Virgin Utah

A Gateway to Zion’s Wonders

Welcome to Virgin, Utah, a hidden gem nestled in the southwestern part of the state. As long-time tour guides who have traveled frequently through this picturesque town for many years, we’re here to take you on a journey through its rich history, stunning landscapes, and the vibrant community that calls it home.

History and Founding

Founded in 1857, Virgin is one of the oldest settlements by Mormon pioneers in Utah’s Dixie. The town was named after the Virgin River, which flows through the valley, carving a path through the rocky terrain and providing a lifeline for the early settlers. The river itself has a storied past, shaping the land and the people who live alongside it.  

It was originally called Pocketville by the Native Americans, a name that reflected its geographical setting in a “pocket” on the bank of the Virgin River. The first European settlers arrived in 1857, and the town was later renamed Virgin.

Proximity to St. George

Virgin is also conveniently located near St. George, the county’s largest city that’s only about a 36-minute drive away. This close proximity allows residents and visitors to enjoy the tranquility of Virgin while still having access to the amenities of a larger city.

Proximity to Zion National Park

Virgin’s claim to fame is its proximity to Zion National Park, located just about 15 miles from the park’s west entrance. This proximity makes Virgin an ideal base camp for adventurers looking to explore the park’s towering cliffs, deep canyons, and diverse wildlife.

Scenic Attractions and Historic Sites

Beyond Zion, Virgin is surrounded by natural beauty. The Kolob Terrace, with its wilderness trails and panoramic views, offers a quieter part of Zion, accessible via the Kolob Terrace Road. Historic sites like the Virgin Town Hall reflect the town’s pioneering spirit and serve as a testament to its enduring legacy.

Kolob Terrace

The Kolob Terrace section of Zion, accessible via the Kolob Terrace Road, is a lesser-traveled area that offers a sampling of the park’s wonders without the crowds. The drive up to Lava Point presents breathtaking views and is a must-see for any visitor.

As we wind down our tour, it’s clear that Virgin, Utah, is more than just a gateway to Zion. It’s a community rich in history, surrounded by natural beauty, and full of life. Whether you’re here for the outdoor adventures, the historical insights, or the small-town charm, Virgin welcomes you with open arms. Come and experience the heart of Utah’s Dixie for yourself.

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