Park city’s gold status was reevaluated and reconfirmed in 2015.
Since hosting the IMBA World Summit in 2008, Park City and its trail system have been on the rise. There are now over 450 miles of trail accessible from town. In addition to new development, Park City continues to show a strong commitment to maintaining and improving existing trails. Between Mountain Trails Foundation, various city and county agencies, Deer Valley Resort, and Park City Mountain (America’s largest ski resort which now includes the Canyons) the combined annual trail budget tops $1 million, and it has every year for more than 10 years.
With numerous top-10 designations and media accolades, Park City continues to live up to its status as IMBA’s first gold-level Ride Center. This is a place Outside Magazine named “Best Town Ever” in 2013 and among the reasons they cited were the large and diverse selection of trails plus numerous options for lodging, dining and off-bike activities.
The terrain is great, the views are great, the dirt is great and the weather is great, but perhaps the best thing Park City has going for it is the overall attitude towards mountain bikes throughout the town. From citizens to businesses to government agencies, bikes are part of the culture of the place. Mountain Trails Foundation, Park City’s home grown trail advocacy group, has a stated objective of “singletrack within half a mile of every house’s front door,” and it turns out that works when applied to hotels and condos, too. Amazingly, the trail system is all interconnected, and it’s all accessible within an easy, short pedal, and there is more on the way.
In addition to new trail development, Park City continues to have a strong commitment to maintaining its current trail system. Between Mountain Trails Foundation, various city and county agencies, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain, the combined annual trail budget tops $1 million as it has every year for more than ten years. Park City classics such as the Spiro trail are seeing new re-routes and re-development, the Trailside Bike Park has been expanded and the resorts in Park City continue to update their trails to accommodate today’s modern bikes and riding styles.
Whether you are looking for lift-served high alpine riding, bike parks, lower level terrain to introduce a friend to the sport or a true backcountry excursion (the surrounding area offers hundreds more miles of additional trails for riders to explore within a short drive) you can easily call Park City home for a whole destination bike adventure. Park City continues to be a model for mountain bike destination development, and it deserves to be on the top of any mountain biker’s list for a visit.
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