Outdoors Activities in Southern Utah
Whether you prefer to spend your time running the St. George Marathon, mountain biking in Snow Canyon, hiking in Zion’s National Park, or anything else, the beautiful Southern Utah outdoors has something for everyone!
ATV Jeep Wilderness Tours
This is a great way to view the breathtaking scenery of Southern Utah! Riding ATV’s within site of the majestic formations of Zion National Park and close to St. George Utah, makes an ATV adventure in Southern Utah an unforgettable experience.
The Hurricane Valley Trail system offers hundreds of miles of ATV trails around Southern Utah. This website offers a photo gallery, trail map, as well as a club to join to support the local trails and responsible riding. What a great way to see Southern Utah!
Brian Head Ski Resort
Selected as a Top Family Getaway by the Family Travel Forum, Brian Head Resort offers a complete, affordable winter getaway. Lots of parks and pipes for the snowboarder, a “Kids Camp” for the little ones, and a comprehensive winter sports school. Night skiing and boarding as well as a snowtubing park are offered here.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is a 62,000 acre scenic wildlife reserve to protect some of the sensitive plants and animals of Southern Utah, including the desert tortoise. The reserve includes dozens of trails and camping spots, and the website includes a great gallery and trail descriptions.
Southern Utah is home of the famous St. George Marathon, one of the most scenic marathons around, and has a strong community of runners. The St. George Running Club has regular group runs and many other resources for runners. Many of the communities around have an extensive system of interconnected paved trails that are an ideal way to safely run.
Snow Canyon State Park
Located just minutes from St. George, Snow Canyon State Park is full of beautiful red rock, white rock, and lava rock. There is a small sand dune, walking and jogging trails, mountain biking, and some nice caves.
St. George Marathon
In the January 2010 issue of Runner’s World Magazine, a publication that appeals to runners throughout the United States and Canada, the St. George Marathon was recognized by readers as the most organized marathon race in the country. Runners World magazine also ranks it one of the ten most scenic marathons, and the #1 fastest fall marathon. It is truly a sight to behold and an event worth rallying around.
St. George Trail System
The City of St. George has put together a wonderful trail system of almost 30 miles of paved trails in and around St. George, tying in areas such as St. George, the Virgin River, the Temple Quarry, and many city parks. The trail system website includes trail descriptions and a comprehensive, downloadable trail map.
St. George Water Parks & Splash Pads
Water parks, or splash pads, are quickly becoming the hottest places to stay cool in the St. George Utah Area. In the past two years, St. George has been creating more and more splash pads – flat areas with underground systems that spray and shoot water into the air and all around. The idea of the backyard sprinkler has evolved quite a bit, with streams of water shooting from different directions and fountains spraying at varying times and even from overhead objects. With the built in jets, parents won’t worry about kids stubbing toes or tripping on hardware. Each park in the St. George area has it’s own theme so it’s easy to see why kids love these water parks all year round. My kids favorite park is the St. George Towne Square park because of it’s rock waterfall and meandering stream.
Utah’s National Parks
Utah is America’s national park capital boasting 5 parks with breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. Travelers come from all over the globe to experience this one of a kind landscape. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is also easily accessed from southern Utah. Another treat is Mesa Verde National Park, just across the border into Colorado.
World Class Mountain Biking
Southern Utah has some of the best mountain biking in the world! Hundreds of trails in dozens of different environments provide great fun and spectacular views. The St. George area is frequently featured in mountain biking and other outdoor magazines, and to those of us that live here it’s no surprise at all.
Zion Harley Davidison
Did you know you can visit 4 National parks in one day from the St. George Utah area? Imagine seeing the breathtaking views from the back of a Harley Davidson. Zion Harley Davidison has a full rental fleet waiting for you!
Zion National Park
Located less than an hour from St. George, Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks there is. It offers excellent hikes and walks, great bike riding, and even a leisurely tour by bus that still offers some incredible views.