Hikers to Retrace Pioneers' First Steps in Salt Lake Valley

The First Encampment Celebration hike is a relaxed family affair and fun for those who want to get a feel for what it was like for the original Mormon pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley.

Oh, yeah, there’s a pancake breakfast, too.

The spot has been many things through the years, but leading up to the sesquicentennial celebration in 1997 of the Mormons’ arrival, it was transformed into First Encampment Park, said Jeff Bair, chairman of the Liberty Wells Community Council. Large rocks symbolize the Wasatch Mountains and have chiseled upon them the names of the Latter-day Saints in that pioneer group.

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