Utah Olympic Park

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The Utah Olympic Park highlights the legacy of the 2002 Olympic Games, serves as a training center for elite athletes.

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Lizz Corrigan

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.5 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Anyone can take a ride at the venue that gave us so many winter thrills, but you have to be brave to get on the Comet. Hiking and mountain biking trails are available for a range of abilities in the warm weather.

Time To Complete

2 hours

Varies on what you'd like to do.

Seasonality

All Seasons

The park is open year-round, with different activities available by season.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

On leash in some venues.

Fees Permits

Yes

Free to enter. The museums are free. Rides on the Comet cost $175 per person.

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Utah Olympic Park

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Intro

Utah Olympic Park (UOP), located in Park City, Utah, spans 389 acres, and is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. The venue was built prior to the 2002 Winter Games and hosted bobsled, skeleton, luge, Nordic ski Jumping, and Nordic combined events. Now the park embraces its Olympic legacy by celebrating competition sports with activities and events year-round, and it also serves as an official U.S. Olympic training site. Utah’s Olympic history is shared throughout a variety of exhibits in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center.

What Makes It Great

The venue is open year-round and offers a variety of activities. A staple activity of the park is the Comet Bobsled, in which riders reach 65 mph in the summer on a non-ice track and 80 mph in the winter on an ice track. Other activities include the alpine slide, ropes courses, and ziplines. Utah Olympic Park naturally features many winter-related events and competitions, all of which are open to the public. It hosts events throughout the year as well, including the Psicobloc Masters Series this summer, a sport that features solo free climbing over a deep body of water. The venue even allowed the public to test out the psicobloc climbing wall once the event was completed.

In the warmer months, you can take a ride two different zip lines that shadow the ski jumps. The Extreme Zip is steep and long, and starts on the edge of the K120 ski jump. You'll quickly accelerate to 50 mph and get a small taste of what it must be like to make a ski jump yourself. A second, less steep zip line is called the Freestyle Zip, and gives riders an aerial view of the freestyle jumps in the park.

The Canyon and Summit ropes courses require a bit more skill, as they test your strength, agility, and balance to conquer a series of obstacles above the Trackside Plaza. Don't worry—you're tied into a harness. The intermediate course will take you 25 feet into the air, while the advanced course goes all the way to 55 feet.

You can also watch the Flying Ace All-Stars perform as they take off from the freestle jumps and soar up to 70 feet in the air, completing incredible acrobatics before falling into the 1,250,000 gallon pool.

The museums at the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center are free of charge and open all year. The Alf Engen Ski Museum features interactive exhibits in skiing and the Inter-mountain Region. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum highlights moments from the 2002 Games with visual exhibits and artifacts.

You can also bike and hike for free. Ride the Legacy Ridge/Legacy Loop, Iron Bill, and Utah Olympic Park Bobsled loop, which includes the Yeti's Trail and Moose Puddle Trail. the trail heads are about .03 miles west of the buildings and main parking lot. The track is suitable for intermediate riders with tougher sections for advanced riders, and it includes a 6.4-mile loop and 1,500 feet of climbing through the aspens.

Hikers can also hike the Legacy Ridge/Loop trails, which are fairly easy and located at the top of Utah Olympic Park just across from the Peak Plaza. Short and easy hikes also include the Aspen/Bridges Trail, near the adventure courses. More advanced hikers can hit the Iron Bill Trail, left of the Alpine slide, but keep in mind mountain bikers are also allowed on that trail, so be aware and share the trail.

Who is Going to Love It

The Utah Olympic Park is a zone for outdoor adventures, with something to offer all people and all skill levels. Whether you want to observe training athletes, brush up on your Olympic history, or want to explore some of the most iconic mountain biking and hiking trails in Park City, this is a great place to be. The park has become a venue for both national and international events, drawing top athletes from around the world to take advantage of the facility.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

UOP is located just off Exit #145 on Interstate 80 in Park City’s Kimball Junction, roughly 30 minutes from Salt Lake City. Activities can be enjoyed by purchasing tickets and passes at Guest Services, located in the Quinney Welcome Center. There is plenty of parking at UOP, all of which is free of charge. So bring the family, or come alone, there’s something for everyone.

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