Iron County Resource Assessment
County Resource Assessment
Iron County is comprised of approximately 2,110,720 acres and is in the
Southwestern corner of Utah. Seventy Seven percent of the county is public land
or urban lands. Most Federal Public Land is administered by the United States
Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Much of the State
Land is administered by the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
(SITLA) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).
Major land uses in the county include range, alfalfa and grass hay, corn and
small grain crops, hog production facilities, forest production, and industrial
and urban areas, Recreational uses are also common activities both on private
and public lands. Elevation and Land Cover are diverse within the county.
Elevation and Land Cover are diverse within the county. Elevations range from
over 11,000 feet in the Markagunt Plateau found on the Eastern side of the
county down to 5,000 feet in the Escalante Desert. The county is surrounded by
four mountain ranges which drain into the Escalante Desert. Due to the
variability of Elevation, Precipitation, Land Cover and Land Uses are also quit
The higher elevations support Sub Alpine Meadows, Conifer and Aspen Forests.
These areas receive from 25 to 40 inches of precipitation annually. Middle
elevations support Mixed Forest Communities, Mountain Shrub Lands and
Pinion/Juniper forests. Precipitation in the Mixed Forest Communities ranges
from 15 to 25 inches. Lower elevations support Semi-Desert and Salt Desert
Rangelands and receive 8 to 15 inches of precipitation. It is in this lower
elevation where cropland and irrigated pastures are found. Irrigated lands
utilize water from mountain stream runoff or from underground aquifers.
Complete Assessment - Land Use Statistics
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County, Utah Resource Assessment (PDF, 933 KB)
Summary Assessment - Land Use Statistics