I recently closed on a 2 acre property in Weber County, Utah. I plan on camping on it this summer and over the winter I am going to convert the pole barn style building into an off grid cabin. The building has a 25' trailer parked inside, so it should be a nice place to be this summer. There is currently no water or power on the property.
It's 6800' feet in elevation and about zone 5b. The area receives about 23in of rain annually and 85 in of snow. Here in Utah the rainy season is the fall and spring, we normally have hot dry summers with no rainfall from late May through late August.
The property is mostly covered with gamble Oak that grows as a scrubby tree . They do produce acorns, but it is almost impossible to walk through the lower section of the property. The Oak is about 3-5 feet tall and dense. The property faces east, south-east. The lower portion of the property is sloped at about 11% grade.
I have attached some pictures and google earth images with topo overlay.
I am only planning on having a small raised bed garden this year and just observing the property, the soil is very rocky so digging in a real garden bed is a season long task. The earliest I would do any work is the fall. Hopefully after spending time at the property I will have a better understanding of what the property needs. I am relatively new to Utah so I am learning about the climate and the flora as I go.
I work full time and my job is about 35 mins away. Since I am single with no kids, its easy for me to get away, so I plan to spend as much time as possible up there.