A small unincorporated community located on the northwest corner of Washington County, Utah, Gunlock is home to a state park and reservoir as well as a couple hundred residents. It is located about 27 miles from St. George City.
Gunlock was first settled in 1857 by a Mormon settler and Pioneer named William Hamblin who had the nickname “Gunlock Will.”William Hamblin was the brother of other famous Mormon Pioneer Jacob Hamblin, who settled the Santa Clara area.
When the Great Flood of 1862 impacted the Santa Clara River, the Gunlock settlement was moved further north to its current location. Although still unincorporated, the town has a town hall and other amenities to care for its small town population. The reservoir and state park bring visitors from around Utah and beyond to visit throughout the year.
Along with the state park and reservoir, another big draw to Gunlock is its annual Gunlock Rodeo, which has taken place around the 4th of July holiday every year since 1945. It’s revenues go toward taking care of town services and amenities.