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Adventure Guide: Power To The Pedal

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


If you’re among the lucky ones who call Park City home, we don’t have to tell you how beautiful it is. But for those who are visiting: Can you believe how gorgeous it is here? Unbelievable, right?

It’s so beautiful, in fact, that you’ll want to really take it all in.

You can’t do that when you’re driving, you have to watch the road! No, the best and most fun way to get around Park City is by bicycle. Electric pedal assist bicycle, that is.

If you’re interested in touring Park City by e-bike, you have a few options.

Summit Bike Share

If you just want to get from Point A to Point B, Summit Bike Share is a solid bet. The program, which debuted in 2017, boasts 190 e-bikes at 20 docking stations around Summit County. All you have to do is download the app and choose a membership. There are annual and monthly passes, but
for a short-term visitor the “pay per ride” option is likely best. From there, all you have to do is find a docking station, bring up the app on your phone and follow the instructions. You’ll be riding from Prospector to Kimball Junction in record time!

COVID-19 note: Summit Bike Share staff members are committed to cleaning bikes between trips, but to be on the safe side, riders are still advised to wipe down the bike they plan to ride before use.

One more thing: E-bike use is permitted on soft-surface trails wider than 5 feet and all paved multi-use paths within Park City. If you’re not sure you’re riding in the right place, visit parkcity.org and navigate to the “E-Bikes Pathways Use and Etiquette” page for a trails map.

For more information visit summitbikeshare.com or call the customer service center at 1-877-460-2435.

Individual Bike Rentals

If it’s a little more freedom and adventure you’re after — first
of all, welcome to Park City, you’ll feel right at home — then our local bike retailers are the way to go. The following shops will help you find the right e-bike, whether you want to cruise or go fast or just want to be dockless for the day. Below are a few retailers that offer e-bike rentals. Prices vary by retailer and length of rental (expect to pay anywhere from $48-$110), so be sure to call or visit their website before you swing by.

Cole Sport
1615 Park Ave., Park City
435-649-4800

White Pine Touring
1790 Bonanza Drive, Suite 120, Park City
435-649-8710

Bahnhof Sport
693 Main St., Park City
435-645-9700

JANS Recreation Experts
1600 Park Ave., Park City
435-649-4949

Silver Star Ski and Sport
1825 Three Kings Drive, Suite 85, Park City
435-645-7827

Park City Bike Demos
1500 Kearns Blvd., Park City
435-659-3991

Adventure Guide: Summer Sizzle

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


If you’re like most people, you’ve spent as much time as possible at home over the last several months in an attempt to limit exposure to the coronavirus. For many, hitting up crowded beaches, splashing around in public pools and other activities that typically mark summer are a no-go this year.

That doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the season. If you’ve got a backyard, you’ve got the perfect venue for a roaring good time. Here are some tips for an off-the-hook backyard barbecue in the time of COVID-19.

Equipment

When it comes to a barbecue, the discussion begins with the grill. Plan to become an expert and fire up the grill every weekend? You may want to splurge on a pricey model with all the bells and whistles like side burners and a rotisserie. On the other hand, if you only intend to grill occasionally, there are plenty of bare-bones models that are more than capable of delivering a mouthwatering burger for just a couple hundred bucks. Size is also important — get a grill with a large enough cooking surface to get the job done but not so big that burners are going to waste. Of course, you’ll also need to consider the age-old question of gas versus charcoal. Many purists opt for charcoal grills, which typically reach higher temperatures and can impart a smoky flavor on meats, but gas grills are easier to operate and more versatile. Smokers are another option, though they often come with a higher degree of difficulty.

Food and drink

Of course, your grill is only as good as the food you’re cooking on it. Whether serving burgers, steaks or ribs — or even hot dogs — it’s a mistake to skimp on the meat and other ingredients. Do some research before heading to the store, and also spend some time learning how to optimally cook the meat you end up settling on. There’s nothing more disappointing than cutting open a steak to find the medium rare you were aiming for is more like well done. While meat is the star of the show at most barbecues, it would be foolish to forget about drinks. A simple summertime cocktail like a Tom Collins is easy to whip up, but it can also be fun to play mixologist and dazzle your guests with something more creative. Alternatively, a bottle of wine and a 12 pack will always get the job done.

Entertainment

The food is only half the equation at any good summertime barbecue. Whether hosting a small group of friends or simply having a family hang out, you’ll want an enjoyable way to pass the time while the food is being prepared. One option if you’re eager to get the competitive juices flowing is cornhole, which has gained popularity in recent years. A decent back- yard set can be had for just north of $100, though enthusiasts could easily spend two or three times that. As for tunes? There’s no reason to drop a paycheck on a fancy outdoor speaker system. A portable bluetooth speaker — which can also be used at the beach or on a camping trip — should be up to the task.

Safety

Just because you’re not venturing out into the world doesn’t mean the risks of COVID-19 aren’t present if you invite people who live outside your household to your barbecue. For starters, health experts recommend keeping gatherings small to limit the possibilities of exposure. Likewise, they advocate staying outdoors, wearing masks and maintaining social distance, as well as avoiding shared dishes like dips and platters to ensure the virus isn’t spread through food.

Adventure Guide: A handful of fun Park City events remain on the calendar

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


Although the COVID-19 pandemic has squashed local large-gathering summer events, there are still opportunities to enjoy live music and other events in a coronavirus-aware state. Here are some August highlights.

Music On The Patio

When: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., every Wednesday
Where: Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.
Cost: free
Music on the Patio, which features live acoustic performances by professional local singer-songwriters, is a partnership between the Park City Library and Mountain Town Music, a local music-promotion nonprofit. The concerts are produced by Friends of the Park City Library, which raises funds to supplement library operations.

The August and September schedule is as follows:

August:
5 — Shannon Runyon
12 — Scott Klismith 19 — Brother Chucky 26 — Rick Gerber

September:
2 — Nicole P

For information, visit parkcitylibrary.org.

Park City Farmers Market

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., every Wednesday
Where: at the Silver King Lot, 1315 Lowell Ave.
Cost: free
The Park City Farmers Market, founded by Volker Ritzinger of Volker’s Bakery in 2002, offers an array of fresh, organic, non-GMO produce, meats, cheeses and artisan breads grown, raised, made and baked in Utah. The market is open to senior citizens from 11 a.m. to noon, and to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ritzinger worked with the Utah Department of Agriculture and came up with a list of COVID-19 safety precautions. The guidelines include setting up kiosks and tents 10 feet apart, installing hand-sanitizing stations between every fifth tent and having separate entries and exits. For information, visit parkcityfarmersmarket.com.

Park City Gallery Association Gallery Stroll

When: 6-9 p.m. on the last Friday of the month
Cost: free
Park City Gallery Association’s Monthly Gallery Stroll gives the public opportunities to visit local galleries, see new works and, on occasion, talk with artists. Since participating galleries’ spaces are different, each will set their own social-distancing protocols that will adhere to Summit County Health Department COVID-19 guidelines. For information and participating artists, visit parkcitygalleryassociation.com.

Summit Community Gardens:
Dinners In The Gardens

When: Aug. 6 and Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m.
Where: 4056 Shadow Mountain Drive
Cost: varies
Summit Community Gardens hosts two dinners a month, as part of its fundraising efforts. Each dinner is set in a way where diners can safely connect with local restaurants, local producers and purveyors. Each dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.

The August dinner schedule is:

Farm to Table with Twisted Fern, Aug. 6
Twisted Fern, located at 1300 Snow Creek Drive, is known for its array of meat and vegetarian dishes. Owners Adam and Meisha Ross believe serving minimally processed real food should be the norm, not a catchy pitch.

Dig In! Reimagined, Aug. 30
Summit Community Gardens’ Dig In! originally was a large dinner party for up to 450 people. Since COVID-19 protocols will prevent that many people getting together in one place, Summit Community Gardens is in the process of creating Dig In! Reimagined. The event will feature local, organic food supplied by local producers and purveyors, prepared by local chefs.

For information and registration regarding Summit Community Gardens’ Dinners in the Garden, visit summitcommunitygardens.org.

Nature Bathing Walks

When: 6-7:30 p.m., every other Monday
Where: location varies
Cost: free
The Summit Land Conservancy has partnered with Communities That Care, a youth mental wellness organization, to offer a Nature Bathing Walks that focuses on the art and healing powers of Shinrinyoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The program not only encourages people to spend time in the outdoors immersed in the sights, smells, textures, and sounds of nature. It also teaches the pleasures of presence in the wild and helps create a more defined sense of purpose and connection to the area. The walks are limited to 20 people and masks are required. Walkers are also encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on during breaks.

Here is the August schedule:
Aug. 3 — Daly Traihead/Empire Canyon
Aug. 17 — Empire Trailhead/9K Foot Trail
Aug. 31 — Stevens Grove, Oakley
To register, visit signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4fabaf2ca7fa7-moon3. For information, visit wesaveland.org.

Hops Hunters Hikes

When: Aug. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

Summit Land Conservancy also offers Hops Hunters Hikes each summer. During these hikes the participants learn about the area’s history and search for wild hops from the hills around Park City — which a brewer from Wasatch Brewery uses in a beer that’s served during the conservancy’s annual fundraiser. The hops were planted by German miners who settled in Park City in the 1800s. For information and registration, visit wesaveland.org/hops-hunters.

Adventure Guide: Road Trippin’

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


With the coronavirus pandemic narrowing options for summer vacations, many Parkites and visitors are doubtless looking to the outdoors for opportunities for socially distanced adventure. It’s easy to find in Park City (see our world-class trails system, for instance) but there is no summertime tradition quite like loading the family into a car for a road trip.

Here are some of the top destinations for those eager to hit the open road.

Mirror Lake Highway

Looking for outdoor thrills but don’t want to stray too far from Park City? The Mirror Lake Highway, which begins in Kamas and climbs through the Uinta Mountains before reaching the Wyoming border, can’t be beat. Whether you want to spend the day kayaking at one of the many picturesque lakes along the route or take the RV out for an extended camping trip, you’ll find limitless adventure on what is the highest paved road in Utah. The eponymous Mirror Lake is one of the most sought-after destinations, and for good reason: It’s pretty much the definition of an alpine paradise. If you’re in the mood to work up a sweat, another popular highlight is nearby: Bald Mountain trail, which takes hikers to an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet and offers a panoramic and expansive view of the Uintas. If you go, one tip — don’t leave the camera at home.

National Parks

Not that there’s a dearth of majestic wilderness within the borders of Summit County, but if you live in Park City — or even if you’re just visiting — how can Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks not be on your summer checklist? Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef are all within a five-hour drive from Park City, each offering a unique experience that can only be described as awe-inspiring. Additionally, Yellowstone and Grand Teton to the north are also nearby. Before booking a hotel reservation or a campsite, though, it’s wise to become familiar with the restrictions the parks have implemented in response to the coronavirus, and to consider the possibility of crowds as people from all over the country search for outdoor vacations in a time of social distancing. You don’t want to return home with the coronavirus — or inadvertently expose anyone else to it.

Go Glamping

Not quite ready to rough it? Get your glamp on and experience many of the joys of camping without, you know, actually camping. Fortunately, there are a ton of places to glamp in Utah. Conestoga Ranch near Bear Lake is one popular option, offering tents and covered wagons packed with all the creature comforts of a hotel, as well as activities like horseback riding and even yoga classes. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is another alluring destination. Nestled on the eastern border of Zion National Park, the resort has an array of lodging options along with activities ranging from canyoneering to zip lines. Some of the best glamping sites in Utah are a little more off the beaten path, however, and can be found through nightly rental companies like Airbnb, so it’s worth doing some online searching to find the perfect spot.

Lake Powell

Nine hours from Park City by car on the Utah-Arizona border sits Lake Powell, one of many Utahns’ most beloved summer getaway destinations. Want to feel the August sun beating down on you, with the refreshment of a dip in the water just steps away? This is the place. And sure, you can pitch a tent, establish home base in an RV near the lakeshore or book a hotel nearby. But for a true aquatic experience, consider renting a houseboat and live on the lake for a week or two. Standing on the deck and watching the sun fall in the distance over the glimmering water is not something you are likely to ever forget. You can even tow a smaller boat or a wave runner and really get the adrenaline pumping. Some houseboat rentals even allow pets, so Spot can take part in the family vacation.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

An outdoor adventurer’s utopia, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah has it all: guided hiking tours through slot canyons shaped over millions of years, boundless ATV trails beckoning to be traversed, climbing on dramatic rockfaces, horseback riding — and the list goes on. You’ll be exhausted by the end of the day but wake up the next morning ready for more and will leave counting down the days until your next visit. Anyone going to the monument, however, would be remiss not to spend some time learning about its history. American Indians lived in the area for hundreds of years, and the monument contains numerous heritage sites that are available to the public.

Adventure Guide: A motherlode of activity

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


The Park City Museum is a prime spot for learning about the town’s history, from the mining days in the 1800s to becoming the winter-sports mecca that provided the slopes for the 2002 Winter Games and continues to host world-class competitions.

Museum hours run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the general public every Wednesday through Sunday, and there is an hour between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays reserved for senior citizens and individuals who are considered high-risk regarding the novel coronavirus.

Through permanent, interactive exhibits with local artifacts that date back to the Wild West, the public can get a feel for what it was like to frequent the local saloons and see how miners accessed their perilous jobs deep into the mountains.

These exhibits also spotlight the new dawn of skiing that started more than 50 years ago at what is now known as Park City Mountain Resort, and extended into Deer Valley. The exhibits include preserved gondolas and skis from Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety and the late Stein Eriksen.

Down the hall from the permanent exhibits is the Tozer Gallery, which houses traveling exhibits that are usually part of the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibition Service.

The museum is currently showing “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II,” which examines the U.S. internment camps and is on display through Oct. 4.

Since the Park City Museum is following COVID-19 self-distancing guidelines and other protocols, visitors must wear masks. There are also hand-sanitizing stations available at the front door, and the staff hands out disposable gloves because of the interactive elements of the exhibits. The staff has also increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the museum to ensure the safety of visitors.

To further adhere to coronavirus protocols, the museum has eliminated entry tickets and timing admissions to every 30 minutes. The best way to visit the museum is to call and make a reservation.

In addition to exhibits, the Park City Museum offers historic walking tours, which get visitors out onto Main Street to learn about the town’s history firsthand through visiting various buildings to hear their stories and compare them with historic photos.

The tours, which are appropriate for ages 13 and older, start at 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 28 in front of Grappa Restaurant, 151 Main St., and last approximately 75 minutes. Groups are limited to six people, although special tours can be requested for more. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and sunscreen and wear a hat or other sun protection. Masks are also required.

Historic Walking Tour registration can be completed by emailing education@parkcityhistory.org, and reservations and payments must be made 24 hours in advance. The cost for a tour is $10 per person, and a combination ticket for a tour and Park City Museum admission is $22.

For information about the Park City Museum, its exhibits and walking tours, call 435-649-7457 or visit parkcityhistory.org.

Adventure Guide: A Walk On The Wildside

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter has restarted its guided nature hikes.

After closing these outdoor excursions due to COVID-19 concerns, Utah State University, which operates the ecological nonprofit, has give a green light for Swaner “naturalists” to lead small groups of up to nine people on four different tours offered between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The tours, which last between one and two hours, explore wetland science, local plant and animal species, and the 1,200-acre preserve’s history. They are open to adventurers of all ages — though children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult — and can be tailored to the needs of the groups.

Face coverings are required by staff and participants. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the tour, and all tools, such as binoculars or magnifying glasses, will be sanitized before and after each use. Restrooms are not available onsite.

The four offerings are as follows:

Wetland Discover Trail Excursion

The Wetland Discovery Trail is an established path that follows a historic spur line of the Utah Railroad. Participants will explore and learn about the history and relationship be- tween humans and the wetlands. Groups will listen for birds and animals hiding in the willows
and identify prehistoric plants.

Wetland Pond Excursion

Ponds are scattered throughout the preserve, and are only accessible with a guide. Groups will look for tiger salamanders, watch for birds and learn about pond plants. This excursion may be a challenge for senior citizens and young children since groups will maneuver through tall grass, uneven terrain and wet ground.

Kimball Creek Excursion

Kimball Creek is only one of the many streams found on the preserve. Groups will learn about the stream’s place in the local watershed, as well as restoration projects and the wildlife they attract. Like the Wetland Pond Excursion, the uneven terrain and wet ground may prove challenging to seniors and young children.

Preserve Boundary Excursion

During this tour, groups take a fully accessible paved path that surrounds the south side of the preserve, and use binoculars to locate birds and wildlife, as well as taking in the view from the Swaner EcoCenter’s kiosk.

Request forms are available by visiting swanerecocenter.org. Once the form is submitted, the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter staff will reply within two to three business days for confirmation, to collect payment and to answer any questions. The tours cost $15 per person but are half off for Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter members and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Adventure Guide: Make A Splash

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


So, it’s summer in Park City and you’re looking for something out of the ordinary that will still give you that sweet, sweet rush of adrenaline. Well, you’re in luck! The Park City area has a lot more than hiking and biking going for it. From the Jordanelle Reservoir to the nearby Weber River and beyond, there’s plenty of fun to be had out on the water.

Rafting

If you want to dip your toe into some roaring rapids, you can’t do much better than the Weber River. With its Class II rapids, it’s the perfect introduction to rafting while still providing the exhilaration and gorgeous vistas you seek. If you want to give it a try, but don’t feel confident going it alone, most guides offer either half-day or full-day packages that include lunch.

Kayaking

Similar to rafting, kayaking gets you on the Weber River rapids in a more physically demanding way. If your idea is that it’s not a true adventure if you don’t work up a sweat, kayaking might just be your speed.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

The perfect combination of relaxing and physically challenging, stand-up paddleboarding has grown significantly in popularity over the past several years. It’s easy to see why!

A derivative of surfing born in Hawaii, SUP, as it’s called by those in the know, gets you out on a calm body of water and forces you to rely on your balance and coordination to stay out of the water. It’s a full-body workout, make no mistake, but once you get the hang of it, there are few things more serene.

Fly-Fishing

While fishing might not be an adrenaline rush, it is out of the ordinary, right? Unlike traditional fishing, fly-fishing has you wading out into the water rather than on a boat or fishing from the shores of a lake or river. Be sure your interest in the sport is genuine before you commit, though, because you’ll need to purchase a fishing license from the Utah Fish & Wildlife Department before you can participate. If you want a relaxing day in the water and to maybe catch dinner while you’re at it, a fly-fishing excursion might just be right for you.

Adventure Guides

Now that you’re all pumped up to hit the water, all you need to know is where to begin. Here are three of the biggest adventure guide companies in the area. They handle the logistics — you just focus on the fun.

All Seasons Adventures
435-649-9619
Founded in 2001 by longtime Park City local Bruce “Goose” Juhl, All Seasons offers rafting, kayaking and fly-fishing tours, as well as more traditional activities like hiking and biking (and other not-so-traditional ones like trap shooting and horseback riding). Basically, if it’s outdoors, All Seasons can probably help you enjoy it to the fullest. If you’re having trouble choosing, they’ve got you covered there, too, with adventure packages that combine multiple activities.

Utah Outdoor Adventures
1-801-703-3357
Founded by Salt Lake City native Tyler McGavin, Utah Outdoor Adventures is true to its name: the company’s reach goes nearly statewide and beyond. If you’re interested in rafting the Weber, they can guide you, of course, but they also boast that they are willing to drive up to 300 miles outside of Park City to assist you with whatever activity you have in mind.

If you are camping or looking to rent camping gear, head- ing out for overnight or multiple day trips, or if you need a shuttle ride from one adventure to the next, Utah Outdoor Adventures is there for you. Want to check out Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Or head down to Moab? These are your guys.

Destination Sports
435-649-8092
Established in 1978, Destination Sports claims the distinction of being Park City’s first professional outfitter and tour provider. Whether your interests are river rafting, kayaking, tubing, stand-up paddleboarding, fly-fishing or some combination of those activities, Destination Sports is ready. If your interests lie on solid ground, they can take you horseback riding or romping around on an all-terrain vehicle, too.

Adventure Guide: Up In The Air

This article appears in The Park Record’s July Adventure Guide, which can be viewed in full in our e-edition or at parkrecord.com/special-sections/adventure-guide/.


There really are countless ways to enjoy the Wasatch Mountain Range. You can slide down them when it’s snowing, or bike down them when it’s warm. You can hike them, camp in them or wildlife-watch in them. Many of the most adventurous among us have done all of that and more. Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. One of the truly unique ways to enjoy the mountains is from above! In a hot air balloon! You’ve seen our gorgeous mountains every other way; from the cozy confines of a hot air balloon, you can gain a whole new appreciation for them.

So, where to begin? Thankfully, this is not a new idea, and there are several hot air balloon guides that will take you up and blow your minds. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that this activity takes some planning, especially in the time of COVID-19. Many hot air balloon touring companies are limiting trips to private group-only to reduce interactions between strangers. So if you want to float the friendly skies, you’ll want to put your own group together (preferably already within your quarantine bubble!) and make a reservation ahead of time.

Here are two of your options for getting into the skies above Park City:

Bigfoot Balloons
385-285-5899
Bigfoot Balloons offers one-hour flights and they leave from 6065 Silver Creek Drive in Park City. You’ll cruise at 1,500 feet and, as is hot air balloon tradition, cap off the adventure with a champagne toast!

Skywalker Balloon Company
801-824-3934
While Skywalker offers flights from Ogden, Heber and St. George, it calls the Park City tour its “signature” European mountain experience. Flights leave at sunrise, and groups meet at the Best Western Landmark Plus, 6560 N Landmark Drive. Increased vehicle and equipment sanitization is in place, as well as free masks and hand sanitizer for all passengers.

Park City Adventure Guide: August 2020

Park City Adventure Guide: July 2020