Outdoors

From Extreme Tubing to Cross-Canyon Zip Lines: 9 Daring Adventures in Park City

The former mining town of Park City is best known for epic skiing, but sliding on snow isn’t the only game in town when it comes to exhilarating adventures. Whether you race down an Olympic bobsled track or zip line across a canyon, these daring mountain town experiences are sure to get your blood pumping.

Bike the Wasatch Crest

The grandaddy of Utah mountain-bike rides, this legendary trail begins in Park City and covers 20 miles of alpine single-track, climbing to 10,000 feet through stunning mountain terrain.

Exposed technical sections and tough climbs mean the Crest is no cakewalk — but the work’s worth it for stellar views and unspoiled scenery. Expect lush green riding in summer and a dazzling palette of colors come fall. Save your legs and book a shuttle to ride it as a one-way.

Get Your Tube on at Gorgoza

Tube all day but skip the hill climb at Park City’s Gorgoza Park. Seven lighted, lift-served lanes are designed for tubers of all levels, including a newbie hill for tiny tots, three beginner lanes and four advanced lanes. Once the littles have had their fill, set them loose on mini snowmobiles they can ride around a groomed track.

Tube Like a Ski-Jump Champ

For a bigger rush, up the ante at the Utah Olympic Park’s Extreme Tubing. Riders tube on an astroturf surface down the steep landing hill of a nordic ski jump — clocking speeds of 50 miles per hour. Begin on a smaller hill before testing your mettle on the steeper, faster track.

Slip ‘n’ Soar at the Utah Olympic Park

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Go for gold at the Olympic Park. (Photo: Getty Images)

Take watersliding to the extreme at the nation’s steepest slip ‘n’ slide. Held for just three days a summer at the Utah Olympic Park, this event turns the ski-jumping practice ramps into steep slides where riders slide down, launch off the jump, and flip and fly high in the air before splashing down in the pool.

Awaken Your Inner Olympian

Hurtle down Utah’s Olympic sliding track on a wild bobsled ride through a banked-turn course — surpassing speeds of 60 miles per hour. A professional pilot takes you and two friends on this intense, minute-long Olympic joyride that nets you serious bragging rights with your friends back home. Open all year long, the track has modified summer sleds that roll on concrete so you can have all the thrills without the ice.

Ski Through Park City History

Explore Park City’s historic mining structures and hidden treasures with a free guided ski tour of Park City Mountain. You’ll learn how Park City nearly became a mining ghost town before reinventing itself as a world-class ski destination and host of the 2002 Olympic Games — while skiing Utah’s legendary powder and groomed runs along the way. If coming from sea level, spend a day in town adjusting to the 7,000-plus-foot elevation before taking to the slopes.

Best Your Friends on the Alpine Slide

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Take the little one for a ride on the Alpine Slide. (Photo: Getty Images)

Everyone from fraidy-cats to speed demons get an adrenaline buzz on the alpine slide, where riders race side-by-side while controlling their own speed down the 3,000-foot concrete course. Hailed as one of the world’s longest alpine slides, this Park City Mountain activity includes a scenic lift ride to the start and stunning views the whole way down.

Zip Line Across the Sky

Soar 2,111 feet above a canyon between Lookout Ridge and Red Pine Lodge on this exhilarating zip line course. Reach speeds of 55 mph as you and a friend whizz down, taking in expansive panoramas of Park City’s famed ski slopes while flying by. Don’t worry if you’re a zip lining newbie, you’ll get your feet wet on the tamer 800-footer before stepping up to the rush of this steep line.

Escape the Room

Imagine you’re touring a historic Park City mine — only to find you’re suddenly trapped inside with less than an hour’s worth of air. That’s the scenario at this Park City escape room where you and your team of 2 to 8 people work together to solve puzzles to escape the room in time.