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Explore the best rated trails in Evanston, WY. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the East 224 Connector Trail and Bear Lake Legacy Pathway. With more than 10 trails covering 53 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

great ride except the last 4 miles to tresses

October, 2022 by djones4412

This is a great ride with beautiful scenery but…the last leg after going through Coalville is a carpet of “goat head puncture weeds” so you had better have very puncture resistant tires on your bike. This trail really needs some love from whoever is charged with caring for it. I have never seen so many puncture weeds on one trail. My friend had to replace both inter tubes after our ride.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Great Ride

June, 2022 by hredd

We rode from Park City to Coalville. The weather was perfect, sunny but cool. The scenery was better than usual as the area has had some precipitation recently. The trail was in great shape until we got two miles from Coalville where it got a little rough. Having said that, we were going 14 to 15 mph so it wasn't that rough. This trail had everything today, green vegetation, red rock, lush farmland, cattle, deer, sheep and lots of rock chucks. Overall it was a great ride and I would give the trail five stars if the last two miles were as smooth as the first 19.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

has the potential to be a great trail

September, 2020 by meetings1

We started in Park City and rode down to Echo Reservoir. But couldn’t make the round trip as we got flat tires from all of the goat heads ¿¿. We weren’t alone in our misfortune, we came across 6 others who had flats as well.


Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Easy Day

June, 2020 by ilovemypetrock

If you start from Park City the entire trail is basically downhill. We really enjoyed the views the whole way, even along I-80. Lots of cute little tidbits of info along the way.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Echo State Park was by far the best part, though road got a bit bumpy over there. from Park City there are a few gates to get through. Mostly sun exposure, and watch out for gopher holes the first 7 miles

July, 2019 by megmusic1017

Echo State Park was by far the best part, though road got a bit bumpy over there. from Park City there are a few gates to get through. Mostly sun exposure, and watch out for gopher holes the first 7 miles

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Not What I Expected

April, 2019 by mpmpuckett

The first 14 miles traveling from Park City was all downhill and fast. Once we got to mile 17 until near the end the trail is in very poor condition. The horses and cows have torn the trail up and it was extremely hard to ride. It took us 4 hours in no shade to complete the trip. You must be strong and have a very good mountain bike to be happy with this section of the trail. Also all the dead deer on the side of the road were stinky and rotting (I counted at least 20), The trail follows I-80 most of the way and it is okay, but a little distracting. Now get out and ride !

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Not bad... Nice Scenery

September, 2018 by signal.progressive

Slow upward grade from Coalville/Echo area to Park City., but not too steep. Since this is a Utah State park it would be great if more maintenance was done along the trail: cut back the vegetation overgrowth for example.
Overall, this is a great ride.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

It is gravel

August, 2017 by roundhouse77

This trail is not asphalt and concrete it is mostly gravel with some asphalt. It is harder to do gravel and you need a different bike. So I think the description that you see needs to be fixed.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Great trail, but know what you are getting into...

August, 2017 by pmajnik

I rode this trail from the Wanship parking lot to Main Street Park City and back--I avoided starting at Echo based on some of the reviews I read on this site about the soft state of the trail by the reservoir. Based on my trip, I'd say at least 75% of the trail was dirt and a bit bumpy, and the last 25% nearest Park City is paved. If you are wanting a paved route I believe you'd need to start where the trail crosses 248, or if you just want only a little bit of dirt trail you could start at the Promentory/Star Pointe trailhead. I rode a hybrid bike, and although I felt I did fine there were definitely a couple patches where the trail was pretty bumpy or gravely or had gopher holes. That said I wasn't anticipating a super groomed trail so it was pretty much what I expected. Scenery is fantastic... some farm land and river life on the front end (beavers, deer, lots of birds), open West landscape in the middle, and Park City on the end. If you are going to do a to-and-back I'd definitely recommend doing it the way I did going uphill for the first leg and downhill on the second leg (especially if it's hot).

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Not what we expected.

July, 2017 by rsbkeys

Although the trail goes through some really beautiful countryside, it is extremely rough to ride, runs almost continuously along Interstate 80, and has very little shade. We rode only about 10 miles, from Coalville towards Park City, then had to turn around because the bumpiness was wearing us out! We ride hybrid bikes, with front suspension, but it was still very, very jarring.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Gravel bliss

June, 2016 by loriosmith

This is one of my favorite gravel rides. The downhill to Echo is fun, the return is a grind. Well worth the trip!

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

Pure Bliss

April, 2016 by pedalfree

I rode this trail on Sunday April 10 and absolutely loved it. I round tripped the whole route, from Echo to Park City and back...a total of 52 miles. Here's what you need to know if you're going to ride it.

1. It's mostly unpaved and not in that nice, crushed limestone, Katy Trail sort of way. It's more like a ranch or a fire road along most of its length. Generally speaking, the 13 miles from Park City to Wanship are much smoother than the 13 from Wanship to Echo. The worst stretch is the 4 miles from Echo to Coaldale. If you eliminate that little bit, it's a pretty decent ride. This isn't suburbia. It's a rural trail through the American West.

2. There are some soft spots. Again, most of these are in the Echo-Coaldale section of the trail. On my return, it started raining pretty hard and it turned into a quagmire real fast. I rode on 26" x 2.75" Dirt Wizard tires and I'm glad I did. I think this route is much more enjoyable if you're on a bike that can handle the terrain easily. Everybody's different, but I would not attempt the full route without at least 2" of tire width under me. From Park City to Wanship, a hybrid or gravel grinder will probably work just fine for most folks.

3. A 2% grade sounds like no big deal but over many miles it slows you down and wears you down. I never used the big rings on my cassette, but it was a lot more work going uphill to Park City than it was going back to Echo. I rode back almost twice as fast as I rode out. If you're going to roundtrip this, it's probably best to ride uphill first if your circumstances allow.

4. It parallels a freeway for almost the entire distance. It's a rural freeway through the mountains and sagebrush flats, not an urban freeway. For much of the route, it's well above you so it's not as if you're riding with traffic. This is common in this part of the world. The bike routes over Vail Pass and through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado also parallel freeways. Yes, there's a little bit of noise but don't let that discourage you. The views are incredible along most of the route.

If you live in a city or the suburbs like most Americans do these days, you're probably used to well manicured trails with themed signage, benches, beautiful trailheads, etc. This is not that. If you come expecting that, you're likely to leave disappointed. If, on the other hand, you come expecting to be wowed by the awesome, simple beauty of the American West, it will be a day well spent. I will be back. Five stars.

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