With many high mountains and valleys, Wasatch County is never hurting for water. There are many forests, rivers, and natural hot springs dotting the area. Wasatch County was a hunting ground for the Timpanogos Ute Indians who lived at Utah Lake. Fathers Escalante and Domingues came through the area in 1776 and went down what is known now as Spanish Fork Canyon. Fur trappers used the county for trapping in the 1820's. The first settlers were sent here in 1859. Many of the families sent here were from Swiss backgrounds. One family had so much difficulty farming with the hot water springs that they eventually set up a resort now known as the Homestead. The railroad came to the valley in the 1900's to transport the county's sheep and also ore from the nearby Park City mines. Strawberry Reservoir was formed following the building of the Strawberry Dam in 1906. The dam helped irrigate Utah valley and helped pave the way for larger projects such as the Glen Canyon dam.
Recently, Wasatch county was visited by people from around the world. During the 2002 Winter Olympics Soldier Hollow hosted more than 15 events. Heber City, the county seat, has become known for Swiss days and for The Heber Valley Historic Railroad (or "Heber Creeper"). The railroad provides many rides for visitors to get a feel for riding the rails. There are also many places to fish, hike, boat, and camp. Places such as Wasatch Mountain State Park, Jordanelle State Park, and Deer Creek State Park all provide water activities for people who want to go only a short drive from the big city.
More information for Wasatch County can be found at the following sites:
- Go-Utah.com - Heber City
- Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Ghost Towns in Utah - Wasatch County
- Utah.com - Deer Creek State Park
- Utah.com - Heber Valley
- Utah.com - Jordanelle State Park
- Utah Counties Profile - Wasatch County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Wasatch County
- Utah History for Kids - Wasatch County
- U.S. Census Quickfacts - Wasatch County
- Visit Utah - Heber