Summer "lazy" sports
July 2, 2008
Sometimes nothing beats a lazy summer day — just losing track of time, while hitting the trail or floating down a river. Park City and the surrounding areas offer plenty of ways to lose yourself in the fun of the hot summer sun with tubing, canoeing or even floating away in a hot air balloon.
Make laziness an adventure by spending a morning in a hot-air balloon flying high above Park City. Gather a group of friends and follow the wind. Most operations offer short and long flights with discounts for larger groups. The balloon dips low enough to see wildlife and foliage and, weather permitting, flies high enough to get a fabulous view of the mountains and the valley below.
Morning Star Balloons
608-RIDE (7433) or (877) 685-8555
Park City Balloon Adventures
645-8787 or (800) 396-8787
Hiking and walking
The challenge isn’t finding a great hike in Summit County, it’s choosing which one to try first. Mountain Trails Foundation, a local non-profit organization committed to promoting the area’s excellent trails, offers a number of suggestions where you can go and get lost in the quiet of nature. Mountain Trails is housed at the Park City Racquet Club on Little Kate Road. It offers complete trail maps and information about where to go, what to bring and how far the roads can lead you.
Mountain Trails Foundation
Park City Racquet Club
1200 Little Kate Road
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Tubing, canoeing and other water fun
With five reservoirs within minutes of Park City, relaxation on the water is not hard to find. Fishing, sailing and canoeing are just some of the options. Guides are often available for beginners and groups.
High Country Rafting
Drive a few minutes farther and float down the Provo River. High country offers covered tubes with a protective nylon and handles. Participants must be 14 years or older. Wetsuits are recommended in May and June. Discounts available on non-holiday weekdays for groups.
Sailing on the Jordanelle
Open June through September. Features customized recreational sailboat adventures or sailing instructions on 22-foot boat.
Park City Rafting
(435) 655-3800 or (800) GO-RAFTING
Two-hour to full-day tours on the Weber River
(435) 336-9894 or (801) 467-9640
Open May through September. Features boating, camping, fishing, picnicking, modern restrooms and showers.
All Seasons Adventures
(435) 649-9619 or (888) 649-9619
All Seasons offers scenic drives on the Mirror Lake Highway, balloon rides, guided fly-fishing tours and walking tours of the Utah Olympic Park.
Watch local and national cowboys and cowgirls go head-to-head at one the many local rodeo arenas in the area. Visit the towns of Oakley and Coalville for Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeos in the summer or hit up one of the local rodeos. Buy tickets early – these are some of the best shows in town. Take in fairs, festivals and the food and events that go with the rodeos while you are at it.