Choosing an AWD Vehicle for Your Adventures
To tackle any terrain in Utah, you’ll need an All Wheel Drive vehicle. Cruising over mountain passes or unpaved roads through dirt and mud to get to hidden bike paths or campgrounds near Park City will give you an unprecedented appreciation for Mother Nature. We’ve compiled a few of the very best of where to take your Jeep rental in Park City:
Park City Has Plenty to Offer
Park City, Utah is a world-class destination featuring special events, fine dining, shopping and the Greatest Snow on Earth. But outside the city limits you’ll find amazing outdoor recreation that can only be appreciated with hiking, biking and trekking into the surrounding wilderness. From Park City you can take a day trip for local boating and fishing or hiking and camping for overnight stays.
Scenic Drive for Wildlife and Scenery
Sometimes a leisurely drive is just the escape you need to unwind and appreciate the beauty surrounding us. Who could pass up a chance to glimpse wildlife and catch sight of the most incredible, breath-taking views? We’ve selected the following Park City area’s best byways for your relaxing afternoon drive:
- 1. Guardsman Pass
With ever-changing scenery, a drive through Guardsman Pass promises wildlife viewing, wildflowers in Spring and Summer months and Awe inspiring foliage in Fall. We suggest stopping at or near the summit for a short hike – don’t forget the camera!Located in the Wasatch Mountain Range, the summit area is between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City Mountain Resort. This scenic 14-mile drive will take about an hour each way with the nearest services and facilities located in Park City, Midway and Brighton. Please note that the pass is closed in winter months due to snow.
- 2. Mirror Lake Byway
Known as one of Utah’s most scenic drives, Mirror Lake Highway snakes through the Uinta Mountains and over Bald Mountain at an elevation of 10,700 ft. Travelling through stunning forests and past scores of streams and lakes will provide explorers with diverse scenery and wildlife that can been seen from the roadway.With several campgrounds and hiking trails along the route, you and your family can find the perfect place to have a picnic lunch or set up for over-night camping. Visitors must purchase a recreational pass to use the facilities. The Mirror Lake Highway is open until the snow becomes too deep to plow.
Camping and Fishing Near Park City
Hoping for some serious downtime? From Park City you are only a short drive away from the pleasures of camping, hiking, fishing, boating or mountain biking. Here are a few of our favorite places to take it all in while sitting by the campfire with friends or family:
- 1. Jordanelle State Park
With 3 different recreation areas; Hailstone, Ross Creek and Rock Cliff, you have your choice of camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. You can plan on spending one day, a weekend or more discovering the natural splendor of the Jordanelle Reservoir and all it has to offer.Located in Wasatch County above the Heber Valley, Jordanelle State Park serves as habitat for diverse wildlife and many different plant species. The waters of the reservoir offer summertime fun for boaters, water-skiers, jet skiers and swimmers. The long winter months give us about 5″ of ice at the Hailstone recreation area, which is ideal for ice fishing.
- 2. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF)
Heber-Kamas Ranger DistrictKnown for amazing snow quality in Winter, snowmobilers, backcountry skiers and dog-sledders are drawn to this amazing mountain destination. Summer months offer day hiking; rock climbing and both dispersed camping areas or developed campgrounds.Encompassing seven protected designated wilderness areas; UWCNF contains 2.1 million acres and is one of the most visited national parks in the US. This near-pristine forest habitat is the perfect secluded getaway, or get-together to enjoy the solitude of the forest or to share nature with your family and friends.
The Best Way to Enjoy Park City
Let us help you make the most of your trip to Park City with a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon rental. AWD Rentals is the only car rental agency at Salt Lake City International Airport that rents AWD vehicles exclusively. We guarantee that the vehicle you ordered will be the one waiting at your pick-up point, no substitutions and no surprises. All of our vehicles come ready with ski racks. Contact us or call 801-895-2800 today to start your Park City adventure.