Lay of the Land

Outside City Limits: The Other Junction

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


Where I-80 and Hwy 40 converge, the jogging-stroller set meets open-space-yearning cowboys. Here on the outskirts of town, country living comes in layers. On the more conventional side of the equation, the neatly planned Trailside community, old-school Highland Estates, and swanky Mountain Ranch Estates deliver that family-centric, backyard trampoline, cornhole-in-the-driveway neighborhood feel. Flanked by open space on two sides and with a 63-acre park in its midst, the Trailside area is an easy base camp for outdoor pursuits. On the Silver Creek side of the highway, it gets more rural with huge horse property. And there’s a sprinkling of newer subdivisions, interesting homegrown businesses like Alpine Distilling, as well as light industrial in these parts. Gated golf-course community Promontory also taps into the wide-open ambience of the area. Overall, the main draw is elbow room, and the views are spectacular.



Trailside Park’s fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, bike park, disc golf course, and neighboring Round Valley trails (like Happy Gilmor) provide the lion’s share of recreation in these parts. Trails and bridle paths also criss-cross Silver Creek, where horses are beloved.


 For grilled cheese and fries: Clockwork Café at Silver Summit | For occasional outdoor movies: Trailside Park fields | For construction finds: Park City ReStore | For sweet treats: LuAnn’s Cupcakes | For local whiskey or gin: Alpine Distilling | For improved marksmanship: Park City Gun Club | In general: Kimball Junction is the nearby go-to for shops and eats.

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