Around New Harmony, you'll find a number of unique small towns that feature some of southern Utah's most interesting attractions, including small state parks, hidden waterfalls, and unforgettable views of our area. Check out this article for more information on these towns and their many attractions.


  • Distance from us: 4.5 miles
  • Main attraction: Kanarra Falls

Kanarraville is north of New Harmony, just a few miles off Interstate 15. It's a quiet town of a little over 300 residents, and is primarily known for the nearby hike to Kanarra Falls. The hike winds through beautiful slot canyons, and is so popular you have to buy tickets to take the hike. On the east side of Kanarraville, you'll find Hurricane Cliffs, red limestone formations that feature dozens of miles of mountain biking trails. Kanarraville is also home to Spring Creek and numerous other scenic hiking trails. 


  • Distance from us: 23.9 miles
  • Main attraction: Multiple state parks

Hurricane, just east of St. George, Utah, is one of the gateways to Zion National Park. The town lies at the intersection of Utah State Route 9 (Zion Park Scenic Byway) and Utah State Route 59, right along the Virgin River. Hurricane is home to two state parks: Sand Hollow State Park and Quail Creek State Park. Sand Hollow is known for its 1,322 reservoir and as a great place for off-roading. Quail Creek also has a large reservoir, which is stocked with trout, catfish, bass, and bluegill.

La Verkin

  • Distance from us: 21.4 miles
  • Main attraction: Confluence Park

Close to Zion National Park's southern entrance, La Verkin is a small town that has managed to stay small despite its proximity to the park. La Verkin has one unique attraction that definitely makes a visit worthwhile: Confluence Park. At this 344-acre park, the Virgin River, Ash Creek, and La Verkin Creek converge beneath massive basaltic lava cliffs. The historically significant park and the surrounding areas have been inhabited at various times by the Anasazi and numerous explorers and pioneers. Today, Confluence Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including beaver, porcupines, deer, and endangered fish species. 


  • Distance from us: 40.2 miles
  • Main attraction: Views of south Zion

Considered one of the nation's prettiest towns, Springdale is perfectly positioned just outside the southern border of Zion National Park. The Virgin River runs through the town, Mount Kinesava is to the west, and The Watchman, one of Zion's most photographed mountains, is directly east. Springdale is also a short drive from Grafton, a local ghost town that is well worth visiting. The town also has a number of excellent restaurants, art galleries, and unique stores and souvenir shops. And, if you simply want great views of Zion National Park without much effort, you can get those from the main road through Springdale, Zion Park Boulevard (Utah State Route 9).


  • Distance from us: 17.9 miles
  • Main attraction: Toquerville Falls

Located along Utah State Route 17, between Cedar City and St. George, Toquerville is a quiet agricultural community originally founded by a small group of Morrmon settlers in the 1850s. Toquerville is just minutes from Toquerville Falls. This hidden oasis features cascading waterfalls that form a refreshing swimming hole at their base. (Note that getting to Toquerville Falls requires a 4WD vehicle with high clearance.) Toquerville is also close to the Pine Valley Mountains which offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The mountains are part of the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness area and Dixie National Forest.
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