Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175 miles east of Salt Lake City and 20 miles west of the Colorado border. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 9,089; the population has since grown to 10,844 as of the 2014 population estimate. Vernal, unlike most Utah towns, was not settled by Mormon pioneers. Brigham Young sent a scouting party to the area Uintah Basin in 1861 and received word back the area was good for nothing but nomad purposes, hunting grounds for Indians, "to hold the world together." That same year, President Abraham Lincoln set the area aside as the Uintah Indian Reservation, with Captain Pardon Dodds appointed Indian agent. Dodds built the first cabin erected by a white man in the Uintah Basin around 1868. Settlers began to filter in after that, built cabins in various spots on or near Ashley Creek. In 1879 many came close to perishing during the infamous "Hard Winter" of that same year. Vernal is in the Uintah Basin, bordered on the north by the Uinta Mountains, one of the few mountain ranges which lie in an east–west rather than the usual north to south direction.
The Book Cliffs lie to the south, Blue Mountain to the east, while Vernal itself lies in Ashley Valley, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader who entered this area in 1825 by floating down the Green River in a bull boat made of animal hides. Vernal is located at 40°27′17″N 109°32′08″W on the northern edge of the Colorado Plateau and south of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on the Utah-Wyoming state line; the city is in a high desert area of the Great Basin Desert. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles, all land. Vernal has a cold semi-arid climate with low humidity; the average annual temperature is 45 °F with a mean high of 61 °F and a mean low of 29 °F. As of the census of 2000, there were 7,714 people, 2,709 households, 1,977 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,683.4 people per square mile. There were 2,957 housing units at an average density of 645.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.52% White, 0.18% African American, 2.31% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, 1.43% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.45% of the population. There were 2,709 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.0% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.28. In the city, the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $30,357, the median income for a family was $34,453. Males had a median income of $32,137 versus $20,938 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,497. About 14.7% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Vernal's economy is based on extracting natural resources, including petroleum, natural gas and uintaite. This has led to the establishment of branch offices of companies such as Halliburton and Schlumberger. Tourism plays a role in Vernal's economy due to the town's roots in the Old West and being a large site of ancient dinosaur fossils. Vernal and the surrounding area are popular among outdoor enthusiasts as they are situated near plentiful spots for fishing, fly fishing and other outdoor activities. Vernal's public schools include Ashley Valley Education Center, Uintah High, Uintah Middle School, Vernal Middle, Ashley Elementary, Discovery Elementary, a branch of Utah State University. In 2015, the Terra Academy opened as a K–12 charter school. Private schools include Uintah Basin Christian Academy. In 2007, Uintah School District built new buildings for two elementary schools and Naples Elementary, in the nearby communities to accommodate increased enrollment and eliminate unsafe older buildings.
Other area schools include Davis Elementary, Lapoint Elementary, Eagle View Elementary. The National Outdoor Leadership School Rocky Mountain Branch. HighwaysVernal is along an east–west federal highway, U. S. Route 40, a north-south federal highway, U. S. Route 191. AirportThe city's Vernal Regional Airport has scheduled nonstop air service to Denver operated by United Express with CRJ-200 jet aircraft. Passenger service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program; the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo is an annual PRCA rodeo held in Vernal during the second weekend of July. It is the most famous event has been running since the 1930s; this event has been nominated as one of the top 5 large outdoor rodeos of the year multiple times, attracts over 500 contestants each year. Games and More is a biannual fan convention, it is a multi-genre convention having video games, card games, costumes, tabletop gaming, similar activities. The G. A. M. Convention is held during August in Uintah County, Utah. In 2015 it was the first an
Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument is located on land in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, between Cortez and Blanding, Utah on the Cajon Mesa of the Great Sage Plain. Shallow tributaries run through the deep canyons into the San Juan River. Although Hovenweep National Monument is known for the six groups of Ancestral Puebloan villages, there is evidence of occupation by hunter-gatherers from 8,000 to 6,000 B. C. until about AD 200. A succession of early puebloan cultures settled in the area and remained until the 14th century. Hovenweep is administered by the National Park Service. In July 2014, the International Dark-Sky Association designated Hovenweep an International Dark Sky Park. Evidence from the area indicates that there were people of the Archaic period. During the transitional period from a traditional hunter-gatherer society to pueblo people, there were several distinct cultural changes:Early hunters Hunter-gatherers from 10,000 years Before Present hunted and lived in a difficult terrain, traversed deep canyons and areas of few animals and limited vegetation, managed limited access to water – which made life difficult and limited the size of their hunt groups.
They were adaptive to find sufficient food, supplementing their diet with nuts and fruit from wild plants. Artifacts were found 1) of Paleo-Indians who camped and hunted along the Cajon Mesa of Hovenweep as early as 8,000 BC and 2) from 20 sites with evidence of Archaic-Early Basketmaker people from about 6,000 BC. Late Basketmaker II Era AD 50 to 500 The people living in the Four Corners region were introduced to maize and basketry through Mesoamerican trading about 2,000 years ago. Able to have greater control of their diet through cultivation, the hunter-gatherers lifestyle became more sedentary as small disperse groups began cultivating maize and squash, they continued to hunt and gather wild plants. They were named "Basketmakers" for their skill in making baskets for storing food, covering with pitch to heat water, using to toast seeds and nuts, they wove bags, belts out of yucca plants and leaves – and strung beads. They lived in dry caves where they dug pits and lined with stones to store food.
These people were ancestors of the pueblo people of Mesa Verde. Basketmaker III Era 500 to 750 The next era, Modified Basketmakers, resulted in the introduction of pottery which reduced the number of baskets that they made and eliminated the creation of woven bags; the simple, gray pottery allowed them a better tool for storage. Beans were added to the cultivated diet. Bows and arrows made hunting easier and thus the acquisition of hides for clothing. Turkey feathers were woven into robes. On the rim of Mesa Verde, small groups built pit houses which were built several feet below the surface with elements suggestive of the introduction of celebration rituals. Pueblo I Era 750 to 900 From pueblos at Mesa Verde we learn of some advancements during this period which are reflected in the Hovenweep structures built in the next cultural period. Pueblo buildings were built with stone, windows facing south, in U, E and L shapes; the buildings were placed more together and reflected deepening religious celebration.
Towers were built near kivas and used for look-outs. Pottery became more versatile, not just for cooking, but now included pitchers, bowls and dishware for food and drink. White pottery with black designs emerged. Water management and conservation techniques, including the use of reservoirs and silt-retaining dams emerged during this period. Pueblo II Era – 900–1150 About 900, the number of Hovenweep residential sites increased. Like the people at Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly National Monument, about 1100 the Hovenweep village communities moved from mesa tops to the heads of canyons. People considered part of the Mesa Verde branch of the northern San Juan Pueblo culture, transitioned from disperse housing and built pueblos in the late 12th century alongside springs or other water sources near or at the canyon heads. Most of the pueblo building was conducted, about the same time as the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, between 1230 and 1275 when there were about 2,500 residents; the Hovenweep architecture and pottery was like that of Mesa Verde.
Pueblo III Era – 1150–1350 The Hovenweep inhabitants completed construction over a period of time. Buildings with one story towers were built about 1000. By about 1160, they began building larger pueblo residential complexes, up to 3-story towers and reservoirs, they moved their fields into areas. They built large stone towers, living quarters and other shelters to safeguard springs and seeps; the stone course pueblos and towers of the Hovenweep people exhibit expert masonry skills and engineering. The builders did not level foundations for their structures, but adapted construction designs to the uneven surfaces of rock slabs; these stone pueblos were understandably referred to as castles by 19th-century explorers. Prominent structures are Hovenweep Castle, Hovenweep House, Square Tower, Rim Rock House, Twin Towers, Stronghold House and Unit-type house; these structures are part of larger community pueblos that surround the heads of canyons where springs are located. Two murals from Hovenweep conserved prior to area construction.
The kiva murals, which provide great insight into the life of the Ancient people, are now at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Warren Hurley describes them as "some of the best preserved examples of Pueblo III wall paintings in the Northern San Juan Region."Six clusters of pueblo buildings Cajon Group
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, United States. The population was 23,036 at the 2010 census, making it the 5th most populated city in the state of Wyoming, the most populous city in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area, which has a population of 37,975. Rock Springs is known as the Home of 56 Nationalities because of the influx of immigrants from all over the world who came to work in the coal mines that supplied the fuel to power the steam engines of the Union Pacific Railroad; the city's rich cultural heritage is celebrated each summer on International Day, a festival where the foods and traditions of residents' ancestors are recreated and enjoyed at Bunning Park in downtown Rock Springs. Rock Springs is the site of Western Wyoming Community College and Wyoming's Big Show, a yearly event with a carnival and concerts, held at the Sweetwater County Events Complex. Rock Springs is located in an energy-rich region with many oil and natural gas wells.
One of the worst incidents of anti-immigrant violence in American history, known as the Rock Springs Massacre, occurred on September 2, 1885, whereby White miners slaughtered their Chinese counterparts due to anti-Chinese sentiment. There are still remains of the old coal mining towns outside of Rock Springs. Rock Springs was featured on 60 Minutes in 1977 due to corruption within the Police Department and City Government; the Grand Jury was called into session. The Sheriff, James Stark of Sweetwater County testified and no wrongdoing was found. A follow up was filmed 20 years for the show City Confidential; the episode was named "Rock Springs: Deadly Draw in the Wild West". Rock Springs is located at 41°35′6.38″N 109°13′17.01″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.34 square miles, all of it land. The city is 6759 feet above sea level. Rock Springs has a semi-arid climate with warm summers. Precipitation is evenly spread throughout the year, with most months having between.50 inches and.60 inches, but May is the wettest month with 1.20 inches.
The average January temperatures are a maximum of 29.1 °F and a minimum of 11.2 °F. The average July temperatures are a maximum of 83.4 °F and a minimum of 53.4 °F. There an average of 6.4 days annually with highs of higher. There are an average of 195.5 nights with lows of 32 °F or lower and 14.3 nights with lows of 0 °F or lower. The record high temperature was 112 °F on May 17, 1902, the record low temperature was −37 °F on January 12, 1963; the average annual precipitation is 8.73 inches. There is an average of 75 days with measurable precipitation; the wettest calendar year was 1973 with 13.29 in and the driest 1953 with 3.79 in. The most rainfall in one month was 6.50 in in June 1899. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 3.50 in on June 12, 1899. The average snowfall is 43.6 inches. The most snowfall in one year was 94.0 in in 1975. The most snowfall in one month was 22.5 in in October 1971. At the 2010 census, there were 23,036 people, 8,762 households and 5,849 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,191.1 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 10,070 housing units at an average density of 520.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.4% White, 1.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.5% from other races, 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.4% of the population. There were 8,762 households of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 33.2% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age in the city was 31.5 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 52.1% male and 47.9% female. At the 2000 census, there were 18,708 people, 7,348 households and 4,930 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,014.4 per square mile. There were 8,359 housing units at an average density of 453.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 91.75% White, 1.07% African American, 0.86% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.05% from other races, 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.96% of the population. There were 7,348 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.9% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02. 27.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males. The median household income was $42,584 and the median family income was $51,541. Males h
U.S. Route 191
U. S. Route 191 is a spur of U. S. Route 91 that has two branches; the southern branch runs for 1,465 miles from Douglas, Arizona on the Mexican border to the southern part of Yellowstone National Park. The northern branch runs for 440 miles from the northern part of Yellowstone National Park to Loring, Montana, at the Canada–US border. Unnumbered roads within Yellowstone National Park connect the two branches; the highway passes through the states of Arizona, Utah and Montana. The highway was designated in 1926 and its routing has changed drastically through the years; the modern US 191 bears no resemblance to the original route, in the state of Idaho. Most of the current route of US 191 was formed in 1981. Since the extensions in the 1980s and 1990s, U. S. Route 191 is much longer than its parent route which it no longer connects to, one of the longest U. S. three-digit routes. US 191 begins at the Mexico border in Douglas. US 191 has a ten-mile overlay with US 70 east of Safford; the route links to State Route SR 266 to the south of Safford.
US 191 intersects Interstate 10 in Cochise County. The route between Springerville and Morenci was designated a National Scenic Byway and given the name of Coronado Trail Scenic Byway, as this approximates the path taken by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado between 1540 and 1542; this is a dangerous mountain road with many sharp curves and little or no shoulders on steep cliffs. North of the byway, the highway is the primary route to access Canyon de Chelly National Monument. US 191 traverses the Navajo Nation before entering Utah. In 2010 the route was extended from the original end at its intersection with SR 80 near Douglas and, with a overlay on SR 80, extended to Pan American Ave in the city along Pan American Ave to the US Customs/Immigration Port of Entry at the border with Mexico; the portion of this route between its intersection with SR 80 near Douglas and the intersection with Interstate 40 at Sanders was the major Arizona portion of US 666. Part of US 191 through the Navajo Nation is designated by the Arizona Department of Transportation as the Tse'nikani Flat Mesa Rock Scenic Road.
US 191 serves the eastern half of the state. The road enters Utah in a remote portion of the Navajo Nation; the highway passes through desolate areas of eastern Utah. Several portions are Utah Scenic Byways, it passes through Bluff, Blanding and Moab, the largest city in southeastern Utah and the seat of Grand County. In addition to linking many rural towns in Utah to I-70 and US 40, the highway served to interconnect several national and state parks for tourism, namely Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Bears Ears National Monument, Dead Horse Point State Park; the highway exits Utah just after crossing the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. US 191 enters Wyoming near a geographical feature known as Minnie's Gap, just east of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area; the route proceeds north through rugged desert country following an alignment constructed during the 1970s, to a junction with Interstate 80 at Exit 99, just west of Rock Springs. This segment of the route is known locally as "East Flaming Gorge Road."
The route is concurrent with Interstate 80 eastward for five miles, passing just north of Rock Springs. US 191 diverges northward at Exit 104, following the former route of US 187. Traveling through high desert country, the route passes through Eden and Pinedale before meeting US 189 at Daniel Junction. Continuing north, the road traverses mountainous terrain, entering the Bridger-Teton National Forest and passing through the small community of Bondurant before descending through the narrow Hoback River Canyon to an intersection with US 26 and US 89 at Hoback Junction; the route follows the Snake River valley northward to Jackson. US 191 is concurrent with US 189 between Daniel Junction and Jackson, with US 26 and US 89 between Hoback Junction and Jackson. North of Jackson, US 191 soon enters Grand Teton National Park, running concurrently with US 26 and US 89; the highway meets US 287 at Moran Junction, inside the park. Continuing through forested, mountainous country, the route passes through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, from Yellowstone National Park's South Entrance to the state line, the route is unsigned.
No official routing of US 191 through Yellowstone has been designated as of 2016. US 191 in Montana begins at the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, at the edge of the town of West Yellowstone; the highway heads north, running concurrently with US 287 for eight miles before veering east and entering Yellowstone. US 191 continues northward through Yellowstone, traversing forested, mountainous terrain and looping into the state of Wyoming, before leaving the park in the upper reaches of the Gallatin River canyon; the route travels northward through the narrow canyon, past the resort community of Big Sky entering the Gallatin Valley near the town of Gallatin Gateway, Montana. US 191 travels north and east through the valley to the city of Bozeman, the largest city along the entire US 191 route. From Bozeman, US 191 is concurrent with I-90 eastward 58 miles to Big Timber, where it proceeds north; the road travels through hilly ranch country near the eastern edge of the Crazy Mountains to Harlowton, where US 191 is concurrent with US 12.
North of Harlowton, US 191 is concurrent with Montana Highway 3 for 37 miles, to Eddie's Corner. US 191 proceeds eastward from Eddie's Corner to Lewistown, on a roadway shared wi
The Navajo Nation is a Native American territory covering about 17,544,500 acres, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a Native American tribe, with a population of 350,000 as of 2016. By area, the Navajo Nation is larger than West Virginia, Hawaii, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware; the original territory has been expanded several times since the 1800s. In 2016, under the Tribal Nations Buy-Back Program, some 149,524 acres of land were returned by the Department of Interior to the Navajo Nation for tribal communal use; the program is intended to help restore the land bases of reservations. The Navajo Nation has an elected government that includes an executive office, a legislative house, a judicial system, but the United States federal government continues to assert plenary power over all decisions; the executive system manages a large law enforcement and social services apparatus, health services, Diné College, other local educational trusts.
The population continues to disproportionately struggle with health problems and the effects of past uranium mining incidents. In English, the official name for the area was "Navajo Indian Reservation", as outlined in Article II of the 1868 Treaty of Bosque Redondo. On April 15, 1969, the tribe changed its official name to the Navajo Nation, displayed on the seal; this was assertion of sovereignty. In 1994, the Tribal Council rejected a proposal to change the official designation from "Navajo" to "Diné." It was remarked that the name Diné represented the time of suffering before the Long Walk, that Navajo is the appropriate designation for the future. In Navajo, the geographic entity with its defined borders is known as "Naabeehó Bináhásdzo"; this contrasts with "Diné Bikéyah" and "Naabeehó Bikéyah" for the general idea of "Navajoland". Neither of these terms should be confused with "Dinétah," the term used for the traditional homeland of the Navajo, it is situated in the area among the four sacred Navajo mountains of Dookʼoʼoosłííd, Dibé Ntsaa, Sisnaajiní, Tsoodził.
The Navajo people's tradition of governance is rooted in oral history. The clan system of the Diné is integral to their society, as the rules of behavior found within the system extend to the manner of refined culture that the Navajo people call "to walk in Beauty"; the philosophy and clan system from before the Spanish colonial occupation of Dinetah, through to the July 25, 1868, Congressional ratification of the Navajo Treaty with President Andrew Johnson, signed by Barboncito and other chiefs and headmen present at Bosque Redondo. The Navajo people have continued to transform their conceptual understandings of government since it joined the United States by the Treaty of 1868. Social and political academics continue to debate the nature of the modern Navajo governance and how it has evolved to include the systems and economies of the "western world". In the mid-19th century, most Navajo were forced from their lands by the US Army, were marched on the Long Walk to imprisonment in Bosque Redondo.
The Treaty of 1868 established the "Navajo Indian Reservation" and the Navajos left Bosque Redondo. The borders were defined as the 37th parallel in the north; as drafted in 1868, the boundaries were defined as: the following district of country, to wit: bounded on the north by the 37th degree of north latitude, south by an east and west line passing through the site of old Fort Defiance, in Canon Bonito, east by the parallel of longitude which, if prolonged south, would pass through old Fort Lyon, or the Ojo-de-oso, Bear Spring, west by a parallel of longitude about 109' 30" west of Greenwich, provided it embraces the outlet of the Canon-de-Chilly, which canyon is to be all included in this reservation, shall be, the same hereby, set apart for the use and occupation of the Navajo tribe of Indians, for such other friendly tribes or individual Indians as from time to time they may be willing, with the consent of the United States, to admit among them. Though the treaty had provided for one hundred miles by one hundred miles in the New Mexico Territory, the size of the territory was 3,328,302 acres —slightly more than half.
This initial piece of land is represented in the design of the Navajo Nation's flag by a dark-brown rectangle. As no physical boundaries or signposts were set in place, many Navajo ignored these formal boundaries and returned to where they had been living prior to captivity. A significant number of Navajo had never lived in the Hwéeldi near, they remained or moved to near the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers, on Naatsisʼáán and some with Apache bands. The first expansion of the territory occurred on October 28, 1878, when President Rutherford Hayes signed an executive order pushing the reservation boundary 20 miles to the west. Further additions followed throu
Duchesne County, Utah
Duchesne County is a county in the northeast part of the U. S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 18,607, its county seat is Duchesne, the largest city is Roosevelt. Much of Duchesne County was part of the Uintah Reservation, created 1861 by US President Abraham Lincoln as a permanent home of the Uintah and White River Utes; the Uncompahgre Utes were moved to the Uintah and newly created Uncompahgre Indian reservations from western Colorado. At the turn of the century under the Dawes Act, both Indian reservations were thrown open to homesteaders; this was done. The homesteading process was opened on the Uintah on August 27, 1905. Unlike much of the rest of Utah Territory, settlement of the future Duchesne County area did not occur due to LDS Church pressures, it was settled by individuals. Homesteaders were required to prove. After five years of living on the land, making improvements, paying $1.25 per acre, homesteaders were given title to their homesteads. On July 13, 1914 a referendum was presented to voters of Wasatch County to partition the eastern part into a separate county.
The referendum passed, so Utah Governor William Spry issued a proclamation to take effect on January 4, 1915. The county seat was decided by county vote in 1914 election; the new county was named for its county seat, which in turn was called for the Duchesne River which flows southward and eastward through the central part of the county near the city. Its name is of uncertain origin, but the holding theory is that it was named by fur trappers in the 1820s in honor of Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne, founder of the School of the Sacred Heart near St. Louis, although other theories as to the name exist; the county boundary with Uintah County was adjusted by legislative act on March 5, 1917. Duchesne County terrain is semi-arid and scarred with drainages; the Duchesne River drains the central part of the county. The county slopes to the south and east; the county has a total area of 3,256 square miles, of which 3,241 square miles is land and 15 square miles is water. The northern part of the county contains much of the east-west oriented Uinta Mountains.
The highest natural point in Utah, Kings Peak at 13,528 feet, is located in Duchesne County. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,607 people, 6,003 households, 4,703 families in the county; the population density was 5.74/sqmi. There were 6,988 housing units at an average density of 2.16/sqmi. The racial makeup of the county was 89.15% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 4.53% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, 2.89% from two or more races. 6.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 6,003 households out of which 40.23% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.72% were married couples living together, 8.65% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.66% were non-families. 45.0% of all households had individuals under 18 and 22.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.47. The county population contained 33.91% under the age of 18, 6.56% from 20 to 24, 25.38% from 25 to 44, 20.92% from 45 to 64, 10.66% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 29.7 years. For every 100 females there were 102.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males. The median income for a household in the county was $31,298, the median income for a family was $35,350. Males had a median income of $31,988 versus $19,692 for females; the per capita income for the county was $12,326. About 14.20% of families and 16.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over. As of 2015 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Duchesne County, Utah are: Clair Poulson, West Side Precinct Justice Court Judge Dave Boren, Sheriff JoAnn Evans, County Clerk-AuditorDuchesne County voters are traditionally Republican. In no national election since 1964 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate. Duchesne Myton Roosevelt Altamont Tabiona Bluebell Neola Utah portal List of counties in Utah National Register of Historic Places listings in Duchesne County, Utah Official website
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park is a state park of Utah in the United States, featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet; the park has several overlooks, a visitor center, the Kayenta Campground with 21 RV campsites with electricity and tent pads, the Wingate Campground which features 20 RV campsites and 11 hike-in tent only campsites, nine yurts, a picnic area at the point, a coffee shop that serves food and beverages, a 9-mile loop hiking trail that allows access to the East Rim Trail and the West Rim Trail. Safety concerns include the relative isolation of lightning danger and unfenced cliffs. Nearby Moab is a noted center for mountain biking. Bikes in the park are allowed on paved roads, there is a mountain bike trail called Intrepid Trail with 17 miles of single track trails near the State Park Visitor's Center with loops of varying levels of difficulty. Hunting is not allowed in the park.
The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where horses died of exposure. Dead Horse Point has been noted on lists of unusual place names; the area was used in the final'Grand Canyon' scene of the 1991 film Thelma & Louise. Utah State Route 313 - Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway Official website