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The map to the right shows Washington County Utah. You can see that St. George City sits very close to the Arizona and the Utah border. Click here to see a larger map of the county and surrounding area. 

The following modules are suggested half-day or day trips that can be taken from St. George Utah. If you live in the area already, then these will be helpful for trip ideas. If you are a visitor to the area, these will be options to consider as you pass through the area on your way to or from your home. 


Zion National Park

The most obvious half-day or day trip is to Zion National Park and from St. George this is a 45 mile trip. Go north on Interstate 15 to the Hurricane / Zion National Park turn-off (Scenic Highway 9) and go east to Hurricane, then north to Laverkin (staying on highway 9). Turn east (right) and go up onto the plateau and pass through the towns of Virgin, Rockville and Springdale. You may pass through the entire park and loop back via Kanab or via highway 14 (Cedar Mountain), or you may return the way you came. 
Click here for more details about Zion National Park 
• Zion National Park Photos
• Zion National Park Hiking

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon St Park

Snow Canyon State Park is just 15 minutes north of St. George. The best way to see the park is to go north on Bluff Street in St. George and travel north as this road becomes SR-18 (approx 12 miles). Enter the park at the top entrance (there is a top and bottom entrance) and drive down into the park. The view from the top is great and sets the stage for what you will experience inside the park. As you pass down the road (1 mile) you will come to a trail-head for the lava caves. This is a short walk. Click here to learn more about Snow Canyon State Park.   Further into the park you will pass other trail heads (great walking, biking trails), the campground and even an area of sand dunes. You may return to St. George via Snow Canyon Parkway. Click here to see a map.

Red Cliffs

Ghost Towns

Silver Reef:  Go north on I-15 to Silver Reef via the exit at Leeds (approx. 15 miles). Go through Leeds and turn under the freeway. Follow the signs. 
Grafton:  From Silver Reef get on the freeway going north and go to the next exit (south to Toquerville). Go through Toquerville to Laverkin and turn east (left) toward Virgin and Rockville. In Rockville go through town to the east end and look for Bridge Rd. (on right). Turn right and follow signs back (west) along the river (dirt road - 3 miles) to the town of Grafton. Return the way you came or continue on to Zion National Park. 

Click here for more information about these two historic sites. 

Tuacahn Arts

Kolob Terrace

Follow the directions for going to Zion National Park but at the town of Virgin (follow signs) turn right to the Kolob Terrace. Travel up the road with views to Hop Valley (Fingers of Kolob) and views of the western side of Zion from up on the terrace. Some years there are many sunflowers in the meadows and this makes for even more spectacular views. 

On top of the terrace travel to Kolob Reservoir. Near here are roads that go to Lava Point 

Click here for more information about Kolob Terrace andKolob Reservoir.

Rue 21 Zion Factory Stores

Bryce Canyon NP

A day trip to Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon is a two hour drive each direction. The quickest way to get to Bryce Canyon from St. George is to go upInterstate 15 past Cedar City, Parowan and Paragonah. Take the highway 20 turn-off (follow-signs) and travel 20 minutes over this highway to highway 89. Travel south seven miles to the town of Panguitch.  Turn left at the stop sign in town (don't go straight - it unless you want to go to Panguitch Lake and Cedar Mountain).  Follow highway 89 seven more miles to the junction of Scenic Highway 12.  Travel 12 more miles to through Red Canyon until you arrive at highway 63. Turn south and go three miles to the entrance of Bryce Canyon. As you return home you have the option of scenic routes over highway 14 or highway 9 through Zion. Click here to see a map. 

Brigham Young Home

Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks is only accessible during summer months. The trip to Cedar Breaks is about one hour and 25 minutes. Go north from St. George and take the middle Cedar City exit. Go (east) right through town and follow the signs to go up highway 14. Travel up the mountain and enjoy the views at every turn. On top you will have a turn-out where you can look down into the Virgin RIver Basin and the back-side of Zion National Park. On the plateau you will quickly see signs directing you to Cedar Breaks (turn left). It is a short drive to several overlooks. While you are on the plateau you have options of seeing other destinations such as Navajo Lake, Cascade Falls, Duck Creek and Mammoth Caves. Panguitch Lake and Brian Head Ski and Summer Resort are close by. Click here to see a map.

Snow Canyon Biking

Grand Canyon

This is a 2.5 hour drive each direction but well worth seeing one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Go east toward Hurricane Utah and in the center of town look for signs that direct you to the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Kanab Utah. Go east and onto the plateau and follow your course until you come to the Arizona town of Fredonia. Turn south here and drive up onto the Kaibab Plateau (Kaibab Forest). Follow the road to Jacob Lake and then continue south to the north rim. 
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Fiesta Fun

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is just as spectacular as Grand Canyon, Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon. The drive to Lake Powell is the same (in time) as the Grand Canyon and takes about 2.5 hours. Follow the Grand Canyon North Rim directions until you get to Fredonia. Then turn north (seven miles) to Kanab, then turn east (right) and follow the road to Wahweap Marina or continue on until you come to Glen Canyon Dam.  Click here to see a map.

Verthon Worthen Park

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a one-hour and 45 minute drive from St. George. It's easy to get there, just head south onInterstate 15 (1-15). 

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Fiesta Fun

Other Coming Itineraries

• Pine Valley
• Virgin River Gorge
• Las Vegas
• Kolob Fingers / New Harmony
• Lake Mead 
• Lake Powell
• Enterprise / Cedar City Loop
• Gunlock / Upper-Lower Sand Cove (back road)
• Smithsonian Butte / Gooseberry Mesa (back road)
• Smith's Mesa (back road)

These are just some of the half-day and full-day (or more) itineraries that you may enjoy from St. George Utah. Check back here for more itineraries in the future.