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Fun Day Trips (State Parks, Beaches, and More!)

With a variety of natural wonders and recreational activities nearby, summer in Park City Utah offers endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you're looking to unwind on a nearby sandy beach, explore one of the many Utah state parks, or spend a day at the museum, aquarium, zoo, or botanical garden,  there's something for everyone within a short drive from your Park City vacation rental with CooperWynn Property Management.



Deer Creek State Park (Midway)

Located a scenic 30-minute drive away from Park City, Deer Creek State Park captivates with its crystal-clear waters and panoramic mountain views. Spend the day kayaking, paddle-boarding, or simply taking in the sunshine along the sandy shores of Deer Creek Reservoir. For those looking to add an extra dose of excitement to their adventure, Deer Creek State Park also offers boat and jet ski rentals. Whether you're cruising the reservoir's expansive waters or feeling the rush of adrenaline on a jet ski, Deer Creek State Park provides endless opportunities for fun and relaxation amidst Utah's natural beauty.


Jordanelle State Park

A quick 15 minute drive from Park City, located between Park City and Heber City, Jordanelle State Park offers a picturesque escape for outdoor enthusiasts. Featuring miles of shoreline along Jordanelle Reservoir, this park is ideal for fishing, swimming, and picnicking against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains. Jordanelle State Park offers boat, jet ski, and kayak rentals, allowing visitors to explore the pristine mountain waters at their own pace. Jordanelle State Park promises an unforgettable day on the water.


Rockport State Park

Tucked away in Summit County and just a 20 minute drive from Park City, Rockport State Park is a true hidden gem and a locals favorite. With its tranquil waters and breathtaking surroundings, it's no wonder that this park has become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. Rockport State Park offers a range of recreational activities including fishing, boating, water sports, hiking, biking, and ATV trails, Rockport is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.


East Canyon State Park (Morgan, Utah)

Reconnect with nature. Embark on a scenic drive to East Canyon State Park, where rugged terrain meets pristine waters. With opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, boating, and fishing, this park offers a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.  East Canyon was part of the Mormon Trail, a significant part of pioneer history.  The park is home to multiple varieties of wildlife, including mule deer, elk, moose, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, badgers, porcupines, rabbits, beavers, and various bird species like owls, eagles, osprey, grouse, and loons. Picnic pavilions are available on a first-come first-serve basis and larger pavilions are available for group rentals.


Echo Reservoir

Just a short 30 minute drive from Park City lies Echo Reservoir, a haven for water sports enthusiasts. From boating and windsurfing to swimming and picnicking to kayaking and paddle boarding, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the sparkling waters and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The dam and reservoir were constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation during the Great Depression of the 1930s. During the winter months, ice fishing tournaments are held at Echo Reservoir. 


Bridal Veil Falls - One of our Top 5 Favorite Hikes near Park City Utah

For a family-friendly adventure, venture to Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon. Marvel at the majestic 609-foot waterfall cascading down the rugged cliffs, and embark on a scenic 1.4 mile round-trip hike to soak in the sights and sounds of Utah's wilderness. This is a great paved and dirt trail for the whole family. At the park surrounding the falls, families can enjoy designated picnic areas equipped with picnic tables and BBQ grills, providing the perfect setting for a leisurely outdoor meal while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of nature.  Its' native legend reminds visitors of tales of love and loss, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. 


Timpanogos Cave National Monument Trail - One of our Top 5 Favorite Hikes near Park City Utah

Delve into the depths of the earth at Timpanogos Cave National Monument, where park ranger guided tours lead visitors through stunning limestone caverns to experience nature's geological wonders.  Plan on an hour for the guided cave tours. After embarking on a scenic hike to reach the cave entrance, explorers are treated to a fascinating underground journey. We recommend that you bring a jacket, as the cave's interior remains cool year-round. Once inside, marvel at the surreal beauty of stalactites, stalagmites, and other geological markers, making this experience both educational and awe-inspiring.  The 3.1 mile round-trip trail to the caves (and back) provides spectacular views of American Fork Canyon and Utah Valley. It climbs steeply 1,092 feet over 1 1/2 miles, and is not wheelchair accessible. No baby strollers or wheeled vehicles are allowed on the trail.  Cave tours frequently sell out well in advance, particularly on weekends and holidays. We recommend that you purchase cave tour tickets online before your visit.   Note: this adventure is not the 14 mile round-trip Mount Timpanogos Trail hike.  Summer Hours: 7am-5:30pm daily


Stewart Falls - One of our Top 5 Favorite Hikes near Park City Utah

Lace up your hiking boots and trek to Stewart Falls Lower Trail, a stunning 200-foot waterfall nestled in the scenic hills above Sundance Resort. The moderate 3.5 mile round-trip trail offers sweeping views of Mount Timpanogos and leads to the base of the picturesque falls, making it a perfect summer adventure for nature lovers.  Also referred to as Stewarts Cascade, this hike is sure to be one of your top favorite hikes near Park City Utah!


Cecret Lake (near Alta) - One of our Top 5 Favorite Hikes near Park City Utah

Escape the summer heat with a visit to Cecret Lake, a serene alpine lake nestled high in the mountains near Alta, in the wildflower painted fields of the Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Whether you're fishing for trout, picnicking by the shore, or simply soaking in the tranquility of nature, Cecret Lake promises a refreshing retreat from the everyday.  The family-friendly 2-mile round-trip hike is moderately challenging in a few spots and can take just over an hour to complete.  Swimming is not permitted.  Why Cecret and not Secret?  No one knows for certain, but spelling may not have been a miner's or pioneers' strength when it comes to language arts!

Hiking best practices: Sunscreen, plenty of water, proper hiking footwear (waterproof for some hikes), dress for possible temperature changes (lightweight jacket, etc.), snacks.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (Salt Lake City)

Round out your summer day trips with a visit to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, where fascinating marine life awaits. From colorful coral reefs to playful river otters, this family-friendly attraction offers a captivating glimpse into the wonders of the ocean.  A short 45-minute drive from Park City Utah, the aquarium is opened daily from 10am-6pm (dates/hours subject to change). 


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