The town of St. George has the setting for one of Utah's fastest-growing cities. Today, that growth and unique setting translate to family adventures, luxury spas, extensive shopping, championship golf and nearby outdoor recreation assets unlike anywhere else. In other words, fishing, climbing, canyoneering, biking, hiking, ATV and more — all in the unbeatable climate of beautiful St. George, Utah. Drive North on the I-15 for 45 minutes to Cedar City or 1 1/2 hours to Brian Head for some mountain fun or drive South for less than two hours to Las Vegas.
Climbers, bikers, hikers and anyone can seek out numerous intriguing sandstone destinations, including Snow Canyon State Park, Pioneer Park, Green Valley Gap and Moe's Valley. Aside from all the great outdoor things to do in St. George, the dining options are plentiful as well. From the chic Zagat-rated Painted Pony to authentic Neapolitan-style pizza at Riggatti's, St. George has emerged as a top dining town in Southern Utah. Indeed, as a basecamp to Zion National Park, St. George offers plenty of cultural amenities to help expand your itinerary in southwest Utah once you've explored Zion.
For families, the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm and St. George Children's Museum combine with a wildlife museum, nature center, aquatic center and multiple local hikes to petroglyph sites for a complete family getaway. St. George is also home to Dixie State University. The nearby Tuacahn Amphitheater & Center for the Arts stages theatrical and musical performances.
St. George is a great hub for day trips around southern Utah. Check out these fun and scenic attractions and activities in the region:
Zion National Park is a premier destination not only in southwest Utah, but in the United States. Grab the park's multipassenger shuttle from one of several stops in the gateway town of Springdale or at the visitor center to enjoy a leisurely and scenic ride to each adventurous stop including Angels Landing and the Narrows. Also don't miss the Zion-Mt. Carmel scenic drive.
Snow Canyon is one of Utah's most spectacular state parks, located eight miles north of town. The red Navajo sandstone cliffs accented with black lava rock make for a stunning and spectacular natural contrast with great camping, horseback riding, climbing, nature programs and hiking, including a trail along ancient lava flows past the popular lava tubes, created thousands of years ago by the now extinct volcanoes.
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is located at the transition between three ecosystems: the Mojave Desert, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau. The approximately 60,000 acres of public land feature more than 130 miles of non-motorized recreation trails (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail riding). This creates a unique mixture of plants and animals from all of these regions, including plants found nowhere else on earth. Created to protect the desert tortoise, it also provides habitat for other sensitive reptiles, birds, and mammals against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.