Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway

#4 in Best Things To Do in Park City
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Hiking, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Atmosphere

This scenic, 14-mile drive into the Wasatch Mountain Range runs up to a summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Mountain Resort, and is a popular area for viewing wildlife, wildflowers and fall foliage. The road connects Park City to Brighton or Midway, Utah, and is paved most of the way, except for a short gravel section in the middle. 

Recent visitors said this scenic drive is worth the trip, if only for the amazing views from Guardsman Pass (several recommended bringing your camera and stopping along the way for a short hike). Many noted that the drive, which typically takes an hour one-way, is particularly beautiful in the fall when the trees are ablaze.

To reach Guardsman Pass, follow Utah State Route 224 to Deer Valley Drive, heading east to exit on Marsac Avenue at the roundabout, and then continue up Ontario Canyon. The road is free to access. Note that the pass is closed during the winter months due to snow (the road is not plowed). You'll find facilities and services, such as restrooms and restaurants, in Park City, Brighton and Midway, but none along the route. Consult the Visit Park City website for maps and additional information.

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Park City sits in the valley between Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Once a silver mining town, it has seen booms and busts, as well as a devastating fire that destroyed a large portion of the town in the late 19th century. The Historic Park City area preserves its western mining heritage with a charming mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The Park City Museum, located about midway on Main Street, features exhibits detailing the history of the mining town turned ski mecca and is also home to the official visitor center. What's more, a free trolley runs the length of street if your feet need a break.

Recent visitors loved the variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars in Historic Park City, noting there's something for every taste from souvenir joints to ski boutiques. Many recommended a visit to the museum to get a feel for the town's mining history, while others complimented the free transit and the convenience afforded by bedding down in this area. Families enjoyed the historical statues along the street and the availability of clean public restrooms. 

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