All Tours: 18

As white settler populations grew in the Great Basin during the mid- to late-nineteenth century, moments of conflict and violence erupted between settlers, miners, overland immigrants, Native peoples, U.S. military forces, and others. These stories…

In 1911-12 Emery and Ellsworth Kolb rafted the Grand, Green, and Colorado Rivers from Wyoming to California. They owned a photography studio at Bright Angel in the Grand Canyon and the expedition used for create photography and film for their…

The Colorado River can be a challenge to cross, especially in regions of rugged desert, deep canyon walls, and swift waters. These four stories highlight historical and contemporary crossing points.

A series of stories detailing projects of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in western National Monuments and National Park.

During the 1940s, thousands of Utahans left to fight in the largest war the United States had ever been involved in. While those back home didn’t see combat directly, they did what they could to support the war effort. Providing labor at…

Driving through Eastern Idaho, you pass what seems like an endless stretch of large green farms, often with massive sprinklers spreading thousands of gallons of water over dozens of different types of crops. However, this land only recently became…

Chinese immigrants came to Idaho in the mid to late 19th century. At its peak, the Chinese people made up 30% of Idaho’s population. Working as railroad workers, miners, farmers, merchants, and more, the Chinese narrative is an essential part of…

Considered to be the largest private university on the United States, Brigham Young University offers a unique experience and a rich history. Founded in 1875 as an academy for students of all ages, it has grown into a well-regarded university that…

Utah is primarily known as the headquarters and cultural hearth of Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, some of Utah’s earliest roots center around its established Methodist community. This tour illustrates the…

The historic Greek Orthodox Church located in Salt Lake City, the Holy Trinity, was filled with Greek adults and youth on Friday night for a social dance. The minister of the church greeted couples as they walked to the door in their best dress, and…

From 1945 to 1993, over one thousand atomic weapons were detonated as part of the United States Nuclear Testing Program. In the years between 1951 and 1962, these tests were performed above ground at the Nevada Nuclear Testing Site. The Atomic Energy…

Congress passed the first Homestead Act in 1862. It opened millions of acres for Americans to settle outside of cities. The plots were generally 160 acres, and the opportunities west of the Mississippi seemed endless. As long as homesteaders built a…

Perhaps the first two characteristics that come to mind when someone mentions Utah are “Mormons” and “the great outdoors.” Although Alaska and California are tied for the most national parks (with eight each), Utah has five national parks and is not…