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Washington County has many beautiful and vibrant towns and cities. Not all of the communities listed below offer extensive travel services but many of them do sponsor great events and activities.

 

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Pine Valley
Pine Valley, Utah is a quaint and peaceful valley amidst the central western slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains. At an elevation of 6,500 feet Pine Valley offers cooler summer temperatures and a get-away for many people from St. George, Las Vegas and other desert areas. Thick forests of ponderosa pine cover the area mountains and Pine Valley is great for hiking, horseback riding and more. Camping, lodging, dining and limited shopping are available in the area. The famous landmark of the valley is the Pine Valley Church, which was built by Ebenezer Bryce (namesake of Bryce Canyon). Bryce was experienced in building ships and when asked to construct the church he built it as the hull of a ship, upside down. The construction is unique and very solid.




Rockville
Rockville Utah
This bedroom community to the town of Springdale is located just 4 miles west of the Entrance to Zion National Park on State Road 9. Originally settled in 1860 the community was originally named Adventure but the name was subsequently changed because of the rocky conditions of the terrain. This beautiful community parallels the Virgin River and is also close to the Ghost Town of Grafton. The movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman was partially filmed at Grafton and the surrounding area. Gooseberry Mesa, Eagle Crags and Smithsonian Butte are all accessible from the Rockville.

Santa Clara  

The town of Santa Clara is one of the oldest settlements in the county. In 1854 Jacob Hamblin and several Mormon missionaries came down from Fort Harmony to establish a new mission and teach the Paiutes who lived in the area.

The population in 1970 was just 271. But this has all changed in the last twenty years. The town's population had ballooned to 1630 by 1990 and many new residents have joined the old families and live in this peaceful, beautiful town. There is still a family-owned fruit stand along the main street, and most of the town's residents work elsewhere. St. George has expanded its boundaries up to the Santa Clara city limits and what used to be long wagon ride to town (St. George) now takes just minutes to travel. Santa Clara, with its shade tree flanked main street is a wonderful testament to the early pioneers and their determination to endure and carry on.

Phone: 1-435-673-6712

Silver Reef
Silver Reef Utah
In 1873 silver was discovered in sandstone rock formations just a few miles north of St. George, Utah. The discovery was the first and only time silver has been found in sandstone in North America. Once word got out that silver had been discovered the town of Silver Reef was established and miners came from far and wide to harvest the ore. For a ten year period the town of Silver Reef was the largest in southern Utah. Chinese, Irish, Welsh and many others filled the town as miners or as providers of needed services. Saloons, hotels, restaurants, and all the necessary businesses were found at Silver Reef. By the late 1880's the Silver mines were producing poorly and another ghost town was born. Today some of the historic buildings have been partially restored and the area has become a moderately expensive place to build or own a home.

Toquerville
Toquerville Utah

Toquerville is named after Chief Toquer, an early Paiute chief. The town is located about thirty miles south of Cedar City along Ash Creek. The town is located at an elevation of 3,394 feet. The area has good water available from springs about a mile above town. The water from the springs is used for culinary and irrigation and is one reason why Toquerville has long been known for its fruit, grapes, alfalfa, and other agricultural pursuits.

Toquerville was first settled in the spring of 1858 when several families built log cabins near Chief Toquer's Paiute village along Ash Creek. In 1859 nineteen families were living in Toquerville and by 1864 the community had grown to forty-one families. According to the 2000 census the town today has a population of about 900 including descendants of the early town pioneers as well as many new residents.

Phone: 1-435-635-1094

Virgin  

The town of Virgin is situated in a valley south of Kolob Mountain. The only access to Kolob Mountain and Reservoir from the south is through the town of Virgin, therefore it has earned the nickname "Gateway to the Kolobs."

Virgin was settled by a number of families from Cedar City in late 1858. The early settlers faced a great many hardships trying to establish small farms in the area. At best these were difficult times filled with efforts to construct ditches in and around the town for watering crops. About 70 acres were planted during the first year (1859). Crops grown in Virgin included cotton, corn, cane, wheat, alfalfa, and grapes. They also grew a little tobacco. The first oilfield in Utah started in 1907 up along North Creek. It was producing oil up until the late 1960's.

Phone: 1-435-635-4695

Veyo  
This community is located eighteen miles north of St. George on State Road 18 and lies just a few miles north of Snow Canyon State Park. The Santa Clara river passes through this community via a lava filled canyon and offers a picturesque oasis for the community and visitors. A swimming pool and rock climbing venue offer visitors a unique experience. A variety of visitor services are available in this community which is not far from Baker Reservoir and lush Pine Valley. The name Veyo is said to come from a local girls youth group who, upon request to provide a name for the community, came up with the words "Virtue, Enterprise, Youth, and Order."

Washington  

Washington City was one of the first settlements in southern Utah by the Mormon Pioneers. Thirty-eight families, all originally from the south, were sent to the area in 1857 to try to grow cotton and other southern crops. The summer heat was almost unbearable and between floods, insects, and drought it was almost a losing battle. Many of the families left but some stayed on and were able to prove that cotton and other crops could be grown in the area. Washington City was pioneered by great people who quickly established schools, government, and church. Many of their descendants still live in the area and are proud of their ancestors who worked so hard to settle the area. They have a celebration each year in their memory.

Washington is now a thriving city with many retired citizens and lots of families who enjoy the pleasant, scenic surroundings which were once a hardship to the early pioneers.

Phone: 1-435-634-9850

 

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