While Park City may be one of the most popular ski destinations in the U.S., the area hasn't gone totally commercial. Perhaps that because it's spread out among three major ski resorts, so you’ll still find wide-open spaces where you can appreciate the natural beauty of this Utah mountain community. Historic Main Street serves as the center of Park City, kind of like a downtown area where you’ll find most of the city’s best restaurants, shops and nightlife and Park City Mountain Resort. While the two neighboring ski areas—The Canyons and Deer Valley—have lodging, retail and restaurants at their base, they are still located close enough to Main Street for it to remain a popular draw.
You can see all three ski resorts from this northeastern Park City neighborhood, located at the junction of Hwy. 80 and Hwy. 224. Kimball Junction is home to several new developments, like the Redstone (featuring shops, restaurants and movie theaters) and Newpark (which boasts the Newpark Hotel and retail development). While the area is filled with residential streets, it’s also home to the Swaner EcoCenter and Nature Preserve. Utah Olympic Park can be accessed from Kimball Junction.
Park City Mountain Resort
The hub of Park City, this neighborhood is home to Park City Mountain Resort ski mountain, which is Park City’s most populated ski resort. Its main drag is historic Main Street, an Old Western thoroughfare where you’ll still get a sense of this former mining town’s glory days (it is home to more than 60 Victorian buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.) Definitely a walking neighborhood, Main Street is lined with the city’s best restaurants, shops and bars. However, be warned that parking is scarce here, so you’ll want to arrive via public transportation, hotel shuttle or van.
Perhaps Park City’s most exclusive neighborhood, Deer Valley is home to some of the city’s best (and most expensive) hotels, like Montage Deer Valley and the Stein Erikson Lodge. The neighborhood can be divided into two sections, Lower Deer Valley, which is at the base of Deer Valley Mountain Resort, and Upper Deer Valley, which is located mid-mountain in an area called Silver Lake at about 8,000 feet. Though Upper Deer Valley was once home to Park City’s first mining settlement, today it’s populated with multi-million homes and luxury condos, all with easy access to the slopes.
Park City Outskirts
To encapsulate the surrounding Park City areas, we created this catch-all neighborhood category, which includes The Canyons, located north of downtown Park City on Hwy. 224, and Sundance Resort, which is about a 45-minute drive southeast from downtown Park City. (Take Hwy. 248 to Hwy. 40 turn south, proceed to Hwy. 19 and turn right. Turn right onto Scenic Route 92 and continue two miles to Sundance.) Both are located a little off the beaten path, surrounded by stunning Utah scenery.