With an abundance of snow (most years) and huge network of trails, the Salt Lake City is seeing a marked uptick in the growth of fat biking. Just minutes from downtown, the Bonneville Shoreline trail is a great place to get your fat bike legs. The trail system here is extremely exposed, however, so the snow tends to disappear pretty quickly. There’s plenty of traffic to tamp it down, though, so the Shoreline is usually best for fat biking a couple days after a storm. You’ll be sharing the trail with quite a few other hikers, bikers, and dog walkers.
With a 3,000-foot elevation advantage, nearby Park City has a bit of an edge weather-wise, making it another popular destination for fat biking. One of the most well-traveled routes is the Lost Prospector, which starts just feet from downtown and ends up across town. The trail is mostly flat, with steep areas only at the beginning and end, a challenging stretched called Skid Row. It sees quite a bit of traffic year-round—essential for the snow biker—but it isn’t groomed in the winter, making it a better choice for veterans.
Just minutes from downtown is Round Valley trail system, one of the area’s most accessible and best-maintained trail systems with more than 12 miles of groomed cross-country ski and fat bike trails—perfect for those just getting into the sport. There are also miles of un-groomed singletrack for the veteran fat biker.
Races: Frosty’s Fat Bike Race Series
Groups: Salt Lake City Mountain Bike
Retailers: Guthrie Bicycle