Park City is a special place, full of people who love to ride bikes and spend their time outdoors. When I was looking for a new place to live 8 years ago, I came to check out the town and ended up with a lease signed on a house by the end of the weekend. It wasn't what it is now, but I could see the potential. There were a good number of XC trails, a couple DH shuttle trails, Deer Valley had a few trails and the NORBA course, and the city dirt jump park was being built.
Since then, we have seen exponential growth in both the amount of riding available, and the variety. Canyons Resort has come on board with a full on jump trail style bikepark, we have jump/flow trail spots such as Arcylon and Trailside, the DJ park has turned into something pretty amazing, and our XC/All Mtn trail network has exploded. We even have a free city bus system that accesses a lot of the up trails, and on weekends will have busses full of DH bikes shredding laps!
There are a number of reasons for this growth, but the main driving force is a community of bike riders that cares about the future of our trail network, and works their asses off to make the vision become reality. I am constantly blown away by the number of full time trail builders and volunteers we have working nonstop to build fun stuff for my friends and I to ride our bikes on. The best part is that with this growth in riding terrain, the local city government and local businesses have seen a huge increase in their summer revenues, and now everyone is behind making it an even better place to go.
Tim, the photographer for this article told me, "I thought I knew how rad Park City was, but until this trip I really had no idea.
" Tim has been pretty much everywhere too, and has done a lot of ridiculous stuff that normal people don't do; google him... The best part is Tim only got to scratch the surface of what we have to offer. After all the years I've been here, there are still trails I haven't had the time to ride yet! Bottom line, do yourself a favor and get down here for a bike vacation. Even if you don't like it here (you will like it here
), you can cruise 3 hours down to Moab and have a blast there! Better yet, hit both spots in one trip!
Hands down, this was the sketchiest shuttle of the year! Driving up Guardsman Pass with the intention of riding the Wasatch Crest trail, we expected slick roads, but around a steep corner near the top we found ourselves on a sheet of ice from the first part of the storm the night before. It took a team effort to get the van and trailer safely turned around before we hiked on up to the start of the trail.
As you can see from the above, we've got things pretty good here in Park City when it comes to trails and going out for an adventure with the crew. There are endless miles of single track and more being built all the time. But there is more to our town then just amazing trails in the mountains, we got sick dirt right in town too. Our ever growing Dirt Jump/Skills park is great for everyone in the community too.Hit up these links for the best all around riding experience in the US that you can get in one place
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Tim Zimmerman @fotomaxizoomdweebiePark City, Utahwww.trailforks.com