Provo River to River
Get to know Utah Valley over 35 miles of paved routes connecting the Provo River Trail to the Jordan River trail across the valley by Utah Lake. Photo: Flickr User TedPercival.... see more »
Old Snowbasin Road
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell finds this "a beautiful winding road through mountain meadows and thick stands of aspen." Photo by Rich Koski.... see more »
Ogden River Parkway
From the mountains to the metro, few cities offer such close proximity and wide a range of road and trail biking opportunities. This gem is one of the best nature/city rides... see more »
Peterson Loop in Weber Canyon
The Weber River is known for some great fishing and rafting, cutting a scenic route through the Wasatch Front. Here's a 24-mile loop to get up close and personal. Photo by Rich... see more »
Park City to Wolf Creek
Champion cyclist Levi Leipheimer loves this distance ride through Park City, Wolf Creek Pass and Kamas through the lush Heber Valley. Photo Flickr User: FrozenCapybara.... see more »
A great introduction to the Wasatch Mountain Range via an approachable climb up Little Mountain with a second climb option to Big Mountain.... see more »
Flaming Gorge Classic
A 75 mile round-trip through a stunning national recreation at an elevation and latitude that's perfect for summer riding. Photo by Dan Ransom.... see more »
The Antelope Island Ride Among Bison
A long, flat causeway acclimates you to the famous Great Salt Lake before funneling you onto an unusually beautiful island with a rolling road. Photo by Dan Ransom.... see more »
Onion-domed Pavilion by the Sea
A long, flat journey from vibrant metro to a dead sea that is surprisingly scenic along a terrific course that cuts through an international airport and follows the freeway west.... see more »
The Ivins/Veyo Loop of Southern Utah
This St. George-area scenic wonder that takes through spectacular Snow Canyon country is a classic ride through Utah's desert southwest.... see more »
Provo River to River | Area Trails
"The River to River Ride is for the slightly more adventurous. It's a 35 mile one-way trip from Vivian Park along the Provo River Trail, connecting to the Murdock Canal Trail at Orem 800 N, following the Murdock for 20 miles to the Jordan River Trail in Lehi, then south next to the Jordan River to Utah Lake. The connection between the Murdock and Provo River was completed this last spring, and we are anticipating completing the last 1-mile gap between the Murdock and the Jordan River trail later this year, so until then this route would require about 3/4 mile ride on a quiet local road in Thanksgiving Point area.
"There is a one mile diversion on the Murdock in Highland, but it is mostly paved trail and connects through Highland Glen Park. The rest is 1/4 mile of very quiet local street and about 1/3 mile sidewalk. It is clearly signed all the way. This is temporary as we are waiting on a right of way agreement between Utah County and the State in order to build a direct connection. There are two steep climbs on this route of about 8% grade, but they are short, the longest being about 1/10 mile."
Old Snowbasin Road | Map
From Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell:
"Old Snowbasin road is a beautiful winding road through mountain meadows and thick stands of aspen. I've seen moose, deer and elk and the grade allows you to ride a smooth even tempo the entire ride."
Ogden River Parkway | Map
Peterson Loop (Morgan County) | Map
Park City to Wolf Creek | Map
Levi and I used to ride that together quite a bit when he'd come into town to prepare for the Tour of Utah. It's stunning and tops at 10,000 feet at the top and has minimal traffic during weekdays. We'd usually return through Kamas and then take the road over through Oakley and up Brown's Canyon to return back to Park City. I think it's around 75 miles round-trip if memory serves."
Emigration Canyon and Big Mountain | Map
We had two experts recommend Emigration Canyon, author Gregg Bromka and pro cyclist Tiffany Pezzulo. The recommendation comes with good reason: this is a classic Salt Lake ride right out of downtown that can be tackled by a variety of riders, though you'll instantly recognize the advanced riders when they pass you going up the hill.
There are actually multiple ways of experiencing this ride, but they all must pass through the relatively gentle 8-mile climb up Emigration Canyon that starts from the parking lots at the canyon's entrance, just past Hogle Zoo.
The canyon can be accessed from the city with a short but steep burst up Sunnyside Avenue (800 South) to the mouth of the canyon — it's frankly harder than the canyon itself. Beyond the 8-mile ride to the summit of Little Mountain, Big Mountain and loop options await.
When it comes to riding Salt Lake, Gregg Bromka, author of Bicycling Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides) knows them all. When asked for a favorite, he turned to our Emigration Canyon gem (we recommend you take his advice and stop at Ruth's Diner on the way down):
Emigration Canyon: Make it a Loop
Tiffany Pezzulo is professsional cyclist who races for Vanderkitten, and along with her team, will be racing the two women's races held in conjunction with the Tour of Utah, the Cedar City Grand Prix, and the Women's Edition. She gives a loop option that takes this ride a BIG step further.
"This is a beautiful ride with hardly any lights and not too much traffic. You get a nice climb which gets steeper in the last mile. Descend to a pretty reservoir (where there are bathrooms but no water) then do a steeper climb up to Big Mountain. You can do it as an out and back or if you want an adventure you can ride a dirt road (ok to ride with your road tires — just make sure you have extra tubes) to make it a loop. I like accessing Emigration Canyon via neighborhood quiet roads...It is a more gentle climb, less traffic and more shade!"
TO MAKE IT A LOOP
After Big Mountain, continue on Route 65 (descending) for about 5 miles
Take a right on Jeremy Ranch Road which is a dirt road. If you hit East Canyon Resort, you went too far.
When road dead ends at pavement in a subdivision take a right on paved road (Jeremy Road)
Left on Rasmussen
Right on Homestead (go under highway)
Right on Frontage Road up to Summit Park
Right on Parleys Lane
Left on I-80 (just for 2 exits and its downhill!)
Exit East Canyon/Mountain Dell Take a Right on 65
Left on Emigration Canyon
[Stop at Ruth's Diner]
Descend back into town
Flaming Gorge Classic | Map
Wayne Cottrell, author of Road Biking in Utah: A Guide to the State's Best Bike Rides