Sanpete County is located in, central Utah, about 90 miles south of Salt Lake
City. The San Pitch River begins on the Wasatch Plateau north of Fairview and
flows through the east branch of Sanpete Valley. The Sanpete valley floor has an
area of about 240 square miles.
The climate of Sanpete County is influenced by the large variations in
topography. The elevation of the Sanpete valley floor ranges from 5,040 to 7,400
feet above sea level and the adjacent mountains rise to over 10,000 feet. The
Sanpete Valley climate is semi-arid despite its high elevation. The average
annual precipitation ranges from approximately 8 inches in the lower valley to
more than 30 inches in the higher mountains. Most of the precipitation in
Sanpete County falls as snow in the mountains, particularly the Wasatch Plateau,
from November to April.