Alta is located in a National Forest and within the Salt Lake City watershed area. Alta shares that watershed and is dedicated to protecting it, along with support from Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, the Unified Police Department and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The Town of Alta administration recognizes the importance of educating the public regarding natural resource issues and has spent considerable effort to mount interpretive signs, build restroom facilities, hire personnel, and develop trails.

For more information about the Town of Alta watershed area, please read the Salt Lake City Watershed Management Plan.