Salt Lake City is a true cycling mecca for roadies and mountain bikers alike.

Many cycling pros and passionate recreational riders call SLC home, and it’s no wonder. At 4,200 feet, the city is perfectly positioned between the flats of the Salt Lake Valley and the steep relief of the Wasatch Mountains, which makes for a whole lot of challenging, fun terrain. (America’s toughest stage race, the Tour of Utah, is based here.)

As a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, Salt Lake City has beautiful bikeways, some of which extend almost 40 miles along creeks and through parks.

With multiple roads snaking uphill to the east, it’s justly famous for canyon cycling, too. And when it comes to mountain biking, the Wasatch is a paradise of wildflower fields, wide-open basins, beautiful ridges, and primordial landscapes.

With such fabulous pavement and singletrack, some might argue that there’s no use for a gravel bike here — but then you’d miss Albion Basin and Farmington Creek, and these are must-visit destinations!

Several big rides kick off in SLC itself, including the Saints to Sinners Bike Relay, the Salt Lake City Marathon Bike Tour, and the Huntsman SportsFest.