Play Like an Olympian This Summer in Park City, Utah

Experience the thrills at Utah Olympic Park.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will kick off in all their sporty glory come August. Unless you have the physical prowess of Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin, you're probably not going to participate in the games. But that doesn't mean you should put your Olympic dreams to rest.

Utah Olympic Park Freestyle Show

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Even if tickets to attend this summer's Rio de Janeiro games aren't in your future, there's still a chance to play like an Olympian closer to home.

Tucked amidst Park City, Utah's looming mountain setting, lies the Utah Olympic Park. Built for 2002's Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, the park hosted events like bobsleigh, luge, and Nordic ski jumping. Today, it serves current athletes as a year-round Official U.S. Olympic Training Site for Nordic ski jumping, freestyle skiing, bobsled, skeleton, and luge.

To the delight of travelers, the park allows visitors to tour the facilities, and check out the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Games Museum and interactive Alf Engen Ski Museum to learn about the history of skiing in Utah. But the real adventures that tantalize thrill-seekers are found through the park's summer activities.

The Comet Bobsled

Utah Olympic Park Comet Bobsled

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Even without snow, it's possible to feel the thrill of a ride on the Comet Bobsled. With an experienced bobsled pilot at the helm, you'll hit the track and reach speeds up to 60 mph and even experience g-forces. The summer bobsled is on wheels and races along a curving concrete track.

Extreme Summer Tubing

It's arguable that swooshing down the steep hill of a Nordic ski jump in an inner tube might be as wild as skiing down it like an Olympic athlete. The park's Extreme Tubing places fearless guests in the inner tube and sends them down the same ski jumps Olympic athletes use for training. You'll reach speeds of 50 mph as you slide down a wet, state-of-the-art plastic surface that is on top of the jump.

The Outdoor Action Continues

Utah Olympic Park Comet Bobsled Zipline

Photos Courtesy of Visit Park City

Still not tired? The park also houses multiple ropes courses, a zipline, and Alpine slide, as well as hosts freestyle events featuring Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders performing sky-high tricks before landing in the Olympic Freestyle Pool.

Visiting Park City

Park City is an outdoor lover's paradise. You'll find some of the nation's most exceptional vistas throughout the mountains along more than 400 miles of hiking and biking trails while also enjoying sophisticated dining and nightlife.

At Deer Valley Resort, guests and visitors enjoy scenic chairlift rides, hiking, biking, and live performances at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Recently ranked as the nation's largest ski resort, Park City Mountain Resort thrives during summer thanks to hiking and mountain biking trails, outdoor concerts,  a 4,000-foot alpine coaster, multiple zip lines and award-winning dining.

The town also hosts the annual Park City Food and Wine Classic in early July, and the Kimball Arts Festival with more than 200 artists and 30 live bands. Capture the essence of Park City at its weekly, ongoing summer events, like the Park Silly Sunday Market, an open-air market and farmers' market.

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