Measuring at 11,750 feet, Mount Timpanogos reigns the Wasatch Range and over Utah Valley. Drive north on I-15 from almost any point in Utah Valley and your gaze will inevitably meet the stunning Mt. Timpanogos skyline. There is a local lore associated with this mountain. Pause to appreciate its particular grandeur, but look closely, and soon you will discover the form of a maiden Utahna, who leapt to her death from the very highest peak.

  • Location

    American Fork Canyon Rd, American Fork, UT 84003

    801-342-5100

  • Description

    Measuring at 11,750 feet, Mount Timpanogos reigns the Wasatch Range and over Utah Valley. Drive north on I-15 from almost any point in Utah Valley and your gaze will inevitably meet the stunning Mt. Timpanogos skyline. There is a local lore associated with this mountain. Pause to appreciate its particular grandeur, but look closely, and soon you will discover the form of a maiden Utahna, who leapt to her death from the very highest peak.

    First told by Brigham Young University professor Eugene Roberts in 1922, the legend of Mount Timpanogos reveals the tragic story of beautiful Utahna and her beloved young brave, Red Eagle.

    Long, long ago there was famine in the land, and, fearing that the Great God had grown angry, the Chief tribesman called for a sacrifice. He gathered all the young girls and bid them choose from pebbles to determine who should be sacrificed. The Chief’s own daughter was of age to be chosen, and as fate would have it, the lot fell upon her. Though sadness overtook the tribe, Utahna bade her friends goodbye and ascended the mountain.

    As she journeyed, Utahna’s beauty mesmerized young Red Eagle, who followed her in secret. Once at the top, Utahna outstretched her arms, offered a prayer for her people, and prepared to leap. Realizing the task before her, Red Eagle spoke softly, urging her not to jump. Immediately Utahna turned and knelt before him, thinking he was the Great God and offering herself as a sacrifice for her people.

    Tempted by her beauty, Red Eagle allowed Utahna to believe he was indeed the Great God, and together they spent many moons in happiness. They lived in the heart of a crystal cave where all was well until one day when Red Eagle was wounded by a grizzly. Confused and delirious from suffering, Red Eagle admitted the truth to his lover, who cared diligently for him while secretly preparing once again to fulfill her duty.

    Early one morning Utahna ascended the mountain and, with the sunrise, thrust out her arms and leaped to the crags below. Watching helplessly from a distance, Red Eagle ran to her broken body, gathered it up and carried her to the cave. There he mourned for her until he too was bereft of life. In honor of their love the Great God smiled upon them, melded their hearts into one, and fastened it forever to the ceiling of the cave.