Round Valley is one of my favorite places in Utah to cross country (xc) ski, mainly for two reasons: 1) it's free 2) dogs can be off leash! What's better than that?! Round Valley also has groomed tracks and a wide enough space for skate skiers.
Just outside of Park City lies this nearly 700 acres of preserved open space covered in sage, scrub oak, mountain mahogany, and in summer, a variety of wildflowers. Round Valley is groomed and maintained by the Mountain Trails Foundation, and has 25K of winter trails. There are three main TH areas: Quinn's Junction, Highland, and the Round Valley Way TH. The grooming report is updated daily (depending on weather conditions), and can be checked on their Facebook page. In addition to xc skiing, Round Valley offers designated trails just for Fat Biking and Snowshoeing.
Directions to Quinn's TH: From SLC, head East on I-80 towards Park City. Take Hwy 40 south towards Heber, then take exit 4. Turn Right at the first light, then an immediate left. The TH parking will be on your right next to baseball fields and restrooms.
Elevation gain: varies
Dog friendly? Yes! There are a few designated areas where dogs are not allowed, but 90% of the area is off leash.
Kid friendly? Yes
Here's Quinn's TH. From this point, you head head in either direction. Any day I go, I don't follow a set route, I just ski towards whatever looks pretty :)
Obviously there are a lot of signs and notification at this TH. They post the grooming report, the trail map, information about The Yellow Dog Project, no hunting is allowed, local events, and they have doggie poop bags.
We started skiing and the track was already pretty skied out by noon. I recommend you come earlier in the morning to ski freshly set tracks.
Charlie sniffs out the track ahead.
Round Valley is so pretty! I love that Charlie can come skiing with me - he had such a good time running in the snow.
Another beautiful section of the trail.
(Photo by Dave Wilson)
A friend and I enjoying our time skiing.
These two maps are an ariel view of the Round Valley area. It looks different without snow, but these fields are full of trails during winter. You can see the main summer trails as well on these maps, which are great for trail running or mountain biking.