Your central Wasatch playground is at risk.
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This effort has until March 15th* to galvanize support and close the funding gap. The potential purchase of this property is now a REALITY. It will be up to Salt Lake, Wasatch and Summit County residents to close the gap between the bond funding and the purchase price, in order to move forward and protect this land in perpetuity. Join us now – don’t let this opportunity pass.
Bonanza Flats is approximately 1,350 acres of largely flat land with alpine meadows and lakes. Popular Lackawaxen and Bloods lakes are within the boundaries of the proposed acquisition, as is the face of the 10420 Peak. Though the land is privately held, it is an area that Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back residents have used for recreation for years. This land is the gateway to numerous trails including the Wasatch Crest Trail.
There has been no shortage of threats to this land in the past, with plans of golf courses and ski lifts plaguing the refuge and homes of moose, elk, black bear and birds of prey. Today, we have the opportunity to prevent this from ever happening.
land for sale
If successful, the purchase of Bonanza Flats would ensure that spruce trees rather than subdivisions will top the 1350-acre mountain pass. A high-end private developer was pursuing the acquisition of Bonanza Flats from a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, but the landowner has agreed to a contract offer of $38 million from Park City. Development of Bonanza Flats likely would include a private gated community, as well as commercial and residential development, but the agreement with Park City puts these plans on hold.
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. At the time the bond was passed, Wells Fargo was already in negotiations with a developer, but approached Park City in support of its preservation goals and an agreement was reached.
bridge the gap
The future of the largest Wasatch recreational backcountry is in a precarious state. Summit County Council is supportive of the non-profit coalition effort, recognizing that this land touches constituents from several jurisdictions. The $13 million gap between the purchase price and the bond amount is significant. Support from other government agencies and the public will be needed to acquire this scenic, wildlife and recreational mecca.
You can help
Without your help, the clean water, wildlife habitat, unique scenery and the solace this land provides, will instead be replaced by a sea of rooftops. As of today, there are nine non-profits who are poised to join a campaign to save this land. All donations through this site will go directly to the protection of Bonanza Flats. If we are unsuccessful, you will receive your donation back
This donation is eligible as a tax exempt donation. Upon the successful purchase of this property we will send you an official IRS tax-deductible acknowledgement/receipt of your donation; if we are not successful we will return your donation.
The coalition effort - Save Bonanza Flats
Local recreational, environmental and conservation non-profits have formed a coalition for this fundraising campaign. Utah Open Lands, Save Our Canyons, Mountain Trails Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Summit Land Conservancy, Sierra Club, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, Friends of Alta and Winter Wildlands Alliance are ready to help save this space.
From backcountry skiing to summer hikes to scenic fall drives, Bonanza Flats is an area of undeveloped and backcountry grandeur nestled in the upper elevations of the Wasatch Mountains. Located along Guardsman Pass Road, Bonanza Flats is a landscape familiar to many, but has always been in private hands. This recreational paradise known for its wildlife, scenic and ecological values, seemed destined for development until Park City’s option agreement was placed in front of the landowner.
CALL TO ACTION
Please inform your local outdoor retailer to support this effort. They can help save the backcountry access, wildlife, forests and trails that this land provides.
The competitive offer to purchase the land was made possible through the $25 million bond that Park City residents voted for to save the open space. With hopes that $10 million in funding will come to the table from governmental entities, the remaining $3 million gap must still be filled.
The potential development of Bonanza Flats means that the conservation values of this area are at stake. If Bonanza Flats were to be developed and highly trafficked, access to the entire area would be altered and privatized.
Preserve Bonanza Flats. Back Park City's intention to acquire this open space jewel.
*On March 15th, Park City will decide whether or not to pay the second option agreement to secure the purchase of Bonanza Flats dependent on levels of public support and interest.