What We Love
- Full ski resort with 42 trails for every skill level, plus hiking and scenic (and moonlight) chairlift rides in summer
- Art and glassblowing center with artists in residence and daily classes in jewelry making, pottery, oil and watercolor painting, printmaking and photography
- Historic Owl Bar captures the flair of the Wild West; it was once frequented by Butch Cassidy and his Hole in the Wall gang. There's live entertainment most weekends
What To Know
- Lodgings focus on rustic simplicity, not luxury — think simple bathrooms and few creature comforts
- Limited dining options, especially in summer when on-mountain ski resort restaurants are closed
- Odd liquor rules: You can’t carry drinks from the bar into the adjacent restaurant, and no alcohol is sold in the general store. You're best off bringing your own
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Old West rustic. Sundance is essentially its own town, and the resort is a village-style compound with wooden buildings evocative of the Old West, plus a few canvas yurts. Indoors there are lots of exposed beams, Western artifacts and photos of the area. The resort is right at the base of 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos, the ski resort and hiking epicenter. One complex holds the Owl Bar, the general store and restaurants, with the spa, fitness center, arts studio and ski/sports shops in separate buildings scattered around it, all linked by a creek with footbridges and walking paths. Cabins are arranged around the central complex, and resort homes are scattered farther up the hillside; most are reachable only by car or bike, but there are shuttles available upon request. Overall the effect is of a grown-up summer camp with Old West flavor.
Bed and Bath
The cabins feel more like chic summer camp lodgings than hotel rooms, with exposed beams and simple rustic furnishing, beds with wooden headboards and wood or wicker chairs. The decor is accessorized with colorful Western wool blankets, woven Native American bowls and Western antiques, and in the larger homes cowboy boots, lassos and related paraphernalia. Most rooms have large picture windows framing the views, with roll-down shades, and consist of a bedroom and attached standard bathroom with basic tub/shower combo. Larger studios have fireplaces and mini-fridges, and many rooms have live plants. All have basic coffeemakers, clock radios with iPod/MP3 docks and free WiFi. Bathroom amenities are from Gilchrist & Soames’s organic Naturally Kind line, while the signature bars of Sundance bath soap are made on-site in the Art Shack.
The four-star fine dining Treehouse restaurant is a must for its rustic charm; it’s built around the namesake tree and has a focus on natural local ingredients such as sunchokes, huckleberries, quinoa, elk, Utah trout and eggs and meat from local farms. The signature dish is the Tree Room Pepper Steak. Interestingly, the resort also operates another casually elegant American eatery, Zoom, located in a former Union Pacific train depot on Main Street in gallery-laden Park City — home to the Sundance Film Festival — about 45 minutes away. The resort’s screening room frequently shows movies free of charge, often ones starring owner Robert Redford. The wellness program at the spa offers 60-minute morning yoga classes daily ($15), 30-minute mindfulness mediation twice weekly ($10), as well as a guided Sacred Nature Walk ($40). Other unique activities include one- to three-hour trail rides on horseback and half-day whitewater rafting excursions.
In the Area
Heber City is the closest town of note to the resort, and is home to the historic Heber Valley Railroad, which offers nostalgic trips along the banks of Deer Valley Reservoir or through Provo Canyon. Uinta Recreation is a motor sports outfitter that offers ATV rentals, side-by-side off-road dune buggies and wave runners, plus snowmobiles in winter. There are three golf courses within 20 minutes of the resort, including the Crater Springs course at the Homestead resort, which also offers a natural hot springs bath inside a volcanic crater. There are 36 holes at the public Soldiers Hollow facility in Wasatch Mountain State Park, which hosted the biathlon and nordic skiing during the 2002 Olympic Games. It takes a bit of effort to hike to, but American Fork Canyon is home to Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which consists of three impressive interlinked caves you can explore; the three-and-a-half-mile hike takes about three hours. Park City is the area’s biggest attraction, a former Old West mining village turned upscale ski town, the Aspen of Utah, with lots of shopping and dining, about 45 minutes away.
How to Get There
This was the spot we chose to slow down from our awesome trip through the national parks and monuments of
southern Utah and northern Arizona. The entire area was absolutely beautiful and serene nestled under Mount Timpangos. Had wonderful meals at the Foundry Grill and Owl Bar and Grill! Took Ray's Lift and hiked down to
Stewart Falls. We stayed for two wonderful days! Nature and peacefulness at its finest!
Absolutely fantastic!!!! A must go/see!
Went just a couple of days ago with friends.
The resort is so gorgeous with the most majestic mountain backdrop. Zip lining experience was just amazing. Helpful, friendly and patient staff. And the food at The Foundry Grill was an absolute delight. Really good! Same friendly, welcoming and helpful staff! One MUST visit. Winter or summer.
Booked for 10 days... “Recommendation from the wedding couple”. Description: peaceful etc. Got a family with 2 small kids inthe room on top of us. Wooden floors in between... Running kids. Complaint around 14:00 but everything was booked; Sorry no other room”. Complained again at 22:30. Still lots of noise. We were trying to get some sleep... Oh, we have found a solution, you can move to another room... NOW! We are already in bed!!! We have a jet leg!! We have rented this peacefull quite place for 10 days and you want us to come out of bed to move to another room???? Never had such a disappointment in my life with a hotel. And we paid over $2.000 !! Shame! Shame!
Don't miss this when travelling to Utah. It has got everything you need for a fantastic 5 star stay. The rooms are perfect and the beds exceptional.
Don't miss having breakfast, lunch and dinner here. Sensational and you could spend a week looking around.
My husband and I drove here from Park City just to look around, my husband fell while skiing and broke his clavicle so we needed to fill our days with non-skiing activities for the rest of the week. The physician who saw him at the med express suggested a drive to see the resort. The scenery driving from Park City was lovely. We parked and went to the gift shop, and had a bite to eat at the cafe. The grounds looked lovely but since we weren’t staying there we were not allowed access to walk through much of the property. One of the employees we did talk to was extremely friendly and helpful. I’m sure it’s a lovely place to stay.