Just minutes north of Old Town Park City, Round Valley is home to the National Ability Center, the Park City Ice Rink, and Park City’s beautiful, ultra-modern hospital. More importantly, Round Valley is also home to about 40 miles of super-fun singletrack. Most of the hills in the area are pretty mellow—great for a relaxed mountain bike ride during the summer. Of course, this translates into a much greater challenge in the winter, and Round Valley caters to every level of snow rider. Fortunately, the area is quite popular with the locals and the more popular trails are packed out quickly by hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts.
What Makes It Great
Round Valley is very popular—and for good reason. Its proximity to Park City is unmatched: just a few miles from Old Town on flat, well-maintained roads. The area offers recreational opportunities for every kind of outdoor enthusiast at every skill level (OK, there’s no fishing). Best of all, though, is the terrain. The soft, rolling hills cater to beginners and those with a penchant for high-speed cruising. If you know where to look, however, Round Valley has plenty of terrain that will challenge the most seasoned biker. With everything from smooth, flowy, high-speed cruisers to gnarly, technical shots, this is one of the few winter recreation areas that can truly back up a claim of “something for everyone.”
For those who are just getting their snow bike feet wet, about 20 km of Round Valley’s trails are groomed by the Mountain Trails Foundation. Officially, the grooming schedule is Tuesday through Saturday.
Who is Going to Love It
The real question is: who isn’t going to love it? With confidence-inspiring terrain for every skill level, Round Valley is perfect for everyone from first-time snow-bikers to seasoned pros looking to crush their personal Strava records.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking will be absolutely no problem for your Round Valley adventure. Most folks park at the ice rink, which has a large parking lot just feet from the singletrack approach trail. If that’s full there’s plenty of convenient parking along the entrance road.
There are no parking or entrance fees. There are four other trailheads at Round Valley, but these are all located in neighborhoods, and while you’re welcome to try, parking for these areas is much more limited.