8594722622_b370d8a4ff_zHurricane, Utah is placed in the center of the world’s most beautiful natural scenic wonders. In fact, it is in Utah’s Southwest Color Country, which is America’s largest concentration of natural scenic wonders. Like the gleaming stone towers of Zion National Park; the delicately carved spires of Bryce Canyon National Park; the vast blue waterway of Lake Powell; the grandeur of the Grand Canyon North Rim; the beauty of Capitol Reef National Park; and in the winter play in the Great Basin National Park.

State Parks near Hurricane include Kodachrome Basin, Snow Canyon, Escalante Petrified Forest, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Anasazi Indian Village and Iron Mission. Some State Park reservoirs near Hurricane are Minersville, Gunlock, Sand Hollow and Quail Creek. These reservoirs offer some of the states best fishing and boating. Hurricane allows you the convenience of Utah’s State Parks, National Parks and Monuments like: Cedar Breaks and Pipe Springs as well as historical sites, scenic byways and backways, National forests and other public lands. Opportunities mentioned above are all within a short car trip away.

3368541589_3193a11b5c_zIf driving a car is not in the plans, driving a golf ball may be! Hurricane is in within minutes of 14 golf courses. If golf is not your idea of entertainment, Hurricane is located near the famous Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Grand Circle, A National Odyssey, Tuacahn, and UTAH! – America’s Most Spectacular Outdoor Musical Drams and Treasure of the Gods film. A Little Bit of History… “HURRICANE? Are there really hurricanes there?” Well no. This is Utah, not Florida. “How did the town get the name Hurricane?” Legend has it that one windy day in the 1860’s Mormon leader Erastus Snow had a whirlwind blow the top off a buggy he was driving. He reportedly said, “Well, that was a Hurricane. We’ll name this the Hurricane Hill.” We do have some very windy days, especially during the winter, when there can be gusts over 50 miles per hour. By the way, Hurricane is pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by the locals.

Don’t want you to sound like a tourist? Read about Hurricane’s history at Utah’s Dixie History.

For another perspective read more at the Utah History Encyclopedia and the Hurricane Wikipedia page.

To learn about Utah state history visit the Utah State History web site.

For a more intimate look at Hurricane’s history visit the Hurricane Valley Pioneer Heritage Park.

You can take a walk and learn about the area’s historic buildings and get directions to the Hurricane Canal Trail.

The upper rim trail has become a popular mountain bike riding attraction.