Keep the Tires Rolling - Utah's Best Paved Paths
- Posted On
- Aug 08, 2017
- Mountain Biking
Snow Canyon State Park: At just 3.1 miles, this paved trail is perfect for young riders and provides scenic views of desert fauna from the trail. For more seasoned riders, there are several options to connect with the vast network of paved trails in the St. George area to make for a variety of longer rides.
Fuel Up – Bear Paw Cafe
Après – George’s Corner Restaurant
Bike Shop – Red Rock Bicycle
Red Canyon Trail: This gorgeous trail is located along Scenic Byway 12, totaling 17 miles and connects to Bryce Canyon National Park. With several access points, you can customize your distance as needed. This trail winds through the classic and beautiful red rock hoodoos and alpine forests Bryce is famous for.
Fuel up – Bryce Canyon Pines for some of Ethyl’s amazing homemade pies…Yes pie for breakfast!!
Après – Stone Hearth Grille
Bike Shop – Ruby’s Inn
Pa’rus Trail in Zion National Park: With as much scenery as you could possibly pack into 1.7 miles, this stunning trail meanders along the Virgin River in the shadows of Zion’s massive sandstone cliffs. Biking in Zion is the perfect way to see the park, and it’s a fun alternative to the popular hiking trails. Be sure to stop along the way at the Zion Human History Museum.
Fuel up – Oscar’s Cafe
Après – Bit ‘n Spur
Bike Shop – Zion Cycles
Candy Mountain Express Trail: Don’t be intimidated by the miles on this trail; you can set your own distance with more than 16 miles of trail to choose from. The trail follows portions of the former Marysvale Line of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which was decommissioned in 1976. Located in Sevier County along Hwy 89, this scenic trail has great views of Big Rock Candy Mountain and the Sevier River.
Moab Canyon Pathway: This 12.7-mile trail is sure to create some “WOW!” moments for your family. This rolling trail runs along the southern border of Arches National Park, as well as the Colorado River, where you can stop to cool off in the river. To add a bit more adventure, take a lap on the family-friendly Bar M Trail at the north end of the pathway for outstanding views of Arches National Park and the La Sal Mountains (mountain bike required).
Fuel up - The Love Muffin
Après - The Peace Tree
Bike Shop – Chile Pepper
Provo River Parkway: With over 15 miles of paved trail, you can make this ride your own and choose your ideal distance. You can go through state, city and county parks as you bike along the Provo River, and be sure to stop at Bridal Veil Falls in striking Provo Canyon to splash around and enjoy the views.
Fuel up – Joe’s Cafe
Après – Foundry Grill -Sundance Mountain Resort
Bike Shop – Mad Dog Cycles
Jordan River Parkway Trail: The Jordan River Parkway is a system of trails that parallel the Jordan River, which runs from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. This will soon be a 45-mile continuous paved trail, once two small sections are completed this summer. The trail connects 15 cities and 3 counties, and is the hub of the greater network connecting the Provo River Parkway on the south end to the Ogden River Parkway on the north end, which make this over 100-mile network one of the most expansive in the country.
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail: Located in Park City, beat the summer heat and head up to the mountains for this beautiful ride. The entire trail is nearly 30 miles long, but you can choose your own distance thanks to several access points. You can bike through lush wetland meadows, ride along the Weber River to Echo Reservoir, or venture into the towns of Wanship and Coalville. With connections to Park City’s Town Trails, a ride into Park City’s Historic Main Street is a snap.
Fuel up – Squatters Roadhouse Grill
Après - Ritual Chocolate
Bike Shop – Storm Cycle
Ogden River Parkway Trail: This trail meanders along the banks of the Ogden River for 5 miles from the mouth of Ogden Canyon to the confluence with the Weber River. You can extend your ride and link it to the Weber River Parkway for an additional 7 miles. Make a day out of it and stop at the Eccles Dinosaur Park or Ogden Botanical Gardens.
Fuel Up – Karen’s Out West Cafe
Après – Roosters
Bike Shop – The Bike Shoppe
Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail: Aptly named, this trail rests on the decommissioned D&RG railroad through Davis County, and passes through 10 cities with dozens of access points for easily customizable ride lengths. When combined with the Legacy Parkway Trail, this trail connects to the Jordan River Parkway on the south and the Weber River Parkway on the north for up to 30 miles of riding.