Rooted in adventures in Southwestern Utah in and around the Virgin River
Our founders are two adventure seekers, both originally from New England, and both equally in love with travel. Adventures in and around the American Southwest, especially Southwestern Utah, have always been a favorite.
Southwestern Utah is home to numerous natural wonders, attracting visitors from all over the world to enjoy its splendor. Snow Canyon State Park (near our candle studio), Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon, Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Cedar Break National Monument, Gunlock State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument—the list keeps going. It is a beautiful part of the country with unimaginable mountains and cliffs in an array of natural colors created by the erosion of sediment layers over millions of years by the Virgin River.
The Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River flowing through Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. While the river is not as mighty as the Mississippi or Colorado, during heavy rains, flash floods move sand, boulders, and trees through the canyons creating breath-taking landscapes. The river is about 162 miles long and empties into the Colorado River at the Lake Mead reservoir, about 40 miles outside of Las Vegas.
The river is named after Thomas Virgin, a member of the first American party to see the river, in an expedition group led by Jedediah Smith in 1826.
Two decades of trips and adventures in this awe-inspiring natural landscape inspired us to name our brand Virgin River.