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Park Valley, Utah
Buildings in Park Valley
Buildings in Park Valley
Country United States
State Utah
County Box Elder
Settled 1869
Founded by William P. Thomas
5,548 ft (1,691 m)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 435
GNIS feature ID 1431110

Park Valley is an unincorporated community in Box Elder County, Utah, United States.

Park Valley lies in the northwestern part of the state, 150 miles (240 km) northwest of the state capital at Salt Lake City, and 100 miles (160 km) west of the county seat at Brigham City. Utah State Route 30 runs through the center of the valley, generally from east to west. The valley is a roughly oval shape of about 30 miles (48 km) in length east to west and about 25 miles (40 km) north to south, covering a major portion of the western end of the county.

Park Valley anchors the northern end of the Great Basin. The Raft River Mountains to the north mark the boundary between the Great Basin and the Snake River Plain. What is called the community of Park Valley includes name locations that used to be nearly separate communities, such as Rosette, Dove Creek, Muddy, Rosebud, and Kelton, as well as ones that have been almost forgotten by time, such as Ten-Mile, Clear Creek, Rosen Valley, Terrace, Golden, Matlin, and other lesser camps along the old railroad grade. Since all of these areas belong to a homogenous community, they are all known collectively as Park Valley. The valley center, or Park Valley proper, is the community center, which contains the church house, store, hotel, the park, and the schoolhouse.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 70
1880 275 292.9%
1890 196 −28.7%
1900 279 42.3%
1910 260 −6.8%
1920 173 −33.5%
1930 167 −3.5%
1940 140 −16.2%
1950 142 1.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

In 1826, explorer Jedediah Smith passed through the area. In 1841, the Bartleson-Bidwell Party brought the first wagons through the valley.

While the Transcontinental Railroad coming to Utah did not pass directly through the valley, its proximity played an important part in the settlement and development of the area. Settlement was apparently a result of surveys conducted for several miles on either side of the railroad right-of-way. Even before the rails were joined at Promontory on May 10, 1869, the effect of the railroad on Park Valley had begun. The first permanent settler was William P. (Cotton) Thomas, who migrated from Brigham City in 1869, and developed a cattle ranch near Dove Creek. The heavy growth of trees along the creek and the view of the valley inspired the name.

The town experienced a minor boom in 1890 when gold was discovered.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Park Valley has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

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