St. George, Utah has about 255 sunny days each year, 50 more than the national average. Combined with great access to a number of state and national parks, not to mention a number of historical and cultural attractions, recreation is a big part of the local lifestyle.
With summer on its way, here are 5 Places To Enjoy During The Summer In St. George:
Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs
If you’re up for a desert adventure, the Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs are a light hike through a beautiful historical site. The trail curves around huge boulders giving a clear view of well-defined petroglyphs. While the drive is a bit off the beaten path, the access is easy once you get there and the site is well worth the trip. To get their Drive South on East River Road until it turns to dirt, and continue about 3.5 miles. There are signs telling the way, be careful to stay on the main road as there are ATV trails crossing the road.
Red Hills Desert Garden
A truly wonderful place to visit, Red Hills Desert Garden, shows off the local desert flora of the surrounding region. The garden boasts more than 5,000 plants, some so vividly colored they seem to luminesce against the reds of the soil and rock. Descriptions of all the plants are placed along a walkway, which wanders back and forth over a small creek filled with endangered native fish. The garden is located just off Red Hills Parkway on the north side of town.
Set high above downtown, Pioneer Park, is a great place to spend the afternoon and have some fun. There are sheltered areas with tables perfect for a family picnic or barbecue. Covering 52 acres, the park is filled with trails winding through dominating, red boulders and there are even a few slot canyons. Pioneer Park is also Red Hills Parkway, right next to the Red Hills Garden.
Town Square Park
Especially if you have young children, Town Square Park is the perfect place for a fun afternoon and it’s free. Providing an expansive splash pad, a gentle River and numerous water features, perfect for those hot days, there is plenty to entertain kids for hours. Surrounding the park, are some of St. George’s oldest historical buildings I have been beautifully restored. The park also conveniently provides free Wi-Fi and Outlets so you can stay connected.
Sand Hollow State Park
Wrapping around Sand Hollow Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park is one of the largest and most visited state parks in Utah. Different than any other place in the state, sand dunes reach down to the water’s edge creating stunning orange beaches white snow-capped mountains as the backdrop. The park covers an area of 20,000 acres and offers a variety of recreation opportunities. One of the more popular activities is off-road driving on the dunes. There’s plenty of room for boating and sailing on the reservoir or sunbathing on the extensive beaches. Hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding are also available. There is RV camping and two official campgrounds, as well as primitive camping allowed. This is one of the best places, particularly for camping, in the St. George area and it’s only 20 minutes from town.
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