With a vivid display of fall foliage, warm days, and cool nights, thereâ€™s no better time of year to visit Park City than in the fall. Although Park City has made a name for itself as a ski town, thereâ€™s plenty to keep you busy year round. Some of the best events of the year take place in the fall, and you wonâ€™t want to miss a thing!
Take a Drive
Every road in the Park City area is a scenic drive, especially in the fall when the colors are changing. The mountains are alive with vibrant hues, and a variety of wildlife. Simply taking a drive through the canyons and ridgelines will provide a memorable experience. The Alpine Loop, and Mirror Lake Highway are just a couple of the breathtaking byways accessible from Park City. Heading out in the dawn and dusk hours gives you a spectacular view of the sunrise or sunset, and a better chance at spotting wildlife.
Hit the Trail
Fall is the perfect time for experiencing the outdoors in Park City. The weather is cooler, but not too cold. The scenery is to-die-for, and the bugs are at a minimum. With over 400 miles of public access trails criss-crossing the surrounding mountains, thereâ€™s a lot of terrain to explore. The ski resorts offer lift access to trails throughout the fall for hikers and mountain bikers. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert, so thereâ€™s something for everyone. Hit the trail and get a view of the beautiful Park City from the top!
Visit the Market
Park City is home to a robust farmers market that stays open through October 26. Every Wednesday the market features fresh local produce, handmade goods, and charming boutiques. Fall is the high season for the Park City Farmers Market, with the fall harvest providing a wide array of fresh produce, and the delicious baked goods created from them. You can find something delicious to eat, select unique gifts, and experience a sampling of everything Park City has to offer at one eclectic venue. The market is open from noon to 6pm, and is a must-see! Come mingle with the locals and get a home-town taste of Park City.
Take a Risk
For the adrenaline enthusiasts among us, Park City will satisfy your cravings. The Zip Tour at The Canyons Resort is open on weekends through the first week in October. It will take you soaring above the forest below for a truly adventurous experience. The Alpine Coaster, Alpine Slide, and ZipRider are open daily at Park City Mountain Resort through late October. Thereâ€™s always a thrill at the Utah Olympic Park, where you can take a real bobsled ride, or fly down the steepest zip line in the world- the Extreme Zipline. Utah Olympic Park is open year round, and is a great addition to any fall vacation itinerary.
Play a Round
Park City is home to several world class golf courses, and fall is the best time to take in a game. Itâ€™s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, but not too hot to crimp your style. The slower pace of fall in Park City makes it easier to book a tee time, even on short notice, and youâ€™ll have plenty of space out on the course to enjoy your game at your own pace. There are 14 golf courses located within 30 minutes of Park City, including a William Neff designed course, the Park City Golf Club. Public courses like Crater Springs at the Homestead are open to everyone, and private courses like Jeremy Ranch offer something exclusive.
Save Some Money
One of the perks of visiting Park City in the fall is that you can take advantage of off-season discounts on lodging, dining, and entertainment. Â You can stay at one of the resorts, other hotels, or a vacation home or condo at a fraction of what it would cost at the peak of ski season. Local restaurants, many of which are 5-star, offer 2 for 1 discounts and other specials for fall visitors. Many fall activities around town, like hiking, biking, and the Farmers Market, are free, or offered at a discount rate. Planning a Park City vacation in the fall allows you to experience the off-season events that can only be found this time of year, and helps you to save some money too.
Park City Fall Exclusives
Other activities that can only be found in the fall in Park city include Howl-O-Ween on Main Street, and screenings of the Sundance Film Festival films. Howl-O-Ween is a great way to celebrate the season, where you can dress up yourself, your kids, and your dogs and get them out on the town. The Sundance Institute screens films from the previous Festival all fall long, so you can catch up on what you missed, or re-experience last seasonâ€™s favorites. Check out the city calendar for filming times, dates, and locations.