American Fork


Perhaps no community catches the Spirit of America more than the City of American Fork. Tenderly balancing the small-town charm it was founded upon with big-city retail and opportunity, American Fork enjoys steady growth in industry and population. Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Mountainland Applied Technology College, and Provo College are just minutes away. Money Magazine named American Fork 1 of the top 100 places to live in the United States (2005).
The community is enriched by the American Fork Arts Council, which presents a variety of programs throughout the year. The City also enjoys the talents of the American Fork Symphony and the Utah Regional Ballet. The American Fork High School Bands have established a reputation for excellence. The American Fork High School Marching Band finished as a Semi-Finalist in the Grand Nationals competition in 2008 and 2013, and has been State Champions for more than 20 years.
The City is a regional hub, home to the hospital, the Alpine School District headquarters and the Meadows shopping district.


American Fork takes great pride in their schools.  For years they have excelled in all things music.  In 2007, the American Fork High School Marching Band performed in the New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in a United States presidential inauguration and was semi-finalists in the Grand Nationals competition in 2008.

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The City is popular for its outdoor trails, biking, hiking and outdoor recreational opportunities. Recreational and camping opportunities abound, from the American Fork Boat Harbor at Utah Lake to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and the Alpine Scenic Loop, located in beautiful American Fork Canyon. The City’s central location puts it within a half-day’s drive of Utah’s 15 spectacular national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.
The City houses the popular Fox Hollow Golf Course and a fitness center with year-round programs, including swimming.  For a true celebration, come to American Fork during Steel Days. Parades, cooking contests, dances and golf tournaments are just some of the events held during the celebration each summer. 


Ski Resorts

We wouldn't be very good Utahns if we didn't mention the great skiing available! Utah is known for having some of the best powder and ski resorts in the world. Most of them are less than an hour's drive away from Draper. 







Interstate 15 runs through the city, with two exits at American Fork Main St (exit 278) and 500 E (exit 276), providing convenient access to Salt Lake City (30 minutes) and downtown Provo (20 minutes).  American Fork City borders Pleasant Grove and Lindon to the east, Lindon and Lehi to the south, Lehi to the direct west and Highland and Cedar Hills to the north. 



The city takes its name from the American Fork River. It was formerly called Lake City. The streams running into the lake were known as forks. The first settlers on the American Fork creek took the name of the stream for the settlement. American Fork was settled by Mormon pioneers in the summer of 1850 and was incorporated in 1853.
Historical Buildings and Markers of interest in American Fork:
  • American Fork Presbyterian Church built in 1877
  • Apollo Hall
  • Bank of American Fork
  • City Hall Bell
  • Fort Wall of American Fork
  • Harrington School, First Free Public School
  • Historic City Hall
  • Log Cabin Grist Mill
  • Star Roller Mill
For a short 45-minute walking tour of historical downtown American Fork, click the following link:'
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