When the City passed its first open space bond in 1998, the citizens were asked what should be protected. Round Valley topped the list. At the time, a development called “Val de Ronde” with condos, homes, and a golf course was planned by one of several Round Valley landowners. The Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth (CARG) ran ads deploring the development, and the sloppy French, while members of the City’s Open Space Advisory Committee negotiated tirelessly with the landowners. Èh voilá! one of Park City’s most cherished open spaces was preserved.
ACRES: 689.7 (made up of 5 separate easements)
LOCATION: Park City
PROPERTY OWNERS: Park City Municipal Corporation
RECREATION: Passive recreation including mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, dog-walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
TRAILS: Hat Trick, Ability Way, Somewhere Elks, Nowhere Elks, Valderoad, Backslide, Round Valley Express, Cammy’s, Rademan Ridge, La De Duh, Barrel Roll, Seventy 101, Matt’s Flat, Fastpitch
VEGETATION: Sagebrush shrubland, gambel oak and mixed grass plant communities; our state flower the Sego Lily is also commonly found in this area
WILDLIFE: Mule deer, elk, moose, coyote, red fox, antelope, skunk, raccoon, deer mouse, ruffed grouse, blue grouse, sage grouse, swallow, hummingbird, blackbird, etc.
CONSERVATION VALUES: Open space, natural, scenic, recreational and visual