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.
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.