Mormon Pioneer Trail
Overall more than 60,000 pioneers took the Mormon Trail to Utah from 1847-1869; 6,000 died along the way.
The creation and use of the "Mormon Trail" -- the path which early pioneers and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints followed from the east to their new home in the Salt Lake Valley -- is a captivating story of determination and faith (We have prepared a brief history of the initial expeditions into the valley.). Several points along this trail are open to the public today and offer unique insights into life in settlement-era Utah and the feelings these pioneers experienced as they approached their final destination.
Below are some of the sites that we recommend along the Utah portion of the Mormon Trail. (Note: Some information on this page is taken from William C. and Eloise Anderson's book, Guide to Mormon History Travel.)
Echo Canyon (Located just over the Utah-Wyoming border on I-80): As the pioneers entered what is now Utah they found themselves at the bottom of a narrow canyon with steep walls. It was colorful with red rock formations, and they soon discovered its acoustic qualities, which earned it the name Echo Canyon. It was in this same canyon 11 years later that some of those same pioneers would defend their settlements against Johnston's Army. Visitors should consider stopping at the state information center at the mouth of the canyon.
Making their way to Salt Lake City, the pioneers chose Emigration Canyon as the supposed path of least resistence.
This Is the Place Heritage Park
This Is The Place Heritage Park is a lively and fascinating attraction on the eastern edge of Salt Lake City, and marks the symbolic end of the Mormon Trail. The park includes the "This Is the Place" Monument and Heritage Village, where you will find a farm house owned by Brigham Young. It is located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave, and is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (to 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Friday).
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