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Guardsman Pass, Utah

Huge granite peaks pushing out of the ground, beautiful aspen groves, and so much more

 Located in the heart of the Salt Lake City Valley, this ride is easy to access and won't disappoint. Although it’s a short ride considering some of the others in it’s proximity, it's packed with the best of what Utah has to offer to riders. The pass can be accessed from the SLC valley via I15 or I80 to the 215 and the 6200 south CottonWood Heights area. You’ll follow the signs for the ski areas (Alta, Brighton, and Solitude). From Park City Utah you can access it from Main street to Park Ave to Prospector Ave following signs to the Montage Deer Valley Resort ie route 224. From Midway Utah, you’ll take Homestead Drive towards Wasatch State Park on the same route 224 up and over the pass to either Park City or over to Big Cotton Wood Canyon into the Salt Lake Valley. 

From the Big Cottonwood side, there is usually a fair amount of traffic due to all the hiking trails and recreating in the lower part of the canyon. It is a bit unfortunate as there are very few days when you can really ride the wonderful tight cornered, cliff side road without traffic. If you do catch it on a day where there is little or no traffic, make the most of it and enjoy! 

Entering the pass from Park City or Midway is beautiful year around once the pass is open from the years snowfall. Entering from Big Cottonwood Canyon is a bit drab for a moment till you climb in elevation a bit. It's not something I ever really pay attention to or worry about as the road with its switchbacks keeps you pretty focused anyway. 

Along the way you see a few different ski areas, a golf course, some epic cliff side views, huge granite peaks pushing out of the ground, beautiful aspen groves, and so much more. If you check the calendar of events for the ski resorts mentioned above, there's usually some kind of summer activity going on to fill some of your time during the ride should you chose to. 

The roads are excellent most of the way with a short ½ mile section at the very top of the pass going/coming into the Park City/Midway being a bit rough and bumpy but nothing to worry about or discourage you from riding it. Other than that just keep an eye on the traffic and pedestrians and you'll have a fantastic ride, one in which you'll return many times.

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Timp Freeze
Midway Ut 

A great little summer spot to get a fry and the perfect shake on the hot summer days. 

 

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Tarahumara

Midway Ut

The salsa bar is bomb and the chicken tacos are street style and so damn good. They have a cantina area to keep the kids out and get a beer. A spot we frequent often. 

 

Cafe Galleria 

Midway Ut 

If you looking for pasta or pizza this is the place! 

 

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Swiss Days 

Midway Ut

The whole town is based on a swiss alps feel and their summer celebration is Swiss Days. Fill with vendors and other activities, it's always a good time to stop in and check out the town. 

 

Park City Main Street

Park City Ut

Take some time to get off the bike and walk around. This historic mining towns main street will have something for everyone. Packed with shops and restaurants, there's always something fun to see or do. 

 

Park City Silly Sunday

Park City Ut

Takes place most sundays in the summer months where main street will be closed to traffic for live music, sidewalk beers, and vendors. It always a good time and perfect to people watch. 

 

No Name Saloon 

Park City Ut

A great place to get a drink and some food with your friends. The atmosphere is fantastic and the service is always good. 

 

High West Distillery

Park City Ut

One of the few places allowed in the state of Utah to distill their very own whiskeys and other spirits. Don't be fooled by the alcohol, the food is just a good and one of my favorites!  

 

Billy Blanco’s

Park City Ut

A unique motoring bar with a bike and muscle car theme inside. The food is of the southwest flavor and always good with the corona light and lime in the ice cold mugs.    

 

Bandits Grill and Bar

Cottonwood Heights Ut

Good spot to grab a beer and some appitizers.

 

Hog Wallow Pub 

Cottonwood Heights 

A local bar and hangout spot for those that venture into the canyon. With a full bar,  patio area, and live music most nights its a great spot to stop and relax for a few.

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