Area Attractions

 

Utah Farming Heritage District

utah farming heritage


The fertile land that attracted the early pioneers to the area has held true to its promise, and today the Santaquin area is the second largest producer of tart cherries in the nation, and a provider of fresh produce to many local grocers in the region. In 2007, the State Legislature recognized Santaquin as the Utah Farming Heritage District.  The City’s new General Plan uses ‘smart growth’ techniques to preserve resources for future generations while providing economic stability to the City and area farmers. You can experience the beauty of the area by simply driving down the country lanes, stopping at many of the local fruit and produce stands, taking a tour of the Mountainland Apples packing sheds or picking up some ice cream and chocolate covered cherries from The Red Barn.  Feel free to experience the picturesque orchards year round, but please remember that they are private property.

Santaquin Canyon

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Santaquin Canyon is the most pristine, but automotive accessible canyon along the Wasatch Front. It is a closely guarded secret of the local residents who enjoy getting away for summer evenings of campfires and cooler temperatures. Santaquin Canyon provides a quiet access to the Nebo Scenic Byway and recreation areas such as Tinny Flats Campground, Trumboldt Day Use Area, and many US Forest Service Trails.  It also provides access to several pristine natural areas such as the Nebo Wilderness Area and Santaquin Meadows.  It is home to many species of wildlife including wild turkey, coyote, cougar, mule dear, elk, and black bear to name a few.

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It is known as a destination for ice and mixed climbing. It is slowly being established as a rock climbing destination as well. Several established bolted sport routes are located on the limestone cliffs. In winter, there is a good mix of ice routes available. The Canyon Road closes for winter at Trumbolt picnic area in early December. ATV use is illegal in Santaquin Canyon, but snowmobiles are allowed if there is at least one foot of snow. Some climbing routes for Santaquin Canyon are listed at here.

 

How to Get There: Take Santaquin I-15 Exit 244 and head westbound on US-6 (Main Street) to Center Street.  Turn south at Center Street and stay on this road for 3.0 miles to the Uinta National Forest Sign.  Continue along the road to recreation areas.


Santaquin History Museum

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Located at 100 West 100 South in Santaquin, this community supported museum boasts a historic library, blacksmith shop, military room and an old fashioned Main Street area, complete with a dress shop, saloon, police station and doctor’s office. The museum is open to the general public daily during the Santaquin Days celebration in August, and for private tours the rest of the year.

 

To schedule a tour call:
Annette Bott 801-754-3910


How to Get There: Take Santaquin I-15 Exit 244 and head westbound on US-6 (Main Street).  Turn south at 100 West.  Travel one block south to 100 South.


Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

nation forest



Minutes from Santaquin: less than 5 minutes
How to Get There:  Travel south on Santaquin Center Street until you reach the Forest Service boundary.  You can also access the Forest lands by traveling up into the foothills along the Santaquin bench.

Click here for more information

 

Forest Service Maps

Taylor’s Ranch - Premier Arabian Horse Breeding Facility

taylors ranch
Taylor Ranch 
4728 W 12240 S, Payson, UT 84651

www.taylorarabians.com
Owned by Ricki Taylor and operated by his son Isaac.  Arabian horses have been sold from this ranch all around the world including South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia.   It includes 150- Acres and an average of 80 horses year round.  Two of the horses previously used for breeding were valued at over $8-million.   This ranch has long been an icon of the area and Santaquin has been working with the Taylor’s to protect it.  If you have questions or would like a tour of the ranch, feel free to call Isaac at 801 465-0342.

 

Minutes from Santaquin: 10 minutes

How to get there: From Santaquin Main Street.  Travel north along 400 East for 2.5 miles. Follow the bend in the road toward the east for another 0.5 miles to the ranch entrance.


Little Sahara National Recreation Area

little sahara

www.utah.com/playgrounds/little_sahara.htm
A plentiful sand source and strong prevailing winds have combined to create Little Sahara, one of the largest (128 sq. miles) dune fields found in Utah. Ride freely across sand dunes, unending trails, and enjoy a 700-foot mountain of sand. Come and enjoy the unusual white sand while playing, sun bathing and castle building.  Close your day by relaxing to a sage tinted sunset. Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets you’ll see anywhere.


BLM Visitor's infomation for Little Sahara

Fees:  Yes.  Check the BLM website for amounts.
Minutes from Santaquin: 40 minutes.
How to Get There:  Travel west on Highway 6.  Stay on Highway 6 for 38 miles.  Turn right at the Little Sahara sign.

Nebo National Scenic Byway

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www.utah.com/byways/nebo_loop.htm

The Nebo Scenic byway primarily runs from Payson City to Nephi. Few who drive this byway realize that they can connect into the beautiful Santaquin Canyon and its many recreation opportunities to truly experience the wonders of the area.


Fees: None
Minutes from Santaquin:  30 min through Santaquin Canyon (seasonal access only).  15 min through Payson.
How to Get There Option 1 (seasonal) Travel south on Santaquin Center Street into Santaquin Canyon.  Stay on main forest service road until it connects with the Nebo Byway.
Option 2 Travel along Hwy 198 northeast out of Santaquin to 800 South in Payson.  Turn right at the light and travel east until 600 East.  Turn right and you will be on the Nebo Loop road.

Tintic Mining District - National Historic Area

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During the boom years, over half a billion dollars in silver and gold was taken from the hills of the Tintic mining area. Cowboy George Rust discovered silver in 1869, and mining camps and towns with mineral and mining names – Silver City, Diamond City, Ironton, Mammoth and Eureka, popped up along the hills. The area was named for Ute Chief Tintic. Today only Eureka survives among the dusty ghost towns once home to thousands.


Fees: None
Minutes from Santaquin: 20 minutes
How to Get There: Take Santaquin I-15 Exit 244 and head westbound on US-6 (Main Street) for 20 miles.  You’ll drive through the quaint towns of Genola, Goshen, and Elberta along the way but only limited services are available outside of Santaquin so be sure to fuel up and grab a snack before you go.



Utah Lake State Park

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Utah Lake State Park Information

Less than 15 minutes from Santaquin, this is Utah's largest freshwater lake.  It provides fishing access for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass, and several species of panfish. Spend an evening RV or tent camping, then canoe, or sail the day away on Utah Lake.  Sportsman access points and boat launches are less than 25 minutes from Santaquin.  Utah Lake is also a premier bird-watchers haven.  West of Utah is the year-around raptor area Rush/Cedar Valley. This is a large area transected by Utah Highways 73, 68, and 36 and U.S. Highway 6. This area is home to Ferruginous Hawks, Swainson Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Prairie Falcons (all year), as well as, Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Merlins (winter).

 

How to get to Utah Lake State Park from Santaquin.


Utah Lake

Fees: None unless accessing the lake through a boat harbor.
Minutes from Santaquin: 15 min.
How to Get There: Travel west on Hwy 6. Turn right on Genola Center Street and follow it north. It will become Goshen Bay Road. This will lead to the Utah Lake shore line and sportsman access points.

Mona Reservoir and Burraston Ponds

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This is a local quiet spot for shaded picnicking and fishing for rainbow trout with the kids.

Mona Reservoir

Fees: None
Minutes from Santaquin: 20 min.
How to Get There: Travel south on I-15 to the Mona exit.  Get off Exit 233 at Mona. Turn right and go West on Highway 54/300 North. Follow Highway 54 through 200 North until the road becomes Goshen Canyon Road. Follow it North until you reach Mona Resevoir.

 

Burraston Ponds

Fees:  None
Minutes from Santaquin: 20 min.
How to Get There: Travel south on I-15 and get off Exit 233 at Mona. Turn right and go West on Highway 54/300 North till you reach Main Street. Turn right and travel south on Main Street for 1.7 miles.  Turn right onto Burraston Road and travel West until you reach Burraston Ponds.

Jerusalem Movie Set

jeruselum movie set

Eight miles west of Santaquin, striking similarities to the terrain of ancient Israel have led the LDS church to turn this Utah property into old Jerusalem.  The topography includes Judean style plains, rolling hills, sand dunes and a small river that, with a little digital help, can stand in for the River Jordan. The LDS church has constructed a walled 300 by 330 foot movie set on 830 acres of land near the town of Goshen. The project is being used to create LDS videos and films focusing on events from the Holy Bible. An eight week summer shoot is set for the summer of 2011.


Minutes from Santaquin: 20 Minutes
How to Get There: Travel west on Hwy 6 to Goshen.  Turn left at Center Street and travel south through town to the movie set.

Yuba State Park

Park Information


Yuba Reservoir is the key attraction at this state park. Its sprawling waters provide a variety of recreation opportunities. Warm water and sandy beaches, along with nearby off-highway vehicle riding areas, lure visitors during summer months. Anglers fish for rainbow trout, walleye, catfish, and northern pike. Yuba is one of the few state parks with boat-in camping and is very popular for all kinds of water sports.  Pay attention and you’ll even see American Indian Pictographs.


Fees: There is a fee per vehicle. Check on-site boards for amount.
Minutes from Santaquin: 35 min.
How to Get There: Travel south on I-15 and get off at Exit 202.  Turn left off of the off-ramp and travel south on County Road until you reach the North Park entrance.

 


 

Golfing 

Utah Valley Golfing Information


Facilities within 30 minutes of Santaquin

East Bay Country Club (21 minutes)

  • 18-hole championship Course
  • 7 – hole executive Course
  • 1860 South 380 East, Provo
  • (801) 373-6262 
  • www.eastbaygolf.com

 

Hobble Creek Golf Course (21 minutes)

 

Canyon Hills Park (22 minutes)

 

Spanish Oaks (22 minutes)


Gladstan (23 minutes)