Lay of the Land

Park City Proper: Old Town

By Jane Gendron June 27, 2022 Published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Park City Magazine


Lively Main Street sits at the center of town’s most historic, touristy, and walkable district. Astride the bustling core, colorful miner’s shacks (now transformed into million-dollar homes) cheerfully line the streets that climb the surrounding hillsides and stretch north to City Park and south up Daly Canyon. A gentrified version of what was once a rough-and-tumble silver-mining camp, Old Town has managed to retain its authentic, historic charm, even as local boutiques jostle with big brands for prime real estate. Right smack at the base of skiing, hiking, and biking trails, this hub is brimming with spaces to gather for eats, libations, arts, wares, and entertainment. Perhaps not as funky and local as it once was (though year-round residents aren’t obsolete), Old Town is still the center of it all.


Hit the trails, right off the main drag. Sweeney’s, which traverses newly purchased open space, and beautifully shaded Daly are just two options. Or skip the uphill climb, thanks to Park City Mountain’s chairlifts. Whether you spend an hour or a full day, exploring alpine hikes and mountain bike rides, such as the iconic Mid Mountain Trail, is a must. The resort’s in-town base is a hive of activity with family-friendly fun, such as the alpine slide, the alpine coaster, and miniature golf, as well as spots to kick back with live music and outdoor dining. Skateboarders and families seeking a playground won’t want to miss City Park. If you prefer to get your cardio by shopping, visit the many locally owned boutiques on Main Street.


'For history: Park City Museum | For an iconic bar: No Name Saloon | For fine dining: Handle, Shabu, Café Terigo, Chimayo, Riverhorse


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