The Family History Library – Salt Lake City, Utah

Central Utah

fscenter_lib_slc (1)The Family History Library – Salt Lake City, Utah

Operated by the church of the Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints this library is open and free to the public to help in the search for your family ancestors.  It is operated by FamilySearch, the genealogical arm of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church).

Family History Library can be traced to the founding of the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894.  It is  largest genealogical library in the world and is open to the general public at no charge.  Not only does it trace the ancestors of the LDS community but also anyone else that wants to find their history.  With the huge data base and microfilms and books available from more than 110 countries the information is available.  There are even people that will assist you with your search for no charge.

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Temple Square – Salt Lake City, Utah

Central Utah

Temple Square – Salt Lake City, Utah

Almost everyone has heard of the Temple in Salt Lake City and many of the tourists that come to Utah come for the specific purpose of visiting the temple and the attractions leading to it.  There are three city blocks in downtown Salt Lake City that contain nearly 20 attractions related to Mormon pioneer history and genealogy.  Besides the Temple there is the Tabernacle, and the Family History Library.

The Salt Lake Temple is a worldwide icon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Lteer-day Saints.  This massive granite ediface was constructed in a neo-gothic style over the course of an astounding 40 year period of time between 1853 and 1893.  Only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are permitted to enter the temple, but all visitors are welcome to persue the gerounds and see the grandure of the workmanship of the building and the beautiful flowers and shrubs surrounding the area.

The South Visitor Center is just to the south of the temple and contains exhibits on the building of the Temple and on the family.  At this site you can also see pictures of the temple interior.  The staff will be glad to answer any questions that you have.  The Center is open seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm.

Assembly Hall is the most ornate and colorful building on Temple Square.  It was built in 1877.  It is used today for free weekend concerts.If youa re there on a Friday or Saturday evening you may want to attend the concerts, which are free, and do not require tickets but those under the age of 8 are not permitted to attend.

Salt Lake Tabernacle is the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  It is located just north of Assembly Hall and is truly an architectural and acoustic wonder.  The organ at the front of the Tabernacle contains 11,623 pipes, making it one of the largest and richest-sounding organs in the world.  The building was constructed so that even the drop of a pin at the front of the building can be heard at the back!!  The Tabernacle is usually open daily for tours.  The public is also welcome to attend choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings and the Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts on Sunday mornings.

The North Visitors Center offers the same hours as the South square.  Here is the impressive 11 foot statue of Jesus Christ known as The Christus.

If you are looking for information of genealogical study then you will want to visit the Family History Library.  There are volunteers there to help you through the process if necessary.  The Family History Library is open Monday 8 am to 5 pm and Tuesday – Saturday 8 am to 9 pm.

The Deuel Pioneer Log Home is waiting for you to come and visit.  This is a typical home built in the Salt Lake Valley after it was settled in 1847.

The Museum of Church History and Art features numerous hands-on exhbits such as covered wagons like those the pioneers used.  There is a model log home for you to get the feel of what it would be like for the pioneers to live.  Visitors can also see an 1830’s edition of the Book of Mormon, as well as historical actors, films, and demonstrations.  The museum is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on weekends and holidays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Conference Center seats 21,000 in the auditorium and 850 in the theater.  There are free guided tours available  daily from 9 – 8.  During renovation of the Tabernacle, Music and the Spoken Word is recorded here each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (Visitors must be seated by 9:15 a.m.) The Conference Center is occasionally home to other events, so you might want to consider calling (800) 240-0075 for information before visiting.

Relief Society Building which is where the church offices and a resouce center are located.  It is the oldest women’s organizaiton in the world and an important part of the church.  It is located on the lower level and offers visitors great ideas how to achieve the goal of strengthening home and family.  Hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm.

The Church Office Bulding is the administrative center of the church.  It stands 28 stories high and dominates the Temple Square skyline.  Visitors are welcome to take an elevator to the 26th floor and stand on the observations deck.  It is open Monday through friday 9 – 4:30 (5 during the summer).

Brigham Young Historic Park is a  small park which used to be part of Brigham Young’s farm.  During the summer, the park hosts concerts each Tuesday and Friday evening (8:00 p.m. in June and July; 7:30 p.m. in August). Seating is provided, but you can also bring blankets or chairs.

Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument honors the more than 6,000 pioneers who died crossing the plains between 1847 and 1869.  Brigham Yound is also buried there.

The Social Hall Heritage Museum shows the difficult lives of the pioneers.  The museum, located half a block south of the Pioneer Memorial Monument, is open from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

On the corner of State Street and South Temple is the Beehive House, Brigham Young’s mansion residence. The mansion has been beautifully restored and serves as a museum offering tours showing what life was like for the Young family back in 1855. Tours are free and are available Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., beginning every 10 minutes.

Next to the Beehive House on South Temple is the Lion House, another of Brigham Young’s residences. Today the building operates as social center and has a restaurant on the street level called the Lion House Pantry, featuring homestyle meals and baked goods. The Lion House is open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Finally you can visit the Joseph Smith Memorial Building which was built in 1911.  It houses several attractions of interest so you may want to stop there.

Golden Spike National Historic Site – Ogden, Utah

Northern Utah

Golden Spike Naitonal Historic Site – Ogden, Utah

On May 10, 1869, officials of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met here to drive four symbolic spikes (two of them gold) celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.  With the single telepraphed word, “done”, signaled to the naiton that the transcontinental railroad was completed. 

On the crews there were 8,000 to 10,000 Irishy, German and Italian immigrants that had make the railline possible.  These crews worked for teh Union Pacific.  The Central Pacific had over 10,000 Chinese laborers, who built the line east from Sacramento, California.

Union Pacific’s No. 119 and Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” engines lined up facing each other on the tracks, separated only by the width of one rail. Leland Stanford, one of the “Big Four” of the Central Pacific, had brought four ceremonial spikes. The famed “Golden Spike” was presented by David Hewes, a San Francisco construction magnate. It was engraved with the names of the Central Pacific directors, special sentiments appropriate to the occasion, and, on the head, the notation “the Last Spike.” A second golden spike was presented by the San Francisco News Letter. A silver spike was Nevada’s contribution, and a spike blended of iron, silver, and gold represented Arizona. These spikes were dropped into a pre-bored laurelwood tie during the ceremony. No spike represented Utah, and Mormon Church leaders were conspicuous by their absence.

This line didn’t last a long time, since in 1903-04 construction of the Lucin Cutoff siphoned most of the traffice from Promontory’s “Old Line” and the last tie of laurel was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Then, in 1942, the old rails that ran for teh 123 mile Promontory Summit line were salvaged for war efforts in ceremonies marking the “Undriving of the Golden Spike”. 

A Memorial marker of the “Last Spke” had been placed along the right-of-way in 1943.  Following the end of WWII local residents began marking the event.  In 1957 Congress established a seven-acre tract as the Golden Spike National Historic Site., in 1965 Congress enlarged the site to is current 2,176 acres and is administered by the National Park Service.

Today steam engines run daily from May to August and from Christmas to New Year’s Day for the public.  The Park Service can direct visitors to walking and driving tours along the old grades, as well as to photo and other exhibits celebrating the transcontinental railroad.

Promontory Summit is the location of the National Park site.  It is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Odgen.  Going north on I 15 a few miles past the Brigham City Exit you will see the signs directing you west on Utah Highway 83 to the Golden Spke Historic Site.  Just a word of caution, when you come to Corrine you may want to make sure you have checked your gas gauge since there are no places to get foor at the site (other than vending machines and modern plumbing) but no gas station.

The main building at the site contains a theater, displays, ticketing and administrative offices along with a gift shop.

You will enjoy seeing the steam engines, “Jupiter” and “No. 119″.  Both of the original engines were creapped in the early 1900’s but these replicas are there for you to enjoy.

Central Pacific Railroad Each Saturday during the summer the engines are drawn up facing each other as they were in 1869 and the Golden Spike Ceremony is re-enacted by local volunteers in period costume who take the roles of the prominent guests who were present at the event.

The “Railroaders Festival” is held each year on the second Saturday in August. In addition to the regular re-enactment of the ceremonial driving of the the golden spike, the Railroaders’ Festival features a number of other activities including Handcar races and rides, contests, an Old Time Fiddlers’ Concert, Buffalo Chip Throwing and other wholesome family activities.

Golden Spike is in the MOUNTAIN time zone and does change to daylight savings time.

Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. Outside attractions are open during daylight hours.

Please call (435) 471-2209 ext. 29 for latest information.

ENTRANCE FEES ~ Private, noncommercial vehicle (See Pass Information below.)

Vehicle $7.00 (summer)/$5.00 (winter) – 7 Days 

Fee is good for all persons riding in a private, noncommercial vehicle.

Individual $4.00 (summer)/$3.00 (winter) – 7 Days

Admits one individual when entering by bicycle or motocycle.

Heritage Highway 89 – Sevier Valley Region

Central Utah

Heritage Highway 89 – Sevier Valley Region

This portion of the Heritage Highway 89 will give you a taste of the history of the area from pre-historic Indian sites to remnants of the old west.  The farmers and ranchers of the area follow the ancient Native American tradition of living off the land.  There are forts, state parks and historical markers all along the way to give you a history lesson as you travel.

If you can spend a little time in the area you will be able to take in some of the local culture like livestock auctions and Dutch oven dinners that are filled with stories of Butch Cassidy characters.  Truly an enjoyable area to spend some time in.

The highway passes through 13 different areas with history and culture all their own.  Salina was settled in 1864 but was abandoned after the Blackhawk War and rebuilt a few years later.  The community was founded by about 30 families from the Mormon groups.  The found abundant salt deposits in the area so they named the area Salina.

With the creek north of the settlement being able to provide power and water for irrigation, domestic purposes, and run the sawmills, grist mills, salt refineries and generation of electricity the community was well on the way to advanced living.  When the railroad ran through the area in 1891 it became a shipping terminal between the areas settlements and the rest of the state. 

During WWII Salina contained a POW camp, housing 250 German prisoners.  Not all went well during this time because of a Private Clarence Bertucci who climbed one of the guard towers and took aim at the tents of the prisoners.  He fired 250 rounds and managed to hit thirty tens in his 15 second ramage.  By the time he was disarmed he had killed 6 prisoners and wonded 22, three of these would later die of their wounds.

Glenwood was established in 1863.  There was a stone fort constructed at this site in 1866.  It didn’t help when the Black Hawk War of 1867 began.  The settlers and the local indians left Glenwood for a one year period although they came back when peace resumed in 1868.  There are a number of historic buildings to see in Glenwood.

Fish Lake is a small town boasting of deep waters and record trout.  Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow, brown and lake trout, as well as splake.

Redmond is names because of the red mounds west of town.  Bentonite clay deposits and a salt mine are part of this area witht he salt mine being nearly 100 years old and still remains active.

The little town of Aurora offers you some fun shopping in their antique stores and seeing the beautiful hand-sculptured stone furniture.

In Siguird the post office was the key to the community.  You will enjoy seeing all the crafts available in this area.

Richfield is the largest city int he area and is truly a rich farming area.  Creameries, museums, antique stores and more wait for you to come and visit.  While there enjoy the mystic hot springs of the area.

Monroe was a fort built to protect agains Indian invasions.

Joseph (once known as Jericho) honors the heritage of early pioneers and farmers with its Old Farm Museum.  There are tools from the era on display for you to see.

Then there is Sevier which was names in honor of the river and county.

Heritage Highway 89 – Little Denmark Section, Utah

Central Utah

Heritage Highway 89 – Little Denmark Section, Utah

This area of the Hertiage Highway 89 is primarily influenced by Scandinavian prioneers that were sent by Brigham Young to settle the area.  The skill of the Masterful Scandinavian woodworkers and the stained glass providers are relected in many of the marvelous local bed and breakfast inns in the area.  There are 11 different communities that youw ill pass through on this leg of the journey.

Fairview, which was originally named North Bend in 1859, was a site for gathering wild hay.  The name was changed to reflect the few available from the town, 30 miles of grain were visible from the site.  At one time there was a stone fort built with 10 foot walls to protect the settlers from Indians.

Mt. Pleasant was settled first in 1852 as Hambleton Settlement.  The Native Americans drove the origianl settlers from the town and burned the community to the ground.  The settlers relocated to Spring Town (Spring City) and later to Manti for protection.   Wehn a large colonizing party from Ephraim and Manti returned to the area in 1859 they laid out a new, permanent townsite located one hundred miles south of Salt Lake City and twenty two miles northeast of Manti.  By 1880, at which time Mt. Pleasant was the county’s largest city, with a population of 2,000, more than 72 percent of its married adults were foreign born. This ethnic diversity had an important impact on village life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For decades, five languages were commonly spoken in town, creating confusing and sometimes amusing communication problems.  The treaty ending the Black Hawk Indian War was signed here.

Fountain Green was originally a campground for Mormon colonists immigrating to Sanpete VAlley.  The twon was settled in 1859.  With Big Springs, Silver Creek and large artesian wells at this locaiton it helped to jusitfy the town’s name.  It has long been known for its cooperatively owned Spanish Merino sheep herd.  Each July the community has a celebraiton called Lamb Day.  It is famous for its underground pit cooking over 30 lambs that are made into lamb sandwiches.  The event includes a play mutton busting, carnival, softball games, fun run, and a parade so if you are in the area in July, join the celebration.

Moroni was orginally names Mego and Sanpitch which were the names of the local Native Americans.  It was established in 1859 and renamed Moroni for the Book of Morman prophet and angel.  The community is also home to Moroni Feed Company, one of the world’s most successful turkey cooperatives.

Ephraim was settled in 1854 and was once the most important fort built for protection from Indians during the Black Hawk War.  Ephraim is the home of historic Snow College.

Manti was settled in 1849 and is the oldest community in Sanpete County.  Chief Waler invied Brigham Yount to establish the village.  The Manti Temple was bult from local stone between 1877 and 1888.

Sterling was settled in 1873, it has also been known as Pettyville, Pettytown, Leesburg and Buncetown.

When you get to Mayfield you will see why the town got that name, the flowers in the spring are beautiful.

Gunnison was established in 1862 by settlers from Chalk Hill Point and Kearns Camp came together to form a single community on higher ground.

Providence Center Lighthouse – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Providence Center Lighthouse – Cedar City, Utah

Every community wants something that will bring people to them to shop and enjoy the community.  Cedar City got a lighthouse.  Yes, right there in the middle of dry land there is a lighthouse that stands 90feet tall and was disassembled in Europe, shipped to Cedar City, and reassembled.  Why? To draw people to the shopping and dining center, something different, something that people would enjoy seeing and could be seen from miles away. 

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Old Iron Town – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Old Iron Town – Cedar City, Utah

Old Iron Town is worth the visit following a stop at the Frontier Homestead State Park.  It is located 25 miles west of Cedar City and tells the story of southern Utah’s historic mining industry.  It was during the 1850’s that the area actually became occupied when Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young sent several families to the Cedar City area to establish an iron works.

During the 1870’s Iron City (Old Iron Town) was established as Iron County’s second attempt at mining iron.  Along with the houses for the families the area had a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, a foundry (all that remains of the foundry today is the chimney and rock walls) and charcoal kiln. 

Charcoal Kiln: Pinyon and Juniper wood was burned in this kiln to produce a porous residue made up of pure carbon. This residue was then burned in the smelting process where it produced an intense heat without smoke.  After the kiln was filled to the upper door with wood, the fire was started in the center at the bottom of the kiln. The fire was then drawn to the top of the kiln by unsealed space that was left open around the upper door. When this space was closed the fire was regulated by vent holes. This burning of the wood lasted three to seven days.

By 1870 the population of Iron City had reached 97. 

Although the city seemed to prosper in the beginning, it was only operated for 7 years.  Transportation for the ore was too big a problem and the money panic of 1874 was another.  The Depression of 1873 started in Europe but quickly spread to the United States.  It was triggered by the fall in demand for silver internationally, which followed Germany’s decision to abandon the silver standard in the wake of the Franco-Prussian war.  Financial failures in the Austro-Hungarian capital, Vienna, turned into the panic that lead to the depression and caused the repercussions such as the closing of the Old Iron Town.

While you are visiting you can tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive shaped charcoal oven.  You may want to stroll down the 1/4 mile trail and enjoy the area.

There are restrooms and a small covered picnic area for you to enjoy.  Although there are o campgrounds at Iron Town you can go to primitive caping at Newcastle reserv

 

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

What used to be called Iron Mission State Park is now called Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.  Here you will learn the story of the development in Iron County when Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries there to mine iron in the
1850’s.

Although there was iron ore discovered in the area which is why Cedar City was founded, to mine the iron ore to help build the area.  The community was founded in 1851.  The colony built a blast furnace and operated a iron foundry.  Although all was intially good there were difficulties that arose that lead to the mine closing in 1858.  The Frontier Homestead State Park was founded in 1973 to commemorate this effort.

The Frontier Homestead houses the Gronway Parry horse-drawn wagon collection which is comprised of wagons, buggies, sleighs and stagecoaches.  Just imagine having to travel everyplace at the speed these wagons could take you.  You will see a bullet-scarred stagecoach, let your imagination fly with how they got there!  You will see a replica Wells-Fargo Overland Stage, a classically luxurious Brougham, and a coach owned by Joseph F. Smith, former leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You will find carriages, surreys, horse-drawn farm machinery, a hearse, and even a “one horse open sleigh.”

You will also be able to see a pioneer cabin, a 19th century printing press, a 100 year old loom for rug weaving, you will hear the original 1850’s Cedar City town bell too.  There are also many hands on activiteis for you to participate in as you are there.  There are special programs including backroom curation tours, a Junior Curator kit for children, rotating art exhibits, and over 20 video presentations covering the history and natural wonders of Utah and the American Southwest.

Each November, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats are available at the Museum’s Community Night held during this time. Special programs, school presentations, and guided walks of Cedar City’s Main Street are also held during this exciting festival.

The park covers 11 acres and is at an elevation of 5,800 ft.  There is no camping there, day use only.  The park is open year round for a day use fee of $3. 

You can tracel just 20 miles west of Cedar City and see the authentic historic ruins of a 19th century iron foundry at Old Iron Town.  You will want to stop at the museum first for a brochure and directions.

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Location:
635 North Main
Cedar City, UT 84720-1079
(435) 586-9290

Canyonlands National Park – Moab, Utah

Central Utah

Canyonlands National Park – Moab, Utah

This park is open year round for enjoyment anytime.  You can start out at the Island in the Sky Visitor Center which is located just inside the park, on the main orad leading into the Island in the Sky District.  It is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, except some winter holidays.  They have extended hours spring through fall.  There are exhibits, publicaitons and inforamtion available at the center.  You can also buy some bottled water to have with you when you go out to see the canyons.

If you start in Needles there is a visitor center there too, located on Route 211, just inside the park.  They also have the same information as Island.

The Maze Dstrict – Hans Flat Ranger Station has the same hours and is located 24 miles south of I-70 on Utah HWY 24.  Just south of the Goblin Valley State Park turnoff, on the east side of the road is a dirt road. Follow this road 46 miles to the Ranger Station. Here is where you obtain permits for overnight trips in The Maze District. You may also call 435-259-2652 for permits.

If you go to the Horseshoe Canyon District you will not find a visitor center or ranger station.  The main turn off to Horseshoe Canyon is 24 miles south of I70 on Utah HWY 24. Just south of the Goblin Valley State Park turnoff, on the east side of the road is a dirt road. Follow the dirt road for 30 miles. There is a fork in the dirt road with directional signage. The left fork goes to Horseshoe Canyon and the Right fork to Hans Flat Ranger Station. No water is available at Horseshoe Canyon. There is a vault toilet but no other service. No camping is allowed in Horseshoe Canyon, but is available at the west rim trailhead. No entrance fees required.

Individual Entrance to Canyonlands: $5 (Good for 7 Days) This fee applies to motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins (per person).

Vehicle Entrance to Park: $10 (Good for 7 days)
This fee includes all occupants of a vehicle.

Local Passport: $25 (Good for one year)
Good for entrance to Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges.

Island in the Sky is a sheer-walled mesa that consititues the northern part of Canyonlands National Park.  You can take a scenic drive along the rim of the mesa to see this area.  There are pullouts at vistas where you get a fabulous view of the area that has been created by the Colorado and Green rivers.  For those of you that really like to be way up there, just look down and you will see that in many places you are 1,000 feet above the floor, it is vertually straight down.

Island in the Sky is the most accessible district in Canyonlands.  If you are short on time this is the canyon you want to visit.  It is a great place for four-wheeled drivers and mountain bikers.  The route follows the shelves under the mesa rim and extends for about 100 miles.  Some bikers make it in a day but others choose to camp in the designated campsites and finish the next day.  You do need a permit for overnight stays anywhere in the park and be aware there is no potable water at these sites.

If you are looking at visiting the southeastern nportion of the park you will be visiting Needles.  This area has colorful sandstone spires, hundreds of them in fact, coming up from teh canyon floor.  Along with the spires there are entrenched canyons, natural arches and sheet-walled cliffs.  If you are a rock climber you may find this an enjoyable outting.

The area is famous for its rough jeep trails, some considered the most challenging in the world.  You will need to have a high clearance 4×4 optimized for off-road travel to drive some of the routes that are avaiable.

If you want a beautiful place to hike this is the place for you.  You can get ot Chesler Park, Cave Spring, Confluence Overlook, Elephant Hill or Roadside Ruin from the paths that are available here.

You can also see Newspaper Rock which is a large rock covered with figures carved by various prehistoric cultures.  It is a Utah State Historic Monument.

Another area that requires the 4×4 high-clearance four-wheel drive jeep is the Maze.  It is remote with difficult roads and trails.  If you choose to go here you will need more time than requried at the other stops just because of the remoteness of the area.  Rarely do visitors spend less than three days here and actually is better if you plan a week.

While you are in this area you will be able to see the Doll House, Maze Overlook, Land of Standing Rocks, Golden Stairs, and Orange Cliffs.

This isn’t an area that you casually drop into.  You need to know what you are doing, you need a topographical map and gps in order to get around here and not get lost.  You are 100 miles from nowhere, down axel-busing jeep trails where vehicles crawl along at 5 mph so you certainly don’t want to get lost.  Use the right skill set to visit here, it’s not for the amature first outting.

Hiking
Most trailheads start from four-wheel-drive roads. Visitors with two-wheel-drive vehicles may park at the North Point Road junction, approximately 2.5 miles southeast of the Hans Flat Ranger Station, and hike 15 miles to the Maze Overlook. Depending on the vehicle, hikers may also be able to negotiate the 14-mile road to park at the top of the Flint Trail switchbacks. Another popular way for backpackers to reach the Maze is via jet boat shuttle from Moab. A two-hour shuttle provides access to Spanish Bottom on the Colorado River. From there, a foot trail climbs over 1,000 feet to the Doll House.

Another exciting place to visit is Horseshoe Canyon.  It contains some of the most significant rock art in North America.  It has the “Great Gallery” which offers well-preserved, life-sized humanoid figures with intricate designs.

This canyon is not contiguous witht he rest of Canyonlands National Park.  It is located between the towns of Green River and Hanksville.  You can access it from the Hanksville side, from Utah Highway 24 via 30 miles of graded dirt road.  Or you can come from Green River on 47 miles of dirt road. 

Hike DetailsRound-trip distance: 6.5 miles
Elevation change: 830 feet
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Time needed: 4+ hours
Water: Carry all you need. (There may be running water in the canyon, but don’t count on it. Never drink stream water unless it is treated or filtered.)
Seasons: Spring and fall are best. Hiking can be pleasant during mild periods in winter. Summers are hot, but hiking can be enjoyable during morning hours.

Groups of 20 or more must arrange to hike with a ranger. Contact the ranger station at the number below.

Other rules: No pets; no bicycles; no motorized vehicles. A free permit is needed to bring horses into the area.

Tours: Ranger-led hikes are offered every Saturday and Sunday from April-November. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead bulletin board.

Hans Flat Ranger Station: 435-259-2652.

Anasazi State Park Museum – Boulder, Utah

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Southern Utah

Anasazi State Park Museum – Boulder, Utah

One of the charms of doing a trip into this area of the state is to be able to visit the historical areas and learn about how people lived before the influx of Europeans came to the area.  The ancient Indian village in the heart of Utah’s canyon was one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River.  The word Anasazi is Navajo for “Ancient Ones” or “Ancient Enemy”.

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