The Springdale town site was surveyed in 1863 and, ironically, in 1864 Springdale became a branch or satellite of the much larger and well-developed community of Rockville, a few miles to the west. Springdale settlers regularly traveled to Rockville to shop, to go to church or to receive and send messages at the post office and telegraph office. Springdale had none of these conveniences until some time later. A public building, used as a school and a church, was built around 1885, and the first post office opened in Springdale in 1897.
For nearly a century following its settlement, Springdale had seemed isolated because of the closed nature of the canyon. There had been one way in and out. Even though the now-famous cable works were begun in 1901 to bring timber into the canyon from the East Rim of Zion, no highway allowed access to the community and the park from the east. That all changed with the construction of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel, dedicated in 1930. The tunnel, nearly a mile long and carved through solid sandstone, eerily cool, damp and dark, but wide enough barely for two lanes of traffic, helped to bring the world to Springdale’s door as word of the magnificent features of Zion National Park began to reach the outside world.
By the mid-twentieth century, Springdale began to boom, and residents of the unincorporated, sprawling village recognized a need for some form of local government. In 1959, Springdale incorporated to become a municipality. As time passed, the old Mormon pioneer features of the community were replaced by contemporary structures necessary to sustain the bustling tourist economy that Springdale enjoys today. Even with such changes, many of the core values of its pioneer settlers still endure. Throughout the town, the pioneer architecture incorporating native sandstone and other design features from its past are clearly evident. Most importantly, Springdale remains a friendly, safe and clean community, the home of residents who are committed to providing stewardship worthy of a place unique in the world for its beauty and spiritual qualities.
Zion National Park, The Towers and Temples of Zion … Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces