Take a break from skiing to try snowshoeing, where people walk on top of the snow to explore groomed trails through the forests and backcountry hikes to unique vantage points with panoramic views.
- Strap on a snowshoes to easily float on new fallen snow.
- There are miles of trails to explore in the surrounding National Parks.
- A fun and convenient trail to snowshoe, the Rail Trail starts right in Park City.
- Soldier Hollow has a popular Nordic center, with Olympic groomers and single-track trails through the complex.
It may look like you're putting paddles on your feet, but the experience is much more natural. Snowshoeing uses the same muscles and techniques as walking, more or less, so everyone should give it a try at least one.
Snowshoeing is an incredibly quiet way to travel in the snow. This allows visitors a better chance to see the wildlife that normally avoids noisy travelers: moose, deer, elk, falcons, owls and more.
Where to go Snowshoeing
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail
The former railroad track is an easy snowshoe trail in the winter, heading 28 miles from Park City to Echo Reservoir. With the exception of the area in Park City, the trail is not groomed, but as a well-traveled path, it's rare to have to break trail.
Part of the Wasatch Mountain State Park outside Midway, this Nordic complex has nearly 20 miles of trails to explore, split up into three levels of difficulty. In addition, there are single-track trails to vantage points like the panoramic sights from the Crow's Nest.
Willow Creek Park
There is a groomed, two-mile loop for snowshoers and cross-country skiers located at Willow Creek Park. It's also connected to Kimball Junction and the north part of Park City on designated winter trails, so there's no need to even hop in a car.
Wasatch and Uinta National Forests
The National Forests around Park City encompass huge swaths of land, perfect for getting out and exploring on some snowshoes. Some trails are open to snowmobiles, but there are many trails and areas where they are prohibited, particularly the Wilderness Areas.
Most of the ski resorts have guided snowshoe tours through the resorts, often into some exciting places. Solitude and Sundance both have established Nordic Centers with trail systems to explore, as well as dedicated rental facilities.
Guided Tours & Rentals
The guiding companies below lead tours through the ski resorts, private ranches, and national forests of the area, taking care of rentals, maps, lunch, guides and more, so explore the options below to find the right fit.