National Utah Day is an occasion when we can all celebrate the rustic beauty of the 45th state. It also honors the unique culture and tells its history. Utah truly has something for everyone. Love skiing? They have world-class resorts.
Enjoy hiking? You’ll find numerous canyons and peaks to explore. Prefer city life? You’ll love Salt Lake City. Utah is a decidedly gorgeous place. Despite what you might think you know, you’ll be delighted to learn about all its contrasts and surprises.
History of National Utah Day
The story of Utah is an age-old tale of perseverance and cultural diversity. The state’s name pays homage to the ancient Ute tribe, the mountain people. This land is rich in history.
Before the Mormon pioneers arrived in the middle of the 1800s, many Native American tribes called its wide expenses home. But that changed in 1847 with the arrival of the pioneers.
The first Mormon settlers came to the young territory in search of a space to practice their faith without persecution. They proposed a new name for the territory: Deseret. That term came from the Book of Mormon and meant honeybee.
To the Mormon settlers, the busy honey bee symbolizes industriousness. However, Congress chose Utah, rightfully acknowledging the land the Ute tribe had called home. Congress admitted the territory into the United States as the 45th state in 1896.
Because about 60% of the state’s population are members, you will see the Mormon values in daily life.
Utah is still a dynamic state. Its economy thrives on tourism, especially near its mountain regions. Outdoor attractions include National Parks and ski slopes. The state also has a thriving agricultural economy.
How to Celebrate National Utah Day
Celebrating National Utah Day invites one and all to enjoy the state’s unique history. Oh – and don’t forget to check out its heartstopping beauty.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Utah’s beautiful vistas steal many a heart. The state offers everything from the Wasatch Range’s towering peaks to its desert areas’ stark beauty. Plan a hike or a camping trip in one of Utah’s stunning national parks. You have several to choose from:
- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon
- Arches National Park
Each of these locations is well worth a visit. There’s hardly a bad view from any angle in Utah!
Plan a Ski Trip on Its Famous Slopes
National Utah Day falls after most of the ski resorts button up their skiing operations for the season. Just because they’ve shifted to welcoming summer guests doesn’t mean you can’t plan a Utah ski trip for next winter!
While you have Utah on your mind, go ahead and make those reservations. You’ll enjoy swooshing down some of the best ski trails in the country in just a few months.
Learn More About Utah’s History
Utah has so much to offer even the buffest of history buffs. Visit the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Or, explore the state’s rich Mormon heritage at Temple Square. Or check out some of the state’s incredible museums.
You might like the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Both are in Salt Lake City. Each will provide deeper insights into the state’s history and culture.
Celebrate with Local Cuisine
Utah’s culinary scene is what you might expect. It’s a balance of non-nonsense comfort food with a modern sensibility.
Be sure to check out the funeral potatoes – a shredded hash brown casserole with an ominous name. For dessert, give the cherry cobbler or Utah scones a taste. You’ll love these local favorites. Celebrating Utah Day in state? Support a local restaurant.
If you’re celebrating from afar, try preparing these dishes at home. It’s a “tasteful” way you can join in on the fun.
Attend Local Events
Check out community events happening around the state. Parades and culture may be a part of the day in some communities. You might also check local communities for historical reenactments.
Learn About Utah’s Native American Culture
Many visitors say they can feel the spirits of the ancient inhabitants in the wind. Visit the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum or the Anasazi State Park Museum.
There, you can learn the incredible stories of the ancient Puebloans and other Native American people who first roamed the lands.
Consume Media about Utah
If you are intrigued by Utah but can’t make it to celebrate Utah Day, try some at-home learning activities. Stream documentaries. Check out some books from your library. Let your media choices transport you to Utah to see the natural wonders.
Share Utah Day on Social Media
Use the hashtag #NationalUtahDay to share your celebrations. You might be posting selfies from your adventures in Utah. Or perhaps you snapped a pic of your homemade Utah-inspired meal. Either way, be sure to spread the word about the beauty of Utah.