The Virgin River Gorge is a long canyon from Littlefield, Arizona to St. George, Utah, carved out by the Virgin River.
Interstate 15 runs through the canyon and crosses the Virgin River several times. At over one million dollars per mile, this section of I-15 cut through the gorge is one of the most expensive sections of interstate highway constructed in the country.
The construction of I-15 caused a major controversy because the state of Arizona didn’t want to pay for it, even though most of the corridor is located in Arizona. That’s because the northwest corner of Arizona doesn’t connect to any other part of the state. So Utah and Nevada agreed to split the cost as long as Arizona wouldn’t object to the route.
The Virgin River is a major tributary of the Colorado River. It’s about 160 miles long. In 2009, the Virgin River was designated as Utah’s first wild and scenic river.
The Virgin River also carved Zion Canyon in Zion National Park.
The Virgin River Canyon is popular with rock climbers, hikers and campers.