Weekending

Park City

When you think of Park City, Utah, you're more likely to think of snow than sun. It's understandable given the town's rich pedigree and Olympic history, but there's another half of the year that, until not long ago, was a local's secret. A time where the crowds all but fade away and an alpine utopia rises from the melt on the mountain. We're talking about the summer and fall, of course. When coupled with its lauded winters, it becomes obvious why Park City was awarded Outside Magazine's Best Town In America in 2013. It's the perfect destination to escape to for a long weekend, and we'd love to tell you why.

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Running Rob's Trail

Even though Park City has a reputation as a first-class ski town, like its brethren in Whistler, the late spring thaw reveals one of the most expansive trail networks in the world. Unlike Whistler, however, Park City has been given the only Gold-level rating by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). And what this amounts to is over 450 miles of interconnected trails that host the full gamut of activities, from trail running to hiking to, of course, mountain biking. Even better, the network caters to all skill levels of the aforementioned. Granted, you're going to need some strong lungs to be active at the 7k' base altitude.

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    Psicobloc: Legacy Park

    While Salt Lake City stamped its name on the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City played host to the majority of the action. And nothing stands as more of a monument to the past Games than the Utah Olympic Legacy Park. There are plenty of family-friendly activities, like zip lines, rope and skills courses, bobsledding, and our favorite, Psicobloc. Situated above a deep pool, Psicobloc provides a form of solo wall climbing with routes that vary from kid-friendly to expert. While Salt Lake City stamped its name on the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City played host to the majority of the action. And nothing stands as more of a monument to the past Games than the Utah Olympic Legacy Park. There are plenty of family-friendly activities, like zip lines, rope and skills courses, bobsledding, and our favorite, Psicobloc. Situated above a deep pool, Psicobloc provides a form of solo wall climbing with routes that vary from kid-friendly to expert.

    Of course, Park City activities aren't limited to the Olympic Park. Throughout the summer and fall, you'll find a host of events and races, ranging from bike races to running competitions to free concerts and movies in the park.

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      Main Street

      If you want to go back in time about 80 years, there's no better place to go than historic Main Street. Take a stroll from the bottom of the hill, or take the free trolley, and you'll feel like you're in the Old West—only blacksmith stations and livery stables are now high-end retail and art galleries.

      Park City is home to three world-class ski resorts, and accordingly, it's home to some world-class dining. But when you think of the ruggedness of the mountain and its mining history, more than fondue and tapas come to mind. Tapping into this vision of rustic Utah's roots is the High West Distillery just off of Main Street in downtown. The exterior alone is one of the most common photo attractions in the area, displaying old, weather-beaten signage from the building's original incarnation, a livery and garage station. For the menu, High West serves a blend of modern small and large plates with a rustic background that they call "western-inspired.

        Weekending

        No matter how long you're in Park City, there's always a trail you haven't been on, a sight you've never seen, or taste you haven't savored, so it's best to get there and experience it for yourself. See you on the trails.

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