Park City, Utah

Park City (official page | wiki page) began as a colorful, typical old western mining town located about 25 miles east of Salt Lake City, just east of the crest of the Wasatch Range, and west of the Uinta Mountains.

The town grew erratically following the establishment of the first lead-silver mines in 1870. A series of booms and depressions, mainly reflecting silver prices, followed until the collapse of the Park City mining industry in the 1930's. The last mine, the Ontario mine, closed in 1981. Silver, lead, and zinc were the major metals to be mined. Recent development of Park City as a winter sports resort and as the site of the Wasatch-Uinta field camp has rejuvenated the town. The present resident population is about 10,000.

At an altitude of 7000 feet, Park City experiences summer weather of warm to hot days, temperatures 75 to 95 °F, clear skies, and nights cool enough for comfortable sleep. Be prepared to wear jackets/sweaters in the evening. The annual precipitation is about 15 inches, most of it falling in late winter and early spring.

Park City retains many of its old boomtown buildings amid the onslaught of resort development. The ever increasing popularity of Park City with the rich and famous (it hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival) has led to an explosive increase in the number of condominiums, which multiply overnight. However, this development has brought a number of great shops (including supermarkets, interesting boutiques, and farmer's markets) and fantastic eating establishments.

 

Money

Please note that we are generally in the field during banking hours. For this reason, please make sure that you identify an ATM in Park City that is compatible with your account if you plan to do any banking while at camp. It is generally impossible to cash personal checks anywhere in Park City. Credit and debit cards can be used at virtually all Park City establishments. 

Laundry

Ying’s Laundromat is located about one mile from the Chateau at 1792 Bonanza Drive (435) 655-9464.

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Last revised January 2013