Bonanza Flat


Wasatch County and Park City are continuing to work on relations in an unusual situation. That being that the city owns Bonanza Flat, a piece of property outside their boundaries in Wasatch County.

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis says that the recent upgrades made to the road to guardsman pass were done as a necessity.

Improvements To Bonanza Flat Area Continue This Summer

Jul 31, 2019
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Improvements to the Park City-owned Bonanza Flat are in full force this summer. 

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Summer work is underway in the Park City owned Bonanza Flat open space off the Guardsman Pass road. It’s going to improve recreational access for everyone. But winter at 9,000 feet elevation is altogether a different challenge.

Park City Trail Manager Heinrich Deters says the Guardsman Pass Road where it connects to Pine Canyon is nearly impossible to keep clear because the wind blows so hard, it fills in all the time.

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The Mountain Trails Foundation recently dedicated the new Bonanza Flat Blood’s Lake Trail in a private ceremony honoring a family who donated the funds to build the trail.  As reported by KPCW, the Bloods Lake trail at the top of Guardsman’s will be closed to parking and trail access sometime this fall.

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Trail head construction is currently underway on the Guardsman Pass Road in Wasatch County. Bathrooms and established parking areas are part of the conservation work needed to make Bonanza Flat ecologically stable and more accessible for recreational use. KPCW has details about the new trail heads and which areas will allow dogs in Bonanza Flat.

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The Mountain Trails Foundation and Snyderville Basin Recreation District sent representatives to the Professional Trail Builders Association Conference in Grand Junction last week. The conference attracted hundreds of trail-building businesses from all over the world.

Park City Council will hear an update on Tuesday from city staff about implementation of changes to the city owned Bonanza Flat area.

Park City Municipal City Manager Diane Foster reports that the city has had some victories and some challenges when it comes to the city owned Bonanza Flat property.

As we reported several homeowners from Brighton Estates complained to the Park City Council last week that the city hasn’t recognized the traditional access rights they have to their homes, off the Bonanza Flat land now owned by the city.

Meanwhile, City Council member Tim Henney says his challenge to some of the angry homeowners is—if they have legal access that’s being denied, prove it.

Last week’s Council meeting brought out several complaints from an audience of nearly 30 people.

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At Thursday’s Park City Council meeting, the council hosted an audience of 25-30 property owners from Brighton Estates, the mountainside neighborhood near the city’s recently-acquired Bonanza Flat property.

Several speakers said they were frustrated and concerned that the city doesn’t listen to them and isn’t providing access to their homes that is both historic and legal.

In reply, city officials say they’re trying to be good neighbors, but they’re hearing conflicting voices from the neighborhood.

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Park City Municipal and Wasatch County plan to authorize a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow for the Park City Police and Emergency Services to respond to calls on the City owned Bonanza Flat property off SR 224 /Guardsman’s Pass Road. Wasatch County officials plan to sign it this week. Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch Sheriff’s Deputy, Jared Rigby says the Memorandum of Understanding between the County and City enforcement services will run through the end of this year.


The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department has been enforcing the parking regulations on the Guardsman’s Pass Road near the Brighton Estates neighborhood. They have been towing vehicles regularly and will continue to enforce the parking restrictions.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jared Rigby says there have been safety concerns that people are parking on the side of the Guardsman’s Road.  It causes a narrowing of the roadway so other cars cannot get through.


The Wasatch County Council voted last week to authorize public road easements on four roads that run through the 1350 acre Bonanza Flat open space which is now owned by Park City.  Residents of Brighton Estates are concerned they won’t have winter access once the City and Utah Open Lands establishes a Conservation Easement on the property.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The recently purchased Bonanza Flat conservation area will see some new trails put in. David Boyle has more:

The Park City Planning Commission meets Wednesday with just a few items on their agenda. One item that is scheduled to be continued is the Twisted Branch Road subdivision plat - a road that could eventually provide public access to Bonanza Flat and Brighton Estates year round. Melissa Allison brings us the story.

This is the first winter that Park City has had ownership of Bonanza Flat, the 1,350 acres of open space at the top of Guardsman Pass. Now that ski season is upon us, Park City residents who are paying for 25 of the $38-million price tag may be wondering how they can access the open space they’re paying for now that Guardsman Gate is locked for the winter.

As KPCW’s Melissa Allison reports, only Brighton Estate residents who purchase a $600 key can drive their cars on SR-224. Even so, the road continues to be open to the public by all other means including hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.