Leeds, Utah sits 16 miles northeast of St. George and fleshes out the far rural side of Washington County. Home to just over 800 residents, Leeds is a town rich with history in its founding. One of the earliest settlements in the area, much of the town’s history can still be found with old homes and structures still completely or partially standing.
Founded by settlers from England, Leeds is the town’s second name, formerly known as Bennington. Like many of the cities and towns that surround Leeds, the area was first settled with the intention of using it for agricultural purposes. However, when those industries died down, the townspeople and leadership turned to tourism as a way to keep the town afloat.
The close proximity Leeds has to Zion National Park at just 30 miles away, as long as the neighboring ghost town of Silver Reef, Leeds offers travelers a stop off the beaten path that is great for those looking for an adventure in the area’s history.
Another unique attribute found by travelers through Leeds is the Red Desert Reserve, which borders the town. The reserve is more than 44,000 acres long and reaches up to the northeastern most edges of the Mojave Desert. Access to Leeds can be made along Interstate 15.