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Summit County

A unique combination of vibrant cities.

Summit County is located in the northeastern corner of Utah and it offers a unique combination of vibrant cities, stunning mountain scenery, and untouched natural beauty. The county seat is Coalville and the population was estimated to be 43,352 as of 2019. It's bordered on the north by Morgan and Rich County, on the east by Daggett County, on the south by Duchesne and Wasatch County, and on the west by Salt Lake County.

Summit County is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities. From skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing to off-road jeep tours, camping, kayaking and more. Park City Mountain Resort was named Best Ski Resort in North America by the World Ski Awards in 2013 and is the largest ski resort in the United States. It offers over 7,000 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding, serviced by 38 lifts.

History

Summit County, established in 1854, is home to stunning landscapes and a rich history. Situated in Utah, the county boasts the majestic Uinta Mountains in the east and a picturesque valley in the west.

Early explorers and fur trappers ventured into the area in the 1820s and 1830s. Before the arrival of the Mormons in 1847, Summit County was a hunting ground for the Northern Shoshone Indians, who relied on the abundant resources of the Weber and Provo rivers.

In 1846, Lansford W. Hastings introduced a new shortcut on the California Trail, which cut down travel time. This route entered Summit County through Echo Canyon and followed the Weber River. Unfortunately, its use by the ill-fated Donner-Reed party resulted in tragedy. Nonetheless, the Mormons later utilized parts of this cutoff for their migration to Utah.

The first settlers arrived in Summit County in the 1850s, establishing Parley's Park, Wanship, Coalville, Hoytsville, and Henefer. The discovery of coal near Coalville prompted the Mormons to establish a mission in the area. During the 1860s, wagons transported large quantities of coal to settlements in the Salt Lake Valley. Eventually, the Utah Eastern Railroad constructed a line to haul coal, which later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Geography

Summit County is located in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah, a range that stretches from central Utah to the Wyoming border. It also includes parts of two National Forests: Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache. The county covers 1,910 square miles (4,943 km2), with approximately 20% designated as private land or wilderness area.

Places of Interest

Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park is a must-see destination in Summit County. It was designed to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and serves as a training facility for ski jumping, bobsledding, luging, and other winter sports. The park offers year-round activities including guided tours, ziplines, mountain biking trails, and more.

Canyons Village at Park City

Canyons Village at Park City is a resort hotel located in Park City, Utah. It offers luxurious ski-in/ski-out accommodations and a myriad of activities for both winter and summer visitors. Guests can enjoy world-class skiing, mountain biking trails, shopping, dining, and other outdoor activities.

Planning a trip to Summit County

When planning a trip to Summit County, visitors should check out accommodations in Park City and the surrounding areas. Numerous hotels, resorts, cabins, and campgrounds are available for those looking for a comfortable stay. Visitors should also make sure to bring the necessary gear for their chosen activities. Whether it’s skiing or snowshoeing in winter or mountain biking and fishing in summer, Summit County has something for everyone.
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lodging

Summit County is home to a wide variety of lodging, from cozy cabins and campgrounds to luxurious hotels and resorts. Park City alone offers dozens of hotels and vacation rentals ranging from budget-friendly options to ski-in/ski-out properties with all the amenities.

dining

The county is home to an array of restaurants and cafes. From classic American dishes to international cuisine, there’s something for everyone in Summit County. The area is also known for its craft breweries and wineries that serve up local ales and ciders.

Seasons

Summit County offers a variety of activities all year round. Visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Park City Mountain Resort or cross-country skiing in the Wasatch Mountains in winter. Spring brings warmer temperatures and blooming wildflowers that are perfect for hiking and biking. Summer is ideal for fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing, or taking jeep tours. And in the fall, visitors can explore the area’s stunning foliage while they camp or go hunting.
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