American West Heritage Center – Wellsville, Utah

 

Step into the Past at the American West Heritage Center

 Tales of the rugged, Wild West and the Utah frontier go hand in hand. A number of characters from the old west traveled through and stayed for a while in Utah, including Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and even the Rough Riders (of whom Teddy Roosevelt was a member). It is no wonder then that the American West Heritage Center, tucked away at the foot of the Wellsville Utah Mountains, is such a big draw to tourists and locals alike. It is just a short drive (about 70 miles) north of Salt Lake City, and makes a great stop on just about anyone’s vacation itinerary.

 The American West Heritage Center has tons of fun activities and exhibits that will please the whole family. All of the exhibits give folks a good sense of how life was in the American west.

 The Pioneer Settlement is helpful in teaching visitors about the frontier life and the push west. Here you can see a dugout, a cabin, and a wagon encampment. At the Native American Encampment, visitors can learn about the Shoshone Nation, the Natives who settled the area originally. Patch’s Woodwright Shop shows people how wood is worked by hand to make a variety of different items that were necessary for the pioneer’s survival.

 The Mountain Man Camp shows visitors just how important the fur trade was in the old west, and how the mountain men lived on a day-to-day basis. You can also learn how they trapped their quarry.

 The Jensen Historical Farm, popular with kids due to all of the farm animals living there, is a great example of how farming was done around the early part of the 1900s.

 All of the different exhibits have great activities and games for both children and adults.

 Pony rides and wagon rides are also available throughout the day. You can speak to one of the guides to inquire about the times, as they can change from day to day depending on the availability of the staff.

 Admission to the Center is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children up to college age (with ID). Kids under 3 are free. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can even book group tours and overnight stays where you get to sleep in a tipi!  For accommodations in the nearby Salt Lake City area, visit HotelsCombined.com.

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