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Park City and the Southern Wasatch Travel Guide

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Park City

The best-known areas of the Wasatch Mountains lie east of Salt Lake City. Up and over Parley's Canyon via I–80 you'll find the sophisticated mountain town of Park City, with its three ski resorts and myriad summer attractions. To the south of Salt Lake lie the neighboring canyons of Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood, home to Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird resorts. A network

of hiking and mountain-biking trails leads past pristine mountain lakes and connects all three canyons.

After silver was discovered in Park City in 1868, it quickly became a rip-roaring mining town with more than two-dozen saloons and a thriving red-light district. In the process, it earned the nickname "Sin City." A fire destroyed many of the town's buildings in 1898; this, combined with declining mining fortunes in the early 1900s, caused most of the residents to pack up and leave. It wasn't until 1946 that its current livelihood began to take shape in the form of the small Snow Park ski hill, which opened where Deer Valley Resort now sits.

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