Last year on our trip I wrote about how Deas made fun of me because every place we visited became my “new favorite!” part of the trip. I’ve loved a lot of places we’ve been so far this year, but I hadn’t yet had that real excitement of just absolutely falling in love with a new place. Well, I’ve fallen in love again this trip – this time with Park City, Utah!
We stayed at Jordanelle State Park, which is a fantastic state park. I just realized when I started writing this post that I neglected to take any pictures of it, but trust me – it was great. Right on a lake with easy access to Park City – and full hook-ups to boot. We liked it and the area so much, we stayed for 8 nights! (Updated: I should clarify that the majority of the spots in the park are water/electric only. There is one loop with full hook-ups, but in the summer it is used by camp hosts/camp workers. If you get there before the season starts like we did, you can use the full hook-up sites.)
Park City was recently named the Best Town in America by Outside Magazine – and it didn’t take us long to see why. Loads of outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, a historic downtown, friendly people, good restaurants – I could go on and on! We spent our first day walking along the Rail Trail, a 30-mile trail that runs right through town. In certain places the trail goes under the road, and each tunnel had interesting murals painted on the inside.
In addition to the murals, there was lots of other cool stuff to see along the Rail Trail. There was an area called the Sound Garden, with large installations of home-made instruments, which you could play with and make all kinds of interesting sounds.
In another area there were several sculptures by artist Scotty Soltronic that were all created from items that were either found or reclaimed.
There was even a large tree full of old shoes!
One on off the side streets off of Main Street, there is a painting by the famous London street artist Banksy. It is now covered in glass, because it was vandalized late last year, presumably by a local disgruntled artist.
Even the benches had character!
There isn’t any skiing going on right now, but all of the ski trails are open for use as hiking trails during the spring and summer, and we hiked a few of them. We got some great views back down towards the city and of the ski lifts.
We even ran into some snow on some of the higher parts of the trails.
Atop one of the trails was this seemingly abandoned and decaying building. We couldn’t quite tell if it had been a home or some sort of ski shelter.
After one of our hikes we just spent some time walking through the town looking at all of the beautiful homes.
While we were walking through town we kept seeing people running by in crazy costumes. There was a charity run going on that afternoon, and we ended up having lunch at a cute restaurant called The Bridge, where we could see other runners as they came by.
Park City is very dog-friendly too – one local told us that people refer to it as “Bark City.” The dogs joined us for lunch at The Bridge restaurant.
We had drinks one night at High West distillery, which is a favorite of several of our friends.
And lastly, one afternoon we drove over the nearby Sundance Resort area, where we hiked a portion of the Timpanogos Trail.
Driving back from Sundance we saw this lovely old barn. It was originally built it 1902, and we were very impressed with its condition until we read the sign that said it had been rebuilt in 2002 after collapsing under heavy snow in 1996.
Sorry for the long post, but we just absolutely loved this stay and had so much to share. In fact we liked it so much, we filled out an application to be camp hosts at Jordanelle next summer! We’ll also try to come back through here later this summer on our way back to Florida.
15 thoughts on “Park City”
This is so timely! I’m so excited because Mike and I will arrive in Jordanelle next Tuesday for 10 days! We have been looking forward to exploring Park City. I love the preview you just gave us. We are currently just an hour away from Jordanelle, staying at Strawberry Bay Reservoir for a week. It’s beautiful here, too. Now, I can’t wait to get to Jordanelle! –Linda
Awesome! You will love it. I can’t wait to go back!
You’ve convinced me…..next summer we’ll be touring more of Utah. We used to love being able to take Bear out to lunch with us.
We knew southern Utah would be great – we didn’t realize how wonderful northern Utah is also! It’s a very beautiful state.
Park City is a really nice area. Love those beautiful murals in the tunnels:) Clever to add the instruments and keep people involved as they walk by on the trail.
Next stop don’t forget to go to the Olympic Training Center for ski jumping and aerials . It is great fun to watch them twist and turn and land in the lake.
Thanks for the info! That sounds very cool – I never would have even thought to visit there, so we’ll definitely add it to the list for next time!
Wow, you really liked it! Possible camp hosting too! We spend an afternoon in and around Park City but I don’t remember seeing that campground. It sounds wonderful!
I love the Sound Garden and the funky art…I guess we need to spend more time in that area!
Yes you definitely should revisit it! There were also some local breweries that we didn’t get to but that were recommended to me by a friend.
Cool! Definitely looks like a spot we would enjoy! On the list!
Nina, you and Paul would love it for sure. It was hard for us to leave! Northern Utah has been a real treat – we will definitely be back someday.
We too have added it to the ever-growing list. With all that Utah has to offer, I see a very long stay coming up for us. 🙂
I could definitely have spent more time there as well. We’ve moved on to Wyoming now, but we’re planning to go back through Utah when we start heading south again in a couple of months!
Looks like our kind of place too. How much damage did you do at the distillery?
Yall would love it! One drink each at the distillery – and that was enough. I was buzzed for the rest of the night.
Awesome pictures! If this didn’t help you pick your next RV destination, I don’t know what will….