Although Park City, Utah is usually thought of primarily as a ski and snowboard haven of wintertime activity, it’s also packed with fun things to do for the rest of the year! And springtime is an especially great time to visit – winter crowds are waning, summer vacationers haven’t filled the area yet, and the fresh spring weather just brings a certain amount of excitement to the air. Here are some of our favorite activities to enjoy during spring in Park City.
Enjoy the Last Bit of Winter
Just because it is springtime doesn’t mean that all the winter fun is over in Park City. Some days in March and even into early April can still be great to hit the slopes. You’ll still have plenty of fresh snow, yet the days will be warmer and sunnier! You can still go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, winter biking, or tubing. You can even visit the Utah Olympic Park, which is a U.S. Olympic training site that is open to the public! Visitors here can watch the most elite athletes train and compete, as well as learn about the Olympic history of the area at the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and the 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum. Make sure you don’t leave without taking a run down the Comet Bobsled track!
Take a Hike During Spring in Park City
Although a lot of the higher elevation trails will still have snow, there are many lower elevation hikes that will be perfectly accessible for exploring in the spring! The Round Valley Trail System, located northwest of Historic Main Street, features over 30 miles of trails spread throughout 700 acres of varied terrain. This is a great trail area if you’ve brought a fur baby along, as dogs are not required to be leashed! Also, if you start your hike at Quinns Trailhead you can enjoy the facilities that include bathrooms, a kid’s playground, and an outdoor workout playground for adults. Another Park City classic hike is the Lost Prospector trail, which sits just above the town and follows the ridgeline, offering stunning views of the town and the local resorts. The trail can be hiked out-and-back, or you can join up with the Rail Trail to make it a loop.
Another great way to see the sights during spring in Park City while also connecting with nature at a closer level is on horseback. There are several local stables with reliable, well-trained horses available for any length of lessons or trail rides. Other outdoor activities around here include golfing, fly fishing, biking, and zip-lining. You can even ride Utah’s largest Alpine Coaster and buzz through over a mile of curves and loops at speeds nearing 30 miles per hour – all while taking in the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery!
See the City
For a more culturally immersive day in Park City, check out some of the interesting museums and art galleries in our historic downtown. Wander down Main Street and stop in any one of our local art galleries, such as Terzian Galleries, featuring art from regional artists, or the Kimball Art Center, which is Park City’s most comprehensive art venue. Other notable cultural stops in Park City include some of the United States’ best photography galleries, Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery, Bret Webster Images, and the David Beavis Gallery, all of which feature an array of breathtaking nature images from the US and beyond. Later, visit the Park City Museum on Main Street to learn about the town’s mining and ski history. Or take a 75-minute guided Park City Ghost Tour and learn about the many supposed haunted buildings in the area! If you want to round out your day with tours, try a Park City Food Tour and go beyond your standard mountain town experience while you enjoy a taste of four or five of the best restaurants on Main Street.
Attend an Event
There is no such thing as a boring weekend in Park City. You can always find an event, class or live music jam to attend! At the Egyptian Theatre, see live music from Sierra Hull, the Bill Frisell Trio, or The Ventures. Mindful Cuisine Kitchen classroom offers classes for Cooking Basics, New Orleans Fare, and Flavors of Spring. Classes can be taken as part of a group or booked privately. At the State Road Tavern and Restaurant, you can attend Musicians Showcase or Karaoke Night! If you’re just looking to enjoy some classic city nightlife, check out any of Park City’s more than 100 bars and restaurants for great drinks and drool-worthy eats. Spring in Park City is basically a giant party – especially when locals and vacationers all come together for the Annual Pond Skimming Contest, where competitors dressed in costume try to skim over a large pond on skis or snowboards!
Don’t Forget to Relax
While there are endless things to do in Park City, remember to kick back and relax while you’re on your spring vacation! If you’re staying in one of our comfortable vacation rental homes, make sure you set aside some time to spend there and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us and be sure to book your vacation during spring in Park City today!
Spring has sprung here in the beautiful Park City area and, though the snow may be melting within the coming months, there is plenty to do and see! After all, Park City is at its most beautiful during the spring, when the flowers bloom and the grass begins to peek amongst the white. So here are just a few of the great activities you can take part in while enjoying the cool spring in Park City!
Spring Skiing Galore!
While the skies may be blue and the daffodils and other wonderful flowers are starting to peek through the ground, there’s still plenty of skiing and boarding to be do. All three ski areas are open through the month of March and the snow is still great.
You can even enjoy a concert after a day of skiing at the Canyons. The resort hosts a series of free spring concerts. You can catch some rays while soaking up some great music. Spring Gruv at the Canyons offers a week (March 20-29) of fun activities including pond skimming and live entertainment.
Also, Park City Mountain Resort hosts Snowasis from March 28-April 5. This is a family friendly festival held on the Plaza and the mountain. Enjoy activities including scavenger hunts, a carnival, live entertainment and more!
Explore the Trails
Spring is a great time of year to explore the trails of Park City. You can hike or bike around the area and see the trees starting to sprout their gorgeous greenery. This is also the time of year where the beautiful wildflowers will start to color the hills.
Exploring the Swaner Nature Preserve is also a great way to spend a spring day or two. Start at the Swaner Eco Center in Kimball Junction to get some great information about the flora and fauna that call Swaner home.
Get Your Skate On!
Go out to the Park City Ice Arena and enjoy an afternoon of skating. There are open skate hours and lots of other activities. If you are a first-time skater, make sure to schedule a lesson so you can enjoy gliding around the ice.
Take a Stroll on Main Street
Spring is a wonderful time to take a leisurely stroll on Park City’s Historic Main Street. There are fewer people so making your way up and down this quaint street will be easy. You can check out the great shops to pick up a few souvenirs or two. Of course, you should take in some of the great dining available. You’ll find everything from American comfort food to sushi and Italian and much, much more. There is something for everyone!
While the ski season may be winding down, spring is a great time to visit and Park City Rental Properties has plenty of wonderful lodging options at great rates. Give us a call today at 888-508-9661 or check out our properties at www.parkcityvacationrentals.com!
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.