Park City's reputation as a luxury destination is well documented, and there are endless things to do for those with a bottomless wallet or purse. But Park City is also a very community-minded enclave and both residents and visitors can take advantage of plenty of free activities offered throughout the year, especially in the summer. Following are five activities that should be a part of your summer bucket list, all of which cost absolutely nothing.
While both Park City and Deer Valley offer lift-served mountain biking and hiking for a charge, anyone can access the resorts' trail systems--and the miles and miles of connecting trails--for absolutely free. A list of our favorite 21 area hikes can be found here. And after you do the heavy lifting of walking up the mountain, both Deer Valley Resort Park City Mountain allow hikers to catch a ride down the mountain on the chairlift free of charge.
Why pay upwards of $20 to get centered when you can join the good folks from lululemon (located at 333 Main St) for a free outdoor yoga class? Join certified local instructors for a little namaste at City Park every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat and layers as evenings in Park City can be chilly. For details, call 435.649.3485.
Three of Park City's most beloved and well-executed museums--the Kimball Art Center, Alf Engen Ski Museum, and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum--are free and open to the public year-round. The Kimball's latest exhibit features the prints of world-renowned sculptor Richard Serra. And the world-class Alf Engen Ski Museum and 2002 museum--housed at the Utah Olympic Park--include interactive touch screen displays, videos, virtual reality ski theater, games, and topographical maps.
4. Trace your family tree
Utah is home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons), which is also one of the world's largest keepers of genealogy information on the planet. Access to this vast wealth of birth certificates, wedding and death notices, census records, etc, is free to anyone (church members or not). AND, at Park City's Family Tree Center (531 Main St), staff members are available to help the interested navigate the often tricky process of tracing your roots.
5. Outdoor concerts
Sitting on a grassy hillside with a picnic dinner is a standard part of life in Park City, thanks in large part to Mountain Town Music, which programs venues ranging from Deer Valley Resort and the Farmer's Market to Woodenshoe Park in Peoa and the Dejoria Center in Kamas with local and regional acts on a weekly basis, free of charge. For a month-by-month glimpse of Mountain Town Music's free concert schedule, click here. Park City Mountain recently released its full roster of free summer concerts, which can be found here.