In addition to offering unparalleled skiing, Park City has some of the most beautiful views in America. The famous home of the Sundance Film Festival is also home to picturesque views and breathtaking night skies.
Park City is the ideal location for some of the best views in the country through all four seasons. Some views are easily obtained, and some require a short hike or drive, but all are worth the effort.
Empire Pass Ridge
Empire Pass Ridge offers an excellent hiking trail that leads to stunning views of Park City. It’s about 1.6 miles to the peak, and those not afraid of heights can even hop on the chairlift to go even higher. If you ride up, though, be prepared to hike back down.
Red Tail Grill
An underrated restaurant in the area, Red Tail Grill at Park City Mountain Resort has some of the best views in town. Enjoy a delicious meal or a glass of wine as you overlook the mountains from the deck. Red Tail Grill is a cozy spot to visit after a long day on the slopes or when you need a delicious bite.
Bridal Veil Falls
Just a short drive from Park City, Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful waterfall that cascades along the south end of Provo Canyon. We recommend packing some food and enjoying a meal at one of the grassy spots overlooking the falls. The falls are open year-round and make for some beautiful views during every season. Sometimes, during the winter months, the waterfall may even be frozen!
Silver Lake Trail in Deer Valley
The Silver Lake Village area of Deer Valley has a trail that is reserved for foot traffic only. No need to worry about mountain bikers on this trail so you can walk at your own pace and enjoy the spectacular view. Hikers can enjoy the overwhelming beauty of the quiet mountainside and its stunning landscape. Visitors can also take the Sterling Express chairlift up, hike down or hike up the trail, and take the lift down for free. At the peak, you can see stunning views of Bald Mountain.
Donut Falls is a popular hike for both locals and visitors. It’s a relatively easy trail that is surrounded by beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon views all around. In addition, there is a cave, which is not visible from the bottom. Once at the waterfall, climb up the rocks to get to the cave at the top. If attempting the scramble up to the Donut Hole, be VERY CAREFUL. The rock is loose and slippery. Approximately three miles in total, the trip is definitely worth the journey.
This beautiful mountain pass connects Park City to Midway and Big Cottonwood Canyon. This is a popular drive to view different wildlife, flowers, and sceneries of trees. The road winds through Deer Valley Resort and advances to the summit of Guardsman Pass (elevation 9,700 ft.). This location offers stunning views of the countryside and does not require much walking.
A great trail for biking, Emigration Canyon spreads throughout Utah, with a few parts going right through Park City. This is one of the most popular scenic drives in Utah and for a good reason. Once you reach the top of the canyon, you will see views of the Salt Lake Valley and the Little Dell Reservoir. You can also follow the canyons on the hiking trail that runs along its path.
The Armstrong Trail is the perfect trail to experience beautiful sweeping views of nature around Park City. In addition, this pet-friendly trail allows you to bring your four-legged hiking partner along on a leash.
But be careful your dog doesn’t run off along the way because there is a lot of active wildlife on this trail. This is a popular trail for locals and does tend to get a bit busy on the weekends.
Through all of these different experiences, you have a blueprint to experience just some of the beauty Park City has to offer. With such a diverse range of natural beauty and wildlife, those of us who call Park City home are truly lucky. For those looking to move into the area, consider using Jensen and Company for all of your real estate needs.