Park City and the Southern Wasatch Places


Park City


With more than 400 mi of public trails and smooth blacktop roads stretching in every direction, it's no wonder Park City is home to a number of internationally elite mountain and road bikers. You can join local road or mountain bikers three evenings a week for free group rides sponsored by Park City bike shops.

Pick up a free map of area trails at any local bike shop or get details online from Mountain Trails Foundation. Park City, UT. 435/649–6839.

Road bikers can ride with a pack each Monday evening from June to mid-September from Cole Sport. You can rent mountain and road bikes from Cole; be ready to ride from the shop at 6 pm. 1615 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4806 or 800/345–2938.

If you're looking to learn to mountain bike or improve your skills, Deer Valley Mountain Bike School offers clinics and guided tours in myriad packages; a half-day group clinic is $44. Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–6648 or 888/754–8477.

For a little help getting uphill, Deer Valley Resort offers lift-assisted mountain biking or hiking daily mid-June through mid-September; it's $28 for a lift ticket. Bike rentals are available. Silver Lake Village and Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–1000 or 888/754–8477.

On Tuesday evenings from May through September, the bike experts at Jans Mountain Outfitters lead groups of advanced mountain bikers up and down local trails. Meet at the shop at 6 pm for this free group ride, where you can also rent equipment. 1600 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4949 or 800/745–1020.

Mountain bikers and hikers can ride the chairs at Park City Mountain Resort to access the on-mountain trail complex. An all-day lift pass is $18. Equipment rentals are available. 1310 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8111 or 800/222–7275.

Look for Vidalia the bulldog at Silver Star Ski & Sport. While the dog watches the shop, friendly guides lead two-hour mountain-bike tours ($75, including bike rental). On Thursday, meet at the shop at 5:15 for the free, family-friendly "Cruiserpalooza." This mellow, 40-minute neighborhood ride is followed by live music back at Silver Star throughout the summer. Cruiser and mountain-bike rentals are available. 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/645–7827.

On the last Thursday evening of each month, from May through September, mountain bikers of all levels get together for a free guided tour and barbecue at White Pine Touring. Employees lead a women-only ride on Tuesday. For both rides, meet at the shop at 6 pm, and rent equipment there. Guided mountain biking and hiking tours are also available throughout the summer. 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8710.