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“Beautiful local treasure...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
1258 Center Drive, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 649-1767
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Ranked #37 of 74 things to do in Park City
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Park City, Utah
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“Beautiful local treasure...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Recently took the kids for a day, museum activities were a highlight, but the snowshoe tour stole the show. Kids were ages 3 - 7. EcoCenter had the gear and the right trail that was age appropriate. Great family afternoon alternative to skiing. TIP: Hot Cocoa and cookies at Kneaders next door was a great reward.

Visited January 2013
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“Pretty if you're in area”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Not worth the extra effort to go and do unless you are in the area already.

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Park City, Utah
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“Peace, Tranquility and Nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

There is nothing better than the opportunity for experiential learning about nature. The Swaner Preserve is protected yet you can walk the trails that surround it and see Sand Cranes and a variety of small birds and ducks during three seasons. The Eco Center offers programs led by professors from UT State and other visiting authorities who give tours of and speak about this natural habitat and its celestial umbrella. Bring the children. It is beautiful during all seasons and there is much to do in the neighborhood. What's is very special is that you cannot tell that civilization is a few steps away.

Visited December 2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

Today I went solo. I have the privilege of living here. The EcoCenter's interior activities are good for adults (check out the counters in the bathrooms), and as a non-parent I'd say under ten. There is a rock wall which designates native species, some Q and A's and maps. For families and usually adults there are evening lectures on environmental issues and wildlife. There are also regular guided walks through the Preserve.

We live right on the Preserve. Five feet away, to be precise. Our patterns are guided by the wildlife, as the swallows just left yesterday so it's going to be an early winter. I invite Preserve photographers up on our deck to get better photos. Our favorites are the Greater Sandhill Cranes, who are about to leave for the winter but provide endless entertainment as they nest and raise their colts from April to October. We saw a pair leave the Preserve yesterday morning. My husband and I were hand in hand and they were wing to wing.

There's a trail all around the Preserve, for bikes, walking, running and in the winter, XC skis. Check out Park City and look for Newpark. If you're here, you're on the path.

Visited September 2011
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