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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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  • This trail is for everyone - bikers, horseback riders, walkers and runners. In Park City it's flat enough for families to enjoy. It appears to go almost 20 miles..  more »
  • My husband and I stayed in Coalville on Saturday and rode to Echo Reservoir. We then drove to Park City and rode 8 miles of the trail there. We enjoyed the markers with stories of the area. The weathe...  more »
  • The Union Pacific Rail Trail starts in Park City by White Pine Touring Company on Bonanza Drive (if you need to rent a bike, White Pine is a good and convenient company to rent from) and the trail con...  more »