America's Best Cycling Town: Mountain Biking Above Park City, Utah
A lone mountain biker above Park City, Utah. Park City has hundreds of miles of trails for all types of riders.

Why Park City?

A former mining town that turned to skiing when the silver ore started to run out, Park City is best known as a winter destination. But a lot of locals – especially cyclists – would argue Park City is even better in the summer. We may be a tad biased but we really believe this is America’s best cycling town. Nestled on the eastern slope of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains just half an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City (elevation: 7000 ft. / 2100m) is an internationally recognized vacation destination with world-class mountain biking and road cycling. If you like to ride bikes and you love the mountains, Park City should be at the top of your vacation list.

Wasatch Crest Trail
Mountain bikers descending “The Spine” section of the Wasatch Crest Trail, on the divide between Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mountain Biking

Park City has two major ski resorts with lift-assisted mountain biking and over 400 miles of trails. It’s no wonder it was the first Gold-Rated IMBA destination in the world. There are trails to satisfy and challenge all kinds of riders, including plenty of beginner-friendly single and double-track. For gravity-powered fun, Deer Valley Resort’s brand new Tidal Wave flow trail and the Park City Bike Park (formerly, Canyon’s Bike Park) offer lift-assisted trails with jumps, berms and other features. There’s also Trailside Bike Park, a public skills park with a flow trails, pump tracks and more. It’s a great place for beginners to learn basic skills and more experienced riders to step up and polish their technical and downhill game. The crown jewel of Park City’s mountain bike portfolio is Wasatch Crest, a glorious backcountry singletrack that starts in the alpine and rolls through meadows of wildflowers, rocky ridgelines and aspen groves before descending 3000 feet (910m) into town.

Tour of Utah Near Park City
The Tour of Utah road race, heading out of Park City, at the start of the final day of the race.

Road Cycling

With the Wasatch Mountains on one side and the Uinta Mountains just 20 miles to the east, Park City offers hundreds of miles of world-class road cycling in a beautiful western mountain setting. One of just two UCI-sanctioned road races in the U.S., the Tour of Utah’s final stage starts and finishes in Park City’s historic Old Town. Grand Tour racers from around the world have challenged the steep mountain passes around Park City during the Tour of Utah. Test yourself by riding popular ToU segments on Strava and see how you measure up. Whether you want a mellow sightseeing tour or a true big mountain challenge, you can start your ride right from the Park City Bike Demos front door.

Main Street, Park City, Utah
Looking up Park City’s Main Street on a warm summer evening.

Something For Everyone

It’s not just the best cycling town around; Park City was voted “Best Town Ever” in 2013 by Outside Magazine readers. A well-established vacation destination and 2002 Winter Olympics venue, Park City offers activities and facilities for every kind of need, desire and group. Whether you’re coming with friends, vacationing with the family or planning a conference, you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, lodging, shopping and entertainment. Non-cyclists will find plenty to do, including hiking, golfing, rafting, zip lines, a mountain slide, fly fishing, horseback riding and more – all beneath spectacular 10,000 ft. (3048 m), aspen-covered mountains. If you’re planning a National Park trip or you’d like to include one in your itinerary, there are seven parks, including Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce and Arches within, comfortable driving distance of Park City.

If you have any questions about Park City cycling, lodging or other activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help.

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