Communities all around the U.S. have begun developing more multiuse trail systems. While this is great for mountain bikers, many communities shun these recreational areas far away, making access more difficult. Or the funds are less than what is needed and often these projects go unfinished for years. What we need is a community that has the laws and code in place to embrace trail systems and integrate them into how people live and commute. This model already exists in the form of Park City, Utah.
In the beginning, it was miners who crafted Park City’s first trails. In their lust for staking a claim, gold and silver prospectors of a past era cut exploration trails deep into the Wasatch Mountain Range. Fast-forward to the 80s and 90s, locals around town realized the potential of these existing trails and is expanding the extensive network.
While developers in the past few decades focused primarily on developing out Park City’s ski areas, a quiet crew of dedicated locals kept developing trails when the snow melted away. And once Park City put in place its Open Space Laws and eased development on steep slopes, ridgelines, wetlands, and other sensitive areas, trail development exploded.
Park City Mountain Biking Trails Video
Today Park City has over 400 miles of bike trails that interconnect neighborhoods, business parks, schools, and Historic Old Town. Each trail junction has an easy to understand sign and there is even an online interactive map courtesy of Park City’s Mountain Trails Foundation.
The trails you ride in Park City are buffed out ribbons of singletrack that go for miles and can be easily interconnected to take you, literally, all around Park City.
Looking for a power hour? – Head over to Round Valley and smash out miles of rolling hills and be back in time for dinner.
Or maybe you want a half day or longer ride, who doesn’t? – The Wasatch Crest trail can be accessed from two different points in town and it will take you all the way to Salt Lake City and back if you want.
And the Mid Mountain trail crosses through all three ski resorts and acts as a connector of trails below and above 8000 feet elevation.
Lift Accessed Trails in Park City
All three ski resorts have lift access riding. And Deer Valley and Canyons both have dedicated bike parks with a variety of really fun trails. From hand-cut downhill trails to jump and flow trails and connections to the rest of Park City’s trail network. The lift access trails cut out about half the climbing and make accessing higher elevation trails a lot easier.
The public transit system in Park City is basically a free shuttle service that provides an easy 1300 feet of elevation gain and quick access to the Mid Mountain trail.
While the access is fantastic, so is summer in Park City. You get all the benefits of a resort town but with added offers from restaurants and hotels. Most restaurants have 2-for-1 deals and hotels have discounted rooms. There are arcades for kids, ice cream shops, and Historic Main Street that will make your Instagram explode.
Around every corner in Park City is some sort of charm; be it the original town chair lift from early in the town’s history, brightly painted homes in Old Town, the old mining buildings that have been preserved, or the history you can find in the Main Street Museum. But of course, all that is just an afterthought after you dip your wheels in Park City’s amazing mountain biking.
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