The Inn at St. George 

St. George Utah Resources Info

Things to do

HikingHiking is a popular activity in the beautiful red rocks of St. George. The most popular hikes are located within the nearby National and State Parks. Listed below are five popular hikes in the surrounding areas.

The Narrows is found at Zion National Park. It is a strenuous hike that requires wading and swimming through the river. The entire hike is 16 miles and if you plan to camp in the canyon you must have a permit. You can shorten the hike and turn back at any time.

The Subway is another hike located at Zion National Park. It is a technically difficult trail that requires a permit to enter. This trail involves canyoneering, which is hiking, repelling, rock climbing, and usually swimming or wading. Ropes are necessary for down-climbing in some areas. This hike is 9.5 miles and takes around seven hours to complete.

Three Ponds is located at Snow Canyon State Park. It is a moderately easy trail that is a 3.5 mile loop. The hike ends in a narrow and deep canyon with sheer walls reaching upwards to 400 feet.

Hidden Pinyon Trail is also located at Snow Canyon State Park. It is a moderately easy trail that is a 1.5 mile loop. The trail is rocky and uneven for most of the way.

Red Cliffs Nature Trail at Red Cliffs Recreation Area is a short and easy hike. The trail leads into a narrow canyon with a stream and waterfall. You can climb past the waterfall to continue hiking into the canyon or splash in the stream and slide down the waterfall.

Walking- The city of St. George has installed and maintains around 30 miles of paved trails for walking, biking, rollerblading, etc.

Golfing- The top golf courses are Sunbrook Golf Course and Green Spring Golf Course. Fees at Sunbrook range from $15-$30 for 9 holes and $26-$56 for 18 holes, with a cart included. Fees at Green Spring range from $19-$28 for 9 holes and $35-$53 for 18 holes, with a cart included.

Mountain and Road Biking- Green Valley Loop is a mountain biking trail favored by locals. It is suggested that beginners do the trail from finish to start to avoid injury yet still have fun. The trail is 10.2 miles and the difficulty is rated at about medium. The trail includes single and double track sections as well as paved road and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Gooseberry Mesa is another popular trail located about an hour from St. George. It is a difficult trail that has been featured in multiple publications nationwide. The trail is slow and highly technical, taking around 3 hours to complete the 11.1 mile loop. A popular road trip is a 24 mile loop that travels through St. George, Santa Clara, Ivins, and Snow Canyon State Park. The trip takes 2-3 hours and takes place on paved roads. Biking can also be done on the 30 miles of paved trails that the city maintains.

Rock Climbing and Canyoneering- There are over 1500 established rock climbing routes in the areas surrounding St. George. Canyoneering involves hiking, repelling, climbing and sometimes swimming through the narrow slot canyons in the area.

Guided Adventures- There are countless guide companies that will put together a tour to suit your needs and wants for adventure in southern Utah. You can explore the scenery on horseback, in jeeps, from mountain bikes, or on all-terrain vehicles. Zion Country Action Tours and Zion Rock and Mountain Guides offer a wide variety of activities for everyone.

Tuacahn- This outdoor amphitheatre hosts a spring concert series with tickets prices ranging from $15-$70. During the summer and early fall months Broadway productions are shown. Ticket prices for these shows range from $12-$50. For an additional $9.50-$12.50 a pre-show dinner can purchased and for $2-$4 you can take a tour of the backstage areas. Concessions and a gift shop are also available.

Boating/Fishing- St. George is close to many lakes, rivers, and reservoirs that are good for boating and fishing. The most popular places for boating are Gunlock Reservoir, Quail Creek Reservoir, and Sand Hollow Reservoir. Fishing can be done at each of these reservoirs but if you prefer a smaller lake that isn’t overrun with water sports you should visit Baker and Kolob Reservoirs.

Historic Tours- St. George LIVE is a program offering tours of historic St. George from June through August each year. The tour is $2 per person, children under 12 are free. The tour begins at the St. George Art Museum and travels to the Opera House, St. George Tabernacle, the Old Courthouse, and the Brigham Young Winter Home. At each of these locations participants meet famous historic people from the past.

Fiesta Fun- This outdoor/indoor family fun center has something for everyone! There are bumper boats, miniature golfing, go-carts, kiddie carts, batting cages, a driving range, a soft play area, arcade games, and a café.

Swimming- The St. George City Pool costs between $1 and $2 and opens during the weekends at the beginning of May. The Sand Hollow Aquatic Center (SHAC) is an indoor facility that costs from $3 to $6. Children under 3 are free. SHAC offers a competition and diving pool as well as a leisure pool. The leisure pool has a zero entry area and children’s pool toys. There is also a water walk and water slides. St. George also has many splash pads that are free to the public. One is located on Main Street in the Town Square while others are scattered throughout the city. Kids can play in the water and often times on nearby play structures. Swimming is also popular at large reservoirs in the area, namely Gunlock, Quail Creek, and Sand Hollow.

Movies- St. George has half a dozen first-run movie theatres as well as the Flood Street Theaters which offer discounted tickets to second-run films.

Museums- From Pioneers to Dinosaurs, St. George has museums that highlight its history. Museums include the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, the Dinosaur Discovery Site, the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum, and the St. George Art Museum.

Laser Mania- Laser Mania is another family fun center that has laser tag, indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, bumper cars, and an arcade.

Dining

Fast Food- St. George has all of the typical American fast food joints one would expect including McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and Panda Express. Some other good choices are Gandolfo’s Deli and Del Taco.

Mid-Scale- St. George is also home to many mid-scale eateries. Café Rio Mexican Grill is a great choice for those who love Mexican fare. Everything is made to order in front of you and you can customize your order as you go. Fresh ingredients and homemade tortillas give the authentic recipes the edge over other restaurants. Other dining options include The Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Red Lobster, Ruby River Steakhouse, The Pizza Factory, and The Claim-Jumper.

Fine Dining- The Painted Pony is a steak and seafood restaurant that serves upscale menu items in an elegant space overlooking Ancestor Square. Lunch items cost around $10 and dinner ranges from $25 to $33. Scaldoni’s Restaurant and Lounge offers tapas and drinks from $4 to $10 while dinner ranges from $11 to $33.

Specialty- The St. George Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor is the perfect place to get a sweet treat. The employees are entertaining and personable and their ice cream creations are even better. Another fun place to go is Larsen’s Frostop on St. George Boulevard. It is an old fashioned drive in with great burgers, fries, and shakes. If a quiet afternoon tea is more your style, St. George offers two tea rooms. Desert Dove Tea Room and Trousseau Tea Room offer a variety of teas and light menu options.

Lodging

Hotels and Motels- Local hotels and motels include The Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Best Western Travel Inn, Comfort Suites, and Ramada Inn.

Bed and Breakfasts- Two of the best bed and breakfasts in St. George are Green Gate Village Historic Inn and Seven Wives Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Vacation Rentals- From one bedroom condos to multi-million dollar estates, renting homes can sometimes be less expensive than a hotel or bed and breakfast. Websites like vrbo.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and vacationrentals.com list St. George and area homes for rent and have pricing and contact information available.

Camping- There are many RV Parks in St. George or its surrounding cities that cost from $20 to $40 each night. McArthur’s Temple View RV Resort is located on Main Street in St. George and offers a pool, fitness center, laundry, and free wireless internet among other amenities. Camping at Snow Canyon State Park costs between $16 and $20. Sand Hollow State Park offers primitive beach camping for $13 per night or $25 a night at the main campground which includes hookups. Quail Creek State Park has camping for $13 per night. Gunlock State Park offers primitive camping for $10 per night.

Resorts- Green Valley Spa and Red Mountain Spa are two resorts located in St. George. They offer many spa and wellness services.

Shopping

Red Cliffs Mall- This mall has 4 large scale stores, Dillard’s, Sear’s, JC Penny, and Barnes and Noble. Smaller stores include America Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Hollister, Motherhood Maternity, and GNC.

The Outlets at Zion- These are factory outlet stores such as IZOD, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gymboree, Sunglass Hut International, The Kitchen Collection, and The Toy Outlet.

The Promenade at Red Cliff- This shopping area includes stores such as Old Navy, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Staples, and Papa John’s Pizza.

Antiques- There are many antique shops located on St. George Boulevard and Main Street in the historic part of St. George.

Resorts- Green Valley Spa and Red Mountain Spa are two resorts located in St. George. They offer many spa and wellness services.

Boutiques- St. George has a variety of boutique shopping. Children’s specialty stores include Lil’ Wee Kids Boutique and Princess Pea Creations. Adult boutiques include Bella Donna Boutique, Dixie Deportes, Twisted Silver, and Urban Renewal-Consign & Design.

Gift Shops- If you are looking for souvenirs or gifts to take home St. George has a few gift shops to choose from. Zion River Resort Gift Shop is located northeast of St. George about 12 miles from the entrance to Zion National Park. Red Canyon Indian Store, Jolley’s Western Wear, and Ruby’s Inn General Store all have a wide variety of trinkets and gifts.

Wildlife

Flora- St. George is located at the northern edge of a desert area that extends south into Mexico. Plants that thrive here include sagebrush, sunflowers, yucca, Joshua trees, desert palm trees and many types of cacti.

Fauna- Birds in the St. George area include bald eagles, red tailed hawks, roadrunners, and burrowing owls. Large mammals such as bobcats, bighorn sheep, and coyotes are also common in the area. Small mammals include desert cottontail rabbits, yellow belly marmots, pikas, kit foxes, and badgers. Reptiles like the desert tortoise, collared lizard, chuckwalla, California king snake, and the poisonous Gila monster are also found here.