Santaquin was originally called Summit City because it lies on the summit between Juab and Utah Counties.
Napa Valley has its vineyards; the Wasatch Front has the Santaquin orchards and open spaces. Governor Huntsman and the 2007 Utah Legislature recognized Santaquin City as the State Farming Heritage District. The Santaquin area has approximately 3,600 acres of functioning agricultural farms and businesses. It is also the second largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. The master plan for this area empowers the many agricultural activities that are part of the State’s heritage.
Additional retail and tourism opportunities in the area are being tied to these same agricultural pursuits. The Frontrunner, future commuter rail line to Santaquin City will provide access to new destination retail, housing, and to premier open spaces in Santaquin.
Recreation facilities in the area include the Little Sahara Recreation Area, Utah Lake, Uintah National Forest and Santaquin Canyon. Trails are being constructed for equestrian joy rides, hiking, mountain biking, jogging, and strolling that will link visitors to parks, public lands and amazing valley views.
This city of 8,400 people will continue to flourish as not only a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but also a unique destination experience where visitors may enjoy a Community Prospering in Country Living.
“Orchard Days” are held the last week of July or the first week of August each year.(Information courtesy UVEDA)