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Six great local parks & museums for children in Southern Utah

 

 

Southern Utah is known for Zion and Bryce National parks but there is so much more to do and see, especially with children. The area is filled with wonderful neighborhood parks, tons of history and historical areas, several State Parks and even ghost towns. It seems like there is a park, playground or pond in almost every area of the Southern Utah. Washington County actually wants to have a park or pond accessible to every residential area that is within walking distance and they are doing a good job of providing that. Here are just a couple of our favorite parks/playgrounds for the kids.

Downtown St. George City….

Dixie Rock at Pioneer Park

Every visit to Southern Utah should include a visit to Pioneer Park (a.k.a. Dixie Rock). This is actually a city park that encompasses 52 acres of incredible hiking, rock climbing, slot canyons and caves. There area areas to have an afternoon picnic, BBQ or just to take a well-deserved rest scattered throughout the park. From the top of the Dixie Rock you can see the entire St. George valley, White Dome, Zion National Park and Arizona. While you are there don’t forget to hike up to Scouts Cave and try to go through the “slot canyon”. Both very popular places in the park.

Red Hills Desert Garden

Right next to the Dixie Rock is one of the newest parks in Southern Utah is Red Hills Desert Garden. This is the first desert conservation garden the state of Utah. The park includes a man-made stream with water pumped directly from the Virgin River with 6 native fish species as well as over 170 species of drought tolerant plants. There is a replica of a slot canyon that towers well over 7 feet in the air. While walking around in the slot canyon you will find a fantastic area where there are acrylic windows placed in the faux rock. These windows allow you to get a peak at the aquatic life living in the river. Parts of the river are made to be crossed because you will find huge rock stepping stones to navigate over to get to the other side. There is plenty of seating scattered throughout the park as well.

Town Square and Carousel

Just south of the Dixie Rock is the Town Square with a splash pad, lazy river, a vintage carousel and the Children’s Museum. This is a truly wonderful town square and park. The main attraction is the lazy river and the splash pad. The man-made river meanders through out the greater portion of the park. There is a rock waterfall on the north end of the river that flows into very shallow water where the kids can bet their feet wet but still be safe. There are also large sitting rocks in the middle of the river to relax on. You can’t miss the splash pad for great summer fun. This is the largest splash pad in Southern Utah and is usually filled with kids cooling off. To the west side of the park is the Vintage Carousel where people of all ages can go for a spin on their favorite horse or in a carriage seat. There is ample seating, shade and picnic areas, bathrooms and huge grass areas throughout the Town Square as well.

The Children’s Museum

Just next door to the town square is the Children’s Museum. The museum is fairly new and a favorite in the community. It is free for all children to enter and explore. The museum encompasses 3 floors and 10,000 square feet. Your children will be able to explore everything from prehistoric animals, milking “cows”, pretending to be a knight in a castle, a mechanic working on cars and so much more. They have a sports room, science, music, art and theater exhibits as well as an airport where every child can be the pilot! The Children’s Museum also has special exhibits throughout the year and is a favorite place for most of the local children to be free and creative.

Thunder Junction Park

The newest park on the south west side of St. George is Thunder Junction. Thunder Junction is the only all abilities park created for children in Southern Utah. Thunder Junction features a volcano pavilion for parties, lunch, etc. If you use the BBQ grill, then the volcano actually starts smoking to simulate an eruption! This prehistoric themed city park has everything from splash pads to water features to a vast amount of playground equipment. Everything in the park has been made so that a handicapped child can still have just as much fun as anyone else. There are handicapped accessible ziplines, swings, water features as well as a train ride that circles the park and crosses the park to give everyone a fun scenic tour of the park. There is a massive dinosaur with a double slide built in the tail and a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull that sprays water out of its mouth. Thunder Junction is truly a unique park for everyone of all ages.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum occupies more than 35,000 sq. feet where visitors can see over 300 different species of animals found throughout the world all displayed in their natural habitat. Different parts of the world make up the displays. There is the mountains of Asia, the plains of Africa and the forests of North America. One of the main highlight of the museum is the 2-story mountain. The mountain has waterfalls and speakers that give the sounds of the animals and even a periodic thunder and lightening storm can be heard. You will see preserved animals such as mountain lions, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, crocodiles, giraffes and even a snarling cheetah as well as a vast variety of birds. There are also 100’s of insects and a wonderful butterfly collection. There is also a large kid’s room that has a full-size tree house, reading nooks, climbing area, a camping play area and a large variety of animal pelts, fur and horns that the children can touch and explore. Just outside of the museum is one of the best information and gift shops in the area.

The National parks are a must see but don’t forget about visiting the local parks as well.

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Camping in Zion National Park

Exploring Zion National Park is something every out-door enthusiast should put on their bucket list, but we think if you really want to have the full experience you should go camping at one of the many locations the park and surrounding areas offer. Whether you are an avid mountaineer, RV traveler, or strictly into Glamping, Zion has a spot for you. Here is a list of our favorite spots when we are exploring the park.

In The Park:

Did you become an eagle scout at age 13? Maybe you backpacked through Europe in college spending more than one night underneath the stars. If you are experienced and enjoy “roughing it” you will love camping in Zion. The park has three official camp sites inside the park, South Campground, Watchman Campground, and The Lava Point. There are several campgrounds only a short drive from the park if these sites don’t work for your family.Zion National Park Camping

  • South Campground:
    South Campground is located ½ mile from the South entrance of the park. Campsites cost about $20 and range upwards if it is a large group site.  There are over 100 campsites (including a few wheelchair accessible) but they are only available on a first -come first- serve basis. Campsites fill up during the early hours of the day and it has been noted that campers will start coming to claim spots as early as 5:30AM. There are no RV hookups available at this location, so this spot is primarily for tent camping.
  • Watchman Campground:
    Watchman Campground is located only a short ¼ mile from the South entrance of the park. A great feature of this campground is you are able to reserve a spot in advance online. This site is primarily occupied by reservations from March to November, but with it’s 176 campsites it has been known to accommodate a few last minute travelers.  This ground does provide RV hookups but there is limited access so be sure to book early. Campsites here range from $20-$130 depending on how many tent spots you need and if you need electric hookups.
  • Lava Point Campground:
    The Lava Point Campground is about an hour and twenty minutes from the South entrance of the park and only provides six primitive campsites. These grounds are easier for tent camping but people have been known to take their RV as well. Lava point provides pit toilets but no running water. This is a first-come, first-serve, basis campground but provides a truly spectacular experience of camping in Zion. There is no fee for this campground and it is well secluded from any other campground providing a quite evening in nature.

Outside the Park:

If you are making your first trip to Zion, it may be easier to find a campsite outside the park. There are also several grounds that include running water, showers, and convenient RV hookups just outside the park gates.

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  • Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort:
    This campground is located just outside the South entrance gates in Springdale, Utah within walking distance to the official Zion National Park visitor center. It is just next door to the Quality Inn (which is under the same management) this means campers can enjoy laundry facilities, pools, and showers. There is specified areas of the campground just for tent campers and spacious areas to park your RV.
  • Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground:
    Zion River Resort is really popular for RV’s it is about a 20 minute drive from the Park but provides luxurious amenities such as paved parking, fire pits, well maintained landscape and even WIFI! If you don’t want to drive yourself to Zion the site offers shuttles to the park for a nominal fee. This is a great spot for families who aren’t experienced campers.
  • BLM Campgrounds:
    The Bureau of land management also offers several campgrounds in the Southern Utah area. BLM land can range from manicured campgrounds to back country deserts, where the only noise you will hear is from the wildlife. Most sites on BLM land are free to stay at, or only charge a very small fee for the night. Click Here to see what areas they currently have available.

With any campground you stay at, please be responsible and make sure to clean up for the next person. Check campground rules to determine the best way to handle waste management, and be sure to check for fire restrictions before you camp.

We hope you enjoy your time camping and have an even better time exploring the park. While you are in the area be sure to come ride with us and we will show you some reasons why we believe this corner of the world is worth your time.

Have a favorite place to camp in the area? Drop us a message in the comments!

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Zion National Park Climbing Routes

Zion National Park is an excellent place to expand your adventuring repertoire, and a location that many people place on their bucket list for its unique offerings. One particularly adventurous attraction, is the vast and extraordinary climbing routes scattered throughout and around the canyon. In an effort to provide you with an insider look, we asked professional climber and geology expert Fallon Rowe about climbing in Zion and what she recommends for the novice climber all the way to expert.

Beginning Climbers

Even if you have never been in a climbing harness, there is still a place for you in Zion National Park. While Zion is known for its many trad climbs and multi-pitch ascents there are many beautiful spots to try your hand at bouldering or regular sport climbing. If you have never climbed before we suggest taking a guided climbing tour, there are several businesses surrounding the canyon that provide all the expertise and gear that you need to get close and personal with the grand rock formations the canyon provides. Fallon recommends checking out Cerberus Gendarme, this climbing location provides several routes of all levels that will fit anyone’s sport climbing needs.

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Advanced Climbers

If you are an experienced climber and are looking for a longer climb Fallon recommends the three following routes:

The Headache This climb is a 5/10 trad climb with 3 pitches. This route is well protected with breath taking views. (pictured below)

Monkey Finger – This climb is a 5/12 big-wall trad climb that is for experienced climbers only. This 9-pitch route has a lot of variety in the climbing so if you only have one day out of your trip to get climbing in, this is an excellent route to try.

Moonlight Buttress – Considered by some to be one of the best trad climbing routes in the world, moonlight buttress is an experienced climbers dream. This is a 10-pitch route that will take all day to complete. Plan to bring lots of water and know that you may need to aid climb on areas of this route.

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Gear to bring

If you are trying out climbing for the first time we recommend going with a guided tour company who can help provide you with the climbing gear you need, but you will still want to pack good hiking shoes, sunscreen, water, a flashlight, and a jacket. The basic climbing gear such as, helmet, harness, shoes, chalk, belay device, and rope are essential to any climb. When going bouldering, it is important that you always wear a helmet and we highly recommend using bouldering crash pads to prevent injury. When climbing a more advanced route you will need to bring at least a double rack of cams and nuts, tape, and be sure to bring extra containers for water. Fallon also recommends bringing a GPS device, as some routes are off trail and the canyon can get difficult to navigate if you end up descending in the dark.

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Sqeeze and Play – PC: Fallon Rowe

When to go

Zion National Park can get hot in the summer, so if you plan to incorporate climbing into your trip we suggest going in the early spring (March & April) or fall (October & November). If you decide to go during these times it is essential that you watch the weather reports for rain. Zion provides the unique experience of climbing on sandstone, however, sandstone becomes very brittle and dangerous when wet so be sure to wait at least 2 days after every rain storm before climbing to allow the rock to dry out. If your trip happens to get rained out, there are several climbs on granite in the surrounding areas of the park.

Snacks to pack

When going on a climbing trip it is important to pack light snacks that you can carry with you. You don’t want to eat anything too heavy as it can make it difficult to continue climbing and make your experience less enjoyable. Fallon recommended bringing light packaged items like fruit snacks, granola bars, or trail mix as well as a few items to sustain you in case the climb takes longer than anticipated like protein bars and jerky.

Transportation

Zion National Park provides a shuttle bus throughout their season, so be sure to study the schedule before you plan a climb or hike. The shuttle system shuts down typically around 8 p.m. so be sure to plan plenty of time to get to your bus stop before the end of the night. During the off season for the park, you can drive your personal vehicle to any of the shuttle stops.

Be sure to let us know if you have any favorite climbs or advice for climbing in Zion National Park!

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The Must Do’s of Zion National Park

We here at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours like to think of ourselves as avid outdoor adventurers, and being only a short 35-minute drive away from Zions National Park, we have spent our fair share of time there. If you are an outdoor adventurer making your way to Zion’s National Park this year we have a few “must do’s” we think you should add to your itinerary.

Hiking

One of the things that makes Zion’s so great is the many hiking trails located in and around the park. Whether you are an avid mountain climber, or someone who prefers more leisurely strolls in the mountains, Zion’s has a hike for you. An easier hike to check out would be the Canyon overlook, it is short and sweet, but provides truly spectacular views. A couple of our other favorites are the Narrows (ranges from moderate to difficult depending on how far you hike) and weeping rock (short trail but has a steeper incline), both of which provide unique water elements that you will for sure want to see! For more details and information on our favorite hikes, check out this blog article.

Camping

There isn’t much better than sleeping under the stars on a warm summer night. If you like camping out, you will love the astonishing locations the park offers. Most camp sites in and around the park are fairly inexpensive, but they are typically reserved about six months in advance. Check out this listing of some of the available camp sites here.

Horseback riding

Riding a horse through the great canyons of Zion’s National Park provides a type of tranquil nostalgia reminiscent of an old western movie. There is something about riding horseback through the park that we just can’t seem to put into words. It is a great activity for the whole family and is an excellent way to unplug from technology for a while.

Food

Let’s be honest, the best vacations are the vacations that are meticulously planned around food. When it comes time to eat we have a few places to recommend. If you like a casual more laid-back environment we suggest The Flying Monkey, they have a large selection of beer on tap, fantastic brick-oven fired pizzas and breads, and we highly recommend the hummus (seriously, this is one of those musts). If you are looking for something a little more upscale be sure to get a steak at the Anasazi grill. Be careful though, they cook everything on lava rock which might just spoil regular grill cooking for you. For more restaurant suggestions click here.

Van Tours

A Van tour is an excellent way to keep the adventure going after a morning hike. You get to relax in an air-conditioned 4×4 van while an experienced guide takes you to awe inspiring locations that many locals aren’t even aware are in their back yard. These tours are jam packed with Petroglyphs, geological wonders, historical sites, and even dinosaur tracks. These tours can take nine people per van so they are a perfect family friendly adventure. For more information on Van tours click here.

We wish you luck on your next Zion’s adventure and hope you enjoy our suggestions. If you know of a Zion’s must that we didn’t include, be sure to mention it in the comments!

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ATV Adventures are perfect for any ages, even teenagers

Traveling with a family that includes children and teenagers can have its challenges. Younger children are typically happy with any family friendly adventure. Traveling with teenagers, whom are often opinionated and feel self-sufficient, can pose an entirely different set of challenges. ATV Adventures are perfect for any ages, even teenagers

It can be very difficult to find activities that will be interesting and fun for younger children, parents, AND teenagers. Outdoor activities are even harder to find for every age group. There are ton’s of activities younger children will love. You can do many different activities such as hiking, swimming, tubing or even horseback riding but finding any of those activities that will work for all age groups together at once can be a daunting challenge.

The solution for this is just may be an ATV tour for the entire family. Typically, you will find tours that offer ATV’s for one person, ATV’s for two persons and UTV’s for 4 persons. No matter what size your family is, this is an activity that can be enjoyed together.

An ATV Tour is pure excitement for all. Younger children love the excitement of riding on an ATV. The teenagers will love the thrill and power of an ATV. Teenagers like the power they feel from these massive machines. They also love having the ability to actually drive an ATV, depending on age. Parents will love the idea that they have found an activity everyone will talk about for years to come.

There are many reasons parents choose an ATV tour for the entire family. Here are just a few of the top reasons to choose an ATV adventure for your next family vacation:ATV Tour Group

  • Forming new and exciting bonds with your children and finding a common interest.
  • Being able to get the children outside in nature and leave the electronics in the car.
  • Your family will discover Utah in an entirely different way than you would with any other activity.
  • The ability to get up close and personal with Utah’s incredible geology, fauna, and flora.
  • Creating lasting memories that your children will never forget.
  • Learn about the history of the area as well as the three different eco-systems you ride though.
  • Lastly and most importantly, you move up on the cool parent ranking for thinking of this adventure.

At ATV & Jeep Adventure tours we love to help families connect with nature and one another by giving everyone an outdoor adventure that will be the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

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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)

bright-angel-trail-tunnelBright Angel Point Trail

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.
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    • 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Tours

 

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If you are thinking of booking an ATV adventure tour and have questions then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions we get when someone wants to book a tour with us.

How long as ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours been in business?

  • Our company, ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours, was started by Jim and Laurie Clay over 21 years ago, we were the first adventure tour company of this kind to operate in Southern Utah and still the #1 ATV tour company in Southern Utah. After Jim’s passing, the company was sold to our current owners, who are from northern Utah, and they are very familiar with the rental and tour business. Our company is fully staffed from the general manager to the shop person, with people who have lived and worked within our local community for years. We have grown leaps and bounds in the last year and have had a banner year to date giving adventures and making memories for our guests. We don’t just give a tour, we provide adventure tours.

How long are your adventure tours?

  • We have several different options for tour length.

  • We have a short teaser tour that is 3 hours long. This is great for people short on time.

  • A well rounded and very popular half day adventure that is 3 ½ to 4 hours in length.

  • And lastly, we have our full day tour that is typically 5 to 5 ½ hours.

What times are your adventure tours?

  • Tour departure times vary depending on the time of year and the tour you select. We have tours that leave earlier and go out later in the summer and the reverse for winter. We will do the best to find a departure time that suits your needs.

Where do we meet you?

  • We have the pleasure of being able to stage our adventure tours directly out of Sand Hollow State Park. With ATV & Jeep Adventure tours when you get on your ATV you’re on the dirt ready to play, there is no riding on the road to get to the trail to start you tour.

How old must you be to come on tour?

  • We say that there is not minimum or maximum age to have an adventure. If you have a smaller child that typically uses a car seat in your car, then you will need to bring it along for the ride. Your child must be property restrained in the car seat when the machine is running. Children under 7 years old must ride in a UTV side by side, not an ATV. There is no age limit to have a great time with us. We recently had a fantastic 92-year-old woman have the time of her life on an adventure with us!

How old must you be to drive a machine?

  • To be the driver of an ATV you must be 16 years old. Those under 18 years old also need a valid Drivers License.

  • To be the driver of a UTV side by side you do have to be 21 years old, no exceptions.

  • To be a driver and have a passenger on a 2-Up, 2-person ATV, you must be 18 years old.

Can we wear shorts and flip flops on our adventure tours?

  • No. For safety reasons you are required to wear long pants and closed toe protective footwear such as sneakers or boots. We cannot allow flip flops or sandals to be worn on any of our tours.

Do we need to bring our own water?

  • No. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle but our guides will be equipped with a cooler full of ice cold water and snacks for everyone.

Are there restrooms available during the tour?

  • No, the only restrooms are located where you begin the tour and our guides always remind everyone to visit the restroom before your tour begins.

  • Even while on tour, our guides are prepared for all situations so just let them know you need to use the restroom and they will advise you as to what to do.

What if the weather is bad and it is raining or looks like rain?

  • We ask that you still meet your guide 30 minutes before your tour time at the staging location at Sand Hollow State Park. You and your guide will decide if you want to go on your tour and if our guide feels it is safe. Our rain storms typically are very short and do not stick around for long. Our guides do carry rain gear with them just in case. Plus, it’s a blast to ride in the rain!

Can pregnant women go on our adventure tours?

  • No. Since it can be a bumpy ride at times we do not want to risk the safety and well-being of any pregnant woman or her child.

What happens if someone gets hurt?

  • We require all our guides to be fully trained in CPR and First Aid and carry first kits. Each guide carries a cell phone with them at all times.  Our tours are always within cell phone range where a guide could call for help if they feel they cannot render adequate first aid.

Does everyone have to wear a helmet?

  • Yes. Safety is our first concern and we do provide DOT approved helmets for each guest. The guides will typically tell you if the key to the machine is in the off position then you can take off your helmet. We require helmets to be worn by everyone whenever they’re machines are running.

The most frequently asked question is…………..

Do we need to tip our guide?

  • Our guides work very hard to make sure everyone is safe and has an exceptional time. We do not require a gratuity but your guide will always appreciate the thoughtfulness of a guest expressing their appreciation for the hard work they do. Tip income goes a long way toward making guiding a viable career option.

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Not quite sure which ATV Adventure tour is right for you?

At ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours we believe in offering a variety of tour lengths to accommodate all of our guests. We offer three different tour lengths so there is always an option to suit everyone’s needs. Our adventure tours include the “Sandstone Teaser” which is a 3-hour adventure tour, the “Rattle Snake Round-Up” that is 4 hours in length (the most popular tour) and lastly, the “Red Rock Rally” full day adventure with a tour length of 5 hours. We are also happy to say we now offer an add-on of the longest Zipline and Rappel in Southern Utah!

  • 20160801_0815143-Hour Sandstone Teaser Tour

The Sandstone teaser 3-hour ATV adventure tour climbs halfway up the gorgeous Red Plateau of Sand Hill in Sand Hollow State Park and passes through red rock monuments with spectacular views of lakes and different mountain ranges. This tour covers 15 – 20 miles and you are able to reach the minor sand dunes where there are typically smaller sand hills and bowls we love to treat our guests to. This tour is a full loop so there is no backtracking on the ride and new terrain is covered throughout. This is a great tour for those who are limited on time and just want to get out into the beautiful backcountry of Southern Utah. You will take home some amazing photos and lasting memories. Just be warned, the time goes by rather quickly and this tour will leave you wanting more. Our guests usually tell us they will be back for a longer tour. This tour is suited for someone that is short on time and still wants to hit the sand dunes.

  • Half Day Rattlesnake Round-Up Tour

Our half day, 4 hour, ATV tours rise to an elevation of about 3500 feet with spectacular views of lakes and different mountain ranges. You will often see the entire St. George Valley as well as all the way to Zion National Park and Gooseberry. You will climb high enough to reach the MAJOR Sand Dunes where the BIG hills and sand bowls are located. Nothing beats the rush of driving down the big sweeping hills or driving higher and higher on the sand bowl! We also include a “SAND BALLET”, an experience you will never forget! You will also go to a huge box canyon where your imagination can run wild with thoughts of this being a hiding place for the outlaws back in the day. This tour is a progressive trail experience where you gradually gain more confidence in your driving abilities and each person is at their own comfort level, we do not push anyone to go outside their comfort level. Remember safety is our # 1 concern and all of our guides know how to be safe yet give you an adventure of a lifetime. This tour is suited for anyone from the very beginner rider to the more advanced rider.

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  • Full Day Red Rock Rally Tour

The full day, 5 hour, ATV adventure tour is packed full of action and adventure. It covers all the riding area of our Half Day Tour including “Jurassic Park”. Jurassic Park is an amazing area where mother nature has crafted out the sandstone hills to look like various per-historic creatures, sculptures, faces and one hill even looks like a huge cruise ship. You’ll have time to stretch your legs, hike around, climb on the creations and take amazing photos. You’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and be able to swap stories about everything you have done and seen so far. Our guides will also be able to spend more time in the major sand dunes where all the huge hills and sand bowls are located as well as take you out to the “Flintstone House”. This is creation of mother nature that takes you back to the era of the Flintstones cartoon. Listen careful and you just may think you hear Barney and Fred saying “Yabba Dabba Do”! This tour covers 27 – 30 miles, so keep your eye peeled for the rock formations that look like a gigantic turtle or even a dinosaur head!  Our ATV Adventures are something that you will never forget and are something you will experience in no other place in the world. This tour is suited for anyone from the very beginner rider to the more advanced rider.

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  • Zipline Tour

We have recently paired up with our good friends at Paragon Adventures to offer something so unique, you won’t find it anywhere else! Ride ATV’s in the beautiful southern Utah desert and then zipline 800 exhilarating feet over a beautiful box canyon where the colors of the canyon walls will amaze you. When you get to the other side you will have the option to rappel down a sheer cliff wall as well as challenge yourself with a couple of great rope ladders to get back to the top.  After experiencing this amazing adventure tour, you will never look at adventure quite a the same.

 

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