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Plan Your Park City and the Southern Wasatch Vacation

The Wasatch Range shares the same desert climate as the Great Basin, which it rims, but these craggy peaks rising to more than 11,000 feet stall storms moving in from the Pacific causing massive precipitations. 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 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.

Where three geologically distinct regions—the Rocky Mountain, the Colorado Plateau, and the Basin and Range provinces—converge, the Wasatch Range combines characteristics of each. You'll find broad glacial canyons with towering granite walls, stream-cut gorges through purple, tan, and green shale, and red-rock bluffs and valleys.

Uppermost in many people's minds is the legendary skiing, but this is truly a year-round destination. Bright-blue lakes afford fantastic boating and water sports, and some of the West's best trout streams flow from the high country. Add picturesque mountain communities, miles of hiking and biking trails, and spectacular alpine scenery, and you have a vacation that's hard to beat.

You can also find cultural activities and entertainment at every turn. The Sundance Film Festival, hosted by actor-director Robert Redford, attracts movie stars and independent filmmakers from all over. Major recording artists of all types play indoor and outdoor venues, and nightlife abounds in the city and resorts, with an increasing number of nightclubs and music venues.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Outdoor fun Regardless of the season, Park City is the epicenter of mountain adventure. 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 as dynamic, luxurious, and unique as Deer Valley, Park City Mountain, and Canyons Resort, and it's not only skiing on offer—the resorts provide year-round adventures and hospitality.
  3. Olympic spirit If you think you can feel the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games on Park City, it’s because this town probably contains more Olympians per capita than any town in the country, if not the world, and nearly every U.S. winter Olympian trains in Park City at some point every four years.
  4. Old Town Park City 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, its hub is really hopping during big events like the Sundance Film Festival and Kimball Arts Festival.
  5. Sundance Resort At the base of Mount Timpanogos, Robert Redford’s intimate resort pays homage to art and nature, with artists in residence creating works before your eyes and the chance to bond with Mother Nature. You can ski here, too, but mostly it’s the calendar of performances and speakers that's the big attraction.

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When to Go

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