Price, the principal city of the Carbon County area, along with Helper and Wellington, comprise a population center of 15,800, in a county of 21,000 and a trade and labor market area of 33,000.
The Price-Helper-Wellington area is a regional service center, serving a vast rural area and having, as a result excellent amenities and resources for a community this size. Price is the headquarters for a variety of federal and state agency regional offices, retail trade (K-Mart, Walmart, etc.), a very aggressive two-year community college with an enrollment of 2500, an award winning local newspaper and a nationally recognized hospital. The area crime rate is extremely low and contributes to the peaceful quality of life.
While "rural" in some characteristics, Carbon County is situated on a main transcontinental highway link between Denver and Salt Lake City, and on the main line of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, the Southern Pacific Railroad System, the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Utah Railway Co.
Price is located in a high desert, situated in a semi-arid zone that typically has a low humidity and mild winters. Summers have cool nights, hot days and lots of sunshine. We have very few inversion incidents and a very high air quality. Outdoor recreation opportunities are vast. Hiking, biking, water sports, rafting, historical sight-seeing are all within a moments walk or drive.
The diverse history of this area is eloquently represented in the built envirom-nent. Catholic churches in Helper and Price, along with the historic Greek Orthodox Church in Price, as well as many Mormon chapels tell the story of many cultures coming together in the area. The Helper historic district consists of about 100 buildings, both residential and commercial in nature. As the service center for the Carbon County Coal fields and the D&RGW railroad, Helper was an important focus of commercial activities. Most of the commercial buildings date from the late twenties when this district experienced a substantial building boom which was reflective of the relative prosperity being experienced by the coal industry. Buildings in the district include coffee houses, theaters, rooming houses, Railroad Chapel, Helper Civic Auditorium, Helper City Hall, and the train depot.
The Western Mining and Railroad Museum exhibits many artifacts relating to mining and the railroad. A 1917 railroad caboose and mining equipment from early to modem times can be viewed. Also, a recreation of a mining company store and railroad office, schoolroom, beauty shop, blacksmith shop, and doctor and dentist office give the visitor a sense of what life was like in the early days of Helper, Utah.
The College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum includes many examples of dinosaur artifacts found in the area and also ancient human artifacts of the early inhabitants.
Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
Located just South of Price is a dinosaurs hunters' paradise for all ages to enjoy! Short hiking trails lead you through a maze of information and points of interest as well as to actual dig sites.
The Wedge Overlook (San Rafael River Swell)
The Wedge Overlook is tucked quietly away just south of Price and surrounded by nothing but serenity and nature as far as the eye can see. This is Utah's "Little Grand Canyon." This massive canyon contains some of the most breath taking scenery imaginable.
Nine Mile Canyon
Nine Mile Canyon has been called by some the worlds longest outdoor art gallery corridor. This intriguing and remote canyon stretches 40 miles along the northern side of the Bookcliffs. The canyon's rock art has been featured in National Geographic along with other national publications.
Castle Country Energy Loop
Castle Country has one of the most expansive combinations of energy resources in the state. Take a day or two and travel this scenic loop which leads you to each diverse energy industry. At the start of the loop, you'll pass the largest gas fields in the state, which supply natural gas though out the West. First stop is the Huntington Power plant located at the mouth of Huntington Canyon. Tours can be arranged in advance to see these facilities. We continue on up this scenic canyon passing several coal mines, rivers and lakes. Travel through a beautiful National Forest and State Parks climbing from 5,000 to over 10,000 feet continuing on over Skyline Drive where some of the most beautiful scenes of nature can be found. We then drop down past Skyline Mine and follow the covered belt line which carries the coal from deep under the mountain you just traveled over. As we continue down Price Canyon, chances are you'll see unit trains of coal on their way to become energy. As you approach the Cyprus Willow Creek Mine and the Carbon Power Plant you will not be able to miss the steam cloud bellowing into the blue sky above. This now mine site is where the town of Castle Gate once stood, were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed the mine office of it payroll. The final stretch to the loop is the historic Helper Mining and Railroad Museum. The final stop is the world renowned CEU Dinosaur Museum in Price. This museum displays many creatures that roamed freely in our vast area. This loop is sure to intrigue both young and old alike.
Information courtesy of Price City.
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