Luckily for us, the best family mountain adventures are just a short drive from home when you live in Utah. Rally your pack and head up to the ski resorts to for the best mountain adventures for kids!
No family stay-cation (or even day trip) to Park City is complete without an afternoon of play at the Park City Mountain. While the Alpine Coaster will keep your older kids saying, “Again!”, your littlest adventurers will have at least as much fun on the activities designed with them in mind. Kids 2-11 years old have their own ropes course, zipline, and tubing hill at Park City Mountain. While a ride up the Crescent lift to cruise down the alpine slide is an iconic PCMR family adventure, branch out and challenge your kids to a game of mini golf on the mountainside. The catch? The WINNER gets to buy ice cream at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for the family!
Cherry Peak might be the newest resort in Utah, but soon a summer family afternoon will become your new favorite tradition. While your family may want to mountain bike, hike, or enjoy the summer concert series, be sure to plan a ride the famous Redneck Waterslides. Want to give your kids an afternoon that they’ll be telling all their friends about? Take them for a horseback ride from the resort!
Sundance Resort is the classic mountain oasis for the family in the summer. On the typical Saturday, Dad might take the kids on a hike to Stewart Falls while Mom mountain bikes on the loamy lift serviced trails. But at least once this summer be sure to plan an afternoon touring the mountain via zipline! The ZipTour at Sundance Zip-line holds the record for the most vertical drop out of any zip line in the U.S. The adrenaline junky in your family will love soaring over 65 MPH through the sky.
Snowbird has an activity for EVERY member of your family. While your littlest adventurers will love bouncing on the kids’ inflatables, your most daring adventurers will love soaring on the Mountain Flyer. Whether riding the alpine slide, mountain coaster, or vertical drop, everybody can have their unique adrenaline filled day. Want to get out some of those summer wiggles? Let your kids work those wiggles out while navigating through the ropes course, rock climbing, or flying on the bungee trampoline. Be sure to take the aerial tram up to the top of the mountain for lunch!
It’s a well-known fact that all kids love sleeping in tents. Want to earn epic mom/dad of the year? Stay in the yurt at Beaver Mountain! When your kids go back to school, the weekend yurt trip will be one of the highlights of the summer. Between mornings spent fishing and evening hikes, bring a few fun yard games for the family to love. Our favorites are slacklining, ladder ball, and cornhole. While you’re enjoying peach cobbler from the dutch oven or are roasting smore’s around the fire, this will likely one of the sweetest summer memories your family will make.
I don’t know about you, but in our home paint and play-doh get asked for on the daily during the Summer. Summer is the perfect time to nurture creativity. Take a break from scrubbing paint off your walls, and bring your crafty crew up to Solitude Mountain Resort for the evening. From 4-6 each Sunday come snag a Solitude t-shirt and head to the tie-dye station.
Eagle Point offers some of the wildest family mountain activities in the west. Want to take your kids on a truly epic adventure? Come ride ATV’s on the Paiute trail! The Paiute trail has been called one of the top 15 ATV trails in America, and the 275 miles of the trail system is designed for relaxed, family style of riding. Pack the ATV’s, a picnic lunch, and stop by the resort to get trail maps and find the perfect segment of trail to explore.
While the summer concerts at Deer Valley are truly memorable for the whole family (especially if Mom and Dad pack an awesome picnic!), learning to mountain bike will be a skill your children will treasure. Whether your beginner riders are looking for a 3hr clinic, or your intermediate riders want to sign up for the kids’ Summer Downhill Program, everybody will end the day feeling more confident and capable. Deer Valley offers loamy trails and bike rentals for every ability. Deer Valley Resort is THE PLACE to safely learn to mountain bike, or to sharpen an already blossoming skill set.
The Blues, Brews, and BBQ series at Snowbasin Resort are always one of the highlights of our summer. But do you ever get the feeling that your kids might not love your dance moves (maybe it’s just me)? Send them out on a mini adventure of their own! Adventure tours for kids 6-10 ride the gondola and spend the afternoon exploring the mountain top. Each week has a different focus, and your kids will love learning, exploring, and getting some hands on experience. By the end of the summer your kids will know the mountain better than YOU.
While most families might come to Brian Head for the Avalanche Tubing or the epic mountain biking, for a truly unique mountain experience try the Family Adventure Trail treasure hunt! With treasure hunts designed for different age groups, each of your explorers will feel challenged. Kids navigate the mountain, finding clues and searching for treasure. By the end of the afternoon, kids will hardly notice that they’ve hiked across the mountain!