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The two neighboring towns of Park City and Heber City were named during the gold and silver mining period when it was fashionable to name even the most humble village a "city". On the other hand, many of these cities had upwards of 10,000 people during the boom period. Park City and Heber City lie on the eastern slope of the Wasatch Range, just across the mountain tops from Salt Lake City.

Park City was founded as a mining camp in the late 1860s when soldiers stationed in the area discovered silver in the mountains. In 1872, prospectors made a rich silver strike in Ontario Canyon, the main rush was on and Park City was incorporated in 1884.

Silver mining continued for 50 years, until the 1930s and falling prices. This was when skiing took over the town's economy. Snow Park, the area's first ski hill, opened in 1946, followed by two additional resorts. It is now one of the premiere ski areas in the nation, blessed with 350 inches of snow each year and still maintaining the ambience of an old mining town with a picturesque main street and wonderful original buildings.

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Park City has the state's largest ski operation with a gondola and 11 chair lifts. It is the ski hill closest to town. Park West, four miles south of town, has seven chair lifts. Deer Valley is the toniest of all the ski resorts in the area, with eight chair lifts and deluxe base facilities located one mile east of Park City on Highway 224. Deer Valley is the site of the downhill ski events in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Summers in Park City offer the usual programs featured by ski areas including gondola rides to the mountain top and golfing. There's a mountain slide and there are six championship courses within 20 miles of the town. Tennis is also popular and mountain trails in the nearby Wasatch Mountain State Park (and mountain backroads) offer more outdoor recreation by foot or by car. There is a healthy cultural season in the old mining town, with a Shakespeare festival held in the outdoors and weekly concerts at Deer Valley featuring the Salt Lake Symphony, as well as the annual Chamber Music Festival. Park City has a full range hotels, motels, lodges and condo type accommodations.

Heber City is located twelve miles southeast of the ski town. Located north of Provo Canyon at the junction of Highway 40 and 189, the town offers a scenic railway ride on the "Heber Creeper" which takes visitors daily through the Heber Valley and south through Provo Canyon. Several large reservoirs are close to Heber City including Strawberry and Deer Creek. There are several modestly priced motels in Heber City but Park City offers more sophisticated lodging and dining. For those wanting to explore all of the ski resorts in the area, Robert Redford's Sundance Resort is in Provo Canyon, a few miles south of Heber City and 15 miles north of Provo. Sundance has a restaurant and overnight accommodations.

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Park City and nearby Deer Valley have a full range of accommodations from small B&B homes to large national chain hotels. For central reservations, phone Park City at (801 ) 649-9598 or 800-453-5789; and Deer Valley at (801) 521-3337 or 800- 424-3337.

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Hidden Haven Campground
At 2200 Rassmusan Rd. in Park City, with full hookups, trailer and tent sites and dump station (801 ) 649 8935.


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