Quail Creek Reservoir was completed in 1985 to help with irrigation in the St. George, Utah area. A good portion of the water doesn't come from Quail Creek but from the Virgin River and is then transported via a buried pipeline. In 1986, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation established Quail Creek State Park to protect and preserve this amazing shoreline. Since then, the park has become a popular destination for outdoor recreation in southwestern Utah.
Quail Creek State Park is home to a wide array of wildlife species. Commonly seen animals include deer, coyotes, raccoons, badgers, and rabbits. Bird watchers will also be delighted as the park is home to a variety of birds including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, herons, cormorants, and more. Visitors may also spot snakes and lizards that live in the area.
The unique landscapes of Quail Creek State Park are due to its geological features. The red sandstone cliffs that rise above the lake were formed millions of years ago when sand and mud eroded off the nearby mountains into a shallow sea. Over time, this sediment compacted and formed the beautiful red rocks that are so iconic in southern Utah.