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Area Overview

Evanston is a railroad town that was founded in November of 1868 when Union Pacific crews were laying track through this part of Uinta County, Wyoming. It has the only remaining complete roundhouse on the old Union Pacific line between Omaha and Sacramento. Life was rough in the small towns that sprung up along the rail route. A riot broke out in the nearby community of Old Bear Town on November 20, 1868, between what at the time was called a "seedy" bunch of robbers and thieves and a vigilante group of the town's upstanding citizens.

Some historians estimate that 30 people died. Old Bear Town eventually disappeared but Evanston thrived and has become the commercial and shipping center of the area. Many of the original settlers picked a rather nice place to put their roots down.

Just a short drive from Park City, Utah and surrounded by mountains on all sides, Evanston is a recreational mecca for fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, camping and many other outdoor recreational opportunities. Evanston enjoys a unique quality of life. Nestled in the Bear River Valley, the city is framed to the south by the majestic Uinta Mountains. The Bear River flows through the community, meandering past Bear River State Park where elk, moose, and bison roam, and a community parkway where deer and people play. The Evanston area embraces ranching, agriculture, and development of natural resources. Our
enviable quality of life is cherished by those who visit and live here.

Walk the grounds of the Fort Bridger State Historic Site just a short drive from Evanston. Fort Bridger was a trading post for pioneers and miners built in the 1840s. Over Labor Day weekend the Fort hosts the Mountain Man Rendezvous, a festival that will give you a taste of real frontier life. For more on that, visit

Evanston Population: 11,507
Airport Elevation: 6780

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Festival of Trees
Summer’s End at the Bear Festival
Chamber Day
Holiday Mixer
Quarterly Legislative Breakfast
Candidate Forums
Monthly Business Luncheon
Business Ribbon Cuttings
Member Chamber Mixers
Annual Community Awards Banquet
The Arts, Inc Concert Series
Where’s Teddy Main Street Promotion
Eukanuba Dog Sled Race
Celtic Festival and Céilí
Beer, Brats, & Bluegrass Festival
Healthy Women’s Conference
Evanston Cowboy Days
Hunter’s Widow Night
Rocktober Fest
Farmer’s Market
Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair
Evanston Expo
Main Street Promotions Committee
Evanston Small Business Network
Evanston Annual Brew Fest
Annual Renewal Ball
Concerts in the Park

Cultural Activities

The Uinta County Museum is located in the historic Carnegie building, completed in 1906. A lovely example of Classical Revival architecture, the building was designed by New York architect Albert Randolph Ross (who also designed a Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.). In 2008, an expansion of the building was completed. Designed by Jackson architect Kurt Dubbe, the new building echoes the historic features of the original structure. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Uinta County and the surrounding region, and to make their collections available to the public.


Bear River State Park
Fossil Butte National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
National Elk Refuge
Oregon Trail
Mormon Pioneer Trail
Pony Express


Commercial airlines in nearby Salt Lake International (SLC) Airport.
Rental cars available at SLC and in Park City, Utah.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  9.5  19.5  29.5  0.7 "
 February  11.7  22.9  34.0  0.6 "
 March  19.3  30.4  41.6  0.9 "
 April  25.9  38.9  51.9  1.1 "
 May  33.4  47.5  61.5  1.5 "
 June  39.9  55.9  71.9  1.0 "
 July  45.5  62.4  79.3  0.9 "
 August  45.0  61.4  77.7  0.9 "
 September  37.1  52.8  68.4  1.3 "
 October  28.2  42.5  56.7  1.2 "
 November  17.8  28.9  40.0  0.8 "
 December  10.1  20.8  31.5  0.7 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Evanston has a semi-arid, high-altitude climate with long, harsh winters and short, mild summers. Summer days are warm and dry, summer evenings get breezy and cool. It is not unusual to receive snow in July (ask any local resident -- they love to brag about it!). Any travel bag to Evanston should include at least a jacket or windbreaker.


There is a RV Park (with campground) located within city limits. A short 15 minute drive in any direction and there are numerous camping and multi-use land amenities. A 30 minute drive to the south and you're in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.


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