Things To Do In Deer Valley/Park City

There is so much to do in Deer Valley and Park City, whether you are visiting in the summer or winter. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to eat and things to do as well as activities and vendors that have been recommended by others

RESTAURANTS & BARS

There are so many great places to eat, here are some of our favorites and the ones that have been recommended to us.

Deer Valley Resort

  • Rime & St Regis Bar ($$$$): Rime is the full service St Regis restaurant, it’s good but expensive. St Regis bar does not take reservations but it’s good for kids and is more of a pub style menu for watching games, etc.
  • La Stellina ($$$):: New restaurant at the bottom of St Regis residences building, food is very good and pretty reasonable. Restaurant has no windows and the ambiance isn’t the best but it’s a good convenient option for families. 
  • Fireside Dining @ Empire Lodge ($$$$). Pricey, but a unique experience. Price fixed and includes local favorites from the European Alps served from stone fireplaces.
  • Deer Valley Grocery Cafe ($$$)- on the road to Deer Valley – it has really good breakfast & lunch options as well as appetizers, ice cream and cookie dough.
  • Burgers and Bourbon @ Montage ($$$): Good for kids/family, esp in summer. Very hard to get into in the winter and you need reservations. Great burgers and shakes and on mountain outdoor seating.
  • Brass Tag ($$$): Has improved a lot with a new chef, one of few restaurants in lower DV. Causal and not very fancy.  More limited menu, lots of pizza and great pasta. Good for families.

Main St

Nicer Dinners (note: these places often need reservations 1-2 months in advance, especially in winter)

  • Riverhorse ($$$$):  Repeatedly voted best restaurant in Park City and one of the top in Utah. Great ambiance and very good food, but pricey.  
  • Firewood ($$$$): One of our favorite places, everything is cooked on open firewood stoves in an open kitchen. It’s become very expensive over the past few years, around $50+ an entree.  
  • Handle ($$$): Very good food and fun to order family style, our go-to place for groups. Get the cauliflower for sure.
  • Grappa ($$$$): Very high end Italian, great patio and outdoor seating in summer. Just rebuilt after a fire. $50+ an entree.
  • Chimayo ($$$): High end Mexican restaurant with a great location on Main St.
  • Pine Code Ridge ($$$): New in 2023, food is really good and so is ambiance. Same owners as Grappa.
  • Yuki Yama ($$$):  Best Sushi in town, hard to get reservations or even take out unless you call the morning, specials are always great.
  • Purple Sage: ($$$) Known for their cuisine infused with Western flavors and decor. Award-winning meatloaf and fresh Utah trout.
  • Fletchers ($$$); Traditional steakhouse right in the middle of main street. 

More Casual/ Family

  • Shabu ($$$): Asian Fusion, good Sushi and interesting dishes, fun atmosphere and good for outdoors in summer. Always a favorite with our friends and kids. 
  • Bueno Vina ($$): Italian, good reasonable choice for kids/families and large pirates. 
  • High West Distillery ($$$): Classic spot, long wait in winter. No reservations and everyone has to be 21+
  • Tekila Mexican Grill & Cantina ($$). Big open floor plan at the top of main street and a great options for families and large groups. 
  • 501 Main ($$). Good food at reasonable prices with lots of options for vegan, veggie and Gluten free.   
  • The Eating Establishment ($$):: One of the best choices for families with kids. High end diner menu with a wide range of options and serves breakfast all day. One of the owners is Phil from Modern Family.  
  • Wasatch Brew Pub ($$): Top of Main St, good casual option for families. First come first serve, no reservations. 
  • Davanza’s ($$). Most people here are eating in ski boots and it’s a throwback. Order at the counter, great burgers, cheesesteaks & tacos in addition to pizza. My boys love it. 

Off Main

  • Sammy’s Bistro ($$): A local favorite and excellent food for the price and local craft beer. Was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Drives and Diners  No reservations and lines can get long on weekends.
  • El Chubasco ($$). Inexpensive and good Mexican food. Very casual place off the beaten path but worth it.
  • Nosh PC,($$). Small and modern cafe style middle eastern restaurant with excellent hummus, pita, etc.
    These first three above are all in the same plaza
  • Tupelo ($$) : American western, small menu.Moved from Main St. 
  • Twisted Fern ($$): Good vegan and veggie, and a nice outdoor patio  
  • Bling Dog ($$):  Offers a unique blend of American comfort food, along with an extensive sushi menu. While it’s a good place for families, there is not a kid’s menu. 
  • Boneyard Grill ($$): Good option for BBQ and burgers. Patio and nice bar, same owners as No Name 
  • Windy Ridge ($$): Easier to get into as it’s off of Main and has a good range of American comfort food. 
  • Squatters Pub ($$): Wide array of craft beers, complemented by a diverse menu of hearty American pub fare in a laid-back and convivial atmosphere
  • Silverstar Cafe ($$): Located a little off the path at the base of Park City Mountain’s Silver Star lift. Serves American mountain cuisine with an incredible view and live music in summer. Need reservation.

Breakfast/Lunch

  • Five Seeds ($$): Best breakfast in Park City. Go for the egg sandwich, Acai bowl or Poke Bowls. Can be a long wait, especially on weekends. 
  • Harvest ($$): Great breakfast and lunch, fresh and organic food, bowls, etc at the bottom of Main street.  
  • Deer Valley Grocery Cafe ($$). On the road to Deer Valley. Great breakfast and lunch options with a big deck that overlooks the lake.  
  • Atticus ($$): Famous boo and coffee shop on Main Street. Hundreds of teas. 
  • The Eating Establishment ($$):: Lots of good full service breakfast options.

Kimball Junction & Canyons

  • Shoyo Sushi ($$): Good sushi place in Kimball Junction. 
  • Sushi Blue($$$): Another good Sushi option in Kimball Junction, owned by the same group that runs Grappa and Pine Cone. Lots of good special rolls. 
  • KITA (Canyons Village) ($$$$):  High End restaurant at the Pendry hotel.  We have not been but have heard it is very good
  • Apres Pendry ($$): Great in the summer, esp with live music playing outside. Excellent apps.

Bars

  • High West Distillery & Saloon: Utah’s first legal distillery since the 1870s. Lots of crafted cocktails made from their own spirits and great food. Can ski there from PC mountain. No reservations.
  • No Name Saloon – This place is really fun and has a lot of character with all kids of crazy decor. Great roof deck in the summer. They also serve food and are known for their famous buffalo burgers
  • The Spur – This place has been around forever and was recently revamped. A three-level destination offering live music, dancing, and an extensive drinks menu. 

Sleigh Ride Dining 

Both are at Park City Mountain and are very unique family experiences

Takeout/Prepared Foods/ Catering

If you are renting a condo or ski house with families, it’s often much easier to bring in some great food and hang around by the fire playing games. Here are some great options.

  • Freshies Lobster: Best take on a Maine lobster roll, lots of good reviews. 
  • Luna’s Kitchen: Single serve and family style meals to go, lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
  • Nosh; Good local Greek place, not a lot of room for dine-in, but good takeout option.   
  • Windy Ridge Bakery: Excellent fresh baked goods and ready-to-heat/bake dinner entrees 
  • The Salt Box in Prospector: (river horse owners), call a day or two ahead for hot meals. 
  • Vessel: Great takeout, good vegan and veggie options, middle eastern catering. Near Kimball Junction.

Catering

  • Steve Vierk: We have had Steve drop off many meals, his food is excellent, prices are reasonable and he’s so easy  to work with. Taco bar is great for families, also love Salmon and flourless chocolate cake.  (541) 556-3375
  • Savory Kitchen: Catering and drop off meals. 
  • At Home Chef Services: Highly used in town
  • Dean Hottle: Dean used to be the chef/owner at Snake Creek Grill. 435-714-1982 
  • Chef Heber:  Caters very high end events. 801-709-4788
  • Element:  Recommended by our realtor, they also have grab and go.
  • Amanda Pilkington:  Good reviews and feedback. 
  • Seasoned with Salt. Chef Joi, taste@seasonedwithsalt.info. Was recommended by our concierge.

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

St Regis Hot Chocolate, Smores  & Champagne Sabering:

The St Regis has some great options for adults and families alike, starting with the Champagne Sabering each evening on the Mountain Terrace. Around 3pm each day, they also put out hot chocolate and in the Lobby which is technically for guests, but anyone can enjoy. After dinner, they have make your own S’Mores. Taking a ride up the funicular to the top is also an activity in itself for kids.

Utah Olympic Park

The Utah Olympic Park was the site of the bobsledding, luge and ski jumping from the 2002 Winter Olympics. It has a ton going on in both the winter and the summer with aerial shows, rides, tours and two free museums. Many world-class and Olympic athletes train here year round and you can often see them practicing in the winter which is pretty cool. The Olympic Park also has fun activities during the summer months such as the Comet Bobsled, Alpine Slide, Zip Lines and Adventure Courses.

You can book a bobsled ride with an expert driver in either the winter or summer and it’s an amazing experience to go down the actual Olympic track.

In the summer, be sure to check out the Flying Aces All-Star show, where past and aspiring Olympic freestyle skiers do incredible aerials into a training pool.

If you want to try out tricks or jumps in the aerial poll yourself, you can rent skis and get a lesson through Park City Ski and Snowboard reach out to rdevine@parkcityss.org (435) 658-4220.

Shooting

Park City Gun Club:
If you are interested in testing out some live fire arms, PCGC is a good place to start. You can rent everything you need and can usually just walk right in. Permits are not required. They also offer classes and training. 

Skeet Shooting:

There are a couple places in and around Park City that offer Skeet shooting, including Destination Sports.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES- WINTER

Vendors with Multiple Activities

Dog Sledding

Luna Lobos Dog Sledding offers a truly authentic experience, where guests can meet the sled dogs, learn about their training before a ride through the picturesque winter landscapes. Another option, All Seasons Adventures, offers dog sledding excursions led by Alaskan Huskies. 

Cross Country Skiing

White Pine Touring operates a 20-kilometer groomed track in the heart of Park City, offering lessons and guided tours for both classic and skate skiing enthusiasts. For a breathtaking backdrop, the Mountain Dell Cross Country Ski Area boasts well-maintained tracks near the reservoir, making it a popular choice for both beginners and seasoned skiers. Soldier Hollow, located in nearby Midway and a venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, offers an expansive 31 kilometers of groomed trails and also provides guided tours and lessons for all skill levels.

Ice Skating

There is also an outdoor rink at the base of Park City Mountain Resort that is a lot of fun and has boxes that beginners can use.

The Park City Ice Arena is an indoor, year-round facility. The Olympic-size ice sheet offers a variety of activities including open skate sessions, private lessons, group rates, corporate outings and children’s camps.

Sleigh Rides

A few options include the Boulder Mountain Ranch at Deer Valley, Park City Sleigh Rides at the Canyons Village and Rocky Mountain Outfitters in nearby Midway.

Snow Tubing

Tubing is a great family option. Woodward Park City, which is about 15 minutes away from Old Town and Deer Valley offers seven tubing lanes, a magic carpet, and lighted night tubing; they also have an indoor activity center with trampolines and food. Another great option a bit further away is Soldier Hollow Tubing  in nearby Midway with the longest tubing lanes in Utah.

Snowshoeing.

Park City has many trails for snowshoeing, such as the Round Valley trail system. The McLeod Creek Pathway provides a scenic route from Park City to Kimball Junction, passing through wetlands and aspen groves. For guided tours or equipment rental, consider the White Pine Touring Nordic Center, which offers expert-led excursions for all experience levels.

Snowmobiling

Daniels Summit Lodge offers guided tours that weave through scenic trails and boast panoramic mountain views. Thousand Peaks, one of the largest private ranches in the region offers snowmobiling adventures on its vast 60,000-acre expanse, allowing riders to experience untouched terrain. Two other options near/in town are Red Pine Adventures, and Park City Peaks Snowmobiling.

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour

The Ski Utah Interconnect Tour is a guided adventure that provides advanced skiers the opportunity to experience multiple Utah ski resorts in one day, traversing both the Wasatch Mountain’s backcountry and groomed runs.

Cat & Heli Skiing

For when on the mountain just won’t do!

Ski Rentals

Most people come in the winter to Deer Valley/Park City to ski. If you are looking to rent your skis, here are some of the best options. You can always rent at the mountains, but I think the places that drop off and pick up at your door are much more convenient and you will get out faster. Here are my favorites.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES – SUMMER

Vendors with Multiple Activities

Biking

There is a lot of biking in Deer Valley and Park City that breaks down into three groups, Street & Bike Paths, Mountain, and Downhill. Keep in mind when you are biking that everything going out from Deer Valley is downhill and the return is uphill.

There are plenty of places to rent bikes including Cole Sports which has a few locations; the biggest one will be on Park Ave as well as Jans and White Pine Touring. If you are interested in e-bikes, check out Pedego Park City.

Street & Bike Paths:

There is a good network of paved trails through the middle of town and out towards Kimball Junction and Prospector. The Rail Trail is also a lot of fun. In town, you jump on the bike path right off the rotary in front of the Old Town Transportation Center (OTTC) bus stop, near the overhead charger for the electric bus. This will take you through town and all the parks and out towards Prospector, Kimball Junction and the Rail Trail.

Mountain Biking:

There are plenty of trails around Park City and Deer Valley where you don’t have to take a lift up. A great place to Mountain Bike is at Round Valley.  This trail network, is located just a few minutes from Park City’s main street and you can also get there on the Rail Trail. Round Valley offers a diverse range of terrain from gentle rolling hills to more challenging climbs rated from green to black.

Downhill Biking:

This is where you take your bike up the lift and bike downhill and requires dedicated equipment for the job.  They have green, blues, and black runs, but even the green runs are difficult if you aren’t comfortable on a bike. I would definitely recommend getting an instructor if you haven’t done it before and wearing all of the safety gear they provide with your rental.  You can get bikes, lift tickets, and safety gear through Deer Valley at Snow Park or Silver Lake Lodge, but on busy days you want to reserve your rental stuff so it can sell out. Keep in mind a single run down can take 20-30 minutes.

Hiking

Silver Lake Area – Deer Valley Trail Map

Deer Crest to Silver Lake Lodge

We love hiking from the St Regis or starting from behind Black Diamond Lodge (via Gap to Deer Crest) to Silver Lake Lodge via Deer Crest trail to Mid Mountain trail. Trail Map. It’s about a 1.5 hours hike that really flattens out at the end with great views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, but the trail signs can be confusing as they often say the same thing both ways at splits. Make sure not to get onto Outlook as your start as then Undertow. At Silver Lake, you can get some water and snacks, use the bathroom and either plan to summit to the top of Bald Mountain (see below) or take the Silver Lake Express lift back down to Snowpark base for free.

If you aren’t looking for a 3-4 hour hike, you can also start at Silver Lake Lodge for either of the trails below, but there is only now paid parking and it’s not cheap. 

Bald Mountain Summit

There’s two hiking trails to the summit of Bald Mountain from Silver Lake Lodge that are great (Silver Lake and Ontario Canyon), both are 1-2 hours for most hikers and about two miles. Silver Lake trail (left) is harder and you will be breathing hard a lot of the way, but the views are better and epic. There are also great views at the top and you can take the chair lift down for free. It’s to time to get lunch or a drink after at Royal Street Cafe or Stein Eriksen Lodge

Tour De Homes

Tour de Homes is a really fun 1.4 mile trail that starts in the Silver Lake base area (off Royal St and then Sterling Drive) and goes down to Snowpark lodge, taking you through a tour of expensive homes with great views, hence its name. It’s about an hour each way (shorter downhill) and the start is much easier to find from the top than it is from the bottom. From Snow Park Lodge, you sort of need to walk straight up the right side of the mountain under the Silver Lake Express until the trail picks up about a quarter mile up opposite the Old School black bike trail on the left. Here is the bottom section.

Guardsman Pass:  

There are a lot of great trails up Guardsman’s Pass, and you will need a car. We took an Uber once and had a very hard time getting one back. You follow Rt 224/Marsac Ave past the Montage all the way up and over the mountain. You’ll eventually get to a bunch of small parking lots with different trail heads. If you keep driving on the road you’ll go down through Little Cottonwood Canyon (which is gorgeous) and eventually take you to Salt Lake City. 

  • Bloods Lake Trail: About 15-20 minutes from DV/Old Town in Guardsman Pass. Family and dog (on leash) friendly. Good challenge for the kids and it’s not a far drive from our condo. About a 1.5 hour loop with a beautiful lake at the end.Trail Map

Hikes Outside Park City

Donut Falls:

About an hour drive. Super fun hike for the kids and not very difficult to get to the falls. The actual hike to the very top of the donut falls to get inside the donut is not easy, but doable. Wear shoes and not flip flops if you want to hike up, but you may want to bring an extra pair of shoes for afterwards, because everyone’s shoes will be soaked. Trail Map

Blanche Lake:

Need to be in pretty good hiking shape and definitely take plenty of water.  You will want to block out at least 4 to 5 hours just for the hike. Trail Map

Outdoor Concerts

There are a lot of great concerts each summer, including the Deer Valley Concert series at the Snow Park Amphitheater and at the Canyons.

Deer Valley Music Festival @ Snow Park Ampitheathre.
While there are seats, most people bring chairs/blankets and make a picnic out of it with general admission. Enjoy the Utah Symphony as they perform with renowned guest artists and conductors. Some are free and the bigger names sellout far in advance. Try and put out your low back chairs (they measure) as soon as the doors open, which is about an hour before the show to get good lawn seats. You can also rent chairs at the door if you don’t have them. Plenty of good Deer Valley food at the concessions including the famous turkey chili. When the sun goes down, it really cools down so dress warm and bring a sweatshirt or blanket.

Canyons Village Concert Summer Series.
Concerts are scheduled on select Thursday and Saturday nights throughout the summer and will feature an array of musical acts from across the country. Concerts are free.

4th of July & Park City Fun Run – Start your day with the Park City 5K Fun Run, which we have done several times and starts near Cole Sports and ends with a pancake breakfast in town. Then, there is a big parade down Main street and through the town and finishes with a party in City Park. At night fireworks are set from the base of Park City Mountain Resort. Can watch from the park or the base of the mountain. 

Jordanelle Reservoir
The Jordanelle is a large reservoir set in a valley east of the Wasatch Mountains, only about 10 minutes from the Deer Valley and downtown. The Jordanelle State Park has fishing, boating and a variety of water sports and there is also a man-made beach. The Jordanelle State Park along the shore provides camping and picnicking opportunities. You can also rent a boat and go water skiing. See Boat Rentals.

Kayaks, Standup Paddleboard & Beach At Deer Valley Ponds
Right next to the Deer Valley grocery story is the Deer Valley Ponds with a man-made beach with Kayak, Standup Paddle Board rentals. There are also Yoga and Paddle Pilates classes. It’s a great place to spend a few hours, especially in the earlier morning or late afternoon. 

Homestead Crater
The Homestead Crater is a unique geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. Located about 20 minutes from Park City, it’s renowned for its warm mineral waters which maintain a consistent temperature of 90-96 degrees Fahrenheit. The crater offers activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and Paddleboard Yoga, which is a great way to experience the crater and a once in a lifetime experience. We have taken many friends and they all loved it.  You don’t have to be good at yoga, the point is to fall into the warm water. 

Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball,l Swimming & Pickleball

City Park
Located in the heart of Park City, City Park has open lawn space, a softball diamond, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, state of the art skateboard park as well as a playground.

Park City MARC & Recreation
For a reasonable day fee, the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center (MARC)  indoor and outdoor tennis courts, dedicated pickleball areas,  swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness center complete with cardio and weight equipment, and group classes like yoga and spinning. Additional amenities include a basketball gymnasium, bouldering wall, and sauna. Great for a rainy or sunny day.

Trailside Park
Located in on the outskirts of Park City, this 63-acre community park is made up of approximately 17 acres of developed recreational amenities, including a basketball court, 4 fenced tennis/ pickleball courts, a street-style skateboard park, a bike park, 2 playing fields, 2 playgrounds, 3 pavilions off-leash areas, and a disc golf course.

Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing can be fun in the morning or afternoon. You can book it through Rocky Mountain Outfitters, which is the group Talisker uses. A few people recommended Ryan if you want to ask for him.

ATV/UTV Rentals & Tours The Wasatch Mountain offers a great backdrop for ATV enthusiasts looking to explore the region’s diverse terrains. A few local companies are Wasatch Adventure Guides, Wasatch Excursions and Uinta Recreation, you can choose from ATV excursions and independent rentals for those preferring to navigate at their own pace.

Horseback Riding
Boulder Mountain Ranch at Deer Valley provides guided horseback tours through the scenic Deer Valley and surrounding mountain terrains. Just FYI, it’s a slow pace. Red Pine Adventures offers year-round rides in the heart of Park City. Additionally, Blue Sky Ranch in nearby Wanship takes riders across its vast 3,500-acre landscape, from the foothills of the Uinta Mountains to the Weber River corridor.

Golf
The Park City Golf Club is a local favorite, offering 18 holes in the heart of the city, and is open to the public without the need for membership. Just a short drive away, Promontory Club boasts multiple courses, including the acclaimed Pete Dye Canyon Course and Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Course; however, access is exclusive to members. Likewise, the Glenwild Golf Club offers an award-winning course designed by Tom Fazio, but play is restricted to members and their guests.

Scenic Lift Rides
Park City Mountain Resort offers summer lift rides that give guests a bird’s-eye view of the alpine beauty, ascending from the base to various mountain peaks. Over at Deer Valley Resort, their scenic chairlift rides, available during the summer months, whisk riders up to panoramic vistas, providing opportunities for mountaintop dining or hiking before descending. Just a short drive from Park City, Sundance Mountain Resort also offers scenic lift rides, revealing the lush landscapes of Mount Timpanogos and the surrounding wilderness. These experiences offer a unique way to appreciate the area’s natural beauty outside the winter season.

Rock Climbing
White Pine Touring provides guided rock climbing excursions tailored to both beginners and experienced climbers, focusing on safety and technique in the great outdoors. Not far from Park City, the Front Climbing Club in Salt Lake City boasts one of the most extensive indoor climbing gyms in the state. Additionally, Park City MARC & Recreation offers indoor climbing experiences through its bouldering wall.

Chuck Wagon Dinners – See All
Rockin’ R Ranch offers an authentic chuck wagon experience, complete with a Western-style meal, cowboy entertainment, and sometimes horse-drawn wagon rides. A short drive from Park City, Blue Sky Ranch often hosts chuck wagon dinners as part of its broader range of experiential offerings, giving visitors a taste of the Western frontier amidst its expansive 3,500-acre landscape.

Park Silly Sunday Market
One of our favorite things to do, Park Silly Sunday Market is a street festival located on Park City’s historic Main Street. Every Sunday from 10am-5pm during the summer months, it showcases a diverse selection of vendors, from artisan crafts and unique food offerings to sustainable products and local produce. There is also live music, performance artists, and kid’s activities. 

Park City Farmer’s Market
The Park City Farmer’s Market operates from June to October, typically on Wednesday from 11am – 5pm at Canyons Park City (Lower Parking Lot Off Main Highway)

Resort Activities

Park City Mountain Resort
Enjoy an array of activities including the alpine coaster, alpine slide, zip lines, climbing wall, and more. 

Canyons Resort. 

Activities including a scenic gondola ride, zip line adventure, mini golf, and paddle boats.

Sundance Resort:

At Sundance many people take the chair lift up and then hike over to Stewart Falls. They also have an amazing zip line tour. Sundance village is small, but very cool and worth a quick walk. The Foundry Grill is great for lunch, but you will want to get reservations.  In a perfect world, stick around there until after 4 PM which is when the Owl Bar opens.

High West Distillery – Wanship

High West has gone from a local whiskey distillery to a well-known national brand. The Distillery in Wanship is where they make most of their products and it’s only 25 to 30 minutes from Deer Valley. Kids aren’t allowed into the High West restaurant in Park City, but they are allowed into the restaurant in Wanship.  You can reserve a whisky flight tasting if it’s just adults, and they also do an amazing brunch on Sundays.

The distillery is part of the Blue Sky Ranch which is also home to The Lodge at Blue Sky:, which is an Auberge resort.  Blue Sky has a spa, a really nice high end restaurant and bar, and also a private yurt dining experience. If you go to High West, they will ask you to park at the entrance to the Blue Sky ranch and then take their shuttle to the distillery.