THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK
2610 East Sunnyside Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
The West…just as it was! Step back in time with a visit to This Is The Place Heritage Park. The non-profit This Is The Place Foundation manages Utah’s premier living history attraction, our historic 450-acre Utah state Park. Our mission is to preserve and promote the heritage and history of Utah. You’ll find it alive in storied accounts of the settlement of the West, told by our knowledgeable interpreters in a setting of original and replica historic homes. You’ll also see artisans and interpreters demonstrate 19th Century frontier life in a working environment. While you look on, the blacksmith explains his trade while he creates items used elsewhere in the Village and the furniture-maker turns ordinary wood into a masterpiece!
A lively variety of domestic skills are demonstrated in Village homes. You can watch wool being carded and spun into yarn that will be colored with a kaleidoscope of dyes made from native plants, many grown right here at the Park. At another historic building, candles are being dipped layer-by-layer over a small open fire in the back yard and quilting demonstrations are sure to leave you warm at heart!
A visit to the Park is not a tour of historic artifacts behind velvet ropes and glass, but a true experience of life as it was in the early days of the West. The Native American Village offers a window to a world long since gone, where members of Utah’s indigenous tribes interpret the history of their native people. You can also enjoy the Park from the comfort of one of our three replica trains and see and hear the history of the settlement, or simply spend the day walking the quiet streets on your own.
Elsewhere in the 450-acre Park is our Visitors’ Center, the welcome center of the Park. There you’ll find one of our newest attractions, the Heritage Park Preview exhibition, along with one of Utah’s finest gift and souvenir shops. The ZCMI Mercantile inside the Park is filled with old-fashioned gifts and candy and is sure to be one of your most memorable shopping experiences during your visit.
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is one of two impressive anchor exhibits of the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center located in Park City, Utah. The George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games museum is the other. Here you are more than a spectator – you’re a participant!
That’s because our state-of-the-art interactive and virtual exhibits place you in the epicenter of the past, present and future of winter sports in the Intermountain Region, including an Olympic downhill course. That’s a great way to experience one of the most extensive collections of ski and Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games memorabilia in the U.S. The museum’s comprehensive educational component gives school children a skiing-based foundation to study subjects such as the water cycle, physics and Utah’s colorful history.
The idea of a ski museum originated when a group of ski history enthusiasts, headed by Alan Engen, realized the need for a facility recognizing those ski and snow sport pioneers and athletes who had made significant contributions to winter sports in the Intermountain Region. His vision is now realized in one of the premier ski history museums in the world. The Alf Engen Ski Museum has recently received “Best of State” honors in the “Museum and Attractions” category.
Park guests are offered guided tours of the Olympic competition sites, featuring the world’s highest altitude ski jumps and the fastest bobsled, luge and skeleton track. Tours visit the top of the K-120 ski jump and the starting site for bobsled track, which also offer spectacular panoramic views of the valley below.
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission is FREE
Admission to both museums – Alf Engen Ski Museum and George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum is free! The self-guided walking tour of the Park is also free.
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is located in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at Utah Olympic Park, four miles north of Park City, Utah.
John Hajicek “Indiana Jones” of Mormonism – private collector and consultant of Mormon Books and Artifacts
Wheeler Historic Farm is a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facility, open to the public 365 days a year.
There is NO ADMISSION FEE to enter the grounds. No fees charged for activities such as wagon rides, milking the cow and special events.
Wheeler Historic Farm is a working farm and the animals serve an agricultural purpose. They have cows, horses, chickens, pigs, sheep, turkeys, goats and rabbits. They are not trained, or domesticated and are they pets. You are welcome to pet the animals, please do so with caution.
6351 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 (385) 468-1755
One of our most popular events will return again in 2011! Join us for this special event as we celebrate the Relief Society. You will be treated to historic interpreters in pioneer dress that will relate stories of early Relief Society members.
Space is limited and reservations are required so call 801-924-7545 early as this is one that will definitely sell out!
MARCH 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2011 evenings and MARCH 19 daytime
The cost is $3 per person. Light refreshments will be served.
- This is the Place Heritage Park
2601 East Sunnyside Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1453 (801) 582-1847
All Aboard! Enjoy a spectacular view of the Salt Lake Valley and the Park when you climb aboard one of our three replica trains. You’ll hear the story of the settlement, and see dozens of landmarks by riding one of the most popular features in the Park, the This Is The Place Railroad.
If this is your first visit to the Park, here’s a hint. Before you do anything else, ride the train around the Village to see all the Park has to offer. Then you can plan where and what you’d like to visit once you get off!
While not exact replicas, two of our train engines represent the Jupiter and 119 that met at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869 to complete the first transcontinental railroad. The newest addition to our train fleet is the Blackhawk, named after the first train that completed the journey from Ogden, Utah to Salt Lake City. Additionally, a “mini-train”; on tracks runs around Settlers’ Pond especially for children to enjoy as part of their visit to the Park. Hear the clacking of the rails and the steam of the engine like days gone by.
Admissions: Adults $5.00, Children (3-11) $3.00, Seniors (55+) $3.00
Train Ride Hours 10am-4:30pm Monday – Saturday, 11am-3:30pm Sunday