The drive from Lava Hot Springs to Wasatch Mountain State Park perfectly fit our plan, skirting Salt Lake City and delivering us to the park 200.9 miles later. This time of year, there were only a handful of campers in the park. The weather was perfect, and we ended up spending four nights.
Exploring The Beautiful Surroundings
Wasatch Mountain State Park is beautiful, with wonderful hiking trails and biking available on peaceful winding country roads.
The park is located on the outskirts of the little town of Midway, south of Park City. Midway is a farming and ranching community, with a lingering Swiss influence imparted by the original European settlers. The streets are wide, the homes and businesses are festooned with gingerbread and adorned with murals, and the sign at Midway City Hall reminds residents that neither pets nor livestock are permitted on the lawn.
Upscale Park City
Twenty miles up the road is Park City, obviously hip and wealthy. There’s a distinctly Western flair and the streets are lined with high-end shops and restaurants. I overheard someone remark, “There are two ways to be cool in Park City—you’re either a world-class athlete or filthy rich.”
We’re obviously neither, but we still enjoyed wandering the downtown area, stocking up on groceries at Whole Foods, and lunching at the High West Distillery, which is one of the best eateries in town.
The distillery is the first in Utah to be legalized since prohibition ended. But considering the tight liquor control laws in Utah, I’m not so sure the state has completely embraced prohibition’s demise.
Lunch was delicious (bourbon-coffee glazed black cod, smoked tri-tip, roasted Brussels sprouts, and sautéed kale). Of course, we enjoyed a shot of their smoky Campfire whiskey with our meal. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but it was delicious. I wish we had bought a bottle. For medicinal purposes only, of course.