Sure, you could surf the ‘Net to ferret out recommends for Park City places to eat, snowshoe or live entertainment. But where the web leaves off—and I’m talking the been there, done that details—is where the Park City Visitor Center at Kimball Junction steps in.
“Our visitor information specialist staff are all local residents and have been on the job for an average of seven years,” says Deb Lewis, Park City Chamber/Bureau Visitor Services manager.
If you’ve visited Park City within the last several months, you’ve likely spotted the shiny new visitors center at Kimball Junction. It was completed last fall to replace the log cabin previously housing the center and features huge windows framing stunning mountain views by day and a large projection movie screen after dark.
The sleek, 4,000-square-foot space is furnished with spare, modern furnishings, high-tech video touch screens, televisions featuring ads for local businesses and Silver Bean Coffee (owned and operated by Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke).
Park City’s very sleek and high tech Kimball Junction visitor center has furnished touch-screen info kiosks—fun for kids to monkey around with while their parents get the real information from the center’s super-knowledgeable staff.
One of the center’s coolest features is the front desk, paneled by actual skis, many of which were donated by former Olympians. “We made a city-wide call for skis to make the desk. The result is a nice representation of the town’s history and personality,” Lewis says.
Babcock Design Group, architects for the new Park City Visitors Center at Kimball Junction, designed this cool information desk, paneled with skis donated by Park City residents.
Despite the center’s very uptown digs, I am happy to report that the same real time, up-to-date info you could get at the little log cabin is still readily dispensed at the new visitors center. I stopped there earlier this winter with my family on our way up to the Uintas for an afternoon of cross-country skiing. Instead of simply pointing me east to the Mirror Lake Highway, the warm and friendly woman at the desk not only gave us detailed directions to a trailhead appropriate for our 7 and 10 year old, but described how much snow we could expect and, because there’s precious little open on a early-winter Sunday in Kamas, advised us to get lunch in Park City before heading up. (For details, visit my blog here.)
Bottom line: the Park City Visitor Center at Kimball Junction is exactly what it should be—a non-preferential, honest information hub run by people who actually know what they are talking about.
The Park City Kimball Junction Visitor Center is located at 1794 Olympic Parkway (At the entrance to the Utah Olympic Park.) and is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.