Lay of the Land

Outside City Limits: 'Burbs in the Basin

By Jane Gendron June 27, 2022 Published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Park City Magazine


 Just outside Park City limits, Snyderville Basin doesn’t feel much different from the family-friendly pockets on the 84060 side of the line. It’s a place of soccer games and backyard barbecues with easy access to Kimball Junction as well as the Canyons side of Park City Mountain Resort. While the ever-evolving and bustling Canyons base brims with recreation aplenty as well as new and old development (from opulent hotels to employee housing), the rest of the area is a bit more tranquil. Surrounding the resort, an array of residential developments fan out through “The Basin.” From throwback Park West to the Swaner Preserve
Ranch Place, developments are separated here and there by parks, ranchland, small commercial complexes on Hwy 224, and an upscale gated community or two. (The Colony flanks the resort’s slopes with massive homes and properties, while Quarry Mountain Ranch has a country-chic setting surrounded by pasture.) Live music frequently fills the Canyons outdoor stage, and plenty of eateries grace the resort’s base area.


Venture into resort terrain for 18 holes of golf and easy access to extraordinary hiking and biking on trails like Rob’s, Rosebud’s Heaven, Holly’s, Ambush, and more. For an easy-breezy ride or stroll, hard-packed gravel trails meander through The Basin. Just off of Old Ranch Rd, two large parks, Willow Creek and Matt Knoop, have playgrounds, sports fields, and more for getting those wiggles out.


For green thumbs: Park City Nursery and Summit Community Garden | For fresh ingredients: Copper Moose Farm Stand and Bill White Farm Stand | For rooftop cocktails Pendry Park City | For a fancy dinner: Powder at Waldorf Astoria | For beer and a burger: Drafts Burger Bar | For fly-fishing tips and gear: Trout Bum2 | In general: Kimball Junction is the go-to for shops and eats.

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