AS MOUNTAIN TOWNS HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN VISITATION, PARK CITY IS MAKING STRIDES IN WELCOMING VISITORS WHILE HELPING TO PRESERVE THE BEAUTIFUL TOWN WE ALL LOVE.
During the pandemic, many people discovered what makes the outdoors so great. Pair that with the new work-from-wherever mindset. and you have a dramatic increase in both visitors and residents in mountain towns. More people using resources can do a number on sustainability, and Park City, Utah has stepped to the forefront of the issue.
As a town - Park City has made North America's most ambitious climate goals be net-zero carbon and run on 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and for the whole community by 2023. The local resorts, Deer valley, Park City Mountain and Woodward Park City, have adopted similar programs to reduce their carbon footprints, Even visitors are playing a role in sustainability.
Where To start? Park The Car
From the moment you start your day in Park City, getting around is free and easy on the bike-friendly transit systems. Hop on at your hotel and make a stop at Ritual Chocolate for a famous latte and support their goals to become 100% zero waste and solar powered. Grab some organic chocolate in compostable packaging for a trail snack later and catch the bus to the nearest trailhead.
On The Path Less Traveled
What makes Park City's 450 miles of trails unique is the way they connect the entire community, earning it the first-ever International Mountain Biking Association Gold-level Ride Center designation. Those same hiking and biking trails also connect to the lift-served trails at our resorts.
When you're done with single-track. don't worry, the ride isn't over. Those trails link up to paved e-bike and walking paths that take you straight to Park City's historic Main Street. Legs tired? You can take advantage of Summit Bike Share, the first fully electric fleet of pedal assist bikes in the nation. With kiosks all around town, it's easy to hop on, explore, and hop off for a bite.
Time For Dinner And A Cocktail
Looking for farm to table? Consider one of Bill White's group of restaurants. They source much of their food for their nine acclaimed restaurants from their own farm and ranch. Try it yourself at Windy Ridge Cafe for Modern American cuisine (don't miss their bakery!) or Chimayo for eclectic Southwestern fare.
Sustainable cocktails anyone? Stop by Alpine Distilling for their award-winning small batch bourbon and gin and support the winner of the 2021 Utah Green Business Award. We'll drink to their practices of waste diversion, water management, and sustainable sourcing in botanicals and packaging.
Sleep Green And Comfortable
If a commitment to sustainability is one of the things that rnakes you rest easy, be sure to check out Newpark Resort, Park City Lodging, Hyatt Centric Park City or Montage Deer Valley - Utah's first leed certified resort hotel. And that's just a few of the local stays known for their high levels of service and commitments to sustainability.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Park City's sustainability goals are both ambitious and realistic. It will take a commitment from businesses, residents, the city and yes, visitors. You can help by using public transit and the bikeshare, being respectful of other users and respecting the trails. Together we can keep Park city the beautiful, charming mountain town that it is. To Learn more, go to VisitParkCity.com/sustainability