Mere birthright alone doth not a Utahn create. What makes a true local? We say it is not the number of years you've lived within Zion's borders, but rather the zeal with which you explore all our state has to offer. If you're new, or if you're questioning your right to citizenship, we're here to help, with this refresher course. Every other week, we'll bring you a quintessential Utah-to-do experience. Check back for another to check off your list.


Dave Perkins of High West, photo by Adam Finkle

Once Beggs and Buckley Livery, the wooden building home to High West Distillery and Saloon was a place where horse owners could get their animals' hooves shod. Ellsworth J. Beggs built his livery in 1907 and operated as a farrier until automobiles took over as the common form of transportation. Adapting to the times, the livery became a car repair garage. It operated as such until 1941 and was eventually bought and opened as the High West Distillery by founders David and Jane Perkins in late 2009.

The site operates as the distillery—and restaurant—and is an architectural reminder of the past . . . and a great place to get a drink.

Read our other How to be a Utahn posts:

Ski Brian Head, Utah's highest-elevation resort

Browse Park City's art galleries

Camp Out in a Yurt

Volunteer with Best Friends

Sleigh ride to the Viking Yurt

See the Twilight Concert Series

Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Swim in The Crater at Homestead Resort

Tour the Beehive House

Go Tubing!

Visit Clark Planetarium

Visit a Salt Lake Film Society theater

Skip work and go to Alta

Eat at Red Iguana

Catch a show at Wiseguy's

See a play at Pioneer Theatre

Visit Ogden's Dinosaur Park

Visit Red Butte Garden

Brew Your Own Beer with the Beer Nut

Get tickets to Salt Lake Comic Con

Hike Delicate Arch

Go on a parade of homes

Run in the Mud

Go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Visit Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

Go on Park City Ghost Tours

Get scared at a haunted house

Find anscestors at the Family History Library