Utah Downhill Mountain Biking Resorts

Utah Downhill Mountain Biking Resorts
Utah's light, dry powder snow has inspired the development of a major ski industry with resorts spread across the entire state. While these ski resorts are best known for their winter offerings, many of them start the lifts turning again in the summer for another high-speed gravity sport--mountain biking. There are a variety of options for resort-based downhill mountain biking in Utah.

Park City

Utah's most famous lift-served trails are located in Park City. All three of Park City's resorts--Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley--offer lift-accessed trails for downhill and cross country adventures. Park City's Town Lift and Payday Lift whisk mountain bikers to the trails. The Canyons offers its gondola to bikers and Deer Valley offers its Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express. Park City is one of Utah's most popular mountain biking destinations, and the Mid Mountain Trail, which connects PCMR and The Canyons, is one of the International Mountain Bicycling Association's epic trails. Deer Valley is home to the National Championship Series downhill course, which it ranks as an expert ride and suggests for serious downhill riders with appropriate equipment only. The Wasatch Crest Trail, rated by Utahmountainbiking.com as a "must-ride classic," is accessible from Park City.

Park City Mountain Resort
1310 Lowell Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

Deer Valley Resort
P.O. Box 889
Park City, UT 84060

The Canyons Resort
4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
Park City, UT 84098



Tucked a little farther north than Park City, near Ogden, Utah, Snowbasin is one of the more off-the-beaten-tracks resorts in Utah. However, the resort offers a world-class lift system that keeps mountain bikers busy in the summer. The resort's Needles Gondola provides mountain bikers access to 26 miles of resort trails into 50 miles of trails in the surrounding wilderness. Taking Snowbasin's downhill scene to the next level, the resort's "Top to Bottom and More" option begins with a ride up Needles Gondola. Riders can then wind down Snowbasin's trails and into adjacent national forest trails for a ride down to the Pineview Reservoir. The total ride is 14 miles and is nearly all downhill for a total of 3,800 vertical feet. Snowbasin provides a shuttle service back to the base or you can shuttle yourself.

Snowbasin Resort
P.O. Box 460
3925 E. Snowbasin Rd.
Huntsville, UT 84317

Brian Head Resort

Utah's only existing ski resort in the south, Brian Head serves up some of the best downhill mountain biking in the state. The lift-served trail system provides some of the most interesting views in the world, with 11,000-foot peaks meeting the vermilion cliffs and hoodoos of Cedar Breaks National Monument across the street. Brian Head's bike park can be accessed via the Giant Steps Lift. According to Utah.com, the Brian Head area is home to more than 100 miles of chairlift- and shuttle-served downhill trails, reaching up to 5,000 feet worth of vertical drop, and another 100 miles worth of cross country trails. An advantage of its southern location is that it's close to other famed trails of the Cedar City and St. George area.

Brian Head Resort
329 South Highway 143
P.O. Box 190008
Brian Head, UT 84719


Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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