Park City might have it all when it comes to both outdoor recreation and dining options, but that's no reason not to venture outside our fair city every once in awhile. And with five other mountain resorts located less than an hour's drive away, why not check out another neighborhood of the Wasatch Range? If you're looking for a chill day away from the hustle and bustle, then Solitude Resort is a perfect destination. Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the resort can be reached with just a 30 minute drive along the scenic Guardsman Pass, making it a fantastic choice for day trippers. Here's what they have on offer over there this summer.
Namaste in the mountains
Forget the yoga studio and take your practice into the great outdoors. Every Saturday morning until September 29th, Solitude offers a free yoga class from 10 to 11 a.m. on the lawn at The Inn at Solitude. It's the perfect way to wake up to a weekend full of possibilities in the mountain air.
Throw discs at 9,000 feet
Perhaps Solitudes greatest summer draw is the absolutely epic disc golf course. Starting at 9,000 feet, not only is this 18-hole course the most highly rated in Utah, it's one of the best in the country. Take in a game of disc golf as you descend through gorgeous mountain views and groves of forest. Each hole ranges from 250 to 1,200 feet and offers well established fairways with technical challenges, including extreme elevation changes, long holes, and variety requiring both precision and power in your throw. Don't let the that scare you off, this disc golf course is an incredibly fun way to spend a day in the mountains. Use of the course is free and it can be accessed either by hiking or taking the Sunrise Lift ($12 single ride/$20 full day) to the first hole. Rental discs ($21) are available Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Solitude Adventure Center.
Get stoked on mountain biking (and hiking)
Ok, it's tough to beat the expansive network of trails bisecting Park City's hillsides from Deer Valley to Canyons Village, but Solitude makes up for it's lower mileage with truly magnificent views, tough climbs, ripping, technical descents, and rides appropriate for everyone from beginners to the ultra-adventurous. And true to the resort's name, you'll rarely be competing with other riders or hikers for space. Lift served biking and hiking, and scenic rides are available from Solitude Village on the Sunrise Chair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Whether you're on foot or wheels, make sure you stay on the lookout for flying discs as you traverse the disc-golf area.
New to the sport or want to improve? Gain the skills necessary to take on the terrain with a lesson from a certified instructor (includes bike rental). Beginner lessons are available seven days a week and advanced lessons, Friday - Sunday. See full pricing and lesson options at the Solitude website.
Fuel up at mountainside eateries
Feeling hungry after your mountain bike or disc golf jaunt? Have no fear, Solitude does offer a few mountainside dining options for adventurers needing to fuel up. On a fair weather day, pull up a seat on the outdoor deck of the Honeycomb Grill. Choose from a variety of appetizers, wood-oven baked flatbreads, handmade pastas, hand-cut steaks and housemade desserts. We recommend the Niman Ranch Pork Chop or the Poke Bowl. If you don't fancy a full restaurant experience and are more down for brews and small bites, check out the Thirsty Squirrel for a nice selection of local beers and pub grub, like roasted hot wings, loaded Tator Tots, and turkey chili nachos.
Summer season activities are available at Solitude Resort Friday, June 15 through Sunday, September 30, 2018, weather conditions permitting.