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Last minute trip! Need help

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Last minute trip! Need help

Hello TA's - me and my DH planned a last minute trip to Park City. Staying at Sunrise Lodge . We were supposed to go to Hawaii but had to cancel everything last minute due to the volcano eruptions. I'm pregnant and never been to Utah. We are coming for 10nights from May 31-Jun10. Have no clue regarding summer activities. We are in our early 30's, love outdoor activities and nature.

Would like to do mild-moderate hiking, nothing too strenuous. We love exploring nature. Are there any spots you recommend to go as a day trip? We will have a car the entire time. Also, I see that the closest National Park is almost 4.5hrs drive. Unless we spend a night there, it's not going to be worth it, right?

Also, I'm prone to altitude sickness. I get headaches and breathing issues for a day or two (experienced at Breckenridge, CO and Switzerland). We are planning to take it easy first few days of our trip to acclimatize.

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Thank you so much, Stacy! I’ll make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Will try the scenic drives and hikes you’ve mentioned.

Yes we are definitely going to relax and spend few days doing nothing but just strolling. What you think about going to one of National Parks and spend a night there? If yes, which one would you recommend?

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Also, many congratulations on your daughters graduation! And Happy Mothers Day in advance.

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4. Re: Last minute trip! Need help

10 days is a lot of time in Park City, even with hiking and doing scenic drives. If you aren’t locked in to the full 10 days at your lodging, you should consider taking at least 3 to 4 of those days and go to at least one of the national parks in Utah. Arches and Canyonlands are 4 hours from Park City. You would base in the town of Moab.

As for day trips, here are a few ideas.

Drive to Mirror Lake. To do the full drive, head east on I 80 to Evanston Wyoming. Then take highway 150 to Mirror Lake and on to Kamas Utah. There’s a nice improved trail around Mirror Lake. In Kamas, you could stop at our favorite pizza place, Summit Inn. This entire drive will 3 to 4 hours depending on stops.

Spend a day in Salt Lake City visiting Temple Square and other points os interest in town.

Drive to Sundance Resort. This is accessed by taking highway 40 to Heber City Utah and then highway 189 down Provo Canyon. Enjoy lu ch at the Foundry Grill at Sundance. You could then continue on to Timp Cave. The hike to the cave is steep with an elevation gain of 600’.

From Park City, drive up over Guardsman Pass to Brighton. Go to Silver Lake and walk the improved trail around the lake. Then continue down Big Cottonwood Canyon for lunch at Silver Lake Lodge. You could then keep going in to Salt Lake and then back to Park City. Or, go back the way you came. There are hikes in Big Cottonwood Canyon. A popular one is to Donut Falls.

In Park City, spend some time on Main Street. Visit the Park City Museum. Go to the Olympic Park and visit the museum there. There’s a nice improved trail from Park City all the way to Kimball Junction....Walk it or bike all or part of it.

About elevation issues. Breckinridge is at 9000’. Park City is at 7000’. Airplanes are pressurized to 8000’. Stay well hydrated and as Stacy said start drinking a lot of water before your trip. Taking it easy the first day or so is probably a good idea. You may want to consider staying in Salt Lake City your first night to help with the adjustment. Salt Lake is at 4500’.

Have a great visit.

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5. Re: Last minute trip! Need help

Greetings and welcome to Utah.

Good info above. I would agree with Connie that 10 days in Park City might be a little long, especially since it's the very beginning of summertime and things won't be in full swing. I would definitely head down to the national parks for a little bit.

The Moab area is about 4 hours away with two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, in close proximity. You could spend 4 nights there. Not sure if you're able to get out of your lodging though. If you can only spare a single night, head to Bryce Canyon for an overnighter. It's the smallest park and easiest to absorb in a short time.

In addition to the options suggested in Park City, I'll throw out a couple of more. Antelope Island is about an hour from downtown Salt Lake City. There are herds of bison, antelope, deer, an occasional fox or coyote. A ride on the Snowbird tram will offer Rocky Mountain views from 11,000-feet without requiring a hike. There is nice restaurant up top with floor to ceiling windows to soak in the views.

If you like boating, Jordanelle or Deer Creek will have boat rentals as well as SUP. There is mild river rafting on both the Weber and Provo Rivers. Bike rentals, at a place like White Pine Touring, for paved trails to McPolin Farm or the Rail Trail, etc. Deer Valley may have their lift serviced trails open. You could at least take a chair up to see some views up top.

In Salt Lake there is the new Eccles Theater, though you'll just have missed the Hamilton tour. Red Butte Gardens and the Natural History Museum of Utah are side by side and a great combo. Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary is a nice stroll, and then you can walk to the nearby 9th & 9th area for some gelato or a meal at Publik, Mazza, Pago or an indy movie at The Tower Theater. Saturday mornings have the downtown Farmers Market. There is AAA baseball and MSL soccer, if those are of interest.

As for the hiking, there are literally months worth of options in the area. It all depends on what you would like; waterfall, lake, peak, forest, etc. A couple of gentle pitches with paved trails are up City Creek Canyon (SLC) and Mill Creek Canyon (SLC). In Mill Creek, you could do something like Porter's Fork down canyon to Church Fork. Or Little Water near the top of the canyon is fairly gentle. If you go to Snowbird, Bell Canyon Reservoir is about 3/4 of a mile. At Temple Quarry Trails are paved. Here is a decent guide for the Wasatch Front (SLC). https://www.wasatchhiker.com/ And a guide for the Park City area. https://utah.com/hiking/park-city

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Thanks Connie, Shake and Stacy! You guys are awesome and gave me plenty of ideas regrading hikes and other activities. We've decided to spend couple of nights at Moab to explore Arches and Canyonlands. We both are vegetarian (not very picky eaters), can survive on subway if we have to. I'm assuming we have to pack food and water before heading there. Also it looks like temperatures will be in high 90's in June?

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If you are planning on visiting both Arches and Canyonlands, you should have 3 nights in Moab. There are no food concessions inside either park. So you will need to bring food and water in with you. Buy a collapsible cooler and pick up food in Moab.

Yes, it will be in the 9Os or hotter. The best plan of attack is to get to the parks early, like by 8 am, leave during the hottest part of the day (about noon to 5 pm) for pool time or escape your a/c room for a few hours, then return for the evening. You will also beat the crowds by arriving early. Make hotel reservations NOW. If you can pick dates other than a weekend, you may avoid weekend crowds and possible events that inflate hotel room rates in Moab.

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I'm a non-strict vegetarian, if there is such a thing. I'll eat meat once every couple of weeks or if circumstances dictate (like dinner at a friends who didn't know I mostly vege). You shouldn't have a problem finding food options in Moab. It's a town of about 5,000 people but swells in the summertime. There should be plenty of restaurants that would work and usually every place has at least a pasta dish, pizza, veggie burger, salads, etc. Here is a list of options right from TripAdvisor.

https:/…Restaurants-g60724-Moab_Utah.html

All major roads to Moab are paved and well traveled. The major town at the halfway point (approx 2 hours) is called Price. Point being, it's not imperative to stock up on food and water, though it's nice to have what you need in the car. And it never hurts to have extra. If you are thinking of making your own meals in Moab, you may find better grocery options in Park City that will have a Whole Foods and Smith's among others. Moab does have a fairly large grocery store though, so you will have an option there.

We usually recommend at least three nights in the Moab area, as there is really a ton to see and do. You could quite easily spend more time there, if wanted.

Here is a nice reference. http://discovermoab.com/

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Good point about no concessions within the parks. You'll definitely want to bring food and drink with you.

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