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Gunlock State Park, Gunlock

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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 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.
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  • We used the Gunlock Reservoir as a starting point to bike to Snow Canyon State Park. The area was well kept with plenty of parking and clean restrooms (out houses).The roads were well maintained for.....  more
    We used the Gunlock Reservoir as a starting point to bike to Snow Canyon State Park. The area was well kept with plenty of parking and clean restrooms (out houses).The roads were well maintained for.....  more »
  • This is a great little hike. There are a few steep areas, but with decent shoes and the ability to tolerate moderate exercise, it is a "can do" for most people. At the top of the trail, you'll be... 
    This is a great little hike. There are a few steep areas, but with decent shoes and the ability to tolerate moderate exercise, it is a "can do" for most people. At the top of the trail, you'll be...  more »
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  • Great place a little less popular than sand hollow, but still a beautiful park. Great for boating, fishing, and exploring! There is a decent beach here as well.
  • Cool area. Unfortunately this year there was no water so the falls are not going. Usually an amazing place to spend the day.

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