Utah May 27, 2017
You’ll Be Charmed By This Quirky Little Utah Town
Southern Utah is just full of quaint little towns, but there’s one in particular that’s kind of quirky. Take a look at La Verkin.
If you've ever driven to Zion National Park, it's likely that you've driven right through LaVerkin.
It's located at the junction of Utah State Route 17 and State Route 9.
The city, which has around 4,000 residents, sits on a bluff overlooking the Virgin River. No one is entirely sure where the city's name came from. Some say it's a mis-pronunciation of "The Virgin," referring to the Virgin River. Others say it's a mangled translation of "beaver skin."
In 2001, LaVerkin briefly gained national notoriety when it voted to become a "United Nations Free Zone."
That controversy died down more than a decade ago, and now it's just a pretty little town with a great sense of community pride and spirit.
We recently wrote about River Rock Roasting Company, an adorable little coffee shop that offers incredible baked goods and sandwiches.
This restaurant has the most amazing view of the Virgin River. The residents LaVerkin are committed to supporting local businesses.
These folks know how to have fun! The city will host its Summer Water Day at Wanlass City Park on June 2nd from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. People here don't just play in the water - they have a foam machine for added fun!
Of course, there's also the old-fashioned method of cooling off on a hot summer day, too.
This vibrant little community even gets kids involved in service. The Youth City Council is a great way for kids to learn about their local government and serve their fellow citizens.
The LaVerkin Police Department does a great job of keeping the community safe. In fact, last year the city was named as one of Utah's safest.
Everyone comes out of the 4th of July celebration, which includes plenty of fun events for every member of the family.
The Christmas Lighting Contest is another fun way to bring the community together. If you don't participate by dressing up your own house, you can still check out your neighbors' lights!
The annual Easter Egg Hunt draws quite a crowd.
This little town hosts an annual Soap Box Derby at its Winterfest celebration.
What’s your favorite quirky thing about La Verkin?
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