Goshen Valley

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Goshen Valley

(south)-Utah Valley
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View of northeast valley from Warm Springs Mountain, west flank; view of Warm Springs (Utah)
Country United States
State Utah
Region ((southeast)-Great Basin Desert region)
Utah Valley region
County Utah
Borders on Utah Lake-N & NE
West Mountain-NE
Juab Valley-SSE
East Tintic Mountains-W & SW
Communities Goshen, Elberta, Laguna, Mosida (site), Genola, Santaquin
Lake Utah Lake
River Current Creek
Coordinates 39°58′41″N 111°57′8″W / 39.97806°N 111.95222°W / 39.97806; -111.95222Coordinates: 39°58′41″N 111°57′8″W / 39.97806°N 111.95222°W / 39.97806; -111.95222
Lowest point Utah Lake
 - location (southwest) Utah Lake
Length 17 mi (27 km), N-S (see text)
Width 11 mi (18 km), (widest at center
narrows southward at intersecting mountains)
Goshen Valley is located in Utah
Goshen Valley
Goshen Valley in Utah

The Goshen Valley is a 17 miles (27 km) long[1][2] valley located in southern Utah County, Utah, and the valley forms part of its southeast border with the Wasatch Front, and parts of the Wasatch Range. The valley is an extension southwesterly of the Utah Valley.

A southern arm (Goshen Bay), of Utah Lake of Utah Valley bisects the valley, with western shore valley areas extending north to Mosida (site), at the south of the Lake Mountains. The valley's northeast on the southeast Goshen Bay lakeshore is bounded by West Mountain, an off-lying mountain of the Wasatch Range. East of West Mountain is the southernmost part of Utah Valley's southeast, and, northwest, west & southwest of West Mountain is the Goshen Valley.

The southwest of Goshen Valley is bounded by the East Tintic Mountains where County Line Ridge, and other peaks, form the southwest boundary of Utah County. Mountains southeast turn northeast to meet the south of Utah Valley, east of West Mountain.

Goshen, Utah lies in the valley's center-southeast; Santaquin is adjacent northeast, and near the southern end of West Mountain.


The Goshen Valley is mostly a flat triangular shape, extending north–south; the point southward lies between the intersecting mountain foothills and ridgelines on both sides. Northwest is the southwest shore of Utah Lake, where the valley extends past a south arm of the lake (Goshen Bay), to reach Mosida, which lies at the south end of the Lake Mountains. Low foothills border the valley there northwest, and are mostly a mountain spur region (trending northeast) from the East Tintic Mountains, but connecting to the Lake Mountains.

The northeast of the valley ends at southwest West Mountain; there, the mountain forms a 9-mile-long (14 km)[3] spur as the eastern border of Goshen Bay, the lake extension south into Goshen Valley. Also at the southwest of West Mountain are foothills, and a marshy region, as well as White Lake, only 0.5 mi from Utah Lake, separated by a strip of land.

Adjacent just south of West Mountain is another mountain, Warm Springs Mountain, 5,537 feet (1,688 m);[4] its western flank is the site of the abandoned mining operation, the Tintic Standard Reduction Mill, and adjacent west is Warm Springs.

Current Creek and reservoirs[edit]

Various creeks feed from the mountains located southwest and southeast. Current Creek flows north towards Utah Lake in the valley center; the small Goshen Reservoir lies upstream (south) on Current Creek in the center-south of the valley.

The Current Creek Canal lies at the valley's south foothills, with a section for the southwest foothills, and for the southeast foothills. Each section is about 6 miles (9.7 km) long. Mona Reservoir lies beyond the southeast hills upstream, in the far north of Juab Valley. Current Creek drains north through the north half of Juab Valley.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Utah, DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 24-25.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Goshen Valley
  3. ^ DeLorme Atlas, p. 24–25.
  4. ^ DeLorme Atlas, p. 24–25.

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