With the first weekend of the Mormon Miracle Pageant rapidly approaching, thousands of pageant-goers will flock to Manti to witness one of America’s largest outdoor productions.
As many visitors travel long distances to witness the pageant, it is common to spend a full day (or more) in the Manti area. As such, we compiled a list of popular activities and places to visit in the Sanpete County area.
Palisade State Park
For those who want to soak up some sun and enjoy good weather, Palisade is the place to go. Located just nine miles south of the temple, the state park in Sterling offers an 18-hole golf course and a lake suitable for swimming, fishing, and non-motorized boats. In addition, hiking and biking trails are prominent around the lake.
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay for a night, there is tent, RV, and cabin camping available as well.
World-class rock climbing and hiking can be found in Maple Canyon, a 25-mile drive from Manti (and just a brief detour off of Highway 89, if coming from the north). Over 40 cliffs can be found dispersed throughout the canyon, ranging between 30 and 300 feet in height. For those who are experienced climbers, over 140 bolted climbing routes can be found (grades 5.4-5.14).
Camping sites are available for tents.
Manti Aquatic Center
For those traveling with children, a dip in the pool may be a great option. The Manti Aquatic Center is located across the street from the temple grounds, and the pool, lazy river, and water slide are a great way to keep the kids entertained.
Some of the most scenic spots in the county can be witnessed from Skyline Drive, a 97-mile dirt road nestled in the mountains above Salina to Spanish Fork Canyon. Elevation ranges from 9,000 to 11,000 feet during the drive.
Skyline Drive can be accessed by traveling up Manti canyon, and though some spots should only be traveled by ATV, a four-wheel drive car can make it through most of it. Many hunting, fishing, and camping spots can be found as well.
If you’re looking for something to eat before the pageant begins, Manti City hosts its annual barbecue turkey dinner at the National Guard Armory (95 W Center Street) from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition, dozens of food vendors set up booths in a food court before the pageant each night (175 North Main).
The Manti Stake Young Women and Young Men host a pancake breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays during the pageant from 7 to 10 a.m. (100 N 300 W).