Your central Wasatch playground is at risk. 

This effort has until June 15th* to close the funding gap. Join us now – don’t let this opportunity pass.


Bonanza Flats: Fundraising & Events

To date, from private and public funding, we have raised $10,247,456.30! We have $2,752,543.70 left to raise. Help us close the gap, donate today or attend a donation based event! 

 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.


Biking at Bonanza Flats

Biking at Bonanza Flats

land for sale

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. 

Scenic beauty of Bonanza Flats

Scenic beauty of Bonanza Flats

bond passes

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.  

Wildlife at Bonanza Flats

Wildlife at Bonanza Flats

bridge the gap

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.

Scenic beauty of Bonanza Flats

Scenic beauty of Bonanza Flats

 You can help

As of today, over nine non-profits 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

Bonanza Flats: 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 10,420 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, to which there has been no shortage of threats 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.

 

Map of Bonanza Flats

Map of Bonanza Flats

Previous potential development plans for Bonanza Flats.

Previous potential development plans for Bonanza Flats.


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Access & trailhead parking for the Wasatch Crest Trail;

Improved trails and trail access to alpine lakes;

Undeveloped fall views and scenic drives over Guardsman Pass;

An encounter with a moose in its natural habitat;

Fresh backcountry ski tracks off 10,420 peak; and

The opportunity to forever protect 1,350 acres of land along Guardsman Pass from development?

Photo Credit: Bret Webster

Photo Credit: Bret Webster

It is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that the recreational, wildlife and scenic legacy that is Bonanza Flats is protected. Utah Open Lands believes we need to act today for the sake of our economy, our recreational values and the next generation.
— Wendy Fisher, Executive Director of Utah Open Lands

Bonanza Flats: Values

This is an incredibly important and high value piece of land, both for its proximity and it’s terrain, to the backcountry community. Winter Wildlands Alliance and our members are committed to supporting this endeavor in anyway we can.
— Mark Menlove, Winter Wildlands Alliance
Save Bonanza Flats

Save Bonanza Flats

 
Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

This week, Park City and a host of recreational, environmental and conservation nonprofits committed to protecting Bonanza Flats—a popular scenic area that connects Big Cottonwood Canyon with Park City—from future development. As an organization rooted in collaboration and partnership, The Nature Conservancy applauds this effort, which will ensure that Wasatch area outdoor enthusiasts will have open space to enjoy for generations to come and that wildlife will continue to have access to this high-altitude habitat of open meadows and alpine lakes. The Conservancy supports this important effort and is inspired by the willingness of the various stakeholders to step up and conserve these lands — enabling nature and people to thrive. We also appreciate the leadership provided by Utah Open Lands and Park City in bringing this opportunity to the forefront and galvanizing the support of the local community and others.”

— Elizabeth Kitchens, The Nature Conservancy
Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

Photo Credit: G. Brad Lewis

This opportunity represents a tangible way for diverse people and groups in Utah to come together for something most agree on: protecting some of the last undeveloped open mountain spaces in the Wasatch Mountains for all to freely enjoy. Representing the human powered winter backcountry community, the Bonanza Flats area is important because its location & elevation offer great recreational opportunities, unmatched beauty, and is a critical centerpiece towards blocking unnecessary resort expansion and more development that threatens everyone’s ability to enjoy the places we love.
— Jameson Kent, President Board of Directors of Wasatch Backcountry Alliance

Bonanza Flats: Coalition Effort

 

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.

Park City will only be able to make the second option payment if there is a significant show of support from the public and other entities that can bridge the gap.
— Andy Beerman, Councilman

Preserve Bonanza Flats. Back Park City's intention to acquire this open space jewel.

We can’t do this alone.
— Jack Thomas, Park City Mayor

 

*On March 15th, Park City decided to pay the second option agreement to secure the purchase of Bonanza Flats dependent on levels of public support and interest. The closing date is June 15th.