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Mormon History in Salt Lake City

Mormon History in Salt Lake City

Settled in 1847 by Brigham Young and his band of Mormon pioneers, Salt Lake City is renowned for its Mormon legacy, which forms an important part of Utah’s heritage. Today, Salt Lake City is home to a number of significant Mormon sites. Here’s what you need to know to explore the capital’s Mormon past.

Mormon History

Salt Lake City is the well-known center of Mormonism, the official religion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). Temple Square is the site of LDS world headquarters and features the Salt Lake Temple and Assembly Hall. But the Salt Lake Valley’s immigrant history really begins on what is now the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, a 1,300-mile (2,092-kilometer) route used by Mormons to escape religious persecution in the 19th century.

Ways to Experience Mormon History in Salt Lake City

  • Start your discovery at the Church History Museum, where exhibits chronicle the arrival and settlement of Mormon pioneers in Salt Lake City.

  • At the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Temple Square, see the award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform accompanied by the impressive Tabernacle Organ.

  • Sightseeing tours typically visit This Is the Place Heritage Park, which features a re-created pioneer village. 

  • Just outside the city, Pioneer Park marks the location of Salt Lake’s first pioneer campsite, while Ensign Peak is a striking lookout where the pioneer leaders first surveyed the city.  

  • Hiking parts of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail is also a popular choice. Nearby landmarks include Emigration Canyon, the point where the pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley and now a National Historic Landmark.

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Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour

Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour

Go sightseeing in Salt Lake City with ease on this 4-hour coach tour. You’ll see some of Utah's top urban attractions like the Mormon Trail, Temple Square, Old Deseret Village, the State Capitol Building, Fort Douglas and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Plus, purchase lunch at the Lion House, the former home of pioneer Brigham Young, and take in a live recital at the renowned Mormon Tabernacle.
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation