People from around the world come to Garfield County to enjoy its spectacular scenery. The county has part of three national
parks within its boundaries: Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands, as well as a portion of the newly designated Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Water from Garfield's mountains flows to the Colorado River, which forms the county's eastern border, and thunders through Cataract Canyon into Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Settling Garfield County was a task for the hardiest of pioneers, and began in 1864. Six generations later, descendants of many of those early settlers live and work in and around the county's eight towns. The county has a history of ancient inhabitants, as well as more recent mining, logging, ranching, and farming. Long-time residents now struggle with the restrictions of an economy based on natural resources and the use of public lands, and also face the challenges of growing tourism, which is now the largest industry. Visitors hike the canyons, fish, hunt, raft the rivers, and marvel at the county's ancient Fremont and Anasazi rock art. Its inhabitants feel a strong sense of place and value the land and its history.