Grand County

Grand County Facts:

County Website: Grand County
Area: 3,684 square miles
: 9,516 (in 2015)
County Seat:
Origin of County Name: the Colorado River, which flows through the county, was first called the Grand River
Cities/Towns: Castle Valley, Moab
Economy: tourism, agriculture, livestock, mining
Points of Interest: Arches National Park, Manti-LaSal National Forest, Colorado River, Dead Horse Point State Park


About Grand County:

Arches National Park, found in the lower part of Grand county, is one of Utah's most recognizable national parks, and includes Delicate Arch. Evidence, such as cliff houses and rock art, were left by the early Anasazi who may have lived in the area as early as 0 A.D. and left the region in the 1300's either to get away from contentions with the nearby Navajo or to find more water during a drought. The town of Cisco, once a booming town for ranchers and mining, eventually became a ghost town when interstate I-70 come through the county without diverting 5 miles to connect to Cisco.

In 1855 the first Mormon settlement of Moab was a failure. Today Moab, Grand County's most well known city, has grown in popularity for its nearby access to outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, four-wheeling, and a wet favorite--river adventures. While most people who live in Grand county live in small farming communities, the county has thrived on tourism bringing people from all over the world to see some of Utah's most awe inspiring sites.



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