Gateway To The Uintas
Once uncharted territory, this is where Native Americans hunted wild game, grazed livestock and tilled the rich soil for their crops. Around the mid-1800s, the Rocky Mountains inspired pioneers from many regions seeking a new life, and some chose to settle in the fertile Kamas valley, where the area provided everything they needed to create an abundant life.
With the Uinta Mountains to the east and Wasatch Range to the west forming the backdrop for the valley, historic farms and cattle ranches still dot the valley. It is now being re-discovered, and this unique equestrian haven is becoming available for a fortunate few to share in the joys of High Star Ranch.
High Star is located 50 miles east of Salt Lake City and 18 miles from the historic resort town of Park City where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. It is away from the bustle of town yet offers easy access to dozens of gourmet restaurants, (with 23 of them Zagat rated) top medical facilities and excellent shopping of all kinds on Main Street and Kimball Junction. There are numerous choices for world-class golfing, art festivals, summer concerts, and the Sundance Film Festival all within 40 minutes of Salt Lake International Airport.
Rich in scenic beauty all around Park City, the area also makes a good starting point for visiting several of Utah’s National Parks which are within a day’s drive. These include Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Dinosaur, Arches and Yellowstone.
High Star Ranch is situated one mile north of Kamas where horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering and a wide array of other backcountry activities flourish in the area. The Weber and Provo rivers are home to Blue Ribbon fly-fishing, and there is boating, swimming and waterskiing on the Jordanelle Reservoir and several lakes close by. There is a famous saying among residents who moved here from other parts of the country: “We came for the winters but stayed for the summers” June through September is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors.
Winter activities close to High Star include several world-class ski resorts, including Deer Valley, which is voted #1 in skier experience year after year. Park City, The Canyons and Sundance, offer downhill skiing and snow boarding. There are also other winter sports such as snowmobiling, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, and helicopter skiing.
Rich in Western heritage, the area offers colorful traditions at the many local events such as rodeos, cowboy poetry evenings, guided horse back rides up into the mountains, bike races, hot air ballooning, wildlife expeditions, marathons, steam engine train rides on the “Heber Creeper” and peaceful float trips on scenic rivers.
There is something to delight every taste and satisfy every whim in this fascinating region. The only problem you’ll ever face is finding enough time in each day to savor it all. We are fortunate to have so much so close and yet be able to savor this beautiful country setting in the Mountain West.