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Mountain Biking

For many, Utah mountain biking conjures visions of Moab's fabled trails, Slickrock, Porcupine Rim and Amasa back. These classic rides rightfully have a place in Mountain Biking's hall of fame. But limiting your view to Moab for mountain biking misses the state’s diversity of trails, terrain and experiences. Even Moab is sparking a renaissance with new singletrack trails like the Sovereign Trail and Magnificent 7 helping long-time visitors rediscover Utah mountain biking.

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Utah

Explore Utah's top trails for mountain biking, including:

Slickrock Trail, Moab
Wasatch Crest Trail, Park City 
Red Canyon/Thunder Mountain, Panguitch 
Porcupine Rim/Whole Enchilada, Moab 
Mid-mountain Trail, Park City 
Corner Canyon, Draper 
Wheeler Creek to Coldwater Overlook, Ogden 
+ Plus many others

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Knobby Tired Nomads: Bikepacking the Utah High Country

by Kurt Gensheimer

Ready for four days and 140 miles of unsupported backcountry adventure by mountain bike in southwestern Utah. Navigating both the Markagunt and Paunsaugunt plateaus, the route's literal high point started near Brian Head on Sidney Peaks Trail at a dizzying 11,000 feet elevation. Follow the incredible story, watch the video, then learn how to plan for your own bikepacking adventure.

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Top Mountain Biking Destinations

Park City
Park City is the world's only IMBA Gold-level riding destination. IMBA bestowed this accolade on Park City for the diversity of trails, the bike-friendly culture, the proximity of the downtown to trailheads and the amenities for travelers. Park City has hundreds of miles of trails to explore, almost all of which can be easily accessed from downtown without needing a car. Cross-country riders will want to ascend Armstrong to jump on the Mid Mountain Trail, or climb higher to join the Wasatch Crest Trail. Downhill riders will want to look to the lift-served downhill trails at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley resorts and recreational riders will find the wider singletrack at Round Valley to be the perfect speed for a casual day on the trails.  

Salt Lake City
While not quite as compact as Park City, Salt Lake City still offers great access from just about anywhere in the city. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) encircles the foothills to the east and north of the city with a growing network of roughly 100 miles of multiuse trails with dozens of trailheads throughout the valley. The most popular stretches for riders connect the Hogle Zoo with the University of Utah and another stretch between City Creek and Dry Creek Canyons, which includes the ever-popular Bobsled downhill trail. Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood canyons house several excellent cross-country trails in the national forest including the Wasatch Crest Trail and a growing array of singletrack rides at the area’s ski resorts: Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird. These higher-elevation rides are best late June through August when the snow has melted and the wildflowers carpet the open alpine meadows.  

Ogden
A growing hub for outdoor industry companies, Ogden has attracted this clientele by offering a veritable product testing lab just outside the city with trailheads stretching from minutes outside downtown deep into the mountains. Generally less crowded than other central Wasatch destinations, riding in Ogden means you have more of the good stuff, all to yourself. For years, Ogden was known as the place to challenge yourself on tough hill climbs like the Skyline trail, but in recent years, flowing cross-country trails like Sardine Peak or Wheeler Creek have grown in popularity. Close to downtown, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail offers a quick getaway while the higher up Snowbasin Resort has 26 miles of singletrack on-mountain and connects with another 50 miles of Forest Service trails, making an excellent base for exploration.  

Moab
Synonymous with mountain biking, Moab is known for the classics like Slickrock, Amasa Back and Porcupine Rim. Recently, bikers are rediscovering Moab for new single tracks like the Sovereign Trail, Mag 7 and HyMasa/Captain Ahab. 

Most mountain bikers use the town of Moab as a basecamp and ride from town or car shuttle to nearby trailheads. The easiest trails to ride to from town are Pipe Dream, Hidden Valley, Amasa Back or the new variant HyMasa/Captain Ahab. The Sand Flats Recreation area is only a short drive from downtown, but is quite a climb by bike to reach the Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trailheads or one of the many variants to Porcupine that have become quite popular. For riders looking for more moderate Moab rides, look north of town to Klondike Bluff or nearby Baby Steps, both excellent introductions to Moab riding. The expanded Bar-M trails provide a winding network of singletrack trails with many options to vary the length and technical challenge. Late spring (March through May) offers great riding weather, with highs in the 60s and 70s.

St. George
St. George is quickly becoming a destination for year-round Utah mountain biking, led by the popularity of Gooseberry Mesa trail network, a technically challenging trail system with slickrock, singletrack and jaw-dropping views toward Zion National Park. In the region west of town, the network of Sidewinder and Barrel Roll offer more technically moderate trails high on the fun factor. With very temperate weather all winter long, St. George has become the go-to destination for early-spring, late-fall and winter mountain biking in Utah.

Slideshow

  • Park City

    Park City

    Deer Valley's lift served flow trails.

  • Park City

    Park City

    Flagstaff Loop at Deer Valley

  • Moab

    Moab

    Navajo Rocks Trailhead

  • San Rafael Swell

    San Rafael Swell

    Good Water Rim Trail

  • Canyonlands

    Canyonlands

    White Rim Trail

  • Markagunt Plateau

    Markagunt Plateau

    Grandview Trail

  • Red Canyon

    Red Canyon

    Thunder Mountain Trail

  • Brian Head Resort

    Brian Head Resort

  • Guacamole Mesa

    Guacamole Mesa

    The Whole Guacamole

  • Moab

    Moab

    Bar M Trails

Resources

Bike Utah offers an overview of Utah Cycling Laws and well as trail recommendations and maps. 

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