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Toquerville

Named after a Paiute chief

Elevation:
3,383′
Population:
1,960 (2022)
At an elevation of 3,400' Toquerville, Utah is a quaint and beautiful small town found just south of Interstate 15 on SR17, and approximately 15 miles west of the lower western boundary of Zion National Park.

Visitor Resources

Vacation rentals are prevalent here and restaurants, groceries, fuel, are available in the adjacent city of La Verkin.

Name & History

Toquerville is named for Toquer, who was a chief of the Paiute Indian band on lower Ash Creek. Mid 19th century pioneer missionary explorers visited Toquer and his band and found a friendly reception. In 1858, log cabins were constructed near the Paiute village along Ash Creek, and by 1859, there were nineteen families living in Toquerville. That number increased to forty one families by 1864, and today there are approximately 1,500 people living in Toquerville. This community was home to the first cotton gin in the Utah territory and was found to offer an ideal climate for growing vegetables and fruit including grapes for use as sacramental wine and for trade.

Views & Terrain

Toquerville sits at the base of a large carved bluff that comprises an eroded section of the Hurricane Cliffs. Views to the west are of Pine Valley Mountain which rises over 10,000', and Ash Creek passes through a main section of the city while La Verkin Creek carves its way through the southern section of this community.
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Nearby Attractions

Toquerville Falls

A rough backroad from Toquerville leads east into a wide canyon where Toquerville Falls is found. This is an area of rock where the waters of La Verkin Creek cascade in two levels and provide a beautiful view in an otherwise dry and somewhat inhospitable environment. This road should be traveled only by high clearance vehicles with thicker ply tires that can withstand the punishment of the rough rocky terrain.

Silver Reef Ghost Town

From the mid 1870's to 1880's Silver Reef was the largest and most robust town in southwestern Utah. Silver was found in the sandstone formations and soon the boomtown was filled with miners, shopkeepers, saloon owners, and all of needed support services. Today this area is expanding as a community for homes, but many old structures remain, along with miles of tunnels and mine-shafts. A small museum and outbuilding are open to tell the story of this historic mining town. (www.silverreefutah.org)

The Virgin River

This watercourse helped to carve Zion National Park, and passes just south of Toquerville.  Ash Creek and La Verkin Creek are tributaries to the Virgin River and come close together at what is known as Confluence Park.  This 344 acre park is home to wildlife such as deer, beaver, porcupines and raccoons and many types of large birds including falcons, vultures, ravens and hawks.  The three water sources provide a lush environment that is quite different than the surrounding desert landscape.  Access to the park is found in nearby La Verkin: A- 300 South State  B- 600 W. Center St. C- W. 900 N.  Bridge across the Virgin River:  The James Bond classic movie Octopussy utilized this bridge for a stunt where a plane is flown under this bridge. The bridge spans a high lava canyon and connects La Verkin and Hurricane along the Zion Canyon Scenic Byway (SR-9).

Other Nearby Attractions

- Sand Hollow State Park and Quail Creek State Park

- Hiking Trails

- Mountain Biking Trails

- Gooseberry Mesa

- Smith Mesa

- Silver Reef Ghost Town

- Grafton Ghost Town

- Zion National Park

Activities

Area outfitters provide many options such as...

- ATV/UTV Rentals and guided experiences

- Golf (view local courses)

- Mountain bike and road cycle rentals

- Watercraft (jet-skis, kayaks, paddleboard rentals) on nearby Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks

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