Park City, Utah

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Park City Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Park City?

  • Sense of community. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Mountains. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Proximity to outdoor activities. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Access to the outdoors. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • I’ll give two – The friendly people – I’ve made so many wonderful friends quickly. And the fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • The outdoor opportunities. (Bob, 3 years)
  • No traffic. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • So many people under age 35. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • Park City’s a small town with lots to do. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Scenery/outdoor/small. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Skiing. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Lifestyle. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Close to mountains. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Lifestyle, it is a safe town. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Outdoor activities. (Megan, 10 years)
  • The outdoors and community feel. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Skiing Deer Valley, Hiking Deer Valley. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • The outdoors. (Paul, 25 years)
  • The outdoor activities/trails/skiing, etc. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Park City?

  • Traffic. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Traffic. (Jim, 8 months)
  • It’s expensive. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Food isn’t that great. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • The cost. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • It can be small. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Expensive. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Rent is out of control. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • Traffic. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • High prices. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Hippies and snowflakes. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Grumpy tourists. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Tourist traffic. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Drive in the snow. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Cost. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Parking in old town and traffic everywhere. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Vail Resorts, crowds, town has changed too much from what it was…no more nice ski town, wealth coming in, a different crowd… (Lisa, 17 years)
  • It’s becoming indoctrinated with city lifestyle ideas, rules, and personalities no longer a mountain west culture. (Paul, 25 years)
  • The traffic. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Park City?

  • Summer concerts, bar tours, hikes, local cuisine. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Hike, bike. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor concerts, festivals. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Ski, bike, climb, run. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • Trails (running, snowshoeing, etc.), skiing, going for bus rides, library, parks. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • Skiing, trail running, mountain biking. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Ski biking mountains. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Rec sports leagues, Utah Olympic Park, skiing/snowboarding. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • Rail trail for biking, skiing. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Skiing/hiking. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Not a lot. It’s kind of podunk here. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Ski, both alpine and nordic, bike, hike. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Ski, bike, get a coffee, yoga, eat on main street. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Hike, walk in the community. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Snowboarding, golfing, Rec league sports, arts, dining. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Hike, bike, ski, snowboard, Park Silly, free concerts, UOP, Kimball Artsfest, Savor the Summit, 4th of July. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Ski, bike, hike. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • Everything outside, raise a family, be part of the community such as schools, churches, sports, work. (Paul, 25 years)
  • Trail run, hike, bike, kayak, sup, ski, snowshoe. Eat out, go to movies, plays at the Egyptian, Autumn Aloft, 4th of July in the park. Running with Ed. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City’s Reputation

What’s Park City known for?

  • Skiing. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Skiing. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Skiing, film scene. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Ski Town. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • Skiing, outdoor recreation. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • Skiing. (Bob, 3 years)
  • The snow. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Skiing. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • Deer Valley. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Skiing. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Skiing. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Friendly people and outdoor lifestyle. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • World class skiing, night life, fancy resorts, Sundance film festival. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Ski, Sundance and being a family town. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Skiing, resort life, Sundance. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Vacation destination. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Outdoor Activites, Clean AIr. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • It’s year round beauty. (Paul, 25 years)
  • Skiing. Great schools. Olympian athletes. Outdoor lifestyle. Community spirit. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Crime

What’s the crime like in Park City?

  • I’m unaware of crime. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • None. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Very low. (Katy, 2 years)
  • None that I know of. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • I keep everything pretty secure if I am parked at a trailhead to go run, I keep my house locked and am more aware here than other places I’ve lived. With the proximity to a bigger city and living in tourist destination, we have to have extra caution than perhaps a town of similar size located elsewhere. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • Low. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Recently getting more crime, before not really. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Not bad, worst I hear is usually smash and grabs from cars with electronics left in plain sight. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • No crime. lots of scammers. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Got a lot higher this past year. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Mostly illegal immigrant-related. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Car break ins, domestic violence, drugs. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Low, increased significantly in past year on Park ave and prospector area. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Not much major crime. Theft and car break-ins. Usually in neighborhoods. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Crime has become very high. A lot of gang activity and drugs…theft. All over. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • Getting worse for theft. (Paul, 25 years)
  • Low crime overall, but lots of car break ins, some car thefts, garage thefts and snatch and run of UPS packages on doorsteps in Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Advice

Any advice for people moving to Park City?

  • Plan accommodations in advance, be willing to spend more than you think you will. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Be ready for almost no shopping/eating experiences available in larger cities. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Come in the winter to be sure you’re ready for the amount of snow we get. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Be aware of exploitative housing agreements. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • Talk to people – likely you’ll quickly meet someone else that is new also. And go outside and explore! (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • Get outdoors. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Join a sports league to meet new people, everyone is really friendly! (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • Don’t give a deposit without a signed lease. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Be prepared to pay high prices, good luck on buying a home if you are not millionaire. (Marie, 5 years)
  • Don’t! Particularly if you like food. There are no good restaurants here. (Camille, 6 years)
  • People are really this nice. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Check out town first to see what area you would like to live. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Traffic around 4-6 pm. Town gets crazy during the Sundance Festival, and careful driving in the snow. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Housing is scarce. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Embrace the lifestyle. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Do not move there. You missed the boat. It has changed and no longer is worth living there… (Lisa, 17 years)
  • You’re going to be living at 7000 feet above sea level in the winter, so be prepared. (Paul, 25 years)
  • Remember that you’re moving to the mountains with active wildlife in and around your neighborhoods and that we get lots of snow, it’s a mountain community. Oh, and remember to stop for school buses. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Park City (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • I love free concerts at Deer Valley, and hitting O’Shucks after! (Jessie, 8 months)
  • Arguing with PC School Board over documentation of residence. Choosy bureaucrats. (Jim, 8 months)
  • Hiking on neighborhood trails with my kids in the fall… it’s gorgeous. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Ski touring up to Jupiter Peak. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • Taking my daughter to Olympic Park for summertime activities. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Meeting my husband here and having two babies. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Not mine- but a friend met Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Nirvana in the lift line at Park City Mountain! (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • The Ghost Tour was super fun and entertaining. (Camille, 6 years)
  • Back country sledding. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Seeing a Sundance film with a celebrity to announce the film. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • Met too many nice and helpful people! (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • I love the trail series at round valley every year, free summer concerts. (Megan, 10 years)
  • I met my fiancé here. (Zach, 15 years)
  • Car stolen. Great powder days at Deer Valley, when the snow used to be good and plentiful…Just everything about Deer Valley is good.. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • 25 years of friendships with so many incredible people here raising our family. (Paul, 25 years)
  • Running the Northface Endurance Challenge trail half marathon in a snowstorm at the Park City Ski Resort in October. Crazy weather! (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City’s Future

How do you think Park City will change over the next 10 years?

  • Expansion. Especially into Heber. (Jessie, 8 months)
  • More congestion, more choices, more variety of people. (Jim, 8 months)
  • More people will move in and it will get more expensive. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Park City will become more expensive and affordable housing will be few and far between. (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • The population will grow and it will be warmer. And hopefully we will have more people taking the bus! (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • It will become more crowded. (Bob, 3 years)
  • It will be more commercialized than it is just a little town. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Unfortunately, as Vail moves into town, I think it will become more cookie cutter and commercialized. (Kate, 3.5 years)
  • More and more people. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • More touristy/less likely to be a small, friendly town. (Marie, 5 years)
  • There will be too many people living here because the hippies think we need more affordable housing. (Camille, 6 years)
  • It will grow. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • More eco-friendly hopefully. (Kelly, 6.5 years)
  • More resorts, more people, more housing and stores, and of course more traffic. (Alejandra, 9 years)
  • Locals will be priced out. (Megan, 10 years)
  • More people, more traffic, more sprawl. I hope we retain our character. (Zach, 15 years)
  • I cannot imagine…it is bad now, it will either collapse due to no snow and the overpriced market, or continue to get expensive and only the very wealthy will be able to live there and it will be a town of second and third owner homes, like now but worse, where you have no more community.. (Lisa, 17 years)
  • It will have to look at how it can be the hub for growth in the outer areas of Summit County. (Paul, 25 years)
  • More people, more traffic issues. (Jeanie, 38 years)

Park City Facts

Any other interesting facts about Park City?

  • Bad traffic for such a small town. (Jim, 8 months)
  • It attracts a really interesting group of people – those looking to move out of big cities but still looking for a good cultural scene. (Katy, 2 years)
  • Fun place to live! (Lawlor, 2 years)
  • We have the most ambitious climate goals around and are a leader in this area. Park City is not afraid to tackle these tough issues for the betterment of our community, and pave the way for other communities. (Anonymous, 2.5 years)
  • Lots of history. (Bob, 3 years)
  • Good food. (Xin Yee, 3 years)
  • Mining town. (Kathleen, 4 years)
  • Most people are not from here. (Sarah, 6 years)
  • Tons of free fun community events. (Megan, 10 years)
  • Go to the Main Street Museum. (Zach, 15 years)
  • It used to be a great ski town with great people. Those days are over…Deer Valley is the best thing it has going… (Lisa, 17 years)
  • We were the first city issued gold level by the international mountain biking association. (Paul, 25 years)
  • The shoe tree on Poison Creek is pretty cool. The mining history and skiing history are also really interesting, as well as the history behind why the cemetery is where it is. (Jeanie, 38 years)