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Gunlock State Park

The park is located approximately 15 miles northwest of St George.

Elevation: 
3,600 ft
Gunlock State Park is a magnificent outdoor destination nestled in the red rock canyon country of southwestern Utah. Located at the headwaters of Gunlock Reservoir, this small park offers an array of recreational activities for all ages. From fishing and boating to camping and hiking, visitors can find something to enjoy at this stunning state park.

geology

Gunlock State Park offers the opportunity to explore some of the region's unique geology. The area is known for its striking red rock canyon country, with formations like the Moenkopi Formation and Chinle Formation providing a stunning backdrop for exploration. Visitors can also view petroglyphs, which are ancient rock art left behind by the Ancestral Puebloans.

In addition to its geological features, Gunlock State Park is also home to some of the most beautiful plant life in southwestern Utah. Wildflowers like Indian paintbrushes and bluebells can be seen blooming throughout the park during the spring months. In addition, visitors can find an array of shrubs and cacti, including juniper, manzanita, prickly pear and cholla.

history

Gunlock State Park was established in the early 1970s to provide recreational opportunities for visitors and locals. The park is located on the site of an old homestead, which was inhabited by cattle ranchers in the 1880s. Throughout its history, the park has been managed by a variety of state agencies including the Division of Forestry, Fish and Game and the Division of Parks and Recreation.

The town of Gunlock was named after William Hamblin, who was one of the first settlers of the township. The area began to develop in the late 19th century and was eventually incorporated into a town. In 1970, the reservoir was built, providing water to local farms and ranches and providing flood control and irrigation water for the surrounding community. The park became popular among locals and visitors alike, offering picnics, camping and fishing opportunities.

Today, Gunlock State Park is managed by Utah's Division of Natural Resources and offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. The park encompasses nearly 500 acres, with over 5 miles of trails that offer stunning views of the area's red rock canyons and surrounding landscape. Visitors can also explore the area's riparian habitats and observe a variety of wildlife. Camping is available at the park, with tent camping sites and cabins for rent.

The annual spring run-off is significant to make water go over the dam and through the red rocks below. They create multiple waterfalls in the red rock formations and this eventually connects from the Santa Clara River to the Virgin River, which is a water source that runs and flows through Zion National Park.
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Wildlife

The area surrounding Gunlock State Park is home to a variety of wildlife species, including mule deer, badgers, coyotes and mountain lions. The reservoir at the park also provides a habitat for a variety of waterfowl, including ducks, geese and herons. Bird watchers will have plenty of opportunities to observe these birds in their natural habitat.

Planning a trip to Gunlock State Park

Gunlock State Park is the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Visitors can explore the area's trails, go fishing on the reservoir and observe the region's unique wildlife. Camping is also available at the park, with tent sites and cabins available to rent. Before planning a visit, it is important to check with local authorities for any fire restrictions or camping regulations that may be in place.

lodging/camping

For those looking for lodging, camping or fishing opportunities near Gunlock State Park, there are plenty of options available. The park has several campgrounds that offer tent sites and cabins for rent. Additionally, visitors can find nearby lodges and private cabins to stay in while visiting the area. If you want hotels or motels close by, St. George, Utah has a ton of options when it comes to lodging.

dining

Gunlock State Park is surrounded by several towns and communities that offer a variety of dining options. The nearby towns and cities of Hurricane, Leeds, New Harmony, LaVerkin and St. George all have restaurants where visitors can enjoy home-style meals or grab a quick bite to eat. For those looking for more upscale dining, St. George has plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Fees/permits

There is a fee to enter the park, and visitors will need to obtain the appropriate permits for any activities such as camping or fishing. For more information on fees, permits and regulations, it is recommended that visitors visit the state park website for all amounts for Gunlock State Park.

Pets

Pets are allowed at Gunlock State Park, but they must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Owners should also clean up after their pets and ensure that the area is left in the same condition as when they arrived. Pets are not allowed in any of the buildings or cabins, and owners must clean up pet waste before leaving the park.

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