historic Old Town district. Visit the museum then enjoy one of our over 100 restaurants and then shop till you drop.  And don’t miss Park City Ghost Tours for a historic look at Park City’s unique mining history.
  • One of my favorites no matter what time of year is hot air ballooning over Park City.  The view from high above Park City is breathtaking, and being up in the sky at sunrise is one of my most memorable experiences.
  • Golfing is great throughout the summer season, but especially breathtaking in the fall.  You’ll spend much of your time just enjoying the scenery as you make your way around the 18-hole Park City Golf Club.
  • The highlight of the fall season is Howl-O-Ween on Main St.  Bring the kids and the dogs in costume and enjoy the fun and festivities on Main Street.
  • Park City scenic drives are a favorite in the fall.  Plan an hour drive, or spend the day on one of the mapped Park City scenic drives from Park City to our surrounding communities, including Sundance Resort.
    Park City has an action-packed calendar of events this fall, complete with film screenings, music festivals, and endless things to do in Park City this fall.  No matter what the season shopping and dining in Park City is perfect for any occasion.
    Plan your Park City fall getaway today at

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