Wandering Lizard

An online magazine with information related to attractions, lodging, dining,
and travel resources in selected areas of Utah

Emery County, Utah

Emery County
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Emery County is located in the southeastern quadrant of Utah. The county seat is Castle Dale. The 2010 census counted 10,976 residents.

There are a number of important Archaic and Fremont Culture archeological sites in Emery County. Following the disappearance of the Fremont People, Ute Indians arrived on the scene. Starting in 1830, Spanish traders began transiting the county via what became known as the Old Spanish Trail. In 1877, the first Morman settlers arrived. These people engaged in raising livestock, but in modern times coal mining and power generation have become important elements of the local economy. Although not as well known as the more famous national parks that are near neighbors, the landscape in Emery County is full of interesting rock formations. In fact, there is considerable interest in designating the San Rafael Swell a national monument.