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Park City, Utah provides the perfect setting for kids and teenagers to foster an appreciation for the great outdoors while promoting physical activity and adventure for active and curious minds. Whether you’re already a local of this beautiful city or simply planning a visit in the near future, we encourage you to explore some of the many activity options available to your family and kids in particular for making the most of your Park City stay.

In the summer months Park City is the perfect place for taking the kids on walking hikes and bike trails. The area is full of amazing views and trails for every age and activity level with much to observe and appreciate regardless of the path. For those who are visiting, Park City offers numerous bicycle rental shops so families can take rides together on tandem bikes or smaller bikes for kids. There is also a local dirt bike park that is free of admission and allows beginners and more experienced dirt bikers to ride on varying sizes of dirt hills for hours on end. For those who don’t ride themselves, the park is still an entertaining stop for watching other extreme sports enthusiasts and their dirt bike tricks.

Park City’s famous “Talisker Club” is founded with the idea of living well and encourages their members to regularly make the most of life in beautiful Park City. Part of their efforts for doing this are to reach out to the younger groups as well in providing the “Wildstar Rangers” club so that kids age 5-12 can join others in activities intended to promote physical activity and an appreciation of nature. Groups attend the zoo, go mountain biking, swimming, engage in craft courses and advanced arts lessons, go ice skating and skiing in the winter and more.

During the winter months even the youngest kids can sign up for a ski lesson or an entire ski course to help familiarize themselves with the snow and the art of skiing while improving balance, coordination and self-esteem. Lessons are taught by certified instructors who are patient and helpful with small children and want to help them enjoy Park City’s favorite sport for themselves.

Group tubing adventures are always a favorite in Park City, particularly in Gorgoza Park where lift-served tubing is a popular past time on a winter day. Instead of having to hoist heavy tubes up the hill over and over again for each of your kids, this park has a motorized lift that latches onto each tube allowing you and your family to spend your time enjoying the ride down instead.

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You may already know that Park City is a town full of history with its interesting architecture and unique culture and landscape, but have you taken the time to really explore that history by taking one of Park City’s family friendly walking tours? You may not realize it yet, but Park City is a town with a secret past, and some of that past is rather chilling.

Once an old mining town, Park City wasn’t always the place it is today and plenty of interesting characters came out west to Park City both for adventure and to start a new life in the Wild West. Many of the more curious circumstances surrounding some of Park City’s more notorious settlers have been researched in depth by the founders of “Park City Ghost Tours”, a seasonal historical ghost tour experience that delves deeper into the often mysterious history of the town.

Previously a former history teacher and film maker, husband and wife team Rob and Lela Newey teamed up with cofounder Erik Hutchins, a student of the metaphysical and paranormal in an attempt to create a documentary film on the haunted histories of the town. As they conducted their research they thought their efforts might be better suited to regular town tours where participants can get a firsthand feel for the secret stories of an area they may have thought they already knew quite well. Tour guides make an effort to create an authentic mood by dressing in early 20th century attire as they lead small crowds on tours filled with historical facts and haunting heresay. Running from October through ski season, the extra chill in the air adds to the mood.

If you’re looking for a historical tour without the spooky side effects, you may want to check out Park City’s “Historic Walking Tours”. These tours run during the summer months (June through August) and are suitable for both small groups as well as large groups (though larger groups should call 3 weeks in advance to set up a tour). Beginning in downtown Park City, these tours explore the historical facts surrounding the history and its early settlers while visiting old buildings, rooms and landmarks that have historic significance to the area. Tour guides work with the Park City Museum in an effort to teach locals and guests more about the area in an entertaining and educational way. Combination tickets for the Park City Museum and the walking tours can be purchased or tickets for the tours alone are available.

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Since the early 1900s, the Summit County Fair has been part of the area’s cultural and social fabric. This year’s event will be held from August 2 through August 9 and will be full of many exciting events.

Just a short 20-minute drive from Park City, the Fair will be held at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville.

Fair Highlights

This year’s event will give you the opportunity to enjoy a truly exciting Western-themed event. You’ll have no problem finding something that you will love watching or participating in. Check out some of these Fair highlights.

PRCA Rodeo

Experience true Western life at the PRCA rodeo on Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy non-stop excitement and heart-pounding thrills as you watch top professional rodeo competitors compete for a spot at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo. You can watch events including:

• Bareback Riding
• Bull Riding
• Barrel Racing
• Bull Riding
• Roping
• Steer Wresting

Little Buckaroo Rodeo

Come see some pint-sized, up and coming rodeo stars compete in events like mutton busting and calf riding. These aren’t the cuddly animals from the petting zoos. You’ll watch as riders work hard to stay atop these animals for six seconds to win prizes. You can also see these youngsters compete in barrel racing, roping, and sheep milking.

Demolition Derby

On Saturday, August 2, come out to one of the favorite events of the Fair — the demolition derby. Watch as drivers battle it out by smashing and crashing vehicles to win money prizes, and best of all, bragging rights!

Vendors and Exhibits

Stroll through the fairgrounds and see exhibits from artists, jewelers, and crafters. Enjoy a tasty treat at one of the food vendors or pick up some local produce at the local farmers’ market.

And So Much More!

Other events you’ll find at the fair include the Youth Pet Fest, the Fair Parade and livestock exhibits. During the Fair you can also enjoy live performances by musicians, hypnotists, and magicians.

The Summit County Fairgrounds are located at 202 E. Park Road. You can conveniently park your car and take the complimentary shuttle service to the fairgrounds to avoid parking hassles. Shuttle stops will be at:

North Summit High School, 111 East 200 South
Coalville City Hall/Zions Bank, 10 Main Street
Summit Count Courthouse/LDS Church Park Lot, 60 North Main Street.

Park City is a popular getaway destination in all seasons with so much to offer outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as well as families or couples looking for a romantic retreat. Lodging options are especially unique in Park City with so much more than the typical hotels available for a couple of people to large family gatherings. Those who prefer a rustic mountain cabin can find the perfect place near plenty of skiing and those who are looking for more luxury will find that as well with homes and mansions and upscale condos available for an overnighter or a several weeks stay.

Of course no real stay in Park City is complete without enjoying some of what the local community has to offer. Aside from the obvious options of outdoor enjoyment, there are plenty of quaint and cozy places throughout the area including a handful of coffee shops that no one would want to miss.

Those looking to add a little gourmet to their day will find it at Park City Roasters where coffee beans from around the world are brewed fresh in-house to create a customized cup for every customer. Every taste is suited with a wide variety of specialty flavors and representing nearly every continent. Park City Roasters takes a lot of pride in their product and are careful to make sure every cup is extra fresh and made to remember. Many people do remember their coffee after their visit which is part of the reason why their online sales of specialty blends is so successful.

While staying in Park City you’re sure to make a stop to the Olympic Park and see where many athletes competed for the gold in the winter Olympics. Just inside the Visitor’s Center is a coffee shop called “Hugo’s” which is named after the owner’s rescue dog when he was just a pup. It’s the perfect place to stop in for a sandwich or a delicious pastry while also enjoying highly rated Silver Bean Coffee or hot chocolate and of course, dogs are welcome as well.

No stop to Park City would be complete with at least one visit to “Atticus”. This popular coffee shop provides regular entertainment to go with their breakfast and lunch menu items. At least once a week customers can enjoy live music from local bands as well as from musicians just passing through. Dozens of used books line shelves inside so customers can enjoy a great literary treasure while sipping on one a cup of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

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Are you looking for some great places to go camping this summer?

Regardless of where you live within the state, of Utah offers some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the country, many of which are located within an hour of Park City. With its beautiful landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife, rugged mountains, and sandstone desserts, Utah offers a wide array of places to park your RV or car, pitch and tent, and rough it in the wilderness.

Pack your bags and head to several different campgrounds—all in beautiful locations throughout. Fish in a nearby lake or hike through red rock country in southern Utah—the choice is yours. Utah offers abundance of activities for you and your family.

Although there are hundreds of different campgrounds to choose from, some of the best places in the state for camping are: Bear Lake State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Monument.

Bear Lake State Park

Located in the Rocky Mountains, next to the Utah-Idaho border, Bear Lake State Park boasts over 800 camping and picnic sites for you and your family. The cool, blue waters of Bear Lake are perfect for swimming, waterskiing, scuba diving, and fishing. Over 800 campsites are also located in the surrounding areas, where you can pitch a tent or hook up your RV.

If you need to relax your muscles after a full day of waterskiing, Bear Lake Hot Springs Sandstone Resort also has hot springs and mineral pools to help work out the soreness.

Enjoy year-round fishing for cutthroat trout, mackinaw, cisco, and whitefish. The park also hosts many annual events, such as Raspberry Days.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Spend your next camping vacation in beautiful Bryce Valley, located about 12 miles from the entrance to the national park. Pull up some lounge chairs and enjoy the sunset against some of the most beautiful sandstone rock formations in the world. The KOA campground in Bryce Valley offers a clean campsite with plenty of amenities.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunsets as they light up the peaks and valleys of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Your camping trip to Bryce will be something that you remember for years to come. Highway 12 that runs through the canyon offers hundreds of miles of scenic roads where you can see some spectacular views from your vehicle.

If you don’t like roughing it in a tent, Bryce Valley also offers six different cabin configurations to choose from.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is situated about five miles north of Moab, and it offers the world’s largest display of sandstone arches and rock formations. Moab is located approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Although Arches offers approximately 50 different sites for campers, but they fill up fast, and it’s always a good idea to make reservations beforehand.

The park offers over 2,000 arches within the park (consisting of 76,518 acres), and it also has some incredible geological formations as well. You could spend an entire year touring through the arches, and only scratch the surface of everything it has to offer.

Set up camp at the Devil’s Garden campground, next to some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. Amenities include picnic tables, running water, grills, and flush toilets.

The park also has plenty of trails, so you can explore the entire area on foot if you like. Be sure to bring lots of water, as the weather is very hot and dry throughout the year.

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