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Win a Pow trip to Utah!!

A foot of pow falls in Utah every five days in the winter. Thanks to our friends at Ski Utah, you can get in on that action. One randomly-selected entrant is going to win a three-day pow trip for two to Salt Lake City. In addition to airfare, lift tickets and cash toward a rental car, the winner will also get set up with his or her own professional photographer for a day, meaning you’ll head home with proof of all the pow you slayed.

To recap, here’s what’s included in the prize:

  • Delta airfare for two (2) to Salt Lake City
  • Three (3) nights lodging
  • Three (3) days of lift tickets for two (2)
  • $100 Hertz Certificate
  • Your own ski photographer for a day

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Top 10 reasons to ski Park City and stay at Old Town Guest House B&B… Park City.

The Top 10 Reasons to Ski Park City and stay at Old Town Guest House Bed & Breakfast

We are excited to announce that all of our $50 million in mountain improvemnet projects for this historic season will be ready for Christmas week, weather conditions permitting. This includes the new Quicksilver Gondola that connects Park City and Canyons creating America’s largest ski resort with 7,300 skiable acres. The brand new Miners Camp restaurant. Renovations of Summit House and Red Pine restaurants. Increased snowmaking on Iron Mountain and trail widening on Chicane. And of course the upgraded Motherlode detachable high-speed 4-pack and the upgraded high-speed King-Con 6-pack.

With Opening Day just a few weeks away (Nov. 21), here are the Top Ten Reasons To Ski Park City:

ACCESSIBILITY

1. The New 8-passenger Quicksilver Gondola– Perhaps the most talked about addition of our $50 Million improvement plan, The 8-Passenger Quicksilver Gondola connects former Canyons Resort to Park City Mountain Resort. The Quicksilver Gondola travel time takes approximitely 8 minutes to get from terminal to terminal. The gondola features a mid-station on the top of Pinecone Ridge where skier’s and riders can exit and ski or ride directly to Thaynes Canyon or the Flat Iron lift. The signifigance of this new gondola is that it connects over 7,300 skiable acres making it….

2. The Largest Ski Resort in the Country– 7,300 skiable acres is HUGE! Just take a look for yourself (Trail Map). Lets look at some notable “large” resorts in the country to see how Park City’s 7,300 acres stacks up. Aspen Snowmass- 3,332, Vail-5,289, Big Sky- 5,800. No question we’re the biggest in the country, however what does that mean for the typical skier/rider? For one, it means you have a massive amount of terrain to select from, steeps, greens, moguls, secret powder stashes, you name it, Park City has it. With so much terrain, any skier or rider can stay entertrained for days on end within our boundarys. The question now is who will be the first to ride all 41 lifts in one day?

3. Accessibility– Plan to ski an extra day on this vacation. With our close accessiblity to Salt Lake International Airport – 40 minutes, you can afford to spend that extra travel day on the slopes. Not many ski destinations allow you to get off your plane and hop right into your ski boots.

4. Resort Improvements-Aside from the Quicksilver Gondola, several other Resort Improvements have been made over the summer to enhance the guest experience. 50 Million Dollars worth to be exact. These improvements include our new on-mountain restaurant “Miners Hut” and new lifts replacing King Con and Motherlode for better uphill capacity. Red Pine Lodge also expands to hold an additional 250 seats. The improvement plan rounds out with an additional two trails in the Iron Mountain area, a widening of the Chicane trail and lastly another $5 million into other various maintenance projects around Park City.

5. Shopping– When finished skiing after catching the last chair of the day, kick off those stiff ski boots and go find yourself a new pair of dancing boots (you’ll need them later anyways!). With a strong local economy, small botiques gracefully line historic Main Street, many visitors dedicate a whole day exploring and browsing the small shops, galleries and more.

6. Dining– Resort food has changed tremendously over the past decade and Park City is leading the cause, with high quality food to keep you fueled all day. With over 16 on-mountain dining locations there’s something for every taste. Dinner plans? Hard to go astray with any Park City restaurant, but we can point you to a few local favorites including Handle, Riverhorse on Main, or Cafe Terigo. If your legs are still burning after skiing across 7,300 acres, stay close to your lodging with The Farm, ranked one of Utah’s top ten restaurants, mountainside at Canyons Village.

7. Nightlife– Remember those dancing boots? You will need them for this town’s vibrant nightlife. With a healthy mix of locals and visitors, guests can expect a variety of nightlife in Park City. Start your night off with a buffalo burger and beer at the No Name Saloon than work your way up the street to The Spur for a night full of dancing.

8. Terrain Parks– Historically known for having the most innovative and progressive terrain parks, “I Ride Park City” only looks to continue their park excellence across our 7,300 acres. Progression is key to Park City’s terrain park program with 7 terrain parks aimed at every skill level. From sliding your first box, to standing on the podium at the Olympics (Sage Kotsenburg, Joss Christensen) , “I Ride Park City” is there with you every jib of the way.

9. Ski into Town– Did we mention you don’t even have to click out of your ski’s or unstrap from your board to head into town? Take a break from the slopes and ski into town where our town lift will bring you back up to the top. A popular run down the town lift usually includes a stop at High West Distillery, the only ski-in/ski-out gastro distillery in the world.

10. The History of Park City– Park City has relics of it’s past scattered throughout town and our mountain. Once a booming mining town hit hard by mine collapses and other economical downfall, Park City’s re-emergence came when locals began using the mine shafts as ski lifts! Take a free mountain tour and visit old structures such as ore’s, mills and more, all while on your ski’s or board!

Walk to ski lifts from Old Town Guest House.  Park City’s only B&B.  No need to rent a car.  You will not find a better deal.  This is great budget lodging!!!

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Stay at Old Town Guest House when you come and watch Warren Miller’s Movie!

Lodging Special!!  Want to see the new Warren Miller Movie!?!

Book your lodging at Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast for $179/night as a special rate for watching the movie.  You must ask for this special!!  Old Town Guest House B&B is in the perfect location for going to the movie.

Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows

EVENT DATE/TIME

Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

DESCRIPTION
Warren Miller's Chasing Shadows

In Chasing Storms skiers and snowboards find their freedom as they chase storms snow and lines on the world’s highest peaks.

LOCATION

Eccles Center Auditorium
UT

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
WEBSITEhttp://ecclescenter.org

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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Park City Mountain Resort and Old Town Guest House

Mid-October Updates: Measuring Quicksilver Gondola Cabins

 

We’re making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we’re combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States — Park City.  Follow along as we get into October with windows on the new Miners Camp Restaurant and even measure our new Quicksilver Gondola cabins.  40 Days from today until Opening Day!

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Oct. 12, 2015:

Measuring up one of our new Quicksilver Gondola cabins.  

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Oct. 12, 2015:

The new Miners Camp reflecting the autumn colors.

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Oct. 9, 2015:

Our new Motherlode Express getting ready for winter with a fresh coat of paint. The lift is a 4-person high-speed detachable, greatly increasing uphill capacity.

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Oct. 3, 2015:

Looking out over Park City during the installation of our new Quicksilver Gondola.

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Sept. 30, 2015:

Making Progress on the new Miners Camp.

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Winter Gear Guide

For all my guests at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Park City….  here is some help on gear for the upcoming ski season   2015-2016

When skiing the country’s largest resort, variable conditions may be present inside our resorts 7,300 acre boundary. While it’s sunny and bluebird off the Super Condor Lift it could be dark and stormy off of McConkey’s. Our mountain gear guide experts have put together a list of what they use to stay high and dry all season. Read on to learn more about staying comfortable on the mountain this year. 


Helly Hansen
Since 1877, Helly Hansen has been on the forefront of innovative products.  Helly Hansen worked to develop what we know today as the 3-Layer System™. The 3-Layer System™ calls for wearing a base-layer, mid-layer, and outer-layer to provide the best possible for protection from the elements.

The first layer is your base-layer.  Lifa Flow delivers super quick drying next to skin and guarantees that you’ll always feel dry and comfortable. LIFA allows moisture from your body to quickly move to the outer layer of Merino wool keeping your skin dry and warm.  The HH Warm Flow High Neck 1/2 zip utilizes our Lifa Flow Technology with Merino Wool fabric which is ideal for cold weather pursuits

The second layer is your mid-layer.  Fleece is a standard mid-layer because it is appreciated for its warmth and comfort.

The final layer is your outerwear.  The outerwear is designed to protect you from the weather.  It will protect you from the wind and snow but also allows for heat and moisture to escape so your skin stays warm and dry.  The Alpha 2.0 abounds with technical highlights: new highly breathable waterproof Helly Hansen Professional shell fabric featuring 4-way stretch.  The jacket also incorporates PrimaLoft® insulation with body mapping for warmth in the right areas, and our highly innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting to regulate temperature.

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SmartWool
Men’s PhD® Slopestyle Medium Lincoln Loop Socks
Mountain smarts. Street style. This all-mountain medium-cushioned style comes fully equipped with our 4 Degree™ elite fit system for a dialed fit, ReliaWool® technology for durability and a virtually seamless toe. Designed to celebrate the original socks with style.

Men’s PhD® Ski Medium Pattern Socks
When high impact absorption and ultimate warmth are what you need, the PhD® Ski Medium delivers. Nature’s finest Merino combined with the latest technology creates socks that keep your feet warm, dry, and ready to go, run after run. Patented ReliaWool™ technology provides superior durability and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system creates a sock that never bunches, slips or binds. With medium cushioned shin and foot.

Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium Socks
The Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium is for the rider looking for all over cushioning and ultimate warmth. Fully equipped with a women’s specific fit and mesh ventilation zones, these Merino socks breathe, manage moisture and temperature and are naturally stink-free. We’ve placed ReliaWool™ technology in high-density impact zones to extend wear and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system to dial in the fit. With medium full-cushioned foot and leg for warmth and impact protection.

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The pattern gaiter cuts wind while trimming bulk so you stay warm but move light. Its easy-on shape protects the neck, covers the face, even doubles as a hat. Clean seams, all wool, maximally warm.
• Clean finish seams for bulk-free fit
• Double layer Interlock knit for maximum warmth and versatility
• Reversible design for variety
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The I/O 7 is designed for optimized performance and perfect fit: single-pivot quick release for easy lens change, AirEvac™ ventilation for fog-free integration with Smith helmets, dualaxis outriggers that pivot in multiple directions to ensure superior helmet integration, and facial geometry frame design for contoured face fit. All this technology is designed around one of Smith’s largest spherical lenses, providing a maximized field of view and 5X™ anti-fog technology. The I/O 7 was designed through a process of reducing elements to only the most essential, so there’s nothing getting in the way of a great day on the mountain
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GoPro
HERO4 Session
So small. So stoked.
HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into our smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet, featuring a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow, to hanging with friends.
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Guided Historic Hikes

For all of the guests staying at Old Town Guest House, Park City, here is a fun option!

Guided Historic Hikes

Event Date/Time

Jul 29, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
9:30 am

This event occurs monthly, on the fourth Sunday of August and September.

Description
Guided Historic Hikes

Enjoy the beauty of Deer Valley Resort with a free guided hike of the area. These hikes last three to four hours, cover moderately strenuous terrain, are typically less than six miles long and highlight the area’s mining history.

Participants meet near the base of Sterling Express chairlift, located mid-mountain at Silver Lake Lodge. Hikes depart at 9:30 a.m.

Reservations are not required, however group size may be limited. Participants should be in good shape, wear sturdy footwear, bring proper sun protection and carry plenty of water and snacks. For the safety of others who share the mountain, no dogs please.

Location

Sterling Lift, Upper Deer Valley
UT

Additional Information
Websitehttp://deervalley.com

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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Best Deal on Epic Pass!

FINAL DAYS TO GET BEST DEAL ON EPIC PASS

With fewer than 100 days until the debut of the largest ski resort in the U.S., Vail Resorts announced that Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 will be the final day to get the lowest guaranteed price on season passes to the newly combined Park City. For only $579, the Epic Local Pass provides unlimited days of skiing and riding to all 7,300 acres of the new Park City with 11 holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass also includes free skiing or riding at Vail Resorts’ Colorado and Lake Tahoe properties, providing more access than any other Utah season pass at a lower price than most competitive passes. “At $579, the Epic Local Pass is the top ski and snowboard value offered in the state of Utah,” said Bill Rock, Park City’s chief operating officer. “When you consider the acreage and the variety of terrain, and then add in $50 million dollars of improvements and the additional access to Colorado and Tahoe, there is no pass in this market that compares,” Rock says.

Vail Resorts 2015-16 Season Pass Options for Utah Skiers and Snowboarders

•    Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $579, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood (Blackout dates: Nov. 27 and 28, 2015, Dec. 26 – 31, 2015, Jan. 16, 2016, and Feb. 13 and 14, 2016). Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $299.

•    The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No blackout dates. A child pass is $399.

•    Park City 4-Pack™: This pass is for Utah residents who don’t plan to ski more than four days. With holiday restrictions, this pass is $289 for adults.

•    Park City Youth Pass™: Only for Utah resident college students, teens, and children, the Park City Youth Pass features unlimited, unrestricted access to Park City for $289 for children (ages 5-12), $309 for teens (ages 13-18) and $399 for college students. Proof of Utah residency/property ownership is required. College students purchasing the Park City Youth Pass must show proof of full-time status for 2015-16 school year and proof of residency in the state. The Park City Youth Pass pays for itself in just over three days.

Epic Local Passes are currently available for purchase online at www.epicpass.com.

Old Town Guest House bed & breakfast is within walking distance to Park City Mountain Resort.  Buy your pass and book your reservations!!  You won’t find a better deal on a lift pass or…  on affordable lodging.

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Discounted lift tickets for Utah!!

For all my guests at Old Town Guest House, bed & breakfast, located in Park City, Utah….   here is a suggestion for your lift tickets!  I am always looking out for you and trying to find the deals.

You can’t find a better location for skiing in Park City than staying at Old Town Guest House.  You can walk to lifts and Main Street!

Go to Liftopia’s website and see what they have.

 

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Search in the Utah region for lift tickets. Winter is coming.

We’re getting stoked, how about you? Winter is coming and we’re not talking fantasy novels or TV shows — the real deal is on the way. The time for daydreaming about the slopes and fresh powder is over.

Check for your favorite resorts in the 13 region!SEARCH Remember, when you purchase lift tickets in advance on Liftopia.com, you’ll save!

Giddy with anticipation,

 

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The Best of Utah. 25 unique hikes for your Bucket list!!!

The Best of Utah! 25 Unique Hikes For Your Bucket List

Life in Utah is incredible!  The beauty and variety of the wilderness areas in this state are unmatched…you could hike a new trail every week and still never run out of great places to explore.  Most people (even out-of-staters) know about some of the best hikes in Utah, especially because we have FIVE amazing National Parks within our boundaries.  My goal with this list is to provide information about some of the lesser-known hiking trails available….many of these trails are straight from my own bucket list that I wanted to share with you!

Thanks for supporting Dirt In My Shoes by being here and joining my Facebook community.  I am grateful to have you along for the ride and would love to hear about your experiences and favorite places in Utah in the comments below!

This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but I hope to give you a great taste for what is out there.  I have included trails for every skill level…from short, easy, and kid-friendly to grueling, long, and remote for the most avid hiker.  My hope is that there are a few trails on this list that you have never heard of and can’t wait to try!

I want to say a special thanks to all of the amazing writers who supplied me with the information for these trails.  Without further ado, here are 25 Unique Hikes For Your Bucket List!

 

Southern Utah

Red Cliffs Recreation Area || Utah || Travel Tom's Adventure Blog Red Cliffs Recreation Area Nature Trail

Follow the creek to a beautiful swimming hole nestled between the stunning red rocks of Southern Utah.  This is an adventure the whole family will love!

Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Travel Tom’s Outdoor Adventure Blog

 

Capitol Reef Sulphur Creek Sulphur Creek

Hike through the river in a Narrow’s-like fashion, traversing through a beautiful red rock canyon with three incredible waterfalls.  This hike can be modified to include the whole family.

Distance: 3-8 miles depending on your route
Family Friendly: Yes, if taking the shortened route

 

 

Corona Arch || Moab, Utah || Dirt In My Shoes Corona Arch

Hike to this arch that rivals the Delicate Arch in size and beauty without all the crowds.  Corona Arch is a must-see in the Moab area.

Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Dirt In My Shoes

 

Kanarra Creek Falls || Utah || Your Hike Guide Kanarra Creek Falls

Enter this narrow slot canyon into an oasis of vibrant colors and waterfalls.  You may even find a natural waterslide or two to cool off in.

Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Best suited for a family with older children that like to hike

 

 

Taylor Creek || Zion National Park || Outdoor Family Adventure Reviews Taylor Creek

Hike along the beautiful Taylor Creek in a lesser-known area of Zion National Park.  Be sure to stop and explore the old homestead, and don’t forget to count how many lizards and toads you can find.

Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

 

 

Observation Point || Zion National Park || Shanndelier Observation Point

Hike to new heights along the breathtaking Observation Point Trail.  Look down on Angel’s Landing and see gorgeous views of Zion Canyon.

Distance: 8 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: No

 

Chesler Park Joint Trail Loop || Canyonlands National Park || Travel Tom's Chesler Park Joint Trail Loop

Discover the numerous slot canyons and caves along this hike in Canyonlands National Park.  This area has so many places to explore with stunning views around every turn.

Distance: 11 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: No

 

West Rim || Zion National Park || Bearfoot Theory Zion’s West Rim

Leave the busy Zion Canyon area to travel the beautiful and untouched landscape on the West Rim Trail.  This trail is perfect for a beginner backpacking trip.

Distance: 14.5 miles
Family Friendly: No

 

Natural Bridge || Coyote Gulch, UT || Your Hike Guide Coyote Gulch

Trek through the water to discover several arches, natural bridges, and Native American artifacts along this vibrant red rock trail.  Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some of the best scenery in Utah.

Distance:  17 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: No

 

 Buckskin GBuckskin Gulch || Utah || Travel Tom's Outdoor Adventure Blogulch

Hike through this slot canyon that is rarely more than 10 feet wide and is allegedly the longest slot canyon in the world.  Backpacker Magazine named this trail as one of America’s 10 Most Dangerous Hikes!

Distance: 21 miles
Family Friendly: No

 

Northern Utah

The Devil's Kitchen || Utah || A Local Wander The Devil’s Kitchen

Don’t be deceived…this micro-sized Bryce Canyon look-alike is located in the Wasatch Range.  The Devil’s Kitchen is a great place to bring your family for a taste of Southern Utah without having to travel far.

Distance: 0.5 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

 

 

Temple Quarry || Salt Lake City, UT || Tips For Family Trips Temple Quarry

Get a glimpse into the past as you walk through this old site that was used by the Mormon settlers to quarry granite for the Salt Lake City Temple.  This area is also a beautiful spot to see the fall colors or to take family pictures.

Distance: 0.3 miles
Family Friendly: Yes

 

 

Grotto Falls || Payson, UT || Utah Valley Moms Grotto Falls

This adventurous hike takes you across log bridges to a gorgeous waterfall and wading pool.  You will love this short and fun family trail.

Distance: 0.6 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

 

 

Patsy's Mine || Utah || The Salt Project Patsy’s Mine

Bring your headlamps and have a real life adventure exploring the tunnels of Patsy’s Mine.  Your kids will feel like Indiana Jones!

Distance: 0.7 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

 

 

Dripping Rock || Utah || Utah's Adventure Family Dripping Rock

Witness the water falling straight out of the rocks at a surprising rate.  Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits.

Distance: 0.6 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Utah’s Adventure Family

 

McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs || Utah || Tips For Family Trips McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs

View these impressive petroglyphs that date back over 1,000 years.  Most are low and easy to see, making this the perfect outing for your little ones.

Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Tips For Family Trips

 

Ruth Lake || Utah || Utah's Adventure Family Ruth Lake

Hike to this breathtaking alpine lake with spectacular views.  This trail is great for anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the beauty of the Uinta Mountains.

Distance: 2 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Utah’s Adventure Family

 

Timpanogos Cave National Monument || Utah || Things 2 Do In Utah Timpanogos Cave

Although this trail is relatively well-known and popular, these caves are world-class and completely worth the hike.  If you’ve already toured the main caves, be sure to try the Introduction to Caving Tour.

Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Things 2 Do In Utah

 

Horsetail Falls || Utah || Katie Wanders Horsetail Falls

Take a hike to this stunning waterfall that is one of Utah County’s best kept secrets. You can even bring your furry friends.

Distance: 4 miles
Family Friendly: Best suited for a family with older children that like to hike

Photo and Article Courtesy of Katie Wanders

 

Diamond Fork Hot Springs || Utah || Wanderookie Diamond Fork Hot Springs

Soak in these natural hot springs in the middle of a beautiful canyon.  This gorgeous waterfall feeds these soaking pools and provides the perfect way to relax.

Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Yes

Photo and Article Courtesy of Wanderookie

 

Crimson Trail || Logan, UT || Dirt In My Shoes Crimson Trail

Travel along the top of the China Wall and gaze into the beautiful canyon below.  Feel like an adventurer while standing uncomfortably close to the cliff’s edge!

Distance: 4.3 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Best suited for a family with older children that like to hike

Photo and Article Courtesy of Dirt In My Shoes

 

Malan's Peak || Ogden, UT || Indie Ogden Utah Malan’s Peak

Hike through a peaceful pine forest to reach the summit of this Ogden Peak.  The views are great!

Distance: 4.5 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: No

Photo and Article Courtesy of Indie Ogden Utah

 

Top of Sunset Peak || Hike Utah || Dirt In My Shoes Sunset Peak

Hike to the top of Sunset Peak with sweeping views of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, the Brighton Lakes, Midway, and Mount Timpanogos.  This trail is great for those who are just discovering the adventure of peak bagging!

Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Family Friendly: Best suited for a family with older children that like to hike

Photo and Article Courtesy of Dirt In My Shoes

 

Lake Blanche || Salt Lake City, UT || Dirt In My Shoes Lake Blanche

Trek high into the mountains through a gorgeous canyon to three pristine alpine lakes.  This hike is popular but can’t be missed.

Distance: 8.4 miles roundtrip to all three lakes
Family Friendly: No

Photo and Article Courtesy of Dirt In My Shoes

 

 Uinta Highline TrailHighline Trail || Uinta Mountains, UT || Travel Tom's Adventure Blog

Backpack on this gem of a trail through some of the best mountain scenery the state has to offer.  You will rarely dip below 10,000 feet along this trail!

Distance: 83 miles total, but this article provides details about a 68 mile portion
Family Friendly: No

Photo and Article Courtesy of Travel Tom’s Outdoor Adventure Blog

 

 Happy Trails!

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Mountain Bike Paradise: Park City, Utah

Mountain Bike Paradise: Park City, Utah

Photo by Zach Mahone

Summer is still in full swing in Park City, Utah, even while a monumental mountain resort connection is underway for the winter ski season, there’s still time to get rolling on the area’s top-notch mountain bike terrain.

With over 400 miles of singletrack trails, Park City is the first and only International Mountain Biking Association gold-level ride center in the world. Since 1992, Park City’s Mountain Trails Foundationhas been maintaining all the trails, carving out new ones every year. Uphill riding is readily available, and lift-served mountain biking is also easily accessed at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort.

You can bring your own gear, but full-service bike shops in town like White Pine Touring offer road and mountain bike repairs, rentals and retail goods. White Pine also offers guided rides, as well as weekly, free guided group rides for all ages and abilities.

“There’s an atmosphere of encouragement in Park City — encouragement to get on a bike for the first time, and to experience our trails with the support of people who ride them every day,” says Charlie Sturgis, director of Mountain Trails Foundation.

Deer Valley

If you’re looking for lift-accessed flow trails, and some of the most technical downhill trails in the area, Deer Valley is the resort to ride. The area offers 40 maintained trails totaling nearly 70 miles, including interconnects with other trails that leave the resort. Lift-served access is available across three peaks: Bald Eagle, Bald and Flagstaff, and non-lift served access is available on three additional peaks: Little Baldly, Empire and Lady Morgan.

This summer, Deer Valley has been adding more machine-built trails with the expertise of Gravity Logic, known for their crew that designs and implements wide trails, intelligently sloped with berms, rollers and jumps.

When I visited Park City in June, the top portion of the Tidal Wave trail was complete and ride-ready as a big, new flow section put in by Gravity Logic, accessed from the top of the Sterling Express chairlift and on the way to the recently re-carved, Naildriver trail.

It was my first time riding large, machine-built berms, and it was easier to find the “flow” than I imagined it would be. Each corner was certainly the size of a large wave, but the intimidating section proved to be fun, and only as much of a ride as I wanted to make it. Even beginners will have a great time on these trails. Once a rider finds his or her rhythm, the longer trails like Naildriver can take on that same, seamless flow.

In addition to Deer Valley’s collaboration with Gravity Logic, the resort has also been working with Mountain Trails Foundation to create an extension of Park City’s well-known Mid-Mountain Trail, which traverses the area for 25 miles, at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. The new connection at Deer Valley crosses Silver Lake Village to connect with the Deer Crest trail.

For beginner riders and those two want to tighten up their skills, Deer Valley offers Mountain Bike School for all ages and abilities.

Photo by Zach Mahone

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort

Our day of riding at Park City Mountain Resort definitely had a more cross-country feel than Deer Valley, and there’s plenty of flow to be found. The area has more than 70 miles of biking trails, with three lifts running for mountain bikers in the summer: Crescent, Pay Day and Town Lift.

Riders can start at Park City Mountain Resort if they want to hit access points of the Mid-Mountain Trail. This resort sits in the heart of Park City, so it’s easy to get on the Town Lift, or stop for lunch on Historic Main Street.

“A lot of the original singletrack in Park City was built on Park City Mountain Resort, so there are a lot of narrow and hand-cut trails for the purists out there,” explains Scott House with White Pine Touring.

I loved hitting the intermediate downhill on the Spiro trail, right into a delicious lunch and a cold beer, enjoyed on the outdoor patio of the Silver Star Cafe.

Head over to Canyons Resort for the only lift-served gravity mountain bike park, with flow trails and both dirt and man-made features. There are two lifts to the bike park — High Meadow and Short Cut, and the park offers lessons by certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructors, with Bike 101 and 201 clinics to help riders develop their skills. For access to cross-country trails, mountain bikers can take the gondola up to the top of Canyons.

“There are some great trail rides from Canyons Resort, but I would say it has really pushed its downhill and bike park program in the last couple of years,” says House.

Beyond The Resorts

Take a break from lift-served access and check out the Round Valley and Glenwild trail systems, set on high-desert singletrack through sage and scrub oak. Hit the Lost Prospector trail for a ride through low oak and aspen tree groves, and head to the Trailside Bike Park for skill-work — it’s free to use, and open to the public from dawn until dusk.

“No matter where you are at in Park City, your garage, condo or hotel is your trailhead,” House says. “I think that’s really unique when you look at mountain bike destinations. There are very few places, if any, where you can access 450-plus miles of trails without having to get in a car.”

House does recommend, however, heading just a little bit farther outside of Park City to find great wilderness-style rides and some “killer” alpine singletrack.

It’s not the mileage that makes Park City a special place to bike, he adds, but the quality of trail, the connectivity, signage, maintenance, trail development and community support that “make Park City a truly amazing cycling destination.”

To make your stay better, contact the Old Town Guest House www.oldtownguesthouse.com to stay with Innkeeper Deb Lovci.  Deb is an avid mountain biker and would love to share her passion for the sport with you.  Old Town Guest House B&B is in the perfect location for riding to the trails.  You won’t find a better location.

Photo by Zach Mahone