The flat, grassy Bear River Valley around Randolph conceals its elevation at 6,280 feet above sea level. The Bear River loops its way lazily past a short distance to the east of town, on its way from the 14,000 foot peaks of the Uinta Mountains to the south, to the Great Salt Lake. Beyond the river, the valley abruptly ends as the face of the Crawford Mountains rise to nearly 8,000 feet. To the west of town, sagebrush-covered hills rise gradually towards the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains in the distance. Two creeks, Big Creek and Little Creek, flow out of canyons at the northwest and southwest corners of Randolph.
On March 14 of 1870, Randolph H. Stewart and other Mormon pioneers arrived at and founded Randolph. Cold winters, on account of the high elevation, made it a struggle to establish the settlement, but they were successful. The summers are pleasant with lots of sunshine and blue skies. Today 483 people live in Randolph (as of the year 2000). Ranching is the major occupation today, as it always was.
Utah Highway 16 passes through Randolph, leading to Woodruff to the south; to the north it intersects Utah Highway 30, leading into Bear Lake Valley or into Wyoming. The Wyoming border is a short distance to the west of Randolph.
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