About Park City
With the growing popularity of snow skiing and the rise of a tourist economy, Park City Utah is becoming home to more tourists than residents--and for good reason! Discover Park City’s vibrant, snow covered alpine scenery and experience an enchanting winter wonderland far beyond your imagination. This premium destination has also become a place of fame through the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and provides more attractions than ever before.
In the early 1950’s, Utah began to recognize Park City as a top ski and travel destination. By 1970, Utah had attracted over 648,000 tourists and now draws in a yearly average of four million tourists. In a small town with a population of 8,000, the average number of tourists in Park City is around 600,000 per year. The tourist industry now contributes over one third of the total economic value to the state of Utah. Overall growth has accelerated in the last few decades, and Park City is now one of the most affluent and lively resort towns in the United States. Park City’s main tourist attractions include: world-class skiing, phenomenal dining, picturesque hiking trails and scenic biking routes.
Since the early 1920’s, miners in Park City were using underground trains and shafts to gain access to the mountain for skiing. Aerial trams once used for hauling ore were converted into chairlifts. To this day, there are still more than 1,000 miles (1609 km) of old silver-mine workings and tunnels beneath the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort and neighboring Deer Valley.
Park City might appear to be a fairly nondescript town, but its vibrant and evocative Main Street proves otherwise as it is home to sixty-four Victorian buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Old mine buildings, mineshafts, and hoists, including the weathered remains of the Walker Webster Silver Mine and the water towers once used to hydrate one of the biggest mines, the Silver King, provide a hint of the history to this once mining town, now top ski destination.