This Is the Place Heritage Park

This Is The Place Heritage Park is home to Old Deseret Village, a living history museum where you can discover what life was like in mid-1800s Utah. It's a living community that has been painstakingly recreated to represent Utah's past. All of its historic buildings are carefully restored or recreated homes, stores, churches and other structures essential to a bustling pioneer community.

And to make the picture complete, the village is filled with actual citizens—more than 150 cast members who demonstrate everyday pioneer life by making you a part of it.

Experience history. During your visit you will meet the strong, independent people who built Utah and experience the sights and sounds of their times. You will learn how they lived, worked and played. Whether you watch a blacksmith at work, visit a 19th century barbershop, take a carriage ride, or enjoy a treat at the Huntsman Hotel, an afternoon at Old Deseret Village can be magical. With more than forty historic buildings and exciting daily activities, the park offers a delightful mix of education and entertainment.

This Is The Place Monument

Just south of Old Deseret Village is the "This Is The Place Monument." Erected in 1947 to the centennial of Utah's settlement, this world-famous monument commemorates the location where the Mormon settlers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It marks the end of the 1,300 mile Mormon Pioneer Trail. It was designed by Mahonri M. Young, a grandson of Brigham Young. It was Brigham Young who declared, upon entering the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, that it would be the new home of the Mormons who were then traveling toward Utah from the east.


This Is The Place Heritage Park is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, across the street from Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The Park is accessible from I-15 via the 600 South exit, continuing east on 800 South to the Park; and from I-80 via the Foothill Boulevard exit, continuing north to Sunnyside Avenue, then turning east.

Hours & Rates

Admission is free to the Monument and Visitor Center. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Old Deseret Village is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. Special events are also held in October and December.

For more information, please contact: 
This Is The Place Heritage Park 
2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. (800 South) 
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1453 
(801) 582-1847

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