Bonanza Flat Conservation Area

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Trailhead Construction Update (7/8/19)

On June 27 City Council approved an agreement with Wasatch County, allowing for the development of trails/trailheads on Bonanza Flat. The agreement represents over two years of extensive planning and public input. Construction of three new trailheads, Bloods Lake, Bonanza Flat, and Empire Pass, will begin in the near future – all with appropriate signage to help users navigate the changes. The relocated Bloods Lake Trail will be accessible from the new Bloods Lake Trailhead.

PARKING NOTICE: Parking is no longer allowed on either side of Guardsman Pass . Parked cars will be ticketed. A new drop-off area is currently under construction, in what was formerly known as the parking lot atop Guardsman Pass. Parking, restrooms, and trail access are available one mile east at the new Bloods Lake Trailhead. Thank you for your patience as we continue to make improvements.

 

The Place

Bonanza Flat Conservation Area is approximately 1,350 acres of undeveloped backcountry majesty nestled in the upper elevations of the Wasatch Mountains among alpine meadows and lakes. It lies beyond Deer Valley Resort, on the back side of Guardsman Pass from Brighton Resort, and above Midway’s Wasatch State Park. This recreational paradise, known for its wildlife, scenic and ecological values, seemed destined for development until, in 2016, the possibility of purchasing the land for preservation became reality.

General Property Information

In an effort to preserve conservation values some trails and parking areas will be relocated and improved with facilities such as restrooms, refuse containers and trail/area information.

During the winter the property is open for non-motorized recreation; however, there are currently no maintained facilities during these months.

Motorized use is restricted to Pine Canyon and Guardsman Pass roads.

Bonanza Flat does contain some avalanche terrain. Park City does not provide avalanche control - be prepared and “Know Before You Go” if recreating in avalanche terrain.

Day use and 72 hour public parking for access to the property in winter months is located at the Mid Mountain Trailhead.

How the Preservation Effort Began

On November 8, 2016, Park City residents overwhelmingly voted to tax themselves up to $25 million in hopes that Bonanza Flats could be purchased and preserved as open space. With a $38 million total price tag, the future of the largest Wasatch recreational backcountry was in a precarious state and the $13 million gap between the purchase price and the bond amount was one of significance. Park City Municipal along with local recreational, environmental, and conservation non-profits, the community, and various local governmental jurisdictions came together to raise, dollar by dollar, the money to close the deal. On June 15, 2017, Park City and Utah Open Lands along with their partners, announced that the total purchase price fundraising goal was achieved.

Bonanza Flat Saved, Now Stewardship Begins

Bonanza Flat will be forever protected from development and it could not have been accomplished without everyone who contributed to this effort. Now begins the task of careful stewardship and analysis of the critical conservation values connected to the land to ensure its protection forever.

Utah Open Lands is the land trust that will hold the conservation easement. The biggest task will be finding ways to ensure we all are positive stewards of the many conservation values that exist on Bonanza Flat.  

 

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