Establishing Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas are places with a distinctive history and geography where residents seek to develop their cultural heritage to enhance the region's well-being.

  • Explanation of National Park Service Heritage Areas and list of designated areas.
  • Utah's Heritage Highway 89/Proposed National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area. Marketing, context, and product at a regional level.
  • Bear River Heritage Area straddles the Idaho-Utah border where the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains meet. Several pioneer trails, including the Oregon Trail, pass through the area. It is the ancestral home of the Northwest Band of Shoshone, who still live here. The fur trade made its mark as trappers roamed the mountains and valleys of the area in the early 1800s. Mormon settlers colonized the region in the 1850s and 1860s. Now the area is home to many ethnic groups, a strong agricultural economy, a history-laced landscape, and natural beauty everywhere you turn.
  • Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership is a grass roots organization incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization in the States of Nevada and Utah. It works toward preserving the heritage of that central area of the Great Basin which includes Millard County, Utah; White Pine County, Nevada; the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation;and the Ely Shoshone Reservation.
  • Other heritage areas in Utah are under development or have been designated as State Heritage Areas and as of yet don't have their own websites.
    • Four Corners Heritage Council
    • San Rafael Western Frontier National Heritage Area
    • Mountain Spirit Heritage Area