Guide to Mountain Biking at Sundance Resort

By Local Lexi Sep 23, 2021
Curious about mountain biking at Sundance? Check out this guide to lift-served mountain biking at Sundance Resort. With miles of trails, it's a grand time!
Guide to Mountain Biking at Sundance Resort

Mountain Biking at Sundance Resort

Shady trails, delicious dining and the beguiling views of Mount Timpanogos all beckon summer lovers to take a chance on Sundance Mountain Resort. The trails at Sundance can be accessed by chairlift, or you can pedal uphill. Expect to find intermediate and advanced trail riding. Note that the Sundance Mountain bike park isn't appropriate for beginners, who may want to head to the Snowbasin trails instead. When finished, grab a refreshing meal from the Creekside Cafe or the Sundance Deli.

Lift Served Riding & Downhill Trails at Sundance

Winding through oak forests, pine groves, aspen stands, meadows and more, the intermediate and advanced mountain bike trails at Sundance feature adrenaline-pumping twists and turns. Riders can bang out laps from the chairlift or pedal uphill on their own power once trails open at 11 a.m.

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A popular trail is Archie's Loop, an enduro-style trail that requires a little pedaling but plenty of amazing views along a ridge line overlooking North Fork Canyon with a heady drop-off to the right. Archie's Loop dumps you off into The Boneyard with nice flowy berms and plenty of turns. Another popular trail is Archie's Basin with a few technical sections, root gardens and fun flow. Try Scott's Pond for a decent climb and some fun features before catching Switchback Alley, which has served as a brutal climb for multiple cross country races. Head in a downhill direction for a thrilling and daring descent. 

Further down the mountain riders will encounter Upper Lift Line, which melds into Lower Lift Line. These are the easiest biking routes at Sundance with wide turns, forgiving berms and a little less tech. For black diamond difficulty, catch Rock Drop, which is mainly a blue trail, except for the namesake rock drop with an option to ride around to the left. 

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More Trails Near Sundance Resort

There aren't a ton of fun and approachable mountain biking trails near Sundance Resort. There is a pleasant cruise on a nearby gravel trail with sections of double-track along the Deer Creek Reservoir. The Deer Creek Parkway is ideal for a family ride with gentle undulations and cool breezes from the reservoir. 

The closest trail network is the Soldier Hollow trail system to the northwest of Deer Creek Reservoir. These cross country trails include a nice mix of loops, climbs and a variety of difficulty levels. 

For hiking, Stewart Falls is a popular local trail with waterfall views. You can learn more about this hike in our Shady Hikes article. Another memorable hike in the area is Timpanogos Cave in neighboring American Fork Canyon. Kids will love the unique cave tour with a Forest Service Ranger. 


Summer at Sundance

The action at Sundance is non-stop, and the summer activities actually outnumber what you'll find when snow blankets the peaks. From fly fishing lessons to the legendary Sundance Zip Line, it's not hard to spend a number of days at the resort stacking up new experiences. In addition to lift-served mountain biking and hiking, guests can enjoy luxury spa treatments, take an art class, ride horses, embark on a guided hike or catch a memorable performance at the Sundance Summer Theatre. 

Consider booking a family or romantic retreat with one of the resort's many lodging specials. Stay, eat and enjoy Sundance's many summer diversions. 


Passes, Rentals, and Hours

In order to gain access to the trails at Sundance, all guests must complete and submit a liability waiver to earn a wrist band. Helmets are mandatory, and additional padding is strongly encouraged. 

Sundance offers daily lift tickets or a summer season pass. Daily lift tickets are sold for $35, or a Twilight Pass is available after 3:30 p.m. It is also possible to snag a single-ride ticket for just $27 or a trails only pass for $15. Summer lift hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through October. Opening and closing day shifts each season, so check the Sundance website for current information. 

Rentals of full-suspension mountain bikes, helmets and protective gear are available at Sundance Mountain Outfitters. The Outfitters also rent road bikes or cruisers for exploring the neighboring Provo River Trail. It is highly recommended to make reservations for bike rentals. Lift tickets are offered for $25 with a bike rental. Protection items are offered in a pack for $15 or $5 per item. 

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