Famed western explorer Jedediah Smith visited Virgin Valley in 1826. Captain John C. Frémont passed through here in 1844
The valley served as the right-of-way for the Old Spanish Trail (1829-1848) and for the Mormon Road or southern route of travel to southern California
The area was settled by pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who colonized Bunkerville in 1877 and Mesquite in 1880.
The Virgin River provided water for the development of the valley’s agricultural resources.