About Daggett County
A thin strip of land between the peaks of the Uintah Mountains and the Wyoming border form the tiny and remote Daggett County. With the exception of the Lucerne Valley, the terrain is extremely rugged and mountainous. The elevation varies from 12,276 feet, at an unnamed peak near the southwest corner of the county, to 5,400 feet at the point where the Green River flows out of the county on the eastern border.
The Uintah Mountains are unique in being the only major mountain chain in the continental United States to run east-west. Their 13,000-foot peaks are among the tallest in the continental United States. Through these, the Green River makes an arduous and winding passage cut deep into the mountain's foundation. The Uintah Mountains were formed as pressure under the crust of the earth gradually pushed them over eons of time. As the earth rose, the river cut deeper and deeper to maintain its passage. The Green River enters the county from the north, near the center, and turns eastward, passing into Colorado before turning south again to finally cross the mountains.
In Daggett County, the river passes through Red Canyon. Here, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir was constructed between 1958 and 1964, creating Flaming Gorge Reservoir. It has now been designated as Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. In addition to water sports, it offers access to the beautiful surrounding mountains.
With a population of just 921 people, as of the year 2000, Daggett County is sparsely populated. 1,873 square miles are included in its borders. The county seat is at Manila, its only town. It was named after Ellsworth Daggett, first Surveyor General of Utah. U.S. Highway 191, crosses it from north to south, crossing the Green River at the Flaming Gorge Dam, then crossing over the Uintah Mountains. State Highway 44 connects from highway 191 to Manila.
Conner Basin Road|
State Highway 43