Coordinates: 40°46′N 111°46′W / 40.767°N 111.767°W / 40.767; -111.767

Emigration Canyon
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Emigration Canyon 2006
Location: Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Built/Founded: 1847
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL: January 20, 1961[2]
NRHP Reference#: 66000737

Emigration Canyon is a township and canyon in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States, located east of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Range. Beginning at the southern end of the University of Utah, the canyon itself heads east and northeast between Salt Lake and Morgan Counties.

Emigration Canyon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is significant in Utah history, as this is where the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. As Brigham Young looked over the canyon, he declared, "This is the right place. Drive on." These words have become famous in Utah history. The event is commemorated with This Is The Place Heritage Park at the mouth of the canyon. Hogle Zoo, the main zoo in the Salt Lake City area, lies across from This is the Place.

The canyon has recently been at the forefront of a dispute with developers, who want to construct houses in the canyon, and the few residents who live there and others who visit the canyon for its scenery and nature regularly, who want to protect Emigration Canyon from the development that nearby Parley's Canyon has experienced.

Throughout Emigration Canyon, there are several historic markers designating camps, trail markers and milestone where the Mormon Pioneers passed while on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. One example of these milestones is called Lost Creek Camp.

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. "Emigration Canyon". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 

External links

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