One of the best times of the year to visit the Park City area is autumn. You’ll be enjoying mild temperatures and best of all, the vibrant fall foliage colors. Here’s a look at some of the best areas to enjoy those fall colors.
If you are traveling from Salt Lake City to Park City, Parley’s Canyon will give you plenty to look at. The canyon will be alive with colors on both sides of the freeway, making this a spectacular drive.
To get right into the colors, take a hike on the Mid Mountain Trail. This trail follows the 8,000-foot level in Park City from Deer Valley to the Canyons Resort. The trail is easily accessed from several points in Deer Valley and Park City.
You can also take a hike or a mountain bike ride on the many area trails that will take you right into the heart of the fall foliage. You can even find lift-served trail access that will get your heart beating as you pass above some of the trees you’ll soon be riding through.
When you’re looking for hiking and biking trails in the Park City area, you can grab a trail map from many local establishments. There’s also an interactive trail map from the Mountain Trails Foundation.
Mirror Lake Highway
Just a short drive from Park City is the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta Mountains. This scenic by-way will put you in the middle of some of the best fall foliage, along with the spectacular mountain scenery. You can even try your hand at some fishing in Mirror Lake and other nearby lakes.
Alpine Scenic Loop
Take a drive through Heber and head south toward Provo Canyon. You’ll find access to the Alpine Scenic Loop that connects Provo Canyon to American Fork Canyon. On this scenic trip, you’ll pass the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, as well as taking you high into the Alpine landscape where you’ll be surrounded by lovely golden aspen groves. Hike a short distance to Cascade Springs where you’ll find even more colors.
Whether you want to make it a full day of viewing the scenery, or just a few hours, you’ll find plenty of opportunities around the Park City area. And of course, don’t forget the camera!