A Newbies Guide to Summer at Deer Valley Resort

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While winter is packed with on-snow adventure, summer at Deer Valley offers an even wider array of entertainment options and fun for the whole family. Sit outside and take in a concert, go for a hike or a mountain bike ride, try your hand at fly-fishing, or practice yoga on a stand-up paddleboard. Afterwards, indulge in fine dining. There’s something for everyone at Deer Valley Resort in the summertime.

First, the basics. The resort is open for the summer June 17 to September 5 and weekends through September 18. It’s nestled in the Wasatch Mountains just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. And the views? Spectacular.

Easy Airport Access

Deer Valley is just 36 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah
Deer Valley is just 36 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah Garrett

Getting to Deer Valley is easy . It’s located just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. Take a shuttle or rent a car from the airport and hop on the interstate for a quick drive to Deer Valley.

With numerous non-stop flights to and from Salt Lake City, many visitors can be at the resort before noon, ready to enjoy mountain adventures right away. Flights from Phoenix and San Francisco take right around 90 minutes while routes from Chicago and Houston have you at the airport in just over three hours. You'll be on your way to Deer Valley just minutes later.

Top-Notch Lodging Packages

Deer Valley’s lodging packages offer a large number of options. The Mountain Family Activities Package offers 20 percent off family condos along with a Mountain Activities Card to use exploring. Special packages are available for concerts and the Kimball Arts Festival (August 12-14), among many other options. A number of packages are available online. Others are only available by calling the reservations center at 800-558-3337.

Endless Outdoor Fun

Summer in Deer Valley is packed with events and activities, from hiking and mountain biking to art festivals, outdoor music, and more.

Hop on a downhill or all-mountain bike (rentals are available) to try out the 70 miles of lift-serviced trails available. Or connect to Park City’s internationally acclaimed network of more than 400 miles of singletrack. Brush up on the basics or up your bike game by taking a lesson at Mountain Bike School where you can learn the fundamentals of braking, cornering, and stance, or hone your expert-level tricks with skilled instructors.

Head up for a scenic chairlift ride or combine it with a hike for unforgettable views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. If you hike up, you get a free ride down. Guided hiking tours are also available. Join an experienced guide to learn about local history and ecology. Or enjoy the complimentary guided historical hikes offered once a month.

Commune with nature via horseback on a one-hour to one-day adventure or enjoy a chuck-wagon hayride or western barbecue dinner. Get on the water by stand-up paddleboarding on the Snow Park Ponds, a location that’s great for beginners since there aren’t any boats or waves and there’s little wind. Or sign up for fly-fishing school with Orvis. You will learn the tricks about casting, tackle selection, knot tying, and more. Activities such as rafting, kayaking, and trap shooting are also available through All Seasons Adventures.

Savor Fine Dining and Culture

Enjoy casual dining options at Deer Valley Grocery Café or head mid-mountain to enjoy American and international cuisine with a view at Royal Street Café , which also has an extensive gluten-free menu. Or indulge at The Brass Tag , which serves up mouth-watering specialties such as Miso Glazed Verlasso Salmon and Niman Ranch Bone-In Pork Chops.

Listen to live music at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater where an array of performances are sure to entertain any crowd. Several times a week, musicians take the stage, ranging from local favorites to world-renowned stars.

Each year, the Kimball Arts Festival comes to Park City to share the arts with the town. This is the festival’s 47th year and it’s jam-packed with artists and more than 30 live musical acts during the three-day event.

Get Expert Help Planning Your Vacation

You’re not on your own when planning a Deer Valley vacation. Professional vacation planners are available to help plan a dream trip. On-site concierge services offer information, reservations, and a wide variety of other services. It’s also easy to get around with complimentary in-resort and town shuttle service available with Cadillac Escalades, and complimentary on-site parking is also available. With vacation planning so easy and help so widely available, why not plan your Deer Valley getaway today?

Originally written for Deer Valley.

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