Fall Hiking around Park City

 

Photo: Utah Office of Tourism
Photo: Utah Office of Tourism

Have you ever returned to a place from childhood and felt like it was bigger? Park City, Utah is a place that you can visit all year round and enjoy in every season. I am always happy to return and every time I make new discoveries of what to do and where to stay.

Since I was a little girl, I have been skiing. I learned to ski at Big Bear Mountain in California but spent most of my childhood vacations on the slopes at Park City Mountain in Utah. I did not take to skiing right away. It was cold. I know there was snow so it had to be cold but I had cold fingers and frozen toes and I just didn’t really like being cold. It also seemed that the skis, boots and poles were as heavy as me and I just could not figure out how to carry all that gear. Once on the mountain I was able to maneuver down the slopes but in my early years there were many tears as I tried to learn to traverse the trails.

climbing-img_6089I always wondered what would it be like without the snow? I went to Utah in the fall and discovered it is stunning! I loved taking the chairlift to the top of the mountain and wandering down the trails and stopping to smell the flowers! The views are just as magnificent and honestly I felt I could enjoy them more with my feet in shoes and not attached to skis and boots. I highly recommend a fall visit to Park City, Utah as the leaves are changing colors and the air smells so sweet.

You can also test out the golf courses, shopping and unbelievable mountain biking. If you want to learn more about the hiking trails, check out Mountain Trails which has taken care of non-motorized trails for over twenty years.

golf-entrada_3_unlmtd-nick-steve-driggsMake sure to make a stop at the Utah Olympic Park from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is free to visit the park and the nearly 400 acres included competition venues for Nordic jumping as well as bobsled, luge and skeleton. You can watch athletes in training, take a guided tour or if you are over sixteen, you can go in the bobsled at up to 80mph with up to 5 G’s of force which is like a 40-story drop in less than a minute! Let me know how it is—I am not ready for that tour!

I plan to return for another Fall hiking vacation and hike at Deer Valley and Canyons. I ski at all three areas but have only hiked at Park City Mountain. I also highly recommend you visit the Mighty 5 in Utah: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. I have visited Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion and I plan to return again as well as discover the others. Utah is filled with gorgeous scenery and adventure. My next trip I want to go hot air ballooning; what is on your list?

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All photos courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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