The Beehive State is recognized during National Utah Day on May 31.

As the 45th state to gain statehood, Utah is home to The Great Salt Lake, a deeply rooted Native American heritage, and a far-reaching desert history.

Travel in the footsteps of Utah’s namesake, the Utes, or the Shoshone, Navajo or Goshute. Follow the trails of early explorers or Mormon settlers. They all lived among the natural arches and bridges formed long ago. These architectural wonders of nature are a cornerstone of Utah.

Find treasure everywhere you look. From the sunrise to the spiraling cliffs and the bejeweled night sky. Catch an unobstructed view of the Milky Way for miles or schedule a trip just in time for a meteor shower. Utah significantly less light pollution to make viewing spectacular!

Discover why some still believe the world flat by visiting Bonneville Salt Flats. Home of land speed records and a barren environment, the salt flats were once part of a much larger lake. The Great Salt Lake is one of its remnants.


Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate the 45th state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Utah. Follow the trails of the pioneers and discover a wealth of heritage in one place. Use #NationalUtahDay to share on social media.

Pocatello – Shoshone Chief – (1815 – October 1884)

Chief Pocatello led the Northwestern Shoshones during Mormon and western settlement. During that time, food sources became scarce due to the increased activity and population. Pocatello’s band would raid settlers for food, though the Mormons would peacefully provide relief. Other settlers would call in troops, which eventually led to violence, a treaty, and removal to Fort Hall Reservation.

Hoskininni – Navajo Chief – (1862 – 1912)
Florence Ellinwood Allen – Judge – (March 23, 1884 – September 12, 1966)
Harvey Fletcher – Physicist – (September 11, 1884- July 23, 1981)
Lester Wire – Inventor – (September 3, 1887 – April 14, 1958)
Alma Richards – Olympic track & field athlete – (February 20, 1890 – April 3, 1963)
Natacha Rambova – Author/Designer – (January 19, 1897 – June 5, 1966)
Frank Zamboni – Inventor – (January 16, 1901 – July 27, 1988)
Philo Farnsworth – Inventor – (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971)
Fawn M. Brodie – Biographer – (September 15, 1915 – Janauary 10, 1981)
Nolan Bushnell – Engineer – (February 5, 1943 – )
Marie Osmond – Singer – (October 13, 1959 -)

Hidden Treasures

Homestead Crater – Midway
Hole n” the Rock – Moab
The Spiral Jetty – Corinne
Sun Tunnels – Wendover