The recent dusting of snow on the mountaintops and the golden glow of the aspens signals that fall has finally arrived here in Park City. While this means that the ski season is not too far off, don't overlook autumn as it is the best time of year for a hike or a Sunday drive (see our recommendations below). And the upcoming Shot Ski event must be seen in person to be fully appreciated! As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions about any of the following events - we would love to catch up and share any insider's tips that we may have. 
- Greg, Crystal and Matt
Welcome to Autumn! While it's never easy to predict how vibrant our fall foliage will be, after a winter with record snowfall and a recurring monsoonal flow this summer, we are hoping the colors will be exceptionally vibrant. The maples have begun to turn and are quite bright as of press time. The cooler days of fall are perfect for golf, hiking, mountain biking, and afternoon events.  The cold whisper in the air reminds us that ski season is just around the corner.

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Guardsman Pass: If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can't beat Guardsman Pass. It can be traveled as a loop, or you can continue over the ridge to Brighton & Solitude or into Midway via Wasatch Mountain State Park. The road surface is newly paved, and though 4 WD is recommended, guardrails have been added making it easy to drive in most vehicles. Take SR-224 to Deer Valley Drive, and turn east to continue on to the roundabout. Exit on Marsac Avenue, and continue up Ontario Canyon to Guardsman Pass, which is a sharp left turn once you reach The Montage Hotel.  The road is quite narrow; drivers should be alert!  

Alpine Scenic Loop: There are not many places more beautiful in the fall than the Alpine Loop Scenic Road in northern Utah. This 20 mile drive winds through aspen groves and rugged Alpine canyons, offering outstanding views of Mount Timpanogos. The route follows Utah Highway 92 up American Fork Canyon and then continues through Uinta National Forest into Provo Canyon on U.S. 189. Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Robert Redford's Sundance are located along the route. Entirely paved, the Alpine Loop is open from approximately late May to late October. Snow closes part of the road the rest of the year. Not recommended for vehicles more than 30 feet long.

Mirror Lake Highway: The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is one of the highest roads in the state of Utah, cresting at 10,687 feet at Bald Mountain Pass. The route winds its way from farmland to forested valleys and higher to pristine lakes overflowing with fish. The byway will take you by the headwaters of the Provo, Weber, Duchesne, and Bear rivers, as well as countless aspen groves with outstanding fall colors. 
Farm Trail (easy): Great for the entire family, this easy paved trail takes you through Park City's historic McPolin Barn off of Highway 224. The path stretches for several miles, so you can go as far as you would like while enjoying the mountain aspens, the postcard-worthy McLeod Creek, and a meadow of grazing horses. Make it a morning adventure or after-lunch stroll. It's a picturesque payoff that doesn't require any hiking expertise. View the whole trail network online. As it gets closer to Halloween, look for the display of scarecrows along the fence line.

Round Valley Trail System (easy-moderate):  Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, hovering at about 6,500 feet, making it a popular hiking spot in early spring and late fall. The 30 miles of trails, which include both double and single tracks, can be accessed from several trail-heads, including Quinn's Junction and Old Ranch Road. Check out a map of the entire trail system.

Silver Lake Trail (more strenuous):  Take Park City's free bus service to Deer Valley Resort's Silver Lake Lodge to start the trail. From here the trail winds its way up Bald Mountain climbing 1,300 feet in a two-mile stretch. The hike leads you to spectacular views of fall foliage, the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uinta Mountains. From the top, you can descend the Ontario Canyon Trail, which slowly winds down the mountain, ending back at Silver Lake Lodge. View Deer Valley staff's trail description

Fantasy Ridge (strenuous): This six-mile trail winds through aspen groves and across a ridge-line to Canyons Resort's highest peak at 9,900 feet. The pay-off? 1,890 feet of elevation gain with panoramic views of both Park City and the Uinta Mountains. View all of Canyon's hiking trails.

For more information on Park City's trail system, visit the Mountain Trails Foundation.


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4th Annual Park City Shot Ski Event
October 12  |  Check-In Begins at 12pm  |  Main St 

Raise your glasses for Park City’s 4th annual Shot Ski Event, hosted by Park City Sunrise Rotary Club and High West Distillery. Participants line Historic Main Street to throw one back on Saturday, October 12 at 2 p.m.

In 2018, the communal shot ski used 484 skis lined up end to end and totaling 2,257 feet in length in order to serve 1,275 people. This year, the event invites 1,310 shot-takers to break Breckenridge’s record, which was set in January 2019 with 1,299 participants and 450 skis.

A $25 ticket includes a spot on the shot-ski and a token to enjoy a drink at one of several after-party locations. All proceeds will go to Park City Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program for 20 community organizations. For more info click here.

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Park City Wine Festival
October 3-6  |  Various Locations In Park City

The Park City Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in Park City. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and luncheons, to outdoor adventures with food and wine influences. There are tastes and temptations at every turn. For more info click here.

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10th Annual Harvest Fest
October 5  |  Noon-5pm  |  High Star Ranch

The 10th Annual Harvest Fest at High Star Ranch in Kamas is free and open to the public. There will be dozens of vendors selling a dazzling array of local goods! The festival will feature local food and drink, activities for kids, wagon rides, live music, local crafts, and more. For more info click here.

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Hoppy Hour at Wasatch Brew Pub
October 12  |  6-8pm

Mark your calendars for a unique community event that celebrates Park City’s open spaces and the wild hops that grow on them! On Saturday, October 12 from 6-8 pm you'll have a chance to taste Wasatch Brew Pub's Wild Hops ale, Clothing Hoptional. This truly unique brew is crafted with hops, descendants from the plants brought here by German miners and harvested from places protected by the Summit Land Conservancy. Best part? All proceeds will save the lands you love. For more info click here.

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Park City Farmers' Market
Wednesdays through October 16th
Silver King Resort Parking Lot

Each Wednesday, Park City Resort hosts the Park City Farmers' Market, offering food trucks, fresh produce, fresh baked bread, and arts and crafts from local vendors. The Farmers' Market runs into mid-late October, depending on weather and the growing season. For more info click here.

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Snowbird's 47th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Every Saturday and Sunday through October 20th

Voted one of America's 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men's Journal Magazine,  Snowbird's Annual Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors and has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. For more info click here.


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Park City Film Series
Jim Santy Auditorium/Park City Library Building

The Park City Film Series is a nonprofit organization presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world and local cinema, with the mission of creating community through film. Upcoming films include the following:

Maiden: September 27-29
Return to Sender: October 4-6
How to Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World: October 5
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  October 7
The Farewell: October 11-13
Para Picar - Historias Cortas En Espanol: October 12
Shelter: October 17
Lone Gone Wild: October 24
Brittany Runs a Marathon  October 25-27
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase: November 2
However Long: November 7
Faces Places: November 9
Yuli: November 14

For more info on the Park City Film Series click here.