By Pamela Baumeister

More than 150 years ago, pioneer families migrated to central Utah to find a home of their own. The land in and around what is now known as Spring City became an ideal place for them to plant their roots. The flat, rich soil of the valleys fed by a natural spring and the nearby forests of Manti-La Sal abounding with wildlife still exist. Located along what is now Highway 89 is this hidden gem, now a quaint hamlet that has become a magnet for artists and those seeking a simpler, quieter way of life.

Stretching to the east of Spring City is the picturesque Horseshoe Mountain and Manti-La Sal National Forest. Here, surrounded by nature and plenty of fresh mountain air is 420 acres called Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates. The Estates have been divided into 22 lots and only 10 lots remain available for sale inside this pristine area. This private development is a protected wildlife preserve backing up to the Manti-La Sal National Forest and boasts a trout lake with a beach, picnic area, and pavilion, miles of trails, a paved road, and a landscape that invites you to enjoy. A total of 10 lots remain of both mountainous and flat terrain. Landowners can bring their own builder and create their own private mountain oasis on lots ranging in size from as small as 5 acres to one just over 40. Zoned for residential development, this area is also available to those with a few horses or other farm animals.  All utilities with the exception of natural gas are underground and ready for use including a natural spring culinary water system.

Teeming with wildlife, the Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates has been home to retiree Dr. Kim Bateman and his wife for a few years. He has loved the hiking, snowshoeing, and many opportunities to photograph wild animals with his motion-sensor, infrared camera. Dr. Bateman has snapped photos of the elk feeding in the valleys as well as numerous birds including wild turkey, hawks, and eagles, to name a few. He and his wife wanted a more remote mountain location and began their search in and around Salt Lake, Summit, and Utah Counties. However, they were drawn to Sanpete County and Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates for its privacy, plentiful wildlife, and quiet beauty.

“We’re close enough to the city, but not too close,” says Bateman. With grand sunset views over Mt. Nebo to the west, bright starlit nights, and nature all around them, the couple are still happy with their decision. When they feel the need to venture out for local cultural events, arts, and the rich historical heritage available in the area, they appreciate that they are close to the heart of Spring City, Ephriam, and other neighboring towns.

This location is ideal for year-round living, a seasonal mountain getaway for family reunions, or for annual company retreats. The climate is much like Heber City’s with warm summers and up to 14 inches of snow in the winter. All the roads, trout lake, and common areas are maintained by the HOA and make the lifestyle at Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates a relaxing one.  Dr. Bateman’s grandkids love to visit their grandparents and have the time of their lives enjoying an abundance of pristine nature.

“It’s like we have our own private mountain and the kids never want to leave,” he says.

Finding a family home in the mountains doesn’t require a handcart or a long trek. Those looking for their own quiet oasis will find it at the Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates, located at the base of Horseshoe Mountain. Come and see Horseshoe Mountain Ranch Estates for yourself.

For more information and to set up your tour, contact Ed Klarich at 801-572-4728 or 801-560-4570.