Winters can be LOOONG in Park City. If you’re getting cabin fever and craving warmer days, escape mud season and find spring a half-hour down canyon in Salt Lake City. Check out these active and chill outings.
Do the Utah Duathlon: Ski in the morning, golf in the afternoon
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. You can still squeeze in a few more ski days at Park City Mountain or Deer Valley Resort before the lifts stop spinning on April 7. And what makes this time of year extra special is taking part in a beloved spring tradition: the Utah duathlon. Ski spring snow in the a.m., then swap your skis for clubs for an afternoon on the green. Normally, Mountain Dell Golf Course is the go-to—and conveniently located mid-canyon between Park City and Salt Lake City. However, this year's high snow levels are preventing early April tee times at 6,000 feet. So, consider popping all the way down the hill to Bonneville Golf Course for 18 holes. The season of being able to do both these sports in a single day is short—live it up while you can!
Kick it in Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary
Once spring has sprung in Salt Lake City, this park is packed with rollerbladers, picnickers, drum circlers, and volleyball players, all soaking up the sun. Bring a blanket and join the masses on the grass, or grab your blades or running shoes and hit the 1.5-mile trail that wraps around the park.
If you’re bringing littles along, take them to Rotary Play Park, a large play area on the northwest side packed with swings and slides. And while the park’s iconic rides aren’t open yet, Tracy Aviary, the nation’s oldest aviary, is! See over 400 birds or catch a free bird show 363 days a year.
Explore Utah’s Hogle Zoo
While the zoo is open year round, warmer weather in spring makes it a far more pleasant time to visit. If you’re looking to entertain the kids during their school’s spring break, this is the place to do it. Daily educational programs are included with admission, and you can ride the Zoofari Express train through the park when you need a break from walking. Enhanced African Savanna, Rocky Shores, and Asian Highlands exhibits provide natural animal habitats and excellent viewing opportunities for visitors young and old.
Walk the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll
Get your art on downtown at the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, a free community gathering featuring local galleries open after hours. Hop from gallery to gallery and peruse locally made art while snacking and sipping complimentary treats. Held the third Friday of each month, you can stroll this spring on April 19. Come Friday, April 5 for a special evening reception with renowned photographer Mark Twight at 6:00 p.m.
Of note: Park City’s own Last Fridays Gallery Stroll, is a stay-right-at-home, mud-season sojourn. This month, stroll the Old Town (and beyond) galleries on April 26.
See Temple Square’s spring flowers
From the end of March to early May, thousands of tulips, daffodils, lilies, and alliums blossom over 35 acres in Temple Square—and it’s completely free to visit. No matter your religious affiliation, it’s worth the trip downtown to see flowers from 100 different countries blooming in tandem. It’s a spectacular place to wander and relax, or you can go with a guide to learn more about the gardens on a free one-hour tour.
Catch a Salt Lake Bees game
Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and spend a spring day at the ballpark watching the Salt Lake Bees kick off their 2019 season. After opening the season with a road trip, the Bees play their first home game on Thursday, April 9 against the Fresno Grizzlies. The first of many popular theme nights kicks off Thursday, April 11 when the Bees will sport throwback Buzz uniforms to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Smith's Ballpark's opening.
Hike or bike Bonneville Shoreline Trail
If you’re itching to trail run or mountain bike, but Park City’s trails are still covered in mud and snow, head to Salt Lake’s Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Thanks to its sun-exposed location, it’s completely snow free and dry enough for running and riding. For easy access to one of its best sections, park at the Natural History Museum and head south along the smooth dirt trail. Water fountains for people (and dogs) and free parking make it an ideal starting point. Looking for a challenge? From the Bonneville Shoreline you can connect to the Living Room, a 2.2-mile trail that leads to a spectacular view of the Salt Lake Valley complete with Flintstone-style rock furniture to lounge on.
Mud season won’t last long. Soon, the switch will flip and the lower elevation-dwelling, city folk will be escaping the heat for Park City’s alpine summers.
If you prefer to stay put as the snow melts (the quiet sure is nice), check out Park City's local happenings on our event calendar.