Welcome to Utah! Hill Air Force Base is in northern Utah’s Davis County, Gateway to the Great Salt Lake, and just south of Weber County, both counties are sandwiched between the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the lake to the west. At roughly 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest inland body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere, but because it is so shallow its size shrinks or swells dramatically with the weather. Both Davis and Weber counties lie mostly east of the lake except for two islands — Davis County’s Antelope Island and Weber County’s Fremont Island — lapped by the lake’s briny waters.
As of July 2015, Davis County was home to more than 336,000 people, the U.S. Census says, with a third of them, 33 percent, less than 18 years old. Weber County had almost 243,650 residents. Davis County towns and communities near Hill Air Force Base include Clearfield, Kaysville, Layton, Sunset and Farmington, the county seat. In Weber County, county seat Ogden and Roy are the population centers.
Among their many historical and cultural attractions, both counties are dotted by sites on the National Register of Historic places, with more than 50 in Davis County and 60-plus in Weber County.
Those attuned to nature will fall in love with the breathtaking mountains, forests and Great Salt Lake, ideal for outdoor activities such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and camping. Museums and parks are among family-friendly attractions, and shopping, dining and nightlife are ripe for exploration. Every month seems to have its events and festivals, whether you’re creeping up on a ruby-crowned kinglet at a bird soiree or craning your neck to count colorful hot air balloons soaring overhead at the Ogden Valley Balloon & Artist Festival.