Bonanza Flat

At Thursday’s meeting, the Park City Council checked its last three boxes regarding the preservation of Bonanza Flat. They finalized a land exchange agreement with the Girl Scouts of Utah; approved Utah Open Lands’ holding of the conservation easement; and approved the adaptable management plan for the area.


Utah Open Lands

Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher says 2019 started on a high note after the passage of the Treasure Hill/Armstrong Snow Ranch Pastures open space bond at the end of 2018. Utah Open Lands successfully raised the rest of the money to conserve Armstrong Snow Ranch Pastures with help from the community, the Armstrong family and additional funding from the Park City Council at the end of June.


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Dog waste management is a messy issue in Park City. It’s been a topic of rancor among residents without dogs and a learning curve for many who exercise them in the city’s open spaces.

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Dog waste management is a messy issue in Park City. It’s been a topic of rancor among residents without dogs and a learning curve for many who exercise them in the city’s open spaces.

Utah Open Lands-Bonanza Flat

Summer weekends on Guardsman Pass and Bonanza Flat are a busy time for people who want to enjoy the backcountry. It’s also a busy time for law enforcement as they try to manage the traffic and parking challenges on both sides of the pass. Dozens of parking tickets have been issued for parking violations during the first two weekends of September.

The Greater Salt Lake Unified Police wrote 19 citations for parking violations during the Labor Day weekend. The following weekend, they wrote 22.


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.

Park City

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.

Bonanza Flat-Utah Open Lands Photo

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.

Park City Municipal Corporation

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.