Manti, Utah hosts travelers seeking quiet relaxation and historical reflection. Visitors spend a night or two at the quaint bed and breakfasts, or tour the grounds of the historic Manti Temple (built in 1888).
In June, the temple grounds turn into a giant stage (larger than a football field) for the Mormon Miracle Pageant. The town truly comes alive as a cast of over 500 works to combine dance, music, and drama in a unique production for a large audience seated under the canopy of stars. The pageant runs for eight nights. Read more...
Each year, the pageant retells the account of the resurrected Jesus Christ visiting the people on the American continents. The dramatization includes Christ healing and teaching the people, as well as blessing the children—just as he did in Jerusalem. Time fast-forwards to the 1800's, when farm boy Joseph Smith received and later translated the record of this ancient American people (The record is known today as the Book of Mormon.). Finally, the presentation concludes with the story of a fictional couple searching for religious truth and enlightenment, and the joy they find upon discovering that family relationships can be eternal.
First time pageant-goers will find the following tips useful:
Arrive early for optimum seating. First-come seating is provided for 14,500 and there is room on the grass for additional spectators. June evenings can be cool - you may want to bring a sweater or blanket.
The pageant is free, but dinner is not! Bring your own picnic dinner, or plan to purchase a barbequed turkey or roast beef dinner at the pageant. The tasty meals are reasonably priced.
Plan to stay overnight in Manti the night of the pageant. Traffic will be exceptionally congested at the conclusion of the production.
Many visitors find that staying at a bed and breakfast adds to the experience (providing a unique locals perspective, plus great service). Whether you choose a bed & breakfast, hotel, or campground, be sure to make your reservations well in advance.
Take some time before or after the pageant to explore the region. Take scenic drives, rent ATVs, or visit the unique boutiques and craftsman shops.
If you are not familiar with the story of The Book of Mormon, it may help to learn a bit about its history before attending the pageant. Background information can be obtained from locals or LDS people (members of the Mormon Church). Or, you might check out a copy of The Book of Mormon from the library.