The fall is one of our favorite times of the year in Park City. The days are warm and sunny, and the nights are cool and crisp – its perfection. Fall in the mountains offers numerous activities to fill the day. Here are some of our favorites.
1) Drive through Guardsman Pass for Fall Foliage:
Guardsman Pass is the road that connects Deer Valley to Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is only open from May till November, depending on the weather. It has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountain range, especially when the aspens start changing to their beautiful golden yellow fall color. Guardsman takes about an hour out and back and offers excellent backgrounds for pictures. Local tip – dress in layers. It is significantly cooler at altitude.
2) Fly Fishing
Autumn is an excellent time for a quiet escape and one of the most beautiful times to visit the area. The leaves are changing colors, and the days are still warm. Fly fishing remains strong. Phenomenal caddis and PMD hatches bring rising fish on the Provo River. As the weather becomes cooler, blue-winged olives emerge, and the fish are in a feeding frenzy. The colorful landscape and beautiful trout make this time of year picturesque.
3) Whiskey Tasting
Book a whiskey tasting at High West Distillery in Wanship, Utah. The Distillery is about 20 minutes from Park City and is the only place that offers a whiskey flight in Utah. On this tour, you will learn the history and origin of whiskey and grow your knowledge of this local brand. It’s an excellent experience for the 21 and up crowd. Locals tip – make a reservation for brunch in conjunction with your tasting and tour.
4) Hike PC Hill
Hike Park City Hill for outstanding views of the fall foliage as well as Park City. It is 1.3 miles round trip and is terrific to do with the family. This trail is moderately traveled and is an out and back kind of trail. Park City Hill is suited for all levels of hikers and offers fantastic views to watch the sunrise or sunset of Park City. Locals tip – this is one of our favorite locations for a glass of wine or picnic at sunset.
5) Horseback ride through Deer Valley
Boulder Mountain Ranch offers horseback riding through Deer Valley. Take a stroll on the paths that are usually utilized by hikers and bikers. The horses are used to it all, and there is a horse for everyone’s needs, such as beginner to advanced riders. This ride offers spectacular views of Deer Valley and the Jordenelle.
6) 1st Saturday and Every Sunday Main Street Stroll
This year Main street has started closing the road to cars the first Saturday of every month and every Sunday. It is an excellent way to socially distant and enjoy everything that Main Street has to offer, such as the wonderful food, live music, and shops.
7) Spa day at The Align Spa
Treat yourself to a spa day at The Align Spa in Park City. As the weather starts to get colder and your skin starts to get dryer, there is nothing better than a spa day. Your visit could include enjoying a deep tissue massage and end your day with a facial to get your skin ready for winter.
8) Hot Balloon Ride
Book a hot air balloon ride with Skywalker Balloons Company and Bigfoot Balloons. See Park City’s autumn colors from a different view as you ascend thousands of feet into the sky. You will be able to look out over Kamas Valley and see the Wasatch Mountains skyline to your west as the streets of Park City get smaller and smaller. All rides take place during sunrise because that is when the atmosphere is the most stable.
9) Local Wine Tasting at OTC
Visit Old Town Cellars on Main Street for a local taste of wine. They are known as the official wine of Après. You can only order half glasses of wine for tasting, but you can also purchase a full bottle of wine. OTC offers quality wines that are affordable with a mountain town ambiance. Locals tip – Townie Rosè is perfect on a sunny warm fall day.
10) Wednesday Farmers Market at PCMR
Park City has a local farmers market in the Silver King parking lot. Filled with local Utah produce, it’s a great way to get a taste of Park City and the surrounding area. Volker’s Bakery from Kamas makes great focaccia, pastries, and loaves of bread. Stop by Park City Creamery for the most astonishing brie. They offer senior hours from 11 am-12 pm and then to the general public from 12 pm-5 pm. Locals tip – fall is your last chance for Utah fresh peaches.