Prehistorically speaking, evidence of the first settlers in the area now called Springdale, Utah, dates back to about 500 A.D. Early European explorers were Spanish, and record seeing later settlement by Paiute Native Americans along the Virgin River in the late 1700s.

Springdale was settled in 1862 by Mormons, and is said to have gotten its name from a female settler, who noticed the springs flowing nearby. The town was originally a suburb, so to speak, of a larger community called Rockville, a few miles away, and did not have its own post office until 1897.

The stature of this remote town changed little until the advent of the automobile, when road conditions improved and enabled travel on a larger scale. In 1920, Mukuntuweap National Monument (later renamed Zion National Park) was dedicated. This, and the modernization of the area through electricity and ease of transportation led to a change of focus from agriculture to tourism.

The name of Springdale is synomous with Zion National Park, and at one time the only way there was through the canyon. Only as recently as 1930 did the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel (a mile long) open, making the town and the park accessible on a much wider scale. 

Tourism drives Springdale's economy today, while images of its past and reflections of its natural surroundings can be seen in its continued use of sandstone in building construction material.