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The History of St. George, Zion National Park and Greater Zion

Known as Utah’s Dixie, the story of a group of settlers determined to succeed despite a harsh desert climate and struggles with water – sometimes because there was too much of it, resulting in flooding that sometimes wiped out whole towns, but most of the time because there was too little of it. At first, dependent on agriculture, the area’s economic base has expanded significantly over the last four decades to include industry and tourism. Home to few residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the population has skyrocketed in the last 20 years.

The Earliest Residents

The Virgin River Anasazi were the area’s earliest residents, inhabiting the area from approximately 200 B.C. to 1200. They left behind rock art and ruins of their dwellings. The reason for their departure is unknown to this day. The Paiute tribe arrived between 1100 and 1200, utilizing the area as a hunting ground for deer, rabbits and other animals. The Paiutes also grew crops along the riverbeds, including corn, wheat and melons. In 1776, the Dominguez-Escalante Party became the first recorded European-Americans to visit the area. Fur trappers and government survey parties followed.

Limited in-town shuttle service will be available in Springdale beginning tomorrow/Thursday and continuing through Sunday, July 5. The St. George Shuttle-logoed bus will stop at the nine Springdale stops every half hour (or more frequently), taking visitors throughout the town and to the Zion National Park pedestrian entrance in Zion Canyon Village. The shuttle is free and is observing CDC guidelines for COVID-19. This shuttle is independent of the Zion Canyon Shuttle. See our Travel Alerts on our website, GreaterZion.com for more info.
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Beginning tomorrow, Zion National Park will once again be collecting entrance fees, and park shuttles will be in operation. However, you will need to purchase, in advance, a time-specific ticket to ride inside Zion Canyon, which provides access to trails and viewpoints like the West Rim Trail, Emerald Pools, the Riverside Walk and The Narrows. Learn more about acquiring a shuttle ticket and adjusted operations at GreaterZion.com and click on “Travel Alerts.”
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The St. George Marathon, heralded by “Runner’s World” as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the world, is happening Saturday, October 3. Registration remains open for both the full distance and half, but with the cancelation of the Boston Marathon, that might not last long. Register now at StGeorgeMarathon.com. And then plan your vacation in Greater Zion too. Find your space to compete. Find your space to recreate. Find your space to explore.
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St. George became the county seat of Washington County in 1863.

That same year, construction began on the St. George LDS Tabernacle, which was finished in 1875. In 1871, work began on the St. George LDS Temple, which became a cooperative effort uniting many Southern Utah communities. Mormon Apostle Daniel H. Wells dedicated the temple on April 6, 1877. It was the first temple constructed west of the Mississippi River. Undergoing significant renovations in the late 1930s and mid 1970s, the structure is the longest continuously operated Mormon Temple in the world.

In 1911, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. George’s settling, the Dixie Academy building was constructed. The LDS Church operated the academy until 1933, when it became a two-year college within Utah’s higher education system. The new Dixie College campus opened in the southeastern corner of the city in the 1960’s. Today, Dixie State College boasts an enrollment of approximately 5,200 and features several four-year programs, including business administration and computer and information technology.

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