The soaring peaks of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains offer deep powder stashes and stoke-worthy ski conditions all winter long. And those same summits burst with color and excitement come summer, offering a multitude of mountain adventures. With sprawling wildflower fields, towering ridges, bustling historic towns, and delicious al fresco dining, Utah’s mountains provide constant activity throughout the warm-weather months.
Check out some of our top picks for Utah summer mountain activities at Ikon Pass destinations that are worth adding to your itinerary.
Deer Valley Resort
Pull on your helmet, hop in the saddle, and get ready for a thrilling descent on Deer Valley’s mountain bike trails. The resort features nearly 70 miles of lift-served tracks, with four flow trails designed by Gravity Logic, all spread over six mountains. (Bonus: Ikon Pass holders get exclusive discounts on bike park tickets.) Even if you’ve never gone mountain biking, you can still kick up some dirt with the help of Deer Valley’s team of knowledgeable coaches.
If you plan well in advance, you can enjoy some live music under the stars at one of Deer Valley’s outdoor concerts. Pack a picnic and a blanket, sprawl on the grass, and soak in the tunes from the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Shows sell out fast, so be sure to grab a ticket before they’re gone.
On the Road to Deer Valley
Park City, home to Deer Valley Resort, should not be missed. Pop into one of the many boutiques and galleries or grab a bite at some of the town’s world-class eateries. Sink your teeth into some tangy aged cheddar at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese. Or stop at High West Saloon for a palate punching cocktail.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Explore the stunning beauty and unique landscape of Big Cottonwood Canyon through different experiences and events at Solitude Mountain. Guided geology hikes are held throughout the summer, giving visitors insight into local rock formations and how the area around the resort came to exist. Master tree pose among the trees with free Saturday morning yoga sessions, or join a Stargazing expedition to get incredible views of Jupiter, Saturn, and other cosmic objects. After a day exploring the mountain, settle in for movie magic during the Coca-Cola Sunset Cinema series, held throughout the summer. (Check the Solitude website for dates and films.)
On the Road to Solitude
Tons of hiking trails can be found along the route to Solitude. Enjoy treks to pristine waterfalls or climb nearby summits for gorgeous views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Wasatch Mountains.
Alta Ski Area
It’s all about nature at Alta. In the summer, Little Cottonwood Canyon and Albion Basin bloom with vibrant wildflowers. The best way to enjoy the stunning fauna is to hike. Alta boasts 13 miles of trails for visitors to explore, giving them the best views of the snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, and colorful buds. To learn about the area’s resident creatures, join an Alta Birding Hike or Hawkwatch, where you can discover different bird species and take part in naturalist walks lead by birding experts.
The list of summer activities at Snowbird is extensive, and there’s truly something for everyone. If you love tubing on snow, you’ll really enjoy the warm-weather version. Snowbird’s downhill tubing is offered all summer long, thanks to a slippery material called “Neveplast.” Embrace your inner primate with the Tree Climb, a modernized version of tree climbing that includes foot and hand holds and an automatic self-belay system. Kids will get a kick out of Spider Mountain, a multi-layer climbing tower with an inflatable slide exit. Let them test their skills on the mini ropes course, a smaller, kid-friendly version of the “big” course.
On the Road to Alta and Snowbird
Both Utah mountain resorts are less than an hour drive from Salt Lake City. Before heading to the rugged peaks, spend some time exploring the state capital. Enjoy a float session on the Great Salt Lake by renting a kayak, paddle board, pedal boat, or a sailboat. Take a stroll through Red Butte Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the region; or, take in the local art scene at one of the city’s many galleries.
Summer in the Wasatch Mountains offers non-stop action and breathtaking experiences. It’s worth adding to the travel bucket list. Hop in the car—or on the plane—and don’t miss out on these incredible Utah summer mountain activities. And for more summer inspiration, check out thrilling activities in other regions of the country, including California, Colorado, and the East Coast.
(Please be aware that COVID-19 policies may still be in place at most mountain destinations this summer. Be sure to visit the resort websites ahead of time to familiarize yourself with local procedures and restrictions.)