Hideout, Utah

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Hideout Town Hall, August 2014
Hideout Town Hall, August 2014
Location in Wasatch County and the state of Utah
Location in Wasatch County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°38′51″N 111°24′02″W / 40.64750°N 111.40056°W / 40.64750; -111.40056Coordinates: 40°38′51″N 111°24′02″W / 40.64750°N 111.40056°W / 40.64750; -111.40056
Country United States
State Utah
County Wasatch
Incorporated July 22, 2008
Founded by Richard Sprung
Named for Hideout Canyon
 • Total 3.9 sq mi (10 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (9 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation[2] 6,588 ft (2,008 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 678
 • Density 170/sq mi (67/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84036
Area code(s) 435
GNIS feature ID 2547784[2]

Hideout is a town in the northwestern corner of Wasatch County, Utah, United States, in the northern part of the state. Lying just to the north and east of Jordanelle Reservoir along Utah State Route 248 (SR-248), the town was incorporated in 2008 under a short-lived state law. The population was 656 at the 2010 census.


Looking south at the Jordanelle Reservoir from Utah State Route 248 in Hideout, April 2016

Hideout lies about 6 miles (9.7 km) east-southeast of Park City, in an area of the Wasatch Mountains known for its ski resorts and other upscale recreation. The Hideout town boundaries extend from the Todd Hollow Apartments, at the northernmost point of Jordanelle Reservoir, south and east along SR-248, running past the submerged ruins of the ghost town of Keetley.[3] It stops just at the Summit County line, some 4 miles (6.4 km) west-southwest of Kamas. The town includes the luxury planned communities of Hideout Canyon and Soaring Hawk, both still under development.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to Weather.com, Hideout experiences an average daytime high temperature of 87 degrees in July. The highest recorded temperature was 101 °F in 2002. December is the average coolest month. The lowest recorded temperature was -31 °F in 1990. October is the average wettest month, with 1.76 inches of precipitation.


In 2005, Mustang Development company and Wasatch County entered into a development agreement to develop Hideout Canyon.[4] In 2007, Mustang successfully lobbied the Utah State Legislature to pass H.B. 466.[5] This bill, backed by the Utah League of Cities and Towns[3] and passed unanimously by the Legislature,[5] amended the state law on petitions to incorporate a town. The new provisions allowed a petition for a new town with 100–999 residents to be filed with just the signatures of the owners of a majority of the land area,[6] even a single majority landowner. There was no requirement to ask the residents' consent.[3] If the petition met the conditions of state law and its signers owned the majority of the land by value, the new law required the county government to grant the petition and appoint a mayor and town council from a list of individuals approved by the petitioners.[6] In July 2007 Ruby's Inn, in Garfield County, became the first to take advantage of the new law, incorporating as Bryce Canyon City.[7] A petition to incorporate Hideout was filed in November 2007 by Richard Sprung, a real estate agent for Hideout Canyon. By then two other such petitions were pending in Wasatch County: Aspen (ultimately unsuccessful) and Independence.[3]

In February 2008, the Wasatch County Council voted to allow the Todd Hollow Apartments, home to the vast majority of the proposed town's population, to opt out of the incorporation plan, citing a state law permitting "non-urban" properties to opt out. The Council then denied the petition for insufficient population.[8] By March 2008, the Legislature had amended the law again, unanimously passing H.B. 164, which required a petition for incorporation to have the support of half the residents, and provided for an elected mayor and town council.[9] There must also be at least five petition sponsors, who were not allowed themselves to own more than 40 percent of the land.[10] An effort to make the new law retroactive failed, and petitions filed under H.B. 466 went forward.[9] Sprung sued in state court, insisting that Todd Hollow was obviously urban. The court ruled in Sprung's favor, ordering the county to grant the petition.[11] The County Council voted to grant Hideout incorporation in June 2008.[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 656
Est. 2016 875 [13] 33.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

At Hideout's incorporation, the Utah Population Estimates Committee produced an official population estimate of 820.[15] Most of the town's residents live in the Todd Hollow Apartments,[3] with luxury homes scattered between Todd Hollow and the Hideout Canyon development.

As of the census of 2010, there were 656 people residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 46.0% White, 1.1% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5% Asian, 51.5% from some other race, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.0% of the population,[16] making Hideout one of two Utah municipalities (along with Wendover) that are "minority majority".[17] There were 217 housing units, of which 191 were occupied. Only 6 of these units, with a total of 16 residents or 2.4% of the population, were owner-occupied.

In the 2017 election for Hideout town council, a total of 177 votes were cast.[18]

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  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer File for Places: Utah". Archived from the original on April 11, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hideout
  3. ^ a b c d e Joseph M. Dougherty (18 December 2007). "Petition filed to create 3rd new city in Wasatch". Deseret News. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Hideout Canyon Development Agreement" (PDF). Online Document Access. Wasatch County. May 27, 2005. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Christopher Smart (1 December 2007). "Incorporation law causing turmoil". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  6. ^ a b "H.B. 466—Incorporation of a Town Amendments". Bills and Resolutions. Utah State Legislature. 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Martin Stolz (24 July 2007). "In Utah, a 'Company Town' Means Just That". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Rebecca Palmer (14 February 2008). "Wasatch County Council votes against creation of 2 new towns". Deseret News. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Christopher Smart (5 March 2008). "Senate OKs town-incorporation bill". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  10. ^ "H.B. 164—Town Incorporation Process Amendments". Bills and Resolutions. Utah State Legislature. 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Council OKs incorporation of Hideout as a town". Deseret News. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  12. ^ Christopher Smart (19 June 2008). "Hideout will be allowed to incorporate as town". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  13. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "GOPB DEA Sub County Estimates". Governor's Office of Planning and Budget – State of Utah. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Lee Davidson (24 February 2011). "Utah's Latino population skyrockets 78% in 10 years". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "2017 Election Results". Wasatch County. November 14, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 

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