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Park City and the Southern Wasatch Travel Guide

Plan Your Park City and the Southern Wasatch Vacation

Although the Wasatch Range shares the same desert climate as the Great Basin, which it rims, these craggy peaks rising to more than 11,000 feet cause storms moving in from the Pacific to stall and drop massive amounts of precipitation. The result is a 160-mile stretch of verdure that is home to 2 million people, or three-fourths of all Utahns. Although its landscape is crisscrossed

by freeways and dappled by towns large and small, the vast Wasatch still beckons adventurers with its alpine forests and windswept canyons. Those who visit follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and in the wagon-wheel ruts of Mormon pioneers and miners.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Outdoor fun Regardless of the season, Park City is the epicenter of mountain adventure. Winter sports lovers know there are three alpine ski resorts, but equally compelling are hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the summer and winter. You come here to play, not to watch, whether your speed is a hot-air balloon float or an 80 mph bobsled run.
  2. Three top-tier resorts No place in North America has three resorts so close to one another, not to mention a trio as dynamic, luxurious, and unique as Deer Valley, Park City Mountain, and Canyons. Deer Valley has the well-deserved reputation as the resort with superior hospitality and dining—that happens to have thousands of acres of meticulously groomed trails as well. Park City benefits from its central location (you can literally catch the lift in the town square), and Canyons boasts more acreage than any resort in the area, so much that you can’t ski it all in one day. But the resorts offer not only skiing, but also year-round adventures and hospitality. Olympic spirit If you sense that you can feel the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games on Park City, it’s because this town probably boasts more Olympians per capita than any town in the country, if not the world. Most of the 2002 events took place in the Wasatch Range, including skiing at Deer Valley, snowboarding at Park City, sliding sports and ski jumping at the Utah Olympic Park, and Nordic events at Soldier Hollow. Nearly every U.S. winter Olympian trains in Park City at some point every four years. Sundance Resort At the base of snowcapped Mount Timpanogos, Robert Redford’s intimate Western resort pays homage to art and nature with artists in residence creating works before your eyes. You can ski here too, but mostly it’s the calendar of performances and speakers, plus the space in which to bond with Mother Nature, that brings guests back again and again.
  3. Old Town First laid out by silver miners in the late 1800s, Park City’s historic Main Street has dozens of fine restaurants, bars, galleries, and boutiques. Though always vibrant, Park City’s hub really gets hopping for big events such as January’s Sundance Film Festival and August’s Park City Kimball Arts Festival.

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When to Go

One of the best reasons to vacation in the Wasatch is that a short drive from the valleys to the mountains will make you feel like you're getting ...

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