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Length
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21st Street Pond Trail

1 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

224 Connector Trail

2 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

9 Line Trail

1.3 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Bingham Creek Trail

1.3 mi
State: UT
Gravel

Bloomington Hills North Trail

0.8 mi
State: UT
Asphalt
Accordion

Bluff Street Path

0.8 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Coal Creek Trail (UT)

3.4 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

East 224 Connector Trail

2.3 mi
State: UT
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Fort Pearce Wash Trail

0.7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Fort Pierce Industrial Park Trail

1.5 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Halfway Wash Trail

1.9 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Highway 18 Path

7.5 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Dirt

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

28 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Gravel

Historic Utah Southern Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Intermodal Hub Trail

0.65 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Jordan River Parkway Trail

43.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Legacy Parkway Trail

14 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

McLeod Creek Trail

4 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Middleton Wash Trail

1.3 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Mill Creek Parkway

2 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Moab Canyon Pathway

12.7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Murdock Canal Trail

17 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Ogden River Parkway

9.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Old Emigration Trail

7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Olympic Parkway Trail

3.4 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Pa'rus Trail

1.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Parley's Trail

5.5 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Poison Creek Trail

1.4 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Porter Rockwell Trail

10.7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Prospector Rail Trail

3 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Provo River Parkway

15.2 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Red Canyon Bicycle Trail

8.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Sand Hollow Wash Trail

0.9 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Santa Clara River Trail (UT)

2 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Slick Rock Park Trail

0.3 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Slick Rock Trail

0.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Snow Canyon Trail

7.6 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Split Rail Trail

2 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Virgin River South Trail

2.7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Virgin River Trail

7 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Webb Hill Trail

0.8 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Weber Pathways Rail Trail

10 mi
State: UT
Gravel

Weber River Parkway

11 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Gravel

Willow Creek Trail (UT)

1 mi
State: UT
Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This popular trail encircles the Twenty First Street Pond, a man-made pond that draws fishermen in pursuit of rainbow trout, carp and brown trout. It’s also a fine birding spot. The trail is paved and...
UT 1 mi Asphalt
The 224 Connector Trail is a paved pathway that begins at the Interstate 80 underpass at Bitner Road and loops around Newpark Town Center to the State Route 224 and Ute Boulevard intersection....
UT 2 mi Asphalt
The 9 Line Trail is a short paved pathway along a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor in Salt Lake City. The line once carried much of the city's passenger rail traffic to the now out-of-service...
UT 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Bingham Creek Trail offers a short, gravel pathway along quiet residential neighborhoods from Teton Estates Park in West Jordan to the Glenmoor Golf Course in South Jordan. The park is largely...
UT 1.3 mi Gravel
Situated in the southwest corner of Utah, the city of St. George boasts a number of trails, including the Bloomington Hills Trail. This trail provides recreational opportunities for residents in the...
UT 0.8 mi Asphalt
Situated in the southwest corner of Utah, the city of St. George boasts a number of trails, including the Bluff Street Path. This path provides recreational opportunities for residents in the northern...
UT 0.8 mi Asphalt
The paved Candy Mountain Express Bike Trail follows part of the route of the former Marysvale Line of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which was decommissioned in 1976. The trail affords...
UT 8 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Coal Creek Trail provides an easy paved hike or ride for 3.5 miles along its namesake waterway. The trail begins at Bicentennial Park, a grassy picnic area, and passes Rotary Centennial Veterans...
UT 3.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail extends north from West Bountiful and passes through the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, where it joins the Legacy Parkway Trail. Continuing...
UT 23.5 mi Asphalt
The East 224 Connector Trail provides a convenient route through South Snyderville Basin from Willow Creek Park to the Redstone Shopping Complex. It meanders north along the former Denver and Rio...
UT 2.3 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Fort Pearce Wash Trail is one of many trails in the City of St. George. This short trail merges with Virgin River South for a short distance, meeting the east end of Webb Hill Trail, then (via an...
UT 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Fort Pierce Industrial Park trail is one of a number of trails in the city of St. George, located in the southwest corner of Utah. Paralleling South River Road through the For Pierce Industrial...
UT 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Golden Spike National Historic Site commemorates the incredible accomplishment of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Today, much of this historic railway has been converted...
UT 12 mi Gravel
Located in the southwest corner of Utah, the city of St. George boasts an extensive trail system. The Halfway Wash Trail is a part of this system and serves the northern part of the city. The trail...
UT 1.9 mi Asphalt
Paralleling State Highway 18 outside of the city of St. George in southwest Utah, this trail provides a great recreational opportunity. Spectacular views can been had from numerous points along the...
UT 7.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a 28-mile, high-elevation trail that follows Interstate 80, from the charming streets of Park City through the smaller communities of Wanship and...
UT 28 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Historic Utah Southern Rail Trail runs through Lehi, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, along a Utah Transit Authority rail corridor. It begins near the Utah County line by a sprawling...
UT 3.5 mi Asphalt
This is a short connector trail in Ogden, allowing the pedestrians and cyclists to connect to Ogden’s other active transportation corridors from the Ogden Intermodal Hub. The trail is in close...
UT 0.65 mi Asphalt
The Jordan River Parkway Trail weaves in and out of urban areas, parks and marshy riversides as it follows the Jordan River for nearly 50 miles, traversing north from Utah Lake in Utah County through...
UT 43.6 mi Asphalt
The Legacy Parkway Trail is a 14-mile trail that provides a hard-surfaced walkway without any street crossings. The trail runs adjacent to the Legacy Parkway in southern Davis County. It begins at...
UT 14 mi Asphalt
The McLeod Creek Trail begins north of downtown Park City near the Snow Creek Medical Center. It merges with the Olympic Parkway Trail along McLeod Creek for about a mile to Meadows Drive before...
UT 4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
A part of the City of St. George trail system, the Middleton Wash Trail runs through the eastern part of the city along Middleton Wash. The trail provides a recreational opportunity for nearby...
UT 1.3 mi Asphalt
The hallmarks of Mill Creek Parkway are its ease and family-friendly pace. This is the trail you want to be on in Moab if you just want to take a stroll along the water, if you want to read outdoors...
UT 2 mi Asphalt
Running along the southern border of Utah’s famed Arches National Park, the Moab Canyon Pathway offers plenty of “wow” moments. The nearly 13-mile route follows Old Highway 191, which was converted...
UT 12.7 mi Asphalt
Located in Utah Valley, the pristine Murdock Canal Trail, which opened in May 2013, is built over the now-enclosed canal. The beautiful 17-mile paved trail connects seven communities in the Utah...
UT 17 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Ogden River Parkway runs 9.6 miles along the Ogden River. Unimaginable years ago, given the industrial water pollution, valiant efforts have seen the river be restored and transformed into a...
UT 9.6 mi Asphalt
The Old Emigration Road once ran from Salt Lake City to City of the Rocks, Idaho where it linked to the California Trail. Today, a section of this historic migration route is an off-road,...
UT 7 mi Asphalt
The Olympic Parkway Trail stretches from Olympic Flag Park in Park City north to Snyderville. It follows Snow Creek Drive for a short distance before crossing it and paralles State Route 224/Park...
UT 3.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Pa’rus Trail provides an easy way to explore Zion National Park by bike. The paved, nearly 2-mile trail begins at the park's South Campground, just north of Springdale. From there, the trail heads...
UT 1.6 mi Asphalt
Parley's Trail, when complete, will become the first true off-road transportation and recreation link spanning Salt Lake City from east to west. Much of the trail's route is already open for use,...
UT 5.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Poison Creek Trail travels along the east side of City Park and into a historical area of Park City, originally a mining town. On this urban pathway, trail-goers will pass an eclectic mix of...
UT 1.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Porter Rockwell Trail runs between Pioneer Avenue in Sandy and Minuteman Drive at Point of the Mountain. The paved trail follows an abandoned rail corridor through the suburbs south of Salt Lake...
UT 10.7 mi Asphalt
The Prospector Rail Trail enhances connectivity both within West Bountiful, and between West Bountiful and other communities. The multipurpose trail occupies a former railroad right-of-way for 3...
UT 3 mi Asphalt
The Provo River Parkway weaves its way through state, city and county parks, as well as residential and commercial areas following the Provo River, then along University Avenue (US 189) to the mouth...
UT 15.2 mi Asphalt
The Red Canyon Bicycle Trail (a National Recreation Trail), running for more than 8 paved miles, is appropriately named. This must-do path travels through scenic red canyons in an area referred to as...
UT 8.6 mi Asphalt
The Sand Hollow Wash Trail serves the northwest part of the city of St. George, in southwest Utah. This trail is a part of the St. George trail system and provides connections to nearby residences and...
UT 0.9 mi Asphalt
Located in the southwest corner of Utah, the City of St. George boast an extensive trail system. The Santa Clara River Trail is a part of this system, serving the residents of the western part of the...
UT 2 mi Asphalt
The Slick Rock Park Trail is a short paved loop within the scenic park in St. George. The park offers rock climbing boulders for children, along with restrooms and a picnic area. Pick up the Slick...
UT 0.3 mi Asphalt
Nestled in the northeast corner of St. George, the Slick Rock Trail is a short neighborhood path with views of desert landscaping and distant mountains. The trail begins at a junction with the Slick...
UT 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Snow Canyon Trail is a part of the City of St. George trail system. This trail connects residents of the northern part of the city with recreational facilities as well as the Snow Canyon State...
UT 7.6 mi Asphalt
The Split Rail Trail takes trail-goers north along Split Rail Lane through a residential area in South Snyderville Basin. The paved neighborhood trail provides access to Willow Creek Park's athletic...
UT 2 mi Asphalt
The Virgin River South Trail is a part of the St. Georges trail system. It connects to the Fort Pearce Wash Trail at its southern end.
UT 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Virgin River Trail follows the Virgin River valley through the city of St. George in the southwest corner of Utah. The trail provides striking views of the river as well as connections to nearby...
UT 7 mi Asphalt
Situated in the southwest corner of Utah, the City of St. George boast a significant trail system. The Webb Hill Trail is a part of that system, serving the southern part of the city. This trail...
UT 0.8 mi Asphalt
In 2002, the non-profit Weber Pathways opened the Weber Pathways Rail Trail on a railbanked Union Pacific Railroad corridor. The 10-mile line was once the Little Mountain Branch Railroad, constructed...
UT 10 mi Gravel
The Weber River Parkway begins about 100 yards south of the confluence of the Odgen and Weber rivers. It’s a popular trail with visitors, tracing the eastern shore of the Weber River and the crossing...
UT 11 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Willow Creek Trail runs through a popular community park in the Old Ranch neighborhood of Park City. It offers open vistas and links to the East 224 Connector Trail and Split Rail Trail. Willow...
UT 1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Moab Canyon Pathway

classic in the desert

November, 2017 by auerbach_j

This is a very worthy trail to do, either on its own or a way to connect up to other trails/areas. The scenery is outstanding. One could skip the short, boring section that delves into north Moab town, unless you want the extra mile or so on your odometer. A good bit of the remainder is along highway but still mostly pleasant (especially the section along the river) depending on the amount of traffic. After you pass Arches NP bearing north and start up the healthy climb, it gets further and further from the road and its noise until you connect again to it around Gemini Bridges road.

The path itself is wide, in excellent shape, and amazingly smooth... especially for asphalt (they apply some sort of black sealant/coating to it). Unlike concrete, there are no expansion joints or other cracks. It is like having a perfect country road all to yourself. Heavy rains and/or winds could deposit sand and other things on the path. There are 2 cattle guards to be wary of that come up fast on the ripping downhill section... but I guess those help keep you closer to the 20 mph posted speed limit! ;-)

As to when do this path, this is the wide open desert on a very black surface; summer time would be blazing hot. To me, mid-late fall and early-mid spring and nice winter stretches are the time to be in the Utah desert. 

Weber Pathways Rail Trail

Kind of interesting, excuse for an outing.

October, 2017 by lazybiker

I rode this from the trailhead at 4000 N and 2000 W on a full-suspension mountain bike, to the last gate after which the trail is not graded but is just piles of ballast, about 8 miles one way. Beyond there, I could see railcars sitting on the tracks. There are several gates of varying construction and difficulty in negotiating that must be opened and closed as you travel. The trail surface varies from hard-packed sand to very course and loose rocks. I would not recommend skinny tires on this one. I encountered no thorns or goatheads. Lots of little snakes basking on the trail, take care not to run over them. Very quiet and isolated place. Might consider a fatbike ride when the snow comes.

Weber River Parkway

Tour de Ogden

October, 2017 by pedalfree

I rode the Weber River Parkway just about daily when I lived in Ogden. It's not perfect. There are sections with tight corners and poor visibility. Several underpasses flood in the spring when runoff is high. There is also some crime and homeless campsites along the river. I've never been hassled though and I never felt unsafe. The plusses? Incredible views, lots of wildlife and just a fun urban trail riding experience. Combine this trail with the Ogden River Parkway and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail for a 30 mile loop of Ogden. If you do, it's best to tackle it on a mountain bike as the BST is quite rugged in spots.

Accordion

Moab Canyon Pathway

Great pathway - challenging uphill when going northwest

September, 2017 by acannefax

I was surprised to see a review saying there wasn't much of a hill(s). There is a 1.3 mile 7% grade and much of the way heading south it is downhill. It was certainly a challenge going back up! However - it was awesome and I am so happy it was here! The surface as of September 2017 was superb, and at one of the southern spots to get on the trail the county was out making sure they had removed sand from the trail which had washed in on it during some rains. Looks like lots of mountain bike trails which branch off from the Moab Canyon pathway. The views are grand and it is was just a blast!!

Virgin River Trail

closed!

September, 2017 by parajared

I went to ride this trail on 9/23/17 and it was closed. :(

Provo River Parkway

best trail in the Southwestern United States

September, 2017 by parajared

I thought the scenery on the canyon section of the ride to be pretty jaw-dropping, Bridal Veil Falls and Vivian Park a site to behold. I thought the lower section of the trail near Utah Lake to be rather nice but the middle section through town to be quite skippable. It seems that roots have grown under the asphalt and pushed the trail up making for some slow cycling (about 6mph) due to how uneven the surfaces was. I didn't like squeezing down skinny sidewalk sections through town, I didn't like stopping at cross-walks. I would recommend the Provo Canyon section of the trail only.

Ogden River Parkway

50% awesome 50% awful

September, 2017 by parajared

It was a nice little trail skirting along a river and although the underpasses had issues with water pooling up for deep puddles the trail was pretty nice... except for the part where the Ogden River Parkway crosses a bridge west into Weber River Parkway. As soon as you cross that bridge west past the treatment plant into the industrial zone the trail gets a whole new vibe. Apparently locals don't ride that section much; debris, dust, twigs and such are littered across the trail whereas on the Ogden River section the debris seems to get scattered off the trail from usage. The Weber River section had grafitti sprayed on fences, beer cans, trash bags, papers, garbage spread everywhere. Homeless people, although seemingly friendly, not doing anything necessarily hostile were approaching me as I biked down the trail and ultimately I was just wierded completely when I came across a human turd someone flopped on the side of the trail. Someone had used a picnic bench as their toilet (TP spread everywhere) and that was it, I spun it around and got the heck out of there at that point. The other section of the Weber River was fine (the gravel section).

I got a kick out of the crazy signs posted along the trail
-no paintball allowed (is this really so much of an issue that it needs a sign)
-no lighting fires and shooting fireworks west of the river (I guess east of the river is totally fine though)
-no discharging of firearms into the city pond. (lol, really Ogden!)

Red Canyon Bicycle Trail

more of an uphill than I was expecting

September, 2017 by parajared

I started at Thunder Mountain Trailhead and worked my way east. It was a gradual uphill the entire ride all the way to end of the canyon. I thought the section of trail not inside the canyon was pretty meh but the rest of the canyon was pretty scenic and well maintained. I would recommend doing the 1st five miles only and then just turn around unless you just really have a hankering to ride a few extra miles of boring prairie.

Red Canyon Bicycle Trail

Wonderful trail to ride!

September, 2017 by acannefax

I started this trail just outside Bryce Canyon National Park at Ruby's RV park and campground. You can catch the trail just across the street and head north to the intersection of Hwy 63 and N 100 E. You ride on the sidewalk for a bit, but then you can see the trail pick up again at this intersection, across the street. It goes north for a bit and then heads west at the Cowboy Ranch House and Bryce Canyon resort. For about a total of 8.5 miles the trail is flat or rolling hills. After that, for about 5 more miles it is downhill to Thunder Mountain trailhead. If you don't want to ride the 5 miles back uphill, stop at the Red Canyon trailhead. The 5 miles back from Thunder Mountain trailhead are certainly a challenge, but not too bad. The views are awesome, and the trail surface is really good - just a few bumps in places. As others have said, the trail continues from where I started, into Bryce Canyon National Park. I did not ride this section.

Jordan River Parkway Trail

Nice urban trail

September, 2017 by kerund

Rode south from Rose Park. There are quite a few road crossings, but the trail is well-maintained and pleasant to ride. There are several parks along the route that have restroom facilities. As others have said, the signage is bad, but just keep the river in sight.

Jordan River Parkway Trail

Awesome Ride

September, 2017 by wolfepack099

visiting from WA State, found this route on TrailLink. A short 10 minute ride from the Air BNB I was staying at. beautiful ride. Rode south from South Jordan about 16 miles and back into town. Well kept trail, clear of goatheads!!, Great facilities/water every couple of miles. One of the nicest trails I've been on recently. Wish I had more time to do more of it.

Jordan River Parkway Trail

400 S SLC to Thanksgiving Point

September, 2017 by mspong

Overall, it was a slightly frustrating experience, mostly due to the lack of signs. St. George, for example, provides excellent signage with distances, times to points of interest for both walkers and cyclists, and importantly arrows pointing the way. On the Jordan River Trail I made several false turns, that were quickly rectified by frequent reference to my GPS. If you are new to this trail, I would highly recommend bringing a GPS. Eagle Scout candidates: take note that adding signs would make an excellent project.

There were many sharp turns that forced a severe reduction in speed. There were some boardwalks and bridges with wood planks across the many river crossings. Many places had tree roots causing damage to the surface of the trail, and some places were only pedestrian sidewalks which were bumpy. Most of the trail had deep cracks every hundred feet or so. Lack of signage, sharp turns, bridges and general bumpiness caused maintaining speed to be very difficult, especially at the north end of the trail. Generally, the trail conditions improved toward the south but certainly were not ideal throughout the length of the trail. The Murdock Canal Trail in Utah County sets a very high standard.

The trail is mostly level, except near the south at the Point of the Mountain. At each point where I thought I might build and maintain speed, I was disappointed with a sharp turn accompanied and/or motorized vehicle barriers which forced speed reductions.

There are several very nice views along the way. It is an excellent alternative to riding in traffic. Mostly the trail kept me off the surface streets and importantly avoided busy road crossings with underpasses. There were occasional places with restrooms/water fountains, mostly toward the north.

Other reviewers mentioned safety concerns toward the north of the trail, to which I would agree there were a few sketchy people in sleeping bags at some of the parks adjacent to the trail. The rest of the trail I was generally greeted by the typically friendly gestures of other cyclists nodding/waving to each other.

Generally I would assess the Jordan River Trail as a pedestrian and non-serious cyclist trail. The trail is usable, but I would prefer something like the ride up to Snowbird, the Alpine Loop, Murdock Canal Trail, ...

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