Alton lies at the base of the beautiful Sunset Cliffs, which are part of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The town was founded by, Wesley Roundy, who built two log cabins in the area in the early 1870s. At a community social in 1912, suggested names for the town were put into a hat, and the name Alton—taken from the Alton Fjord in Norway—was chosen. This quiet, little town, with its stunning scenery, is a perfect respite from the crowds and hustle of some of the busier parks and attractions. Alton is central to the many attractions in this region.
Alton makes for a great summer getaway with cooler temperatures found at this higher elevation town. Make Alton your base camp as you explore Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Paunsugaunt Plateau, Cedar Mountain & Duck Creek Village, and many more. Check out the many Vacation Rental opportunities in Alton, the perfect getaway for all ages. The next time you’re in the Alton area in June, be sure to ask a local about the annual Alton Picnic. This event is a great way to get to know more about the local Mormon Pioneer History. Don’t forget to watch out for the “Whoa” signs, you don’t want to get caught running one of these!