Bonanza's Abandoned Mine Trail Loop is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Park City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A privately-owned trail that is permitted to dogs, families and mountain bikers alike. You'll begin on a somewhat washed out, moderately steep ascent that eventually turns into a light gradient. Keep on the main trail (there are other unmarked options to turn onto if you wish) and you'll catch a beautiful glimpse into the past. An abandoned mine house, over a thousand cubic feet, sits near Bonanza chairlift in Park City. Gaze inside the broken windows to see a dilapidated, outdated tractor resting below gears and pipes ready to cave in. Somehow, the structure is still standing. View it when you can! There's contemporary mining in action, too, as you may be able see modern tractors mining away at a hill. You'll pass within feet of these tractors before reaching Bonanza chairlift (if mining is still active at time of reading) where another abandoned mining house awaits you. From here, you will enjoy taking the Drift Ski Run down, which offers a great chance to view wildlife and wildflowers alike. You'll see the historic Park City less than a mile away from you, but you'll feel quite peaceful as dormant chairlifts and snowless ski signs capture your vision with every step. Eventually, you'll turn onto the Quit'n Time ski run. The name is fitting, as this is the end of your hike. You'll see the historic Town Chairlift overhead as you pass past the Creole Run. Depending on where your vehicle is, you can take the face of Town Chairlift, Creole, or Quit'n Time to complete your hike. Great chance to show your children the true history of Historic Park City, as well as letting them get their fill of machinery- if they're still working at the time you're reading this! Check "Facilities" for parking.
Two days removed from a ridiculous sunburn on the back of my legs, I realized my vacation time (of which I intended to hike furiously,) was winding down. As it was already near sunset, I decided to settle for a 2.5 mile hike into the Park City Ski Resort. I was amazed to be able to view an abandoned mine building, shaft, and equipment, none of which I expected heading into this hike.
You'll begin hiking up an 0.9 mile somewhat washed-out trail. It's roughly the width of a fire road and would allow a small pickup truck to safely navigate it. At 7,500 feet of elevation, it's a bit tougher than it seems; try to average 3.5 miles an hour up the incline and you'll be breathing heavily by Bonanza Chairlift.
You'll eventually reach a flat area that contains the modern Bonanza Chairlift and another abandoned mine equipment building, as well as a rest stop that's open to skiiers in the winter. Many options are available for the descent down, from taking the wide Drift Ski Run or electing to take a forested, switchback trail parallel to the Payback ski run.
Either way, you will reach the Quit'N Time ski run, which allows you to safely venture back into the city. You can also take Creole or the Town Lift Face down to the Historic Park City depending on where you would like to end up.
I was lucky enough to see a doe with two fawns grazing peacefully on the Drift Ski Run, as well as multiple chipmunks and a handful of birds. To top it off, beautiful poppies grow at the end of the Payback Ski Run, with sunflowers blooming in July-August on the Quit'N Time Ski Run. A beautiful, not-too-strenuous hike which is perfect for a family outing.
Parking is not available at the trailhead*, so I heavily recommend parking your vehicle on the side of a nearby road or in Park City itself. There are multiple entrances to this loop, starting with the trailhead* on my recorded trail to starting from Towns Chairlift. Check the AllTrails Map for more options and select "Satellite" to uncover ski runs and trails that are unmarked on the official AllTrails map.
Dogs are permitted, preferably on leash, but there is no law (as far as this 14-year old can tell) requiring your dog to be leashed. Children don't have to be on leashes.
*Trailhead is just a gate saying "private property," no maps or signs available.