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. It's the back way to East Canyon lake, Mt. Dell Golf Courses or the Park City I-80 Freeway. Emigration Canyon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is significant in Utah history, as this is where legend holds that the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. As Brigham Young looked out from the mouth of the canyon towards the Salt Lake Valley, 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 Emigration Canyon. Hogle Zoo (the main zoo in the Salt Lake City area) lies across from This is the Place park.
Throughout Emigration Canyon, there are several historic markers designating camps, trail markers and milestones where the Mormon Pioneers passed while on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. One example of these milestones is called Lost Creek Camp. Return to Home