Top Ten Things to do in St. George

Though many people travel to St. George for its closeness to Utah national park, the town itself is a wonderful place to explore. St. George is home to many gorgeous building, parks, and museums. These top ten things to do and see in St. George are great for the whole family and will give visitors unforgettable experiences.

St. George Temple

This gorgeous, towering white temple is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the United States. St. George Temple has a visitor’s center which is home to many historical pieces that tell the story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The visitor’s center is staffed with knowledgeable people who are happy to answer questions about St. George Temple or the LDS religion. Visitors can walk the grounds of the temple and marvel at the gorgeous architecture and details in the design. Whether spending a few hours to pour over the wealth of information at this temple and visitor center or just driving by to admire the structure, St. George Temple is a must-see in St. George.

Pioneer Park

This incredible park in St. George is a wonderful place to visit to experience the beautiful red rock landscape of the area. The large rock that Pioneer Park is known for, which is called Sugarloaf or Dixie Rock, is a great place to climb for a gorgeous view of downtown St. George, White Dome, Zion National Park, and Arizona. This 360-degree view is a highlight of a trip to Pioneer Park. Also in the park are pavilions, BBQ pits, and a fire pit with amphitheater which make events at this park fun and easy. For a taste of the southern Utah outdoors, Pioneer Park is the perfect place to visit.

Red Hills Desert Garden

Guests can enjoy the plants, stream, and prehistoric landmarks at Utah’s first desert garden. Red Hills Desert Garden features 5,000 desert-dwelling, water-efficient plants throughout its five acres. Through the garden runs a 1,150-foot stream which is home to many different species of native fish. Another impressive thing to see while in the garden are the 200-million-year-old prehistoric footprints, which clearly show where dinosaurs walked along the landscape. This incredible garden gives guests an authentic and memorable desert experience.

Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site

Another LDS landmark, the Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site was home to Brigham Young during the last winters of his life. Brigham Young, who passed in 1877, was a leader of the LDS movement and played a large role in the Western settlement of the LDS community. Guests can visit this home, which is displayed as a living museum. All the pieces that fill the home are from the time of Brigham Young and walking through this home is a great way to learn about the LDS religion and their community.

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

Photo by Raymond Shobe

Built over a preserved prehistoric lake bed, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site has a variety of prehistoric tracks to view. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures frequently used and crossed this lake hundreds of millions of years ago which left tracks across the area. Guests will view the tracks and learn all about the dinosaurs and other creatures who made them. This unique site will be a hit with the entire family.

St. George Children’s Museum

Learning and fun collide at St. George Children’s Museum. This museum is full of interactive rooms and exhibits which engage young minds and delight parents, as well. Children will discover science, music, art, and practical life on their journey through this museum. Those with children should be sure to include St. George Children’s Museum on their itinerary.

Kayenta

This community in southern Utah’s red rock country is a place unlike any other. This 2,000-acre community of fine homes, community amenities, and custom build sites is surrounded by protected lands. Guests can spend a few hours exploring Kayenta and visit the shops, art village, and scenic views. The memory of this beautiful community will be a long lasting one.

Town Square Park

Everyone can enjoy a day at Town Square Park. The park has many different water attractions, which everyone can play in to cool off on a hot St. George day. There are places to sit and relax and picnic tables, perfect for enjoying a nice lunch. Another fun feature for families in the park is the carousel. This park is the perfect place to rest after a busy day of site seeing in St. George.

St. George Tabernacle

Photo by Ken Lund

This religious and historical site is a wonderful place to visit to learn about the LDS community and pioneer history. The building, which was recently under construction, is a beautiful example of historic architecture. Guests can marvel at this beautiful building which played a large role in the settlement of the west.

Site Seeing Tours

Across St. George and the surrounding area, there is so much to see that it can be overwhelming for guests. When wandering without a plan or knowledge of the area, it is likely that many beautiful areas will be missed. Booking a site seeing tour with a local guide allows visitors to see not just the most popular areas, but also lots of beautiful hidden gems.

The RV Life

The traditional, stereotypical American dream includes a big house with a front yard and a white picket fence. However, on country roads and busy highways across America, there are many people living out a very different, much less stationary American dream.

These individuals have thrown out the idea that they need a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home to feel fulfilled. They have traded in their mortgages for motor homes, their bay windows for windshields, and their backyards for the back country. This lifestyle, while far from the norm, is proving to be not only a viable option but, perhaps, the best one when it comes to living life to the fullest.

When picturing people who live or travel in RVs, most people imagine either retirees or big families. When portrayed in films, RV users are families with surly teenage children and a bumbling dad, eager to explore the country. These stereotypes are quickly being challenged as more people dive head first into the RV lifestyle.

There are young couples who resolve to work on the road and see the world, armed with a Wi-Fi hotspot and confidence. There are families who have lived in a home for years but have decided to make experiences more important than possessions. There are nine to fivers, young and old, who are tired of the hustle and bustle of life and want to trade in their cubicles for wide-open spaces. These groups, and many more, are showing the world that living in an RV is not only doable, it’s downright incredible.

Travel Trailer Caravaning. RV Park Camping at Night.

There are some obvious perks to living in an RV. Things like always being able to live in favorable weather and seeing all the best parts of the world sound almost too good to be true. However, there are three things that come from living in an RV that may be less expected. These three results of living life in an RV are enough to make anyone get their tires spinning.

An Abundance of Knowledge
People who live in RVs learn a lot in a short amount of time. Not only do they learn more about the places they travel, they learn many different things on the way to their destinations, as well. For example, living in an RV means having to know how to do vehicle maintenance, just as one would maintain their home. This means that otherwise mechanically-uninclined people will have to put on their mechanics hat and get under the hood. They also learn the ins and outs of traveling, gain an appreciation of the world, and expand their horizons far beyond those of home-dwellers.

Saving Some Cash
Believe it or not, people who live in RVs end up saving a ton of money during their travels. Even when adding together the price of gas, RV sites, and other necessities, the cost of living comes in very close to or less than what it would be in a traditional home. This extra money can be used to save up for when the traveling ends or, of course, to invest in a better RV.

Fostering Relationships
One would think that moving away from family and friends would mean a breakdown in relationships, but, usually, the opposite is true. Living in an RV allows travelers to meet like-minded people across the country. Also, since they are living in such tight quarters and must cooperate with each other, relationships among traveling families often grow stronger, as well.

Though most people are probably not ready to live a life on the road, those who are looking for a change, who feel stuck in the humdrum monotony of everyday life, may find that investing in an RV and putting the pedal to the metal is a great way to breathe life back into their days.

Christmas in Utah’s Dixie

The leaves have finally fallen off the trees, hot chocolate and apple cider line the grocery store aisles, and the smell of a fresh cut pine tree fills the air. Christmas time has finally arrived to Utah’s Dixie! With family coming into town, what better way to spend the evenings than enjoying some of the amazing Christmas events and outings that St. George has to offer.

Here are some of our favorite Christmas activities to do while in Southern Utah!

Christmas Light Seeing

Kuhn’s Castle

If there’s one thing St. George knows how to do, it’s Christmas lights! One of the most popular light shows in Southern Utah is Kuhn’s Castle! The Kuhn’s family was featured in, and won, ABC’s “The Greatest Christmas Light Fight in 2015.

Each year the Kuhn family transforms their house into a magical castle filled with all of your favorite characters from Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb”. Each year the family adds on another unique twist to their house. Be sure to stop by Kuhn’s Castle located at 445 W. Heritage Drive!

St. George LDS Temple

The Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been a focal point for the community. Located just 4 blocks north of Temple View RV, the temple grounds are covered in a variety of lights and features at its front, a life sized Nativity representing the birth of Christ. The temple grounds are open to all people of all faiths and offers a great evening walk for the whole family.

Historic Downtown St. George

Enjoy an evening in the heart of St. George, as Main Street turns into a winter wonderland. The streets are lined with lights, and a special someone (Santa Claus) can be seen peeking over the roof of one of the buildings down town. Be sure to pick up some hot chocolate and a cupcake from 25 & Main for your walk.

These are just a few of our favorite Christmas traditions that Utah’s Dixie has to offer. Be sure to make the most of your time as you enjoy this holiday with your family and friends.

Fall Favorites in Utah’s Dixie

Leaves changing, cooler weather and pumpkin spice everything can only mean one thing. Fall is officially upon us! Fall time in Southern Utah offers up a variety of activities for the young and young of heart alike. Here are just a few of our favorite activities to do here in St. George.

Farmer’s Markets

What better way to enjoy the many flavors of fall than by visiting a local farmer’s market? Enjoy locally grown produce Saturdays at the following locations:

  • Tuacahn Farmer’s Market, 1100 Tuacahn Drive Ivins, Utah 84738. Enjoy fresh produce, street vendors, food and entertainment every Saturday from 9 am.to 1pm.
  • Zion Canyon Farmer’s Market, 1212 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, Utah 84767. Enjoy musicians, food and street vendors as well as local produce at the mouth of Zion National park every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am until Noon.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, located at the north west corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street, brings you local produce in the heart of St. George’s Historic Ancestor Square. The market is open every Saturday from 8 am until Noon.

 

George Street Fest

Every first Friday of the month from 6-10 pm, visit St. George’s Historic Downtown for a night full of street vendors, live music, food trucks, jazz garden, and fun for the whole family.

Hit the Trails

Fall offers an ideal climate for exploring and enjoying the local scenery by biking or walking one of the many trails located in St. George. The city’s trails offers a variety of paved and unpaved trails accommodating different users. You can visit the City of St. George’s website for more information on the trails available in St. George.

Whether you’re down visiting for the weekend, or staying for the winter, fall time in Utah’s Dixie offers something for everyone.

 

June Events Calendar – St. George

Summer is finally here! That means more events and even more fun things will be happening here in St. George! We are super excited, especially for June as there are some pretty cool things that will be going on. We have compiled a list of all the major events happening this month to help out anyone who is visiting and would like to know what is going on.

Friday June 3rd:
-George Street Fest 1 Year Birthday Party!
Georgefest is a monthly event that happens the first Friday of each month, this one is extra special because it is George Street Fest’s 1 year anniversary! There will be a lot of really fun and cool things going on for the events birthday, be sure to check it out!

Saturday June 4th:
-Slide The City
This is going to be one of the biggest events of the summer! This is a 1000ft slip and slide (which is a world record) that travels through the city. This is a charity event, a portion of the proceeds will be going to Washington County’s Children’s Justice Center.
Click the link to purchase tickets: https://www.slidethecity.com/location/st-george/
-8th Annual Pet Festival
Free admission to this festival! Lots of good food vendors and PETS! There will be a number of animals there to adopt and play with and information booths on pet care. Bring the whole family!

Monday June 6th:
-The Jordan World Circus
Lions, Tigers and Bears OH MY! That’s right, the circus will be coming to Washington City Monday. Thrills await you and your family! Check it out > http://www.visitstgeorge.com/event/12338/

Friday June 10th:
-Peter Pan Opening Night
This is a classic family favorite, and it’s coming to Tuacahn! Be sure to purchase tickets for the opening night! And check Tuacahn’s website for more showtimes.

Saturday June 11th:
-Tarzan Opening Night
This is the perfect show to take the whole family to see! Tarzan is a classic favorite and is being beautifully recreated at Tuacahn.
-Country Jam – Trailblazers Summer Concert Series
This is the first of event of the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series. Enjoy Eric Dogde and the Randy Anderson Band while LINE DANCING and so much more.

Thursday June 16th:
-St. George Art Studio Tour
Free admission! This is a new event/tour and celebration of St. George’s Art Community!
-Pro Watercross Tour
This will be the last stop in the seven stop national tour.

Friday June 17th:
-Rockwell Relay
This is a relay with three of your friends where you ride from Moab Ut, to St. George Ut. It is going to be quite the race!
-Pro Watercross Tour
This will be the last stop in the seven stop national tour.

Saturday June 18th:
-Rockwell Relay
This will be the final leg of the race, you won’t want to miss it!

For more information on Shows at Tuacahn check out their website: https://www.tuacahn.org/online/

Kanarraville Falls – Kanarra Creek Trail

DSC07304Photo Credit:Randy Landry on flickr

This is such a fun hike to take, especially in the summer months! This is a 4.8 mile roundtrip hike, and usually takes about 2.5-3 hours to complete. This hike is located just east of Kanarraville, Ut. You will get wet on this hike, it is a water trudge hike. Which is why it is perfect for the summer! On this hike you will need to walk through 3-8 inches of water. This is such a beautiful hike, full of greenery against the dark canyon walls.
The first part of the hike is a steep dirt road, which provides a view of the valley that is quite spectacular. Eventually the dirt road will aline next to a stream, then head into the canyon, where the real fun and beauty begins. Every so often you will need to cross the stream as it zig zags in and out of the trail. Much of the hike you will be walking through ankle deep water that can get pretty chilly, wet shoes are advised.
As you hike onward, you will shortly meet the mouth of Slot Canyon. This is one of the best places to take a break and relax before heading deeper into the canyon. Before long you will reach a waterfall, on the right there will be a large log with metal steps that you will need to climb to get to the top of the waterfall. Don’t worry too much, there are ropes attached to the wall next to the log that you can use to assist you as you climb, caution is advised especially at the top of the latter where it gets slick, the drop is about 12 ft.
If you decide to hike further beyond this waterfall you will come across more waterfalls that are a bit smaller, if you dare brave the cold water, you can slide down these falls which can be pretty exciting and fun! This is another place that is perfect to rest at and enjoy the views of the mountains that surround you.
This is a fun and family friendly hike that is beyond enjoyable and perfect for those scorching hot summer days!

Things to do for kids in St. George Utah

Coming to St. George for a family vacation, but worried about what the kiddos will have to do? Yeah hiking is always a good option here, but what about other activities? Surprisingly, there is a lot more to do in St. George for kids than you would think!

St. George has multiple outdoor parks located in various parts of town, with water features, climbing walls and more. Other than parks there are quite a few recreational places dedicated to kids of all ages.

There is Fiesta Fun which offers an array of different activities from bowling and laser tag to bumper boats, go-cart races and batting cages. Similar to Fiesta Fun is Laser Mania which also offers laser tag and bumper cars, with one of the coolest blacklight mini golf/maze area’s that I have ever seen.

House of Jump is a very exciting place and a good way to get those little ones energy out! It is located inside of a large warehouse, most of the floor and some walls are covered in trampolines. Kids can jump, run and bounce all around!

Mystery Escape Room is a new attraction to St. George! Reserve your spot for your next trip with your little ones. This attraction requires you to use your brain to crack riddles and puzzles to move to the next room and eventually escape! You will need a group of 6 or more to be eligible, this is a team building attraction.

The Dinosaur Museum here in St. George is really interesting and very cool for youngsters! Give your child the opportunity to see life size replicas of the great T-Rex as well as see real life dinosaur tracks from when they roamed this very desert!

One of the coolest places above all though to take your kids, would have to be the Children’s Museum. This is a museum of creativity, learning, exploring and so much more! Each room is themed differently with exciting and challenging activities for your little ones to do.

 

Take your kids to one of these and let us know in the comments how it went!

Dining In St. George

Delicious burger with beef, bacon, cheese and vegetables

St. George offers a plethora of different cuisine and dining experiences. From Asian and Mexican to Italian and everything in-between. Here we pride ourselves on the amount of locally owned restaurants we have and we love to show off our locals culinary skills.

Here is a list of 5 locally owned and ran restaurants that we suggest you try on your next vacation to St. George, Utah.

TwentyFive Main, Location – 25 N Main St, St George, UT 84770

What a fabulous and tasty little cafe! In need of something sweet and something savory? TwentyFive Main has got you covered! They have a delectable cupcake parlor with a different cupcake marked down to $1.00 each day! They have a variety of different Italian/American style dishes, there is sure to be something everyone in the family will enjoy!
TwentyFive Main Menu

Cappeletties, Location – 36 E Tabernacle St, St George, UT 84770

A mix of Italian and Argentine, this is by far one of the more high end dining experiences you’ll ever have. This is a family owned and operated restaurant that opened in 2010. Owners Andres and Lorena both started to cook at young ages and have an undoubtable passion for the culinary arts. The dishes they prepare will leave your tastebuds tingling with sensation.
Cappeletties Lunch Menu // Dinner Menu

Durango’s Mexican Grill, Location – 245 Red Cliffs Dr #8, St George, UT 84790

Durango’s Mexican Grill is a local twist of Cafe Rio, although if you were to ask a local they will most likely inform you that Durango’s is by far their favorite in comparison. Locally owned by Clare Gubler and his wife, who made it their mission to provide delicious food at an affordable price for all budgets! And they did more than deliver! Durango’s is definitely a local favorite.
Durango’s Menu

Benja’s Thai Garden, Location – 2 W St George Blvd #12, St George, UT 84770

Even if you are not a Thai food lover, Benja’s is sure to change your mind. Their diverse cuisine is bound to have something for everyone to enjoy. From their delectable unique sushi to their famous drunken noodles, this is bar none one of the best restaurants in town!
Benja’s Menu

Oscar’s Cafe, Location -948 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767

Though this restaurant is about 35 minutes from town, Oscar’s is a top notch outdoor eatery with views of Zion National park right in front of you. If the view isn’t enough then their burgers are worth driving out of town for. Enjoy a early day hike in Zion National Park, and stop by Oscar’s afterward to dine and enjoy your families company while you gaze outward at the stunning sights of the park.
Oscars Breakfast Menu // Lunch & Dinner Menu

Snow Canyon Overlook (the Red Mountain Trail)

This hike will take you to one of St.George’s favorite canyon viewpoints. I mean wow! Talk about vertigo-inducing! This overlook is absolutely breathtaking and invigorating. I was not prepared for what waited for me at the end of this trail. The hike is about 4.8 miles roundtrip and is fairly easy for even the most inexperienced hikers. It is dog and horse friendly as well!

Snow-Canyon-Overlook-hike

The head of the trail is located near Dameron Valley and on your way to Diamond Valley. The start of the hike will be the same starting point as the Red Mountain trail. For about the first mile you will find yourself surrounded by pinion pines and junipers. There is a forest feel to the hike as the trees get more and more dense around the trail. This portion of the hike climbs about 300ft in elevation, so prepare for a bit of a trudge.

The second mile of the hike is steady up and down and not quite as much of a climb. Suddenly at two miles in the hike sharply declines downward. At this point keep an eye out for the two cairns, this is the turnoff point to the overlook. The rest of the hike will be mostly sandy with one more quick downhill descent and then up to the other side where the stunning scenic overview lies.

At the cliff’s edge you’ll find yourself looking over Snow Canyon Park. The contrasting red and white sandstone mountains from above will blow you away. We highly suggest catching the sunrise if you are comfortable with hiking early in the morning when it’s still dark.

Snow Canyon Lava Tubes!

Most everyone comes to St. George for its beautiful natural landscapes and its proximity to popular Zion National Park as well as how close it is to Vegas and Bryce Canyon and many more fun and exciting places! But what about what is going on underground? That’s right, under the earth. If you are looking for a fun day hike to take in St. George, check out Snow Canyon State Parks Lava Tubes!

There are so many hidden caves all around St. George’s desert terrain. More popular would be the Snow Canyon lava caves, located in Snow Canyon State Park. The hike to get to them is marked and easy with a stunning scenic backdrop of the red and white sandstone hills and contrasting black lava rock. Once you reach the gaping hole in the ground, you can climb in and explore the world below. Be sure to take flashlights and extra batteries.

The hike into the cave starts with a fairly large opening, that you will need to climb in carefully using stealth and good balance. Once you get into the cave, there will be a small opening where the hike downward begins. You will hike through a confining space with some low duck areas, until finally you will reach a large room which is the ending of the cave.

This hike can be very fun and enjoyable for all ages, and at most takes about two hours.

Please be courteous of the land around you and below you. Take everything out that you took with you, no littering please. You will want to wear closed toe shoes. Graffiti and litter are illegal and are the biggest threats against getting the caves closed.

For more information on hiking, wild life, Snow Canyon Lava Tubes and much more check out the link to Snow Canyon State Parks brochure: http://static.stateparks.utah.gov/docs/SnowCanyonBrochure.pdf