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History of Deep Creek Mountains, Utah, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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One of the lesser-known areas of Utah is in the west desert of Tooele and Juab counties near the border between Utah and Nevada. The Deep Creek Mountains form the major geographic feature of the region. The Deep Creek Mountains run in a north-south direction for about thirty miles. They are ruggedly steep and feature huge granite outcroppings, especially at the south end where the mountains reach heights of 12,000 feet in elevation. Ibapah Peak is 12,101 feet and to the immediate north, Haystack Peak rises 12,080 feet above sea level.

The Deep Creek Range supplies precious water to the surrounding communities of Callao, Trout Creek and Partoun on the east; Pleasant Valley and Gandy on the south; Gold Hill to the north; and Ibapah (or Deep Creek) to the west. Several crystal clear streams provide perpetual runoff from the high mountain slopes to the valleys below. The vegetation is consistent with desert and mountain ecosystems, depending on elevation and precipitation. One native plant worthy of note is the ancient Bristlecone Pine which is known to be several thousand years old. Wildlife is found in great abundance throughout the area. Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep and elk have recently been introduced to the Deep Creek Range. Considerable acreage on the mountain range has been designated as wilderness.


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