Near the Arizona and Nevada borders sits Hurricane, a city surrounded by undulating hills and with stunning red-rock terrain. Named after a strong whirlwind that blew off the top of Erastus Snow's buggy in 1860, Hurricane, pronounced Her-ah-kun, actually has a very pleasant climate. As the fertile land, irrigated by a canal built in 1904, attracted settlers, and Hurricane was established in 1906. Since the city contains scenic parks and is surrounded by wide-open spaces, outdoor recreation a way of life. Hurricane earned CountryLiving.com's Best Small Town in America for Recreation in February 2017.
A little more than 17,000 people proudly call Hurricane home. Civic pride is evident in the city; Heritage Park, the Hurricane Canal Trail and the Pioneer Museum display the determination of Hurricane’s early settlers in building the canal, an engineering marvel. Hurricane sits at the eastern edge of the 62,000-acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which offers scenic hiking opportunities starting at the Hurricane Cinder Knolls Trailhead. At the bike park, skateboarders, and rollerbladers enjoy the action year-round, as Hurricane's winters are mild.
The Washington County School District in St. George serves Hurricane. School-age children also have the option of attending the Valley Academy Charter, a free public school that focuses on academics, technology and the arts. Dixie State University has a campus in Hurricane as well.
Once known as the Fruit Basket of Southern Utah because of the city's fertile acres, Hurricane celebrates their heritage each year during Peach Days. Held at the end of summer, the eagerly awaited event features a Peach Cook-Off, rodeo, The Hurricane Canal Trek and other exciting events.
According to Zillow, the median home price in Hurricane is $249,900, up 5.2 percent from the previous year. Rentals average $1,314 per month. Despite the city's rapid growth, various-sized parcels of land are available in beautiful Hurricane.