The history of Utah is deeply intertwined with the arrival and settlement of various groups. Native American tribes, including the Ute (Utah’s name sake!), Shoshone, and Paiute inhabited the region for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Utah’s modern history began in 1847 when Brigham Young and a group of Mormon pioneers settled in the Salt Lake Valley seeking religious freedom. They established the state’s capital, Salt Lake City, and created a prosperous community centered around the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Today, Utah continues to thrive as a hub of outdoor recreation, with its national parks, ski resorts, and adventure opportunities attracting visitors from all over the globe. Over the past couple of decades, it has been one of the fastest-growing states in the nation.
Explore all of our unique itineraries and lists of popular things to do while in Utah to help plan for your trip to the Beehive State.