Frequently Asked Questions


Where Can I get Funding?
The Utah Heritage Tourism Toolkit provides information on a variety of available grant programs.  The State Historic Preservation Office also has information regarding funding sources, or you can call (801) 533-3500.

Technical Assistance

Where Can I get Technical Assistance?

The Utah Heritage Tourism Toolkit provides information on a variety of available technical assistance. The State Historic Preservation Office also provides technical assistance, or you can call (801) 533-3500.

Sites and Happenings

What are the most popular tourist attractions in Utah?
For 2001:
1. LDS Temple Square - 5 to 7 million
2. Glen Canyon Nat'l Recreation Area (Lake Powell) - 2.3 million
3. Zion National Park - 2.0 million
4. Lagoon Amusement Park - 1.2 million
5. Bryce Canyon National Park - 1.0 million
6. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area - 940,000
7. Wasatch Mountain State Park - 924,000
8. Quail Creek State Park - 793,000
9. LDS Family History Research Centers - 792,000
10.Arches National Park - 754,000

Where is a historic site/area/district?
The National Park Service's National Register Information System has four searchable categories available: name, location, agency and subject. If you do a location search, a link is provided to bring up a topographical map.  The Office of Historic Preservation has a concise listing of National Register sites in Utah listed by county, city and address .

Where is a good place to visit and have a heritage experience?
The Utah Heritage Highway offers a variety of heritage experiences.

What is Camp Floyd?
The camp was built by troops sent to Utah by President Buchanen as a response to reports of rebellion in the territory. This event would come to be known as the "Utah War." The camp was completed on November 9, 1858 and named after the Secretary of War at that time, John B. Floyd. The camp was located in Cedar Valley near the present-day community of Fairfield. Its name was changed to Camp Crittenden in 1860, and the site was abandoned in 1861 after the start of the U.S. Civil War.

What did the CCC do in Utah?
The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 by President Roosevelt as one of his New Deal programs that would help lift the country out of its economic depression. The program ran from 1933 to 1942 and employed more than 22,000 Utah citizens that would have otherwise been out of work. The program also pumped over $52,000,000.00 into the Utah economy. In its nine year run the CCC had 116 camps in the state and these camps performed a variety of tasks. They built roads, bridges, canals and reservoirs. They also worked on soil erosion and fire suppression

What about Ghost Towns?
We normally think of ghost towns as communities that sprang up overnight when lucky prospectors discovered rich ore deposits and then faded away when the market prices fell or the mineral deposits played out. However, this isn't the case for all Utah ghost towns. The town of Iosepa in Tooele County is an interesting example. It was established in 1889 by Mormon converts from the Hawaiian Islands. 1200 acres were purchased in Skull Valley and the Church built homes, a school, and a chapel. The citizens did their best to make Iosepa a success but they had difficulty adapting to the harsh conditions. Water was scarce and farm production was inconsistent at best. Iosepa was also hit by cases of leprosy, which took a number its residents. The town held few opportunities for young people and many left looking for work in larger cities and towns. Unable to hold onto its residents the town finally collapsed in 1917.

What are the Gilgal Gardens?
Gilgal Gardens is located at 452 South 800 East in Salt Lake City. The garden was the creation of Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. and expresses his religious and philosophical beliefs. Mr. Child began the garden in 1945 and continued working on and creating new sculptures for it until 1963. Recently, Salt Lake purchased the garden and made it a city park.

Where are mines?
The Mining Heritage Alliance website includes a location map and other helpful information on maps in Utah.

  • American Fork: American Fork is located in Utah County. Mining began in this area in 1868. The American Fork Mining District was established in 1870 and between the years 1870 and 1876 mining operations in the district produced four million dollars worth of minerals. Silver, lead, and gold deposits were all mined in the district.
  • Park City: Park City is located in Summit County. The first mining claim recorded in the Park City mining district was the Young American lode in 1869. Park City was incorporated in 1884 after its growth was given a significant push by the development of the Ontario mine. Other mines in the area were the Pinon, the Walker, and the Buckeye. Hard times in the mining industry had reduced economic activity in Park City to a trickle by the 1950's but by the 1960's Park City began to   thrive again as it developed into a resort community.
  • Ophir: Soldiers from Colonel Patrick Connor's command were the first to see the potential mining wealth in this Tooele County location in the late 1860's. After the first mineral deposits were discovered numerous mining claims were established, such as the Silveropolis, Chloride Point, the Antelope, and the Shamrock. Mining wealth brought rapid growth in the 1870's and 80's but as the mining Business slowed the town's promising future faded.

Where is Park City?
Park City is located in Summit County. The first mining claim recorded in the Park City mining district was the Young American lode in 1869. Park City was incorporated in 1884 after its growth was given a significant push by the development of the Ontario mine. Other mines in the area were the Pinon, the Walker, and the Buckeye. Hard times in the mining industry had reduced economic activity in Park City to a trickle by the 1950's but by the 1960's Park City began to thrive again as it developed into a resort community.

Where/What is Temple Square
Temple Square is Salt Lake's biggest attraction and one of the major tour sites of the West, attracting over 5 million visitors each year. It occupies 35 acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, and houses two visitor centers, two church meeting houses, and the world-famous Salt Lake Temple. Construction on the temple began in 1853 and was completed 48 years later. Using hand drills and hammers, temple workers shaped and polished granite blocks hauled by horse-drawn wagon into the valley. The building's foundation walls are 16 feet thick and 16 feet deep. The walls that rise from the foundation are nine feet thick at the base tapering to six feet at the top. The temple's highest spire, reaching 210 feet, is topped by a 12-1/2 foot statue of the Angel Moroni made of hammered copper thickly overlaid with gold leaf. There are no public tours inside the Temple.

The Tabernacle Building on Temple Square is truly unique in its architectural style. Legend has it that Brigham Young blue-printed its unusual design after contemplating a hollowed-out egg shell cracked lengthwise. The result, indeed, looks like a huge eggshell sitting atop an oval building. Young wanted his conference center's roof to be self-supporting, without pillars or posts to obstruct audience views, so bridge-building techniques of the day were employed. The domed roof was created by using steam to bend the massive beams and weighting them at both ends. Red sandstone for the Tabernacle's 46 supporting piers was quarried from Red Butte Canyon, east of Salt Lake City. Nearly 1.5 million feet of lumber was hauled from the Wasatch Mountains to complete the project. The tabernacle took 12 years to complete The 11,000-pipe Tabernacle Organ features prominent golden pipes made of round wood staves, hand-carved from Utah timber. Ten pipes from the original organ still work. Today, Temple Square tours feature a demonstration of the Tabernacle's remarkable acoustics. Visitors may sit in the rear of the building as the tour-guide drops a pin on the floor close to the podium. The sound rings clearly throughout the hall. The Tabernacle's acoustics are also the reason the Grammy-award winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir calls it home. Daily organ recitals are given Mon-Sat at noon and 2:00 pm (noon only in winter) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. All recitals are free.

Visitors can hear the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir at free performances inside the Tabernacle two times a week. A performance each Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. is a rehearsal, but is open to the public. On Sunday, the Tabernacle doors open at 8:15 a.m. for the broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word." The program begins at 9:30 am. The audience must be seated by 9:15 am to avoid interrupting the broadcast.

Parking in downtown Salt Lake City: Just north of Temple Square, on the corner of State Street and North Temple, there is a $5 all-day lot. On the corner of 200 West and North Temple (on the northeast corner) there is a $3 all-day lot. On the corner of 200 West and North Temple (southeast corner) there is a $3 all-day lot. Downtown's two major malls, ZCMI Center and Crossroads Mall, charge by the hour.

What is the mammoth hole in the mountain west of Salt Lake City?
Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine ranks as one of Utah's most popular and fascinating tourist attractions.  A Visitors Center inside the mine itself features informative exhibits and videos, allowing you to observe the operations of the world's first open-pit copper mine, dating back to 1906.  Known as "The Richest Hole on Earth," this gigantic operation has yielded more than 15 million tons of copper metal, as well as vast quantities of gold, silver and molybdenum.  It is the largest man-made excavation in the world.  Since open-pit mining began, approximately six billion tons of material has been removed, creating a pit more than a half-mile deep and two-and-a-half miles wide.  The mine was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1972 by the United States Dept. of the Interior.  The Bingham Canyon Mine is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.  Inside the Visitors Center are historic photographs, interactive exhibits, and three-dimensional models.  From the visitor center overlook you can watch 240 and 320 ton capacity haulage trucks deliver copper ore to the in-pit crusher, where the material is reduced to the size of soccer balls before being loaded onto a five-mile conveyor that carries the ore to the Copperton Concentrator.  Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center is closed during the winter months.  It is open to the public April 1 to October 31, weather permitting - seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Entrance Fees:  Motorcycle-$2.00, Passenger Vehicle-$4.00, Mini Tour Bus-$20.00, Tour Bus-$40.00.  There is no admission charge for school buses. Bring your class to learn about mining!  100% of Fees Are Donated to Charity ( Admission Fees are tax deductible).  To find a map and directions to the Mine, visit Kennecott Visitor Center.

How can I attend a Native American celebration?
Opportunities to experience the festivals associated with Utah's tribal cultures are unforgettable.  Listed here are some events where visitors are welcome.  DATES ARE TENTATIVE.  Be sure and inquire locally about specific dates and times.  For more information on modern Utah Tribes and events, contact the Utah State Division of Indian Affairs, 801-538-8757.

  • Heber Valley Pow Wow -- Heber City, early June
  • Utah International Veterans' Day Pow Wow -- Salt Lake City, November
  • Native American Festival at the Park -- Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, July 24th
  • Goshute Tribe-sponsored Pow Wow -- Tooele County, early June
  • Annual Northern Utah Pow Wow -- Fort Duchesne, early July
  • Ute Thanksgiving Pow Wow -- eastern Utah, late November
  • Thunderbird Contest Pow Wow -- Cedar City, early June
  • White Mesa Ute Bear Dance -- near Blanding, early September
  • Northern Navajo Fair -- Bluff, mid-September
  • Native American Arts Festival -- near Monticello, May

I hear that Utah has strange liquor laws.
Utah's liquor laws are a bit different, but easy to understand.

  • You must be 21 to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in Utah.  Wine liquor and beer are available two ways: by the drink, or packaged by the bottle.
  • Mixed drinks and wine may be ordered with food in most restaurants from noon to 1:00 am, and beer may be ordered from 10:00 am - 1:00 am.
  • Although private clubs are primarily for members, most clubs offer temporary "visitor" memberships for a nominal fee.
  • Taverns and beer establishments only sell beer.  Sales are from 10:00 am - 1:00 am.  Beer may be purchased without ordering food and is sold on draft and in bottles and cans.
  • Packaged beer is also available at supermarkets and convenience stores.  The maximum alcohol content is 4% by volume, of 3.2% by weight.  Heavier beer is sold in private clubs and liquor stores.
  • Packaged liquor, wine and heavy beer "to go" are sold at state liquor stores throughout Utah.
  • Other package agencies are often located in hotels and resorts