is bordered on the east and west by Uintah and Wasatch counties respectively,
on the north by Summit County, and on the south by Carbon County. In
1914 the legislature created Duchesne County from part of Wasatch County.
The county became official with the coming of the new year-1915. The
state's highest mountain, Kings Peak (13,528 feet), is located in the
county's Uinta Mountains. Major streams running through the county include
the Strawberry, Duchesne, Lake Fork, and Yellowstone rivers.
The High Uintas
Primitive Area, situated in the northern portion of the county, is dotted
with some of the most beautiful alpine lakes anywhere in the West. The
lakes are free of ice for only a few months of the year.
economy is based primarily on the livestock industry, but the area is
also rich in oil and natural gas. As in Uintah County to the east, Duchesne's
oil and natural gas extraction industries fluctuate due to international
oil and natural gas markets.