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The Best Way to Enjoy Sundance in the Summer

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We live only about 25 minutes away from Sundance. And yet, sadly, I often forget that it is there. Luckily, ever so often, something reminds me of its existence and we make a point to take the short journey.

To be honest, it feels like a completely different world. The ride up Provo Canyon offers a promise of peace and beauty. As you wind through the canyon, the sunlight streaming through the peaks, it is easy to leave all of your troubles behind.

While Sundance might be most popular in the winter as a ski-day getaway, I personally love it in the summer. The glorious mountains provide a respite from the heat and nature just seems to be calling my name.

I’m gushing. I should probably stop. But it’s true. And while there are plenty of activities to do all summer long, in my opinion, this is the best way to enjoy Sundance in the summer:

The ski lift.

During the summer months, Sundance opens up the ski lift as a scenic ride. You get on the lift just like you would with your skis on, and the seat whisks you up and away.

The ride itself gives you panoramic views of the whole park as you journey up to Ray’s Summit.

Sundance views

It’s such a peaceful journey. The seats are spaced far enough part that you barely hear anyone in front or behind you (if anyone is even there). Which means you can focus on the birdsong and the lucky person next to you.

Sundance lift ride

As you can see, I personally took my shoes off. I was wearing sandals and didn’t want to risk them tumbling off into the forest below!

Once you get to the top of the summit, you have a few options. You can:

  1. Get off and hike around.
  2. Take a second lift (for an additional cost) up to the Bearclaw cabin, where you can enjoy a meal.
  3. Turn around and head back.

The original ticket price is a round trip, so even if you get off, you can hop back on when you are ready.

My husband and I are not big hikers, and we had eaten at the excellent Foundry Grill right when we arrived, so we personally chose to simply turn around.

The ride back offered a brand new perspective on the hills and trees we had already passed over. Personally, I felt like the views coming down were even more breathtaking than the ones coming up. Even Nathan, who is not so in love with heights, found the whole experience exhilarating.

Sundance mountain The ride itself is about 45 minutes round trip. While I will confess to being a little sad when we touched down at the bottom, my spirit was lightened and my soul was refreshed.

Since every time I visit Sundance I make a vow to return sooner rather than later, I am hoping that we will make it back in the near future. Especially since they offer special night rides when there is a full moon. Can you imagine anything more romantic than whooshing over the mountains under the light of the full moon?

I can’t.

Sundance bridge

For anyone looking to take the lift, here are the details:

The ride opens mid May and remains open until the beginning of October. The hours are from 10am – 6pm until the beginning of September and then from 10am-5pm from September – October. Adult tickets are $20, children 6-12 are $18, children 5 and under are free, seniors are $17. They also have deals for an all day pass ($28 to ride it as many times you want in a day) as well as special pricing for groups over 20.

What are you looking forward to on the ride?

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  • Katie

    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. I’m a hiker, so I’d probably spend a few hours hiking around the mountain, or hiking up to the restaurant!

  • Susan

    I love exploring the cool things right in my own backyard! Isn’t it crazy how some of the coolest things are so close, but we just forget that they’re there? I have the same thing where I live and have been trying to visit more places closer to home. This place looks awesome! We’re only up in Idaho, so might have to get down to Utah to check this out! The full moon ride sounds awesome!

    • Janine

      I know! I have to remind myself to be just as much of a tourist in my own hometown as I am when I go traveling. You should definitely come down!

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