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This Is The Place Heritage Park
Who owns This Is The Place Heritage Park?
The Park is owned and operated by the State of Utah and is a State Park. In 1998 the State Legislature formed a non-profit foundation to manage The Park. The Park experience includes the history of the settling of the West and is non-denominational.
What are your hours of operation?
This Is The Place Heritage Park is open 7 days a week. See our hours and admissions webpage for details and specific hours of operation as they vary by the season or time of year. The Gift Shop at the Visitor Center is open from 9am to 6pm Monday through Sunday. The Village is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. For additional information and specific details of hours of operations seasonally, please call Customer Service at 801.582.1847.
Who do Tour Bus Companies call to schedule a tour?
Please call Tresha Kramer at 801.652.0353 (cell and best contact number) or 801.924.7530 (office) to schedule your tour. We offer accommodations for meals and private tours. Group rates are available.
What is a membership?
Memberships to This Is The Place Heritage Park are annual passes that include unlimited entry to the Village, unlimited pony and mini train rides and discounts to select retail sites. Visit our membership section on this site to learn more about how you can have FUN all year long by purchasing an annual membership!
Are pets allowed at This Is The Place?
We love animals! Pets are welcome on the premises/plaza outside The Park but are not allowed within The Park, for their safety and for the safety of our animals. Service animals are allowed in the Village with certain exceptions.
Were all the buildings originally found at this location?
All of the buildings you will see at The Park were either re-located from their original site, or reconstructed and placed in the Park. None of them stood on this site originally. The Village as you see it today, represents an early settlement in the Utah territory.
Is the facility handicap accessible and do you provide wheelchairs/strollers?
Most, but not all of our areas and historical buildings are accessible by wheelchair, including our trains. We offer wheelchairs free of charge, on a first come, first serve basis at the Visitor Center. At this time we do not offer strollers for rent. We encourage guests with children to bring their own strollers. If you have specific special needs, please notify us prior to your visit.
May I bring food into The Park/Village?
Yes, guests are allowed to bring food and beverages into the Park. We also offer snacks and drinks at the Visitor Center, Brigham's Donuts at the donut shop, drinks and candy at the ZCMI candy shop, flavor burst ice cream cones at the Huntsman Saloon, and great grub at the Huntsman Grill. Vendor machines serving beverages are also found throughout the Park. Please consult your map for details and locations. Advanced reservations for groups larger than 30 are required for the Huntsman Grill.
How much time should we plan for our visit?
There is so much to see and do at The Park, that there is no set time that will suit all visitors. The Park offers more than you can do in a day, but enough to fill several well-planned hours. We suggest looking over our menu of activities and beginning with those you absolutely don't want to miss! And plan enough extra time in to enjoy lunch with us at the Huntsman Grill!
Can we pet the animals?
We strive to give our guests an "interactive, hands-on" experience. Guests can pet many of our animals. Please do not feed our animals, chase them or tease them. Be kind to them at all times.
How do I make a donation to This Is The Place?
Your tax-deductible donation can be made by calling 801.582.1847 or by mailing a donation made payable to This Is The Place Heritage Park at:
Attention: Marianne Dunn
2601 East Sunnyside Ave.
SLC, UT 84108
Please do not bring tangible donations to The Park. If you have a question about an artifact donation, please call Holly Curtis at: 801.518.3805
When did the pioneers arrive in Utah?
On July 24, 1847, the pioneers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. From the back of his wagon, Brigham Young, who was ill with mountain fever, looked out at the vast desert below and declared, "This is the right place, drive on."
How much does it cost to rent a building at This Is The Place?
Our building rental pricing can be found here. Listed are the 8 different buildings we rent, their capacity and price.
Do you have a barn we can rent?
We have 2 barns that have animals in them and are not rental buildings. We have The Garden Place that has beams inside similar to a barn and is fabulous for events such as weddings, corporate parties, and family reunions.
If we have an event at This Is The Place, can we bring our own food?
We have many different caterers to choose from listed on our catering web page. If you choose not to use one of our caterers and bring your own food or bring another caterer, you are charged an extra fee (listed under the catering list).
Can our guests at our event visit the Village at This Is The Place?
Our Village is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To enter the buildings and to participate in such activities as train rides, pony rides, petting corral, etc. a ticket is required. With the rental of a building, your guests can purchase tickets for 1/2 price at the Visitors Center.
Can we take bridal pictures at This Is The Place?
Yes. If you are having your wedding at This Is The Place there is no charge. If you are not having your wedding here, then there is a $50.00 a day photo pass fee. Photographers can purchase an annual pass for $250.00. When doing pictures here, an appointment must be made by calling our event office at 801.924.7507. Photo passes can be purchased at the Visitors Center between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
School Field Trips
How many students do I need to qualify for a field trip?
Whether you are an individual who home-schools your children, or a classroom, we welcome everyone to experience This Is The Place. Please call 801.924.7534 to make reservations.
How do we make a reservation for a field trip?
Please call Kim Liston, Education Manager at 801.924.7534.
What are your hours for field trips?
School Tours begin at 10:00 am and generally conclude at 1:30 pm. Each class will make a reservation so hours may vary depending on specific reservation.
Where do I check in for my field trip?
Please meet on the Plaza outside the Visitor Center Gift Shop.
Are students allowed in the Visitor Center Gift Shop?
Yes, students/children are allowed in the Gift Shop, but must be accompanied by an adult supervisor. Adequate supervision is required for groups at all times. Please consult a Customer Service Representative at the Front Desk for more information.
Do you have eating facilities for groups?
Yes. You can eat in the Bowery. When it rains we try to accommodate the classes inside.
Do you have a place for us to store lunches?
You need to leave your lunches on the bus. There are so many children who come that there is not a facility inside big enough to store them all. If you leave sack lunches uncovered and unsecured the squirrels and magpies will eat them.
How many adult chaperones do you require?
We do not have a minimum or maximum number of chaperones. That number is totally up to the teacher. Every parent or chaperone must pay a $2.00 entrance fee.
What is your payment policy?
We like to have payment in advance to secure your spot. Call 801.924.7534 to discuss payment options.