The History of Eagle Mountain
Located to the west of Utah Lake and just bordering Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain had its beginnings starting at the end of 1996. Since then, it’s grown into a city of 35,000 residents. It’s part of the Provo-Orem Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Read on to learn about the history of Eagle Mountain and how it’s exploded with growth in just the last decade. In the last ten years, Eagle Mountain grew from 22,000 to 35,000.
Home to several natural landmarks, Eagle Mountain, boasts a site along the Pony Express trail where mail service delivered messages, newspapers, and mail, in 1860 and 1861 using horse-mounted riders. They delivered between Missouri and California in the U.S. Another fun landmark is the 1,800-year-old rock art petroglyphs carved by ancient Fremont Indians.
Parks and Recreation
With four regional parks and over thirty-five local parks, Eagle Mountain has plenty of green space for families to gather. The Mountain Ranch Bike Park is the first of its kind along the Wasatch Front and features a jump line, two slopestyle tracks, and a skills area with a pump track and wood features. In 2015, the city council approved a budget for expanding the Cory B Wride Memorial park.
Three significant roads run into Eagle Mountain: Utah State Route 73, Eagle Mountain Blvd, and Pony Express Pkwy, which extends east to Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs. Two of these roads (SR-73 and Eagle Mountain Blvd), as well as Ranches Parkway, provide regional access to the city from Salt Lake Valley, and Pioneer Crossing, Redwood Road, and Pony Express Parkway provide access to Utah County. Located about fifteen miles away from I-15 is the city center.
Eagle Mountain is the fourth-fastest growing city in Utah County as of 2018 and is the largest city by land size with 44.46 square miles of land.
Eagle Mountain is also home to Olympic medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace and the Paralympic medalist David Blair.
Nearly 18.5 percent of the city’s residents are under the age of five, which is the highest percentage of any Utah County city. There’s also 48 percent who are under the age of eighteen, also the highest percentage of Utah County cities.
Annually, the city celebrates Pony Express Days in summer, to commemorate the Pony Express Trail, which now boasts of pedestrian, biking, and equestrian trails along the original alignment of the path.
Eagle Mountain, although incorporated in 1996, is not the newest city. Incorporated after, was Saratoga Springs, Cedar Hills, Woodland Hills, and Fairfield.
Overall Niche Grade
According to Niche.com, Eagle Mountain has a report card of B+, with jobs, good for families, health and fitness, and outdoor activities receiving an A grade, and housing, nightlife, commute, public schools, weather, and diversity a solid B grade. Residents polled said they felt very safe in the city. Eagle Mountain also rates #15 for best suburbs to buy a house in Utah.
If you’re looking for open spaces, incredible views, and a small-town feel, visit Eagle Mountain today and revel in the city’s ambiance and culture.