Area: 3,412 square
miles; population: 5,817 (in 1990); county seat: Nephi;
origin of county name: from the Ute word meaning flat or level plain;
principal cities/towns: Nephi (3,515), Mona (584), Eureka (562), Levan (416); economy:
agriculture, manufacturing, mining, recreation; points of interest:
Historic Tintic Mining District, Little Sahara Recreation Area, Old Pony Express and Stage Route, Yuba Reservoir, Goshute Indian Reservation, Tintic Mining Museum in Eureka, Mount Nebo Wilderness Area, Fish Springs
National Wildlife Refuge.
Juab County is
a part of the Basin and Range physiographic province. Most of the fertile
farming land in the county is located in the Juab Valley near Nephi
at the base of Mount Nebo (11,877 feet).
The western portion of the county consists of broad, semi-arid valleys
and low desert mountains. The Wasatch Mountains are located to the east,
and moving west there are the East Tintic Range, West Tintic Range,
Thomas Range (Topaz Mountain 7,113 feet), Fish Springs Range, and the
southern tip of the Deep Creek Range in the extreme northwest corner of the county.
Archaic and Fremont-Sevier
cultural sites have been found in Juab County. Nephi Mounds north of Nephi is one of the most important Fremont agricultural sites in the
eastern Great Basin. A portion of the Goshute Indian Reservation is located in the northwest corner of the county.