Kid-Friendly Mountain Bike Rides Near Salt Lake City

Kid Friendly Mountain Biking in SLCSalt Lake City, Park City, and surrounding areas are a mountain biker’s paradise. Fortunately for the next generation of riders, many of the trails are suitable for kids as well. Here are our top picks for family-friendly mountain bike trails. These are rides our family does often, and are appropriate for trail-a-bikes (Weehoo Trailer) or for older kids riding on their own.

Note: These are all off-road mountain bike rides.  For tamer rides, including bike paths, check out this article

Kid-Friendly Mountain Bike Rides Near Salt Lake City

Round Valley.

This is our favorite family mountain bike ride, and judging by the number of kids on these trails, it’s a favorite of a lot of other local families as well. There’s a nice mix of doubletrack and easy singletrack, and beautiful views of Park City and the ski resorts. Check out the article I wrote on The Kid Project for more details, as well as the Mountain Trails Foundation website.

Round Valley

RTS/RTS Lower. 

Located just below the Utah Olympic Park, these are fun and easy trails winding thru a grove of Aspens. Perfect for a quick, after-work ride with the family or for toddlers/very young children. Before you go, grab a map from the Mountain Trails Foundation.

Photo by Tom Kelly / CC BY 2.0

Antelope Island.

While the west side of the island is known for technical, rocky trails, the Mountain View trail along the east side is buff, flat, and lots of fun. Pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy it while exploring the ranch on the south end of the trail. Just beware of mosquitoes in warmer months, goatheads in the spring, and buffalo all the time. (Yes, you’ll get to see buffalo)!  At the entrance to the park, you’ll be required to pay an entry fee ($10); make sure to ask for a trail map while you’re there or print one ahead of time.  For more info, read about our experience at Antelope Island last spring.

Antelope Island

Jenni’s-CMG loop.

This beautiful ride from the Park City base area does contain quite a bit of climbing, but for the more experienced kiddos, this is a favorite.   Go up the one-way Jenni’s trail, and come down swoopy CMG. Before you go, grab a map from the Mountain Trails Foundation.

Corner Canyon.

From the Corner Canyon parking lot in Draper, kids can enjoy the bike park or the easy lower Corner Canyon trails. There’s a pump track, skills park, and trails for every ability level. Plan on spending several hours here—there’s that much fun to be had. Visit the Corner Canyon Trail Foundation website for more info.

Alexander Creek.

Higher up, Alexander Creek can be brutal, but the first few miles of this trail are a fun cruise for young riders. Minutes outside of SLC in Parley’s canyon, this trail is uncrowded and a great place to learn without pressure. On I-80 in Parley’s Canyon, take the Little Dell Recreation Area exit. Turn north and go just past the golf course. Park on the right side of the road where you see a gate blocking the start of a double track trail.

Millcreek Pipeline.

There are a few tricky spots that might require kids to dismount, but overall Pipeline offers a fairly easy cruise for fledgling mountain bikers. Located in beautiful Millcreek Canyon, this ride can get busy on weekends so go early or on a weekday afternoon. There is a $3 entry fee.

Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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