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Gunlock is located on the west side of the county in a charming narrow valley along the Santa Clara Creek on the Old Spanish Trail. The town was named for its original settler, William Hamblin. His nickname "Gunlock" is said to have come from the fact that he was an excellent gun mechanic and skillful hunter. "Gunlock" Hamblin was a brother of the well-known Indian scout and missionary Jacob Hamblin.

The small settlement was located along the Old Spanish Trail and the settlers were able to trade with the travelers passing through. Today there are still ranching, mining, and farming in the area, but it now serves mainly as a bedroom community for St. George twenty miles away. Gunlock has kept its early charm and is a wonderful, peaceful home to its present residents. Many of the residents are descendants of the early settlers.