I love driving into the Heber Valley and seeing the peaks of Timpanogos. But what do you know about the legend of Timpanogos? Well I did a little research and found this article in the Heber Valley tourism guide. Enjoy!
Along, long time ago, the Uintah Indians lived by a beautiful silver lake. The lake abounded in fish which the tribe would dry and store for future use. Eventually, the tribe accumulated more dried fish than they needed.
Far to the North, there lived another tribe of Indians called the Nez Perce. One year there was no rain and many of the Nez Perce died from famine. To save his people, Timpanac, the leader’s son, went to pray to The Great Spirit and was told to go south where he’d find a tribe to sell him food. After many days, Timpanac came to the Uintahs’ lake. The leader treated Timpanac kindly and was willing to exchange dried fish for rich furs. In the leader’s teepee, Timpanac saw Ucanogos, a beautiful Indian maiden. When Timpanac returned home, he gave Ucanogos a beaded headband. In return, she gave him a pair of gloves.
When Ucanogos was old enough to marry she asked her father to hold a contest for all braves who wished to marry her. Ucanogos sent a runner to tell Timpanac to come. In order to marry Ucanogos, the assembled braves were required to climb to the top of a mountain where Ucanogos waited. The first to reach her could claim her as his bride. When Timpanac reached the steepest place on the mountain, the other braves were waiting for him. They pushed Timpanac over a ledge where he fell to his death. Ucanogos saw what happened, wept great tears and vowed they would never stop falling. A wall of tears still falls down this canyon—now named Bridal Veil Falls.
She then threw herself off the mountain, praying to The Great Spirit to take her soul and join it with Timpanac’s. The Great Spirit was so saddened by these events he joined their hearts together as one to hang forever in Timpanogos Cave, and he set the Indian Maiden on the mountain top for eternity. Those who travel through Provo Canyon can clearly see her features. The name Timpanogos combines the names of the ill-fated lovers: Timpanac and Ucanogos.