Toquerville was named after an early Paiute chief. The population has grown from only 19 families in the late 1800s. Toquerville’s proximity to Zion National Park has created a healthy tourism economy where the community traditionally had depended on agriculture.
Although it was still a town at the 2000 census, Toquerville became a city at the end of 2000.
Toquerville was a special place then and still is today with its spectacular natural setting and man-made amenities. Toquerville is a great place to live or visit. The City is located about 30 miles south of Cedar City and less than 20 miles north of St. George in a wide valley flanking Ash Creek and at the base of a mountain capped with black lava rock at an elevation of 3,394 feet.
The area has good water available from springs about a mile above town. The water from the springs is used for culinary and irrigation and is one reason why Toquerville has long been known for its fruit, grapes, alfalfa, and other agricultural pursuits.
Ten miles to the northwest of town are the Pine Valley Mountains. State Highway 17 runs through the center of town. Over this road millions of tourists have passed on their way to Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell. Toquerville is the gateway to eastern Washington County and adjacent to national parks and recreation areas.
Snowfall is usually limited to a nighttime accumulation of 2-3 inches, just enough for the children of town to scrape up enough for a snowman before school, and usually melted by noon. Spring and fall are glorious times of year with bright warm days and cool nights so typical of the dry desert. Due to it’s location, Toquerville is subject to strong winds, often out of the north in the winter. Rainfall is sparse, humidity extremely low, and conversations about the weather generally plentiful.
Correct pronunciation: Toe-ker-ville