Sevier to Spanish Fork
Sevier Elevation (feet)
Spanish Fork Elevation (feet)
Between Sevier and Spanish Fork, US Route 89 passes through two intermountain valleys—the northern part of the Sevier Valley and the Sanpete Valley. These valleys were settled by Mormon pioneers who created a string of farming and ranching communities and are now in the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area sections called Sevier Valley and Little Denmark.
Between Sevier and Gunnison, US 89 crosses a broad agricultural valley along the Sevier River. At Gunnison, the highway turns east and crosses into the Sanpete Valley through which the San Pitch River flows providing water for the communities known as Little Denmark because of its Scandinavian heritage. From Fairview north, 89 follows a valley on the east side of the Wasatch Range to its intersection with US Route 6 at the top of Spanish Fork Canyon where it begins its descent into the Salt Lake Valley.
Basin and Range
Fremont Indian State Park
Located just west of US 89, the park and museum present artifacts of a local band of prehistoric Native Americans who lived in the area.
Now on the National Register of Historic Places, many of the homes in Spring City have been restored and are now occupied by artists and writers. Annual events include a Plein Air Painting competition and artists’ studio tours.
A combined art, history and natural history museum, the Fairview Museum is housed in two buildings—a 100 year-old former school for the heritage collection and the contemporary Horizon Building for art and sculpture. The latter is also home to a life-size cast of a mammoth skeleton.
Historical homes and buildings: Throughout the Sanpete valley are located historic pioneer homes, commercial and public buildings. Park your car in the middle of town, walk around and look for historic markers placed on many buildings.
View photo galleries of special attractions along US Route 89 between Sevier and Spanish Fork…
Towns, Cities and Reservations
Public Lands and Historic Places
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
Fremont Indian State Park
Fishlake National Fores
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Palisade State Park
Uinta National Forest
Mt. Nebo Wilderness
San Pitch River
San Pitch Mountains
Spanish Fork Canyon
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