Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, Park City

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The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a recreational trail that follows abandoned railroad lines in Summit County, Utah, United States.The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is 28mi long, and averages 125ft wide. The trail stretches between Park City (beginning at 40.66°N/111.5013889°W) and Echo Reservoir (ending at 40.972041°N/111.437895°W), following Interstate 80 across Silver Creek Canyon, then going along the Weber River through the towns of Wanship and Coalville. Elevation along the trail varies from 5280ft to 6900ft, and total acreage is 450acre. The trail is designated to be used for only non-motorized activities, including biking, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, and Nordic skiing. The trail is managed by the Mountain Trails Foundation.HistoryIn 1871 the Summit County Railroad Company was organized. It constructed a five-mile (8 km) narrow gauge railway to transport coal from mines in Coalville to the Union Pacific line in Echo. In 1880, the Utah Eastern Railroad built a narrow-gauge line between Coalville and Park City to transport coal to fuel the pumps that removed underground water from Park City’s silver mines. At the same time, the Union Pacific Railroad constructed the Echo-Park City Railway, a broad-gauge spur line, alongside it.
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  • July 1, 2017
    This well maintained trail is perfect to move your legs between road trip drives. Peaceful, mostly flat, easy to navigate trail.  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    I have back problems and we were able to ride a side by side bike for miles on the paved portion right into Park City.  more »
  • April 29, 2017
    The eagles have nests along the trail. It is a very slow train with snacks that can be purchased. We did not do so. The kiddos love the views and snacks and talking, and learning. If they just get to ...  more »

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Most Park City hotels raise room rates significantly during the height of the ski season, so shop for bargains a few months before your trip. If you arrive during the city's world-famous film festival, expect to pay a bundle for rooms well out of town. The easiest way to avoid the crowds and stay economically may be to choose one of the city's bed and breakfasts, which offer comfortable rooms packed with modern amenities and easy access to the area's ski resorts.
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