Gunlock State Park
|Gunlock State Park|
|Utah State Park|
|- elevation||3,600 ft (1,097 m) |
|Area||548.5 acres (222 ha) |
|Management||Utah State Parks|
|Visitation||55,912 (2011) |
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
Gunlock State Park is a state park of Utah, USA, adjoining a 266-acre (108 ha) reservoir. The park is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of St George. The reservoir dam was constructed in 1970 for irrigation water and flood control.
Gunlock State Park is a primitive area; there are no facilities. The park offers camping, swimming, boating, and fishing. The park and reservoir are named after the nearby community of Gunlock. The town was named after William "Gunlock Will" Hamblin, its first settler. Hamblin was a Mormon pioneer born in Ohio who settled in the area in 1857. Gunlock Will was a good hunter and sharpshooter, and was skillful in repairing gunlocks, which are the firing mechanisms for muzzleloaders.
The county road to the park is the Old Spanish Trail used by horsemen and raiders from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles, California from the 1820s until 1849, when the gold fields of California became the destination and a shorter route was taken.
This article incorporates public domain material from the website of the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation.
- "Gunlock State Park: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
- "Gunlock State Park Resource Management Plan" (PDF). State of Utah Natural Resources: Division of Parks and Recreation. October 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
- "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation" (PDF). Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012.