A 2,100-acre swath of open space flanks Park City’s Trailside neighborhood, setting the tone for a biking and hiking haven while providing easy access to Salt Lake City and Park City via Highway 40 or Old Ranch Road. A mix of developments spans out from its vibrant center: Park City’s newest elementary school (with a French dual-immersion curriculum) and a 63-acre park, where play ranges from pickleball matches and bikers bobbing through the pump track to disc golf and the occasional international soccer star working out on the pitch.
Home Sweet Home
Single-family homes—the majority of which were built since 2000—lend a full-time resident feel to this relatively new community, according to realtor Joanne O’Connell. Prices range from roughly $500,000 in the newer Silver Summit, Sun Meadow, and Sage Brooke developments as well as Highland Estates (the granddaddy of the neighborhood) to Mountain Ranch Estates, where 9,000 square feet of luxury alpine living can fetch up to $2.5 million. “Trailside is a big, open neighborhood with a very welcoming and friendly feel,” explains O’Connell.
Hit the Dirt
The Happy Gilmor and TM Trails are popular starting points for hikers and intermediate bikers heading from this ’hood into the expansive Round Valley trail system. Adjacent to the tournament-size soccer fields, the Trailside Bike Park tests all stages of fat-tire aptitude, from the Unga Bunga pump track to the extreme Bamm Bamm. Skinny tires tend to stick to the paved Silver Quinn Trail, which hooks smoothly into Park City proper via Old Ranch Road and the Highway 40 frontage road.
Life on the outskirts of Park City has its advantages, including stunning views of the town’s ski resorts. The occasional herd of migrating elk passes through the rolling hills. Cows graze in fields along quiet roads frequented by spandex-clad cyclists. And folks living there enjoy trying to catch a glimpse of Miss Billy, the resident buffalo (a family pet), while entering or exiting the neighborhood via Silver Summit.
For a little local elbow-rubbing, the unpretentious Silver Summit Café (6065 Silver Creek Dr) delivers coffee, huevos rancheros, burgers, and carne asada tacos to faithful regulars as well as travelers stopping by to fill up at the adjoining gas station. Basin Rec programs a big part of civic and social life here via free outdoor movies, a cornhole tournament, an annual campout, a bike-park bash, and kids’ sports camps.