This area of Utah is also known for its fascinating geology. The Wasatch Valley was formed millions of years ago by the movement of glaciers and tectonic plates, which created a unique landscape with rolling hills, towering peaks, and breathtaking views. In addition to the ancient rock formations found along the trail, visitors can also find signs of more recent activity, such as abandoned mines, dams, and railroad trestles.
The trail is the former path of the Union Pacific Railroad, built in 1879 to carry passengers and freight between Echo Canyon and Park City’s silver mines. The railway was a vital link in Utah’s rich history and helped to shape the state’s economy. After the railroad ceased operations, the line eventually became part of Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park. Today, visitors can explore this historic pathway that still contains many of its original features such as trestles and tunnels.
Visitors today can explore the trail by either bike or on foot and can also rent bicycles from Park City’s many rental shops. The park has designated picnic areas with tables and barbecues, as well as restrooms for visitors to use. The trail is regularly patrolled by Utah State Park Rangers who ensure the safety of all visitors.