Long Valley

Linger Longer and Enjoy the Rural West: History and Community

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Amidst the beauty of these southern Utah canyons, you’ll discover charm in the small, rural communities of Long Valley. The small communities north of Kanab have existed through the years mainly due to the vision, devotion and hard work of generations of people who settled the area, raised their families, and built lasting

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Cattle grazing in the tall grass near Orderville. Photo by Jeff Medlin.

The history of southern Utah is filled with accounts of pioneers who braved hostile conditions to establish new settlements. The towns of Long Valley were founded in the mid-1800s by Mormon settlers, dedicated to building united and self-sufficient communities. Through their ingenuity and commitment, they laid a strong foundation for the rural way of life which is still proudly celebrated today.

Agriculture has been a mainstay to this area’s survival and independence. Ranches and family farms spread out along the valley and into the canyons, and backyards are filled with gardens and fruit trees, many planted by early settlers. Glendale’s Annual Apple Festival each October celebrates the harvest and honors the pioneers who planted the first orchards. Picking an apple from a tree planted so long ago, is truly holding history in the palm of your hand.

For the pioneers, sharing their knowledge, tools, skills, and the foods that they grew helped the community survive. That spirit of community remains strong. Knowledge and new ideas are shared in workshops that cover a range of topics from sustainable farming to grazing management.

Long Valley’s strong agricultural base is always evident, but never more so than during the Kane County Fair in August, this year from August 8-12. Old-time fun and games, exhibits of fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, great entertainment, and livestock and small animals raised by community youth in 4H and FFA, offer a glimpse at a wonderful way of life and a rich agricultural heritage.

Rural America offers a peaceful enchantment rarely found in today’s world. With history, beautiful surroundings, friendly people, and amazing food to share, rural America is alive and well in Long Valley.

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