How to Experience Park City Like a Local

The mountain town of Park City, Utah, is best known for its snowy winters, but summers are just as memorable—and without the ski season crowds. From spectacular hiking and biking to outdoor concerts, Park City is a summer sports mecca with plenty to do. And when it comes to adventuring, this guide helps you explore like a Parkite (that’s slang for local), instead of a tourist.

things to do in park city

- Deer Valley Resort

Where to Get Caffeinated

Start your day with breakfast on Historic Main Street at Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, a cute, cozy coffeeshop/bookstore known for inventive tea lattes and gourmet coffee drinks. Fill up with a Buddha Bowl, a chai-infused oatmeal topped with dried fruit, caramelized walnuts, cinnamon and honey drizzle. Rather skip straight to the caffeine? Step into Prospect clothing store and head upstairs to Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters for a perfect pour over.

For a sweet treat, Pink Elephant’s co-founder and owner, Kelley Baker, recommends Ritual Chocolate Factory & Cafe, a nearby bean-to-bar chocolate shop: "Watch the chocolate being made on antique machinery while you sip your mocha and eat delicious brownies."

Where to Find Adventure

Adventure abounds in Park City. Whether you hike, bike, zipline or relive Olympic history, there’s an outdoor activity for you.

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- Deer Valley Resort/Lara Brucker

Mountain Biking: Park City is mountain bike mecca, and Deer Valley is its epicenter. If you came to ride, a day won’t be enough. Maximize your trail time at the locals-favorite SCOTT Twilight Ride Series. "Each Wednesday in July and August, Deer Valley extends its mountain biking hours for the SCOTT Twilight Ride Series," says Nick Como, an avid local mountain biker, “You can ride from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairlifts.”

park city hiking

- Deer Valley Resort

Hiking: Sure, you can pay for a scenic chairlift ride up any Park City ski resort, but locals know there’s a way to skip the fee at Deer Valley—if you don’t mind earning it. Hike up the mountain and get a free ride back to the base, perfect for resting your weary legs. Park City’s Canyons Village offers longer scenic gondola rides that connect to spectacular hiking and biking trails and a thrilling zipline spanning a canyon.

Park City SUP

- Deer Valley Resort

Stand-up paddleboarding: Park City may be landlocked, but it’s still perfect for paddling. Go stand-up paddleboarding at Deer Valley’s Pebble Beach, just two minutes from Historic Main Street. Rent from Park City SUP’s waterside shop and paddle the wave-less waters—a helpful bonus for newbies. For the adventurous, test your balance with a SUP yoga class.

Utah Olympic Park: The home of bobsled, luge and ski jumping at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Utah Olympic Park has been transformed into a year-round destination with tons of outdoor activities for the whole family. Thrill seekers can take a ride down the Summer Comet, a bobsled (on wheels) driven by a professional that allows riders to experience the thrill of going down the Olympic course. Choose from several zip lines, ranging from extreme to tame, and explore a number of impressive ropes courses, including one that ends with a 65-foot tower to rappel down. More sliding options include a family-friendly alpine slide and extreme tubing, in which riders take an inner tube down the landing hill of the ski jump—in the summer, the plastic surface is watered down to perform just like snow. Of course, the park still serves as a training facility for elite athletes and freestyle skiers or other athletes are often seen working on their moves. Take advantage of mountain biking and hiking trails on the property, or check out the two free museums on site that offer an overview of the Olympic experience and Utah’s ski culture.

Where to Unwind

After a full day, go where the locals go for a good meal. Davanza’s, which has been family owned and operated since it opened in 1979, is one of Park City’s go-to spots for pizza, tacos, burgers, and Philly cheese steaks. It’s a small, casual place—with an impressive beer can collection that you can’t miss.

If you love craft spirits, head to Utah’s first post-Prohibition distillery, High West, nestled against the Wasatch Mountains just off Main Street. Try their bourbons, ryes or vodka, and the signature High West Lemonade—bourbon or vodka mixed with spiced homemade lemonade—to cool off. Learn how the whiskey’s made with a tour and tasting at High West’s larger production facility on a ranch in nearby Wanship.

A longtime local haunt, No Name Saloon is a Park City institution with a year-round heated rooftop patio and extensive drink menu. Belly up to the bar and order a Utah beer paired with their famous buffalo burger.

Love beer gardens? Waldorf Astoria’s new poolside beer garden is open to the public every Saturday evening at 5 p.m. where they serve five Park City Brewery beers alongside lawn games.

Where to Find Entertainment

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Summer may be Park City’s quieter season, but there’s no lack of after-sport adventures. From concerts to markets to festivals, you’ll stay busy long after the sun sets.

Outdoor concerts are king for Park City summer fun. Wind down after an active day with a show under the stars at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater. Concerts by leading acts are paid, but the Wednesday Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series is free. You can even bring your own picnic and adult libations.

If visiting on a weekend, head to Canyons Village for free Saturday concerts beginning in July. Expect funk, reggae and folk bands performing on an outdoor stage with mountain views.

Shop the Market

Nearly every summer Sunday, the Park Silly Sunday Market shuts down Main Street and turns it into an open-air party with over 150 unique craft, art and food vendors. Throughout the summer and until September 17, visit for live music, family-friendly games, a Make Your Own Bloody Mary bar and eclectic shopping. Vendors change weekly, but you can always count on filling up on gourmet eats and finding new favorite products. Tip: Bike to the Market and take advantage of a free bike valet to skip parking fees.

If you’re shopping for concert picnic eats, visit the Wednesday afternoon Park City Farmer’s Market at Canyons Village where you’ll find more farm and prepared food vendors.

Attend a Festival

Festivals in park city

The town’s summer festival scene is booming so visit for local favorites like the Kimball Arts Festival and Autumn Aloft. The Kimball Arts Festival has been taking over Main Street every August for 48 years and showcases incredible work from artists around the world. Expect live music, food trucks and kids activities as you peruse. For fall leaf peepers, September’s Autumn Aloft features hot air balloons flying through the skies amidst vibrant leaves.

Who needs snow? Summer in Park City shows there’s just as much excitement to be when you can leave the parkas at home.Check out these vacation rental homes for places to stay!