The town of Henefer lies in the midst of the Wasatch Mountains, next to the Weber River and on the route of the Mormon Trail. In 1847, Brigham Young and the first party of Mormon settlers to Utah camped here soon before arriving in the Great Salt Lake Valley. Henefer was settled in 1859 by William and James Henefer.
Surrounding Henefer is the Henefer Valley, a beautiful, grassy valley following the Weber River. A few miles northeast of Henefer, the valley ends abruptly when the river enters the narrow Upper Weber Canyon. This narrow gorge was such an obstacle to settlers that the Mormon trail turns at Henefer and crosses the mountains to reach Emigration Canyon. Today Interstate 84 carries travelers easily through Weber Canyon, and State Highway 65 follows the route of the Mormon Trail into the mountains. The green fields of farms and ranches fill Henefer Valley.
Henefer's population was 684 at the 2000 census. It's easy access to Ogden make it desirable to families who want to live out of town, but rely on city jobs. The elevation of 5,345 feet gives it a cooler climate than along the Wasatch Front (both in summer and winter).