Springdale, Utah is a small town populated by about six hundred people. Utah State Route 9 is thetown’s main street, which has yet to see its first stoplight. Residents employ many methods of travel, including foot, bicycle, longboard, and car. Less than 20% of the Springdale population grew up in Springdale.
There are no chain or franchise establishments in Springdale. This is refreshing for many, while challenging for others. There are two small grocery stores and an organic fruit market in town. Folks often need a trip “down the hill” to Hurricane or St. George for groceries or supplies. Some staff are able to coordinate this with others, making it a fuel-efficient group event.
In 2011, 2.8 million visitors came to visit Zion National Park. Visitor services are the mainstay of the Springdale economy. For a town its size, Springdale has a way-above-average amount of restaurants (approximately 15) and amenities.
Though many would not consider Springdale a mecca of music and art, it does offer varied cultural opportunities. Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities offers opportunities for live music, dancing, lectures, visual art experiences, and more at least once or twice each month. Dixie State University also sponsors a summer concert series at Springdale’s O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, a large and beautiful outdoor theater sitting just below the imposing 2000-foot West Temple. Night life is not abundant, but a few local restaurants and bars provide after-hours hangouts and occasional entertainment.
Zion Adventure Company does not provide housing for any of its staff members. We encourage staff to seek and secure housing in Springdale, Rockville, or Virgin, though a few staff have also lived “down the hill” in LaVerkin or Hurricane. Some staff live on their own in studio or one- bedroom apartments, while others coordinate to share a rental house. Experience has shown us that staff who have housing are more comfortable and higher-functioning than those who settle for camping options. Extreme summer temperatures (110-degrees in not uncommon), lack of running water, and few shower opportunities are some of the biggest problems camping staff encounter.
Once new staff members accept job offers, our New Staff Liaisons, Amelia and Sarah, contact them to answer questions, share housing availability news, and facilitate the transition to Southern Utah.
The housing market in Springdale is difficult to predict. From 2009-2011, all ZAC staff were able to secure housing prior to arrival, making for easy transitions. In contrast, three of our 2008 staff were looking for housing during their first two to six weeks, camping out of their vehicles in the meantime. Securing housing in Springdale was somewhat of a challenge in 2012 as well. Whether you secure housing before you arrive or immediately upon arrival, we highly recommend making it a top priority to ensure you have a comfortable and meaningful sanctuary to call your own during your time here.