Biking is big in Park City. In fact, the International Mountain Bicycling Association
has named the town a Gold Level Ride Center for its terrain, scenic views and extreme
bike-friendliness. There are more than 450
miles of biking trails in the area, and facilities spend a combined $1 million on trails
each year. Park City will host the opening
and closing of the seventh stage of the Tour
of Utah cycling race in August this year.
Other summer activities available in Park
City include guided group hikes, fly fishing
on the Provo River, river rafting and hot-air
ballooning. Those who are less inclined to
active sports can enjoy chairlift and gondola
rides to take in the majestic mountain vistas.
Summer is also the peak of festival season in both Salt Lake and Park City.
“Groups are finding there’s so much to
do,” says Creek-McCallister of Park City.
“There’s music going on almost every night
each week in most outdoor venues. Many
In July and early August, Deer Valley Mu-
sic Festival brings the Utah Symphony plus
a wide array of musical guests to Deer Val-
ley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and
St. Mary’s Church. Groups of 10 or more are
eligible for discounted tickets. At the same
venue, Park City Institute presents the St.
Regis Big Stars Bright Nights on Sundays
and Thursdays through July and August.
There are discounts for groups of 20 and
members of military plus their families.
Each June, Salt Lake is host to the Utah
Pride Festival. The three-day event is one of
the largest LGBT pride events in the country.
“There’s a perception that Salt Lake is go-
ing to be very conservative, but that turns
out not to be true,” says White. “It turns out
that everyone is welcome here.”
Salt Lake’s gay community has a lot to
celebrate at Pride this year. Not only did
Salt Lake swear in its first openly gay may-
or, Jackie Biskupski, in January, but in May
the city named a downtown block in honor
of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk.
On the fourth weekend of June, the
Utah Arts Festival takes over Library and
Washington Squares in downtown Salt
Lake. The award-winning festival draws
80,000 attendees for three days of juried
visual arts, live music, dance, film and even
literary and culinary arts. Discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more are available in
Through July and August, the Twilight
Concert Series fills Salt Lake’s downtown
Pioneer Park with live music, beer and hip
crowds each Thursday evening.
Since 1973, Snowbird Resort has put on
a killer Oktoberfest starting in mid-August.
Visitors can enjoy German-style craft beer,
traditional music, yodeling and alpenhorns
every weekend through the beginning of
October. This immensely popular festival
draws 60,000 each year.
In autumn, the yellow and orange of scrub
oaks, fiery red maples and glowing gold
of aspens paint brilliant flashes amongst
the dark green of the pines. This stunning
display makes a perfect backdrop for
Located in a historic log mansion set in
Wasatch National Forest, Log Haven Restaurant surrounds guests with forest splendor.
There are four private dining rooms seating
24 to 150 guests, respectively.
The Aerie Restaurant & Lounge is located
atop the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird. Diners
enjoy dramatic views of Cottonwood Canyon. The Aerie can seat approximately 75
in the lounge, 100 for private dining or 200
utilizing the entire restaurant.
Park City’s Autumn Aloft festival is a particularly spectacular way to appreciate fall
scenery. The event, held in mid-September,
fills the air above Park City with scores of
colorful hot-air balloons for three days.
While it’s difficult to positively predict
when the leaves will turn, in general the
color begins in mid-September in higher
elevations, and the show is over by early
Utah bills its winter sports as “the
greatest snow on Earth,” and ski season
traditionally kicks off on Thanksgiving.
Apart from quality powder, and lots of it,
accessibility is also a major benefit of ski
outings in the Salt Lake area. There are 11
Lake International Airport, which is con-
sistently ranked as one of the top on-time
airports for its size.
“Accessibility is a key point,” says
Creek-McCallister. “When we bring
planners here, they’re blown away. It’s a
After a huge lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving Day, Temple Square remains lit up
every evening until the New Year. The holiday season of lights culminates with Eve,
a massive festival with 12 live performance
venues. Eve enlivens downtown Salt Lake
over the last three days of each year with
family-friendly music and activities and
adult-friendly beverage options.
The legendary Sundance Film Festival
takes over venues in Park City, Salt Lake,
Ogden, and of course the Sundance Resort
for 10 days each January. Ticketing options
for larger groups are available with corporate sponsorship.
Of course, winter is the peak of the
region’s vaunted ski season. Due to Salt
Lake’s dry climate, it may even be possible
on some winter days to golf in the morning
and ski in the afternoon.
Other winter activities include backcountry snowmobile tours at most resorts,
ice fishing for trout and ice-skating at the
Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake.
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