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Our Favorite Hotels in St George

Once you have decided on Southern Utah for your next vacation the first step to planning the perfect trip is figuring out where you are going to stay. Luckily, there seems to be a never-ending list of accommodations to make your trip a memorable one. You could try camping in Zion National Park or visiting one of the various RV Parks in the area. If you are anything like my family, you will want to spend at least a few nights in a hotel. There are several high-quality hotels in the St George area, from family and budget friendly to resort quality spots that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to crash after a full day of adventures.

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites

The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites is an excellent hotel for a family vacation. Their prices are very modest without skimping on any of the commodities. This Hotel offers free WiFi and parking, a pool with excellent views, and a fabulous hot breakfast. Travelling with a pet? Crystal Inn allows you to bring your fur babies with you for a small fee. Reviewers frequently cite them as a relaxing, clean, and comfortable getaway.

Best Western Abbey Inn

The Best Western Abbey Inn is another perfect spot for family trips in the St George area. They are located right in the middle of town making for easy access to several downtown restaurants and stores. This hotel includes all the usual amenities and more such as, a fully operational business center, a convenience market and gift shop, guest laundry, bus and RV parking, an extraordinary pool area complete with an indoor hot tub and kids pool, and last but certainly not least, an exceptional free breakfast with an omelet bar, waffle maker, bacon, and other tasty items.

Wingate By Wyndham

The Wingate by Wyndham is an excellent spot for both personal and business travel. This hotel is right next door to a plethora of local restaurants and a large shopping complex. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to any location within a 5-mile radius of the hotel as well as a complimentary bike rental service making this the perfect hotel for anyone traveling without their own vehicle. This pet friendly hotel offers free breakfast and WiFi, a fabulous pool area, and complimentary viewing access to all Sunday NFL games.

Inn At Entrada

Tucked inside a gated golf community you will find the luxury resort Inn at Entrada. Located just outside of Snow Canyon State Park, this hotel makes for the perfect getaway with easy access to several nearby golf courses, Tuacahn Theater, or the world-famous Zion National Park. Amenities include an outdoor pool, spa and wellness center, family rooms, and of course access to the Entrada golf course (once

Inn on the Cliff

Inn on the Cliff is the epitome of a perfect getaway resort. Each room includes a private balcony, Simmons Beautyrest Plush Mattress, 50” HD Plasma Smart TV, and complimentary breakfast delivered to your room. Other amenities include: Netflix access, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, refrigerator, and personal Keurig with your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Recently ranked as number 7 on Trivagos “18 Spectacular Hotels You Must Add To Your Bucket List”, this hotel is sure to make your stay a memorable one.

 

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North Rim Grand Canyon Hiking Trails

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has some great hiking trails without all the crowds of the South Rim. While you are hiking at the North Rim remember to keep a look out for California condors, regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world. By the 1980’s fewer than two dozen condors lived in the wild. Grand Canyon National Park has participated in the condor reintroduction program with encouraging results. As many as 73 condors have been known to soar over the area, thus making the park one of the easiest places to view California Condors

 

Cape Royal Trail

The trail to Cap Royal and Angel’s Window both begin at the Cape Royal parking lot. This is a flat paved trail and is handicapped accessible. You will have magnificent views of Angel’s Window, the inner canyon and the Colorado River. There are also interpretive markers along the way to explain the natural history of the area. (0.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

Transept Trail

This is one of the easiest trails, is very well maintained, easy to follow and handicapped accessible. The Park Service does often offer a Ranger Talk that takes you along part of this trail. The Transept Trail runs between the North Rim Campground and the Grand Canyon Lodge. (1.5 miles, 2 hours)

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Just a short walk from the Grand Canyon Lodge is the Bright Angel Point trail. This is an easy, self-guided nature trail that leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. Here you can see and hear the sounds of Roaring Spring which is more than 3,000 feet below the Rim. (Approx. 1.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

The Uncle Jim Trail

This trail will bring you out to Uncle Jim’s Point where you have fantastic views of the upper portion of the North Kaibab Trail. The Uncle Jim Trail winds through the alpine forest to a point overlooking the canyon. This trail begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (Approx. 5 miles, 3 hours)

 

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail has a great blending of forest and canyon scenery. This trail provides an excellent view of the Buddha Temple. The trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area which is one mile down the dirt Point Sublime Road and one-quarter mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (Approx. 10 miles, 6 hours)

 

North Kaibab Trail

This trail is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. On this trail you will get an nkappreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. The trail ends at Bright Angel Campground and the Colorado River.  This trail is not recommended as a day hike and it is strenuous. If you want to make a day hike out of this trail then go off onto the Coconion Overlook (1.5 miles round trip) or the Supai Tunnel (4 miles round trip) (9.4 miles, 6 to 8 hours)

 

Ken Patrick Trail

This trail takes you from the trail head along the northern drainage of Bright Angel Canyon. You will wind through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. THIS IS NOT AN EASY TRAIL AND CAN BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW. (Approx. 10 miles one way, 12 hours)

 

Some of the best times of the year to hike these trails are in May, September and in early October. The park is closed during the winter months due to snow.

Day hikes that go farther then Roaring Springs are not recommended as a day hike. If you are going on one of the trails that are not marked as “easy” then please check in with the Ranger station before you leave on your hike.  And remember to keep your eyes open for a sighting of Condors!

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Free Activities for Kids in Southern Utah

There are a lot of free activities for kids in Southern Utah. The St. George area is a year-round recreational haven for singles, couples and especially for families. There are so many free activities for kids they will never be bored. There are parks for the kids, and adults alike, strategically placed all over town, Dinosaur tracks, museums, ATV riding, bike trails, petroglyphs, tons of water activities and so much more.

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Thunder Junction, an all abilities park, has recently opened in St. George, UT. This is a special one of a kind park where no one is left out. Everything is accessible to everyone regardless if you are in a wheelchair, use crutches or not. The park has a dinosaur there with some really great features like an “erupting” volcano, splash pad and a 1/4 -scale train that has a 2,700-foot track.  This remarkable play space offers accessible and sensory-rich play space that will enchant and delight children and adults with or without disabilities.

Pioneer Park

Pioneer park is one of the most fabulous and free places to visit in the St. George, UT area. It is not your typical park because there is no grass or playgrounds. You have an entire 52-acre park that is a natural playground just waiting for you to explore. If your kids love to climb on rocks, then this is the place to come to. You can stay close to the parking area and still be able to climb several rocks or you can take the trail and find the historical pioneer cabin, Boy Scout Cave or connect off on another trail system to explore the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The views from the top of Dixie rock are out of this world!

Adjacent to Pioneer Park is the Red Hills Desert Garden. The primary focus of the garden is to teach and promote water conservation and landscaping principles but it is really so much more. There are waterways where you can hop on rocks to get over the water or take a bridge, watch the fish swim on by red-hills-13or you can head over to the view area. With the viewing area, the public can view the Virgin River’s native fish in the fish’s habitat. The Plexiglas panel is a great way to see how fish live in the lakes and streams in the area.

A fun surprise is the faux rock replica of a slot canyon. The canyon walls tower over you and kids love the feeling they are on a mountainous hike complete with overhanging archways. After checking out the “slot canyon” don’t forget the bonus trail over to the boulders where the kids can enjoy lots of rock to climb on and caves to explore.

Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

About 15 miles outside of St. George is the Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks. This area is popular with adults and kids alike because it’s easy to get to as well as having the ability to see over 400 dinosaur tracks in one concentrated area. With many of the dinosaur tracks, you can see the toe pads and claw marks. You can see dinosaur footprints left behind by dinosaurs from the eubrontes and the grallator groups from the early Jurassic period. It is always fun to compare your foot size to a massive animal that roamed the earth many, many years ago.

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

This popular destination is just a few miles south of St. George on the Arizona strip alittleblack-5-lnd well worth the drive out. The Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site dates back over 6,000 years with over 500 individual rock-art designs, petroglyphs and elements on the cliffs and boulders. Along the 1.2-mile groomed trail you will notice the petroglyphs are mostly on the south side of the rocks and boulders.  Kids really love this outdoor activity. While you are there don’t miss going over to Glitter Mountain too.

In the same area as Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site you will also find Sparkle or Glitter Mountain.

Glitter Mountain is an old gypsum mine just one mile over the Utah state line into Arizona. It is a huge glittery mountain of fun! The gypsum looks like glittering crystals you can take home with you.  Don’t forget to bring something to chip away gypsum fragments from the pit. If you don’t want to chip off any rock, then you can just pick up a piece of the glittery rock from the thousands that are scattered on the ground. Bring a bucket to put the gypsum in so you can take a souvenir back to family and friends.

St. George City Town Square Park

Town Square Park is located in downtown St. George City, inside the historic district on Main Street. This park is fabulous for children and adults alike. There are several dramatic water features, a great splash pad fountainst-george-town-square with jets that spray high into the air to cool off in the summer months. Adults and kids really like the lazy river running throughout the park. They can wade in the water of the river to cool off their feet or play in the splashing waterfall. There is a lot of grassy area as well as pavilions with tables and chairs for relaxing. One of the newer additions to Town Square Park is the Carousel. It is a classic 36-foot carousel that features over 1000 lights, two sleighs and 30 beautify hand-painted horses. Children and adults alike can’t resist an old-fashioned carousel!

The St. George City Children’s Museum is also located within the park. This is a great place to take kids of all ages. The museum has ten exhibit rooms so everyone can have a blast.  In these areas is where everyone is encouraged to touch, feel, play and explore with everything. You can do everything from milk a cow to be a fireman for the day. There are two floors to the museum where there is everything from a science area to music and bubble rooms. You can spend an hour or a full day at this fantastic children’s museum.

Southern Utah has so much to offer no one can be bored, unless they choose to. When you are visiting Southern Utah, you will find there is something for everyone. The best part is that not all activities have to break the bank! After your ATV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours there is still time in the day to relax and take in some free activities.

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Outdoor Adventure – How to prepare for Southern Utah

Outdoor Adventure” should be the nick name for Southern Utah.

  Utah is one of the top destinations in the country for anyone who likes the outdoors.  There is a vast amount of outdoor activities and always something to fit everyone, especially in Southern Utah. If you like ATV riding, off-roading, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, jet skiing, boating, fishing, golfing or even just taking in the beautiful scenery then Southern Utah is the place for you.

The weather can change drastically from over 100 degrees in the peak summer months to under 30 degrees at night in the winter months. You may not run into any snow in the winter in St. George, UT but just 40 minutes away you can be snow skiing or hiking in the snow. The weather may be semi-warm at Zion National Park in the winter but the water is very cold, be prepared.  If you are planning on a trip to the area, then you need to be prepared for your adventure.

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  • Dressing in layers, even in hot weather, is always a good idea. You can always take off layers if you are warm but cannot add layers if you are cold. It is also important you always have a pair of long pants with you, even in the summer. Certain times of the year it is always a good idea to have a hat or some rain gear in your backpack in case you get that quick rain squall.
  • A couple of different pairs of shoes are the most important pieces of clothing to have with you. If you are hiking on a graded trail or at the water, then a pair of sandals could be OK but if you are visiting Zion National Park or going on an ATV adventure then you will need a sturdy paid of closed toed shoes.
  • Do not forget to bring a good pair of sunglasses that have a UV rating with you. The summer sun can be a bit intense at times so don’t forget to protect your eyes. Bring a good pair of sunglasses you won’t mind if they get dropped in a river or a sand dune.
  • Small First Aid Kit
    • Always bring a first aid kit with you when in Southern Utah. Throw it in your backpack when you go on an adventure because you never know if you might get a blister from hiking in new hiking boots.

    Don’t forget SUNSCREEN

    • ALWAYS BRING A GOOD SUNSCREEN WITH YOU! Our sun can be intense in the summer so it is imperative you have a good sunscreen. DO NOT be afraid to use it often.
    • Even in the winter months we can have very high UV ratings so use sunscreen in the winter months as well.

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    • ALWAYS remember to bring plenty of lip balm with you. Remember your lips can get sunburned too.

    Water and Food

    • You will need to make sure you are ALWAYS hydrated!! You can never drink enough water in the desert. So, if you are hitting the trail, on an ATV adventure in the dunes, on the rocks or even in the water make sure you are bringing more water than you think you will need. If you are going on a tour, then ask if they provide water for you so you can lighten your load.
    • You will also want to pack a few small snacks like trail mix or protein bars, just in case. When you are out hiking trails, on the water or in the dunes, don’t forget to keep up your energy. Again, if you are taking a tour, ask if they provide snacks for you.

If your trip to Southern Utah includes an ATV or side-by-side UTV adventure on the best sand dunes in Utah, then just call the friendly staff at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours and let them handle everything for you. The friendly staff can also help you find local accommodations and even other adventures such as zip lining, helicopter rides, mountain biking or even horseback riding with our partner companies.

Southern Utah is a year-round travel destination that has so much to offer. It is only a short two-hour drive from Las Vegas or a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Don’t miss out on one of the best outdoor travel destinations in the United States.  Outdoor Adventure

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Outdoor family activities in Pine Valley

The Pine Valley Recreational Area is located within the scenic Pine Valley Mountains, approximately 40 miles north of the St. George, Utah. You will find an incredible forest chock full of oak trees and towering ponderosa pine trees as well as juniper, sagebrush and mountain mahogany through out the area as well as much cooler temperatures in the summer then St. George. There is an abundance of outdoor activities that include camping, fishing, hiking, nature viewing or just relaxing to the sounds nature.

CAMPING

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The area tops off at an elevation of about 6,900 feet which offers a welcome reprieve from the summer heat in the lower desert areas. Because of the higher elevation, Pine Valley Recreational Area is a perfect summer get a way for a day or for overnight camping. The camping areas range from spaces for Motor homes with full hook ups to easily accessible tent only sites to hike in tent sites. Most of the campsites are handicapped friendly and have water and bathrooms nearby. If you have not made reservations then there are a couple of camping areas that are first come, first serve so if you arrive early you can almost always get a great campsite.

FISHING

 

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When going to Pine Valley Recreational Area don’t forget to bring your fishing poles. The Pine Valley Reservoir is fully stocked with an abundance of rainbow trout, brook trout and the elusive brown trout. There is even a special ramp with a large dock area that is wheelchair accessible to accommodate every fisherman. There’s also fishing upstream and downstream in the Santa Clara River. No matter what kind of fisherman you are you can not go wrong with Pine Valley Reservoir.

HIKING

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The hiking trails are abundant in Pine Valley and vary in length from 2 to 35 miles. The scenery is amazing with hiking trails that will take you to overlooks of the Dixie Basin and Zion National Park. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails in the area. Some of the trails are short trails that will take you around Pine Valley Reservoir while others are backpack trails like the 15 mile Whipple Trail.

 

 

OFF ROAD ATV/UTV’s

Sorry but no ATV’s, UTV’s or off road vehicle are allowed inside the recreational area.

If you are looking for somewhere that is a bit cooler in the summer then St. George City then try Pine Valley Recreational Area. But remember, ATV’s/UTV’s are not allowed in the recreational area so enjoy a day on Pine Valley mountain then come down to Sand Hollow State Park for a fantastic sunset ATV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours. A trip to Pine Valley Recreational Area and ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours combine the best of both mountains and sand dunes in Southern Utah.

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Premier Boutique Hotel – INN on the CLIFF

The Inn on the Cliff offers an inviting, luxurious and contemporary style accommodation in St. George,UT.  They are located directly on the cliff above the Boulevard, overlooking the breathtaking scenic community of St. George. The Inn on the Cliff is also a short distance from the airport and many hiking trails. It’s a unique way to capture the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah, and Inn on the Cliff offers more than just accommodations.

The luxurious rooms offer panoramic windows and a private deck with every room. Every room guests can experience views of the St. George LDS Temple, historic Towne Square and Pioneer homes. In the distant view you will capture the amazing and colorful sandstone formations of Snow Canyon and Zions Canyon. The rooms have a contemporary feel with charm and comfort at every level.

While visiting the Inn on the Cliff you can enjoy and award winning cuisine at the Cliffside restaurant. This is contemporary American dining at its finest. The outside patio offers stunning views of the entire St. George community. They were voted “Best patio dining in Southern Utah” 2015, and “Best of state winner” 2016. This is a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else in Southern Utah.

Remember when you are in St. George to enjoy all the outdoor activities Utah has to offer, and come take a tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours. We look forward seeing you on your next visit!

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