Ensign Peak holds a special place in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (AKA the LDS or Mormon Church).
It was from this high point that Brigham Young and others surveyed the Salt Lake City area and laid out the city, using what would be the Temple’s location as the point of origination for all the streets.
Two overlooks provide stunning views of the city. As I took this shot from the lower hill, I noticed an odd blue blanket strewn on the ground ahead of us…
Bob decided to check it out to make sure it wasn’t something that needed attention…
…and it was empty. Good thing!
We hiked this hill a couple of times, the second time hiking to the top of the Peak:
Seeing the city stretching out in front of us was breathtaking…
…and from here we were able to pick out Temple Square, with the characteristic spires of the Temple itself, dwarfed now by the towering skyscrapers around it:
We were stunned, however, by the condition of the small park across the street and the interpretive sign area at the base of Ensign Peak.
Graffiti, weeds, and litter not only looked out of place in this upscale neighborhood, but suggested neglect — something we would never have guessed could happen to a place with historic significance to the Church. Perhaps it was too early in the season (it was the first week of June) for the park to have undergone a spring cleaning.
Flowers can persist despite discarded plastic bottles and spray paint, thank goodness!
Before we left, we were treated to an amazing show right over our heads as a storm moved through, leaving just a few drops of rain in its wake despite thunder and lightning and clouds of all colors.