Paria Utah History and Travel Information
Paria is a ghost town on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in central Kane County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1870 to 1929, and later used as a filming location.
After Paria's demise, the film industry became interested in using the picturesque ghost town, with its canyon vista background, as a location for making Western movies. Several scenes for Buffalo Bill were shot here in 1943, but crews were in a constant struggle against the flooding Paria River. Producers of other movies and television programs used Paria more or less throughout the 1950s. Then in 1961 the old ghost town was used as a major location for the Rat Pack film Sergeants 3, the largest western ever filmed in Kane County. Not satisfied with what remained of Paria, the film's creators constructed an imitation Old West town about a mile to the west. Visitors often confuse this movie set with the actual Paria.
Kane County is located in southern Utah and is surrounded by six other counties including two counties from Arizona.
According to the census of 2000, Kane County has a population of just over 6,000 residents. It has a total area of 4,108 square miles with 116 square miles of water. Kane County is home to only a few settlements and the largest community in the county is Kanab.
Most of Kane County is uninhabited and rather occupied by a breathtaking landscape of mountains, high deserts, forests, lakes and rivers of several national protected areas. The economy of Kane County revolves around the large tourism industry to the local national parks.
The Bryce Canyon National Park covers over 35,000 acres and has mountain ranges reaching heights between 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The park includes scenic roads that attract over 1 million visitors a year.
The Dixie National Forest covers about 2 million acres, stretches for over 150 miles across Utah and includes mountain peaks thousands of feet high. The forest offers a variety of activities for outdoor lovers.
The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area covers more than 1.2 million acres with a mostly desert terrain. The area has plenty of water and offers great opportunities for fishing bass and other water activities such as kayaks and jet skis. Additionally the Glen Canyon area includes Lake Powell National Golf Course Championship, situated between a scenic environment.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers more than 1.9 million acres and includes a breathtaking and unique landscape where remains of dinosaurs were discovered.
Zion National Park covers an area of 229 square miles and features many diverse wildlife and plants, as well as beautiful landscapes of canyons, cliffs and bodies of water. Zion Park is ideal for activities such as rock climbing, camping and hiking and simply enjoying scenic surroundings. The most prominent feature of the park is Zion Canyon, which stretches for about 15 miles. Overall, Zion National Park attracts over 2 million tourists a year.