Known as the Temple City, Manti is proud of its rich heritage. The city was named after a city from the LDS Church Book of Mormon.
Brigham Young sent the original Sanpete settlers there after he received an invitation by Ute Chief Walkara to send people down to the Sanpitch area to teach the Utes how to farm. The original company of 50 pioneer families arrived in the winter of 1849. The pioneers, whose first camp was established on what is now Temple Hill, spent their first winter enduring hardships of scant food and clothing, hostile Indians, and makeshift housing.
Settlers were forced to use wagons and dugouts for protection against the severe cold and the 700 Indians camped about a mile away. About half of their cattle froze to death and they were unable to get more food and supplies from Salt Lake. Winter was not the only problem, as spring approached the ground thawed and the pioneers were faced with hundreds of rattlesnakes. Miraculously not one of the settlers died from snakebite.
The town of Manti is approximately 2 hours south of Salt Lake City. To get to Manti, Take I-15 Exit 225 at Nephi. Go East on Highway 132 until it intersects with Highway 89. Follow Highway 89 south until you reach Manti.
To get to Manti from the South take I-70 Exit 56 at Salina and follow Highway 89 north until you reach Manti.
- Pioneer Dugout Monument, 400 North 300 East. Replica of 1849 Pioneer Dugout.
- John Patten DUP Museum, 300 North 100 West, ☏ .
- Manti Historic City Hall Visitor's Center, 191 North Main St, ☏ .
- The Arapeen ATV Trail System. 350-mile Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System.
- Maple Canyon –Conglomerate rock climbing. West of Moroni
- Palisade State Park – Golf, Fish, Swim, Canoe, Camp.
- Mormon Miracle Pageant. – performed in June in Manti, the pageant is the remarkable story of how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded. Performances are free of charge and begin at 9:30PM. Nearly 100,000 visitors attend each year during the eight nights of performance.
- Petals, Paper and Pizazz, 46 North Main St, ☏ . Scrapbooks supplies & flowers.
- Brambleberry Basket, 31 North Main St, ☏ . Crafts & Gifts.
- Candies On Main, 58 North Main, ☏ . Old Fashioned Candy Store.
- Karat Kounty Jewelers, 21 North Main St, ☏ .
- Manti Merchantile, 155 South Main, ☏ .
- Cariann's Texas Roadhouse, 115 North Main, ☏ .
- Carriage Restaurant, 401 N Main St, toll-free: .
- Fred's Sports Grill, 114 South Main St, ☏ .
- Lotsa Motsa Pizza-Manti, 101 South Main St, ☏ .
- Miller's Bakery, 227 North Main St, ☏ .
To get to Salt Lake City after the Mormon Miracle Pageant, consider heading south on Highway 89 to Gunnison, then heading north to connect with I-15 at Nephi. This may save time on crowded performances.
|Routes through Manti|
|Salt Lake City ← Ephraim ←||N S||→ Gunnison → Richfield|