Park City, Utah

Best Places to Retire in Utah


Park City (population about 8,000) is located just east of Salt Lake City in Summit County. It is at an elevation of 7,000 feet, with nearby summits up to 10,000 feet. This picturesque mountain town and the surrounding area, referred to as the Snyderville Basin, has a total population of just over 15,000. Park City has a long and very interesting history, driven by the discovery of silver in 1868. It boasts more than100 historic sites on the National Register.

The silver strike, the second largest silver strike ever in the U.S., drew thousands of miners to Park City, and at the peak of mining operations there were an estimated 300 working mines. Lead, copper, zinc and gold were also mined in the area. By 1900, Park City had approximately 10,000 residents and at least 100 saloons and a fair number of brothels. The Silver King Mine was the premier mine in the area. Mining persisted well into the 20th century, but as it declined, Park City declined with it. Then in the early 1960s, Park City Mines Company built the first ski trails on its land with a gondola and also a golf course. From those humble beginnings, the community boomed once again.

Today, Park City is a picturesque resort town with three world-class resorts (Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and Canyons Resort), and Summit County was among the fastest growing counties in the U.S. during the 1990s. The city has many amenities, including hundreds of shops and boutiques, about 100 restaurants, hotels, and a growing number of luxury homes. There are an estimated 250 retail stores in the Basin area and Park City has 20 or more galleries. The city was also a center for alpine events for the Winter Olympics in 2002, and had more than 500,000 visitors, with an estimated 20,000 to 27,000 people visiting its Main Street each day.

Park City is both charming and exciting, with a variety of arts, cultural, and civic activities. There is entertainment, good music, and outstanding recreation opportunities, as well as unspoiled vistas in every direction. All this, and beautiful Salt Lake City with its many resources, is only 45 minutes away.

Certainly Park City has been discovered both by those who commute to Salt Lake City as well as retirees. The area continues to experience a second home construction boom.

Arts & Culture

Park City boasts more than 20 local galleries and art shops including contemporary crafts, regional and national artists, paintings, sculpture, photographic works, art glass, wood, and more. Most galleries have their own web sites.

Sonolumina Chamber Orchestra is an acclaimed professional orchestra that presents concerts and performs throughout the year.

Utah Symphony offers a subscription series and educational and outreach concerts, and travels throughout the Intermountain West on a regular basis. It also accompanies the Utah Opera in four productions each year at Salt Lake’s Capitol Theatre.

Utah Opera offers a series of four productions, accompanied by the Utah Symphony. All productions are at the Capitol Theatre in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Park City International Music Festival presents world-class soloists who perform in intimate settings from churches to art galleries.

Autumn Classics Music Festival includes three weeks of performances by internationally-acclaimed artists in October.

Deer Valley Music Festival offers chamber, classical pops and comic opera at St. Mary’s Church, and includes performances by the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. Programs are from July 4th until August 20th.

Park City Film Music Festival (dedicated to musical scores in films) is held in January.

Park City Film Series —

Sundance Film Festival held each January is an internationally-recognized festival showcasing new films and artists.

Park City/Summit County Arts Council promotes the arts and encourages support for other cultural organizations.

The Eccles Center for the Performing Arts presents Main Stage acts, theater for children, and films. It also features outdoor amphitheatre concerts during the summer months.

Egyptian Theatre Company offers dramas as well as musical farce productions

The Park City Museum offers docent-led tours and self-guided tour brochures. Exhibits include the Silver King Mine, which was discovered in 1868 and brought thousands of miners to the area.

Alf Engen Ski Museum —

Summit County Courthouse Museum —

Kimball Art Center features three exhibition galleries and is the sponsor of special events and art education activities.

Park City Singers is a non-auditioning community choir for singers of all ages.

Abravanel Hall is one of the important venues in nearby Salt Lake City. Adjacent to Temple Square at the center of the city, this architectural masterpiece is a landmark. It hosts Utah Symphony performances, numerous special concerts and other events.

Park City Library —


There are a many recreational opportunities in the Basin area, including world-class alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. During the summer months there is biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, golf, horseback riding and visits to one of a number of state parks.

The Canyons Resort offers 3,500 skiable acres with 146 trails on eight mountains.

Park City Mountain Resort has 3,300 skiable acres and 100 trails spread over seven peaks at.

Deer Valley Resort offers 1,825 acres, 91 trails and six bowls.

Park City Recreation Department offers many programs year ’round for all ages, including aquatics, tennis, team sports, and lessons.

Park City Golf Club —

Park Meadows Country Club, a private, Jack Nicklaus-designed course.

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City competes in NCAA Division I athletics and is host to many exciting men’s and women’s sporting events on its Salt Lake City campus.

Brigham Young University in nearby Provo is a Division I school with outstanding men’s and women’s athletics teams.

The Utah Jazz NBA franchise plays its home games at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.


The University of Utah, Salt Lake, has a full-time student population of more than 20,000 students.

Brigham Young University, Provo, has a full-time student enrollment of more than 30,000 students.

Salt Lake Community College enrolls more than 11,000 students and offers a very broad curriculum of career and work-related courses.

Senior Programs

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center offers a senior association that provides healthcare services, educational seminars, and community opportunities. The medical center also provides trained seniors association staff members to assist seniors with questions about Medicare, insurance claims, and more.

The University of Utah’s Continuing Education program offers opportunities for life-long learning for seniors.


Heber Valley Medical Center (about 16 miles away) is a 24-bed facility and is part of the Intermountain Healthcare System.

Saint Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City (about 23 miles away) is a 317-bed hospital with about 1,600 employees. It has a 130-year history and has been named among the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center is a 200-bed facility with more than 500 physicians on staff.


Salt Lake City International Airport (about 34 miles away) —

Provo Municipal Airport (about 34 miles away) —

Heber City Municipal Airport’s Russ McDonald Field is at an elevation of 5,600 feet.



The Park Record —

Property Taxes

Tax Assessor’s Office, Summit County —

State Taxes

Chamber of Commerce

State Aging Agency


South Snyderville Basin – 8 miles
Midway – 10 miles Heber – 12 miles
Kamas – 15 miles
Oakley – 16 miles
Francis – 17 miles
East Millcreek – 24 miles
Cottonwood Heights – 29 miles
Murray – 31 miles
Salt Lake City- 32 miles
Sandy – 32 miles
Taylorsville – 33 miles
Granite – 34 miles
Bountiful – 41 miles
Provo – 45 miles
Farmington – 47 miles
Layton – 54 miles
Ogden – 67 miles
Grand Junction, CO – 308 miles
Boise, ID – 369 miles
Las Vegas, NV – 400 miles

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