This region continues to garner attention as one of the top places to visit in the United States. Trip Advisor recently suggested that, St. George is America’s #1 Emerging Hotspot for travelers.Click here for more details. With mild winter weather, year-round recreation and a close proximity to amazing scenery such as Zion National Park, St. George can easily be the top of the list for your next vacation or group gathering.
Scenic wonders abound with Snow Canyon State Park, a marvel of red-rock and lava formations, just 1 minute from the city boundaries. Three other state parks are in close proximity to the city of St. George, and they include, Gunlock State Park, Sand Hollow State Park and Quail Lake State Park. Sand Hollow is also the site of the Hurricane Sand Dunes which is a great place for four-wheel-drive exploration by jeep and ATV riding.
With an elevation of 2,800 feet in a high-desert environment, the winter daytime temperatures in St. George frequently hover in the low 60s and offer a perfect getaway for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are 12 excellent golf courses in the St. George area and some offer championship caliber challenges to match the dramatic scenery. Many of the area’s scenic golf courses offer a back-drop of red sandstone with distant views of 10,000 foot high Pine Mountain, and the rock monoliths of Zion National Park.
Besides being close to Zion National Park and other scenic attractions, the St. George, Utah area boasts spectacular live theater. The Tuacahn Amphitheater is a unique 2,000 seat outdoor theatrical venue near the red rock cliffs of Snow Canyon State Park. Tuacahn offers Broadway-caliber musical productions in the summer and fall, with many concerts and other entertainment options throughout the year. Many St. George, Utah hotels offer money-saving Tuacahn ticket packages. Other theatrical options are the St. George Musical Theater, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, located only 44 miles north of St. George. St. George, Utah hosts many popular annual events, including the St. George Arts Festival, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the St. George Marathon, and soccer, golf and other sporting tournaments. Some of these events draw over 10,000 participants and many more spectators. .
The St. George, Utah area’s top tourist attraction, Zion National Park is just thirty eight minutes away and boasts breathtaking rock formations, forested plateaus and narrow slot canyons. Zion National Park is 30 miles in length and 15 miles wide at its broadest point. Within the park, the Zion Caynon scenic drive is the most popular attraction and is home to the park’s most recognizable natural landmarks and most popular trails, such as Weeping Rock, The Riverside Walk, and Emerald Pools, all of which are relatively easy paths appropriate for the entire family. Two of the best views of Zion Canyon are also found at the top of the two most strenuous trails in the canyon, Angels Landing and Observation Point. From April to October, visitors have the benefit of accessing the canyon via shuttle bus, which stops at trail heads and points of interest on its way up the canyon. St George , Utah makes a great base camp for visiting Zion National Park.
As you plan your Southern Utah vacation, contact the St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on lodging, attractions, activities and entertainment.