Relocating to Southern Utah is a snap!
Although rated as a top retirement community, St. George has a lot to offer for every stage of life. With convenient access to I-15, St. George is nestled just a short 1.5 hour drive from Las Vegas and approximately 4 hour drive to Salt Lake City.
Because of its size, St. George offers shopping, culture and amazing scenery with low crime and a hometown feel. Great skiing at Brian Head, boating at Lake Mead, Quail Lake, Sand Hollow or Gunlock Reservoirs, Pine Valley in the Dixie National Forest, hiking at Zion National Park and tons of incredible outdoor activities within close proximity. And don’t forget the GOLF! With 14 courses in Southern Utah and more in the planning stages, you can brush up on your game each weekend or retire to year-round golfing bliss. We have at least 310 days of sunshine a year!!
St. George Area History
In 1852, Washington County was established in territorial Utah. Previously the Paiute Indians were the only inhabitants. Before the Paiutes, the Anasazi Nation inhabited the area from as early as 200 B.C. and disappeared around 1200 A.D. Evidence of Anasazi artwork can be found throughout the area.
Between 1852 and 1862, several small settlements were established as “Church Missions” by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormons). They were: The Cotton Mission: Washington, St. George; The Wine Mission: Santa Clara, Ivins (Swiss immigrants); The Pinto Mission: Virgin, Springdale; The Iron Mission: Cedar City area. Today, the cotton silk and wine industries are gone yet Washington County is one of the nation’s fastest growing communities.
Nestled in majestic red rock bluffs, St. George was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1861 and now has a population of over 90,000 people. During the Civil War it was nearly impossible to obtain cotton from the southern states. Thus in 1861, the LDS prophet Brigham Young, sent 309 families to the St. George area to grow cotton and other products conducive to the warm climate and 200 day + / year growing season. Although the area was called the “Cotton Mission”, it soon became known as “Dixie” because of it’s early inhabitants were from southern states and grew cotton.
A very industrious people, pioneers also produced dried fruit, molasses, pecans and silk. Mulberry trees were planted to feed the silk worms, and in colder months, women and children even carried the worms in their pockets to keep them warm!!
Today, as the hub of southern Utah, St. George is ranked in several publications as the top retirement location in the nation. With it’s warm climate, access to several National and State Parks, golf courses, excellent education, varied cultural opportunities in music and the arts, annual events like the St. George Marathon, and Huntsman Senior Games, St. George appeals to an active and diverse population.
Washington City was the birthplace of the Cotton Mission and the first town established in the Virgin basin. Mormon settlers arrived in 1857 and were the forerunners of “Utah’s Dixie.” Situated south of the Virgin River, the first several years were very lean as they struggled with lack of water, and then repeated flooding, up until the Washington Field Dam was built in 1891. The cotton factory was built in 1865 which added greatly to their eventual success. Today, Washington City is thriving with new growth and warm climate, and friendly people.
In 1854, Brigham Young sent Jacob Hamblin to befriend the Paiute Nation and his group settled around the Santa Clara River. In 1861, 20 families of Swiss converts to the LDS Church arrived to settle Santa Clara as part of the Wine Mission, which primarily produced grape juice for the settlers since the water was not too palatable. It was the most successful mission, and helped to sustain the others by selling raising to travelers passing through. Today, Santa Clara is the “garden spot” of Washington County, and continues a strong sense of heritage through it’s landmarks and annual Swiss Days Celebration.
Ivins sprang up from the need to bring water to The Santa Clara Bench by means of an 8 mile canal which was completed in 1914. It ran from the Santa Clara creek near the Shem smelter to the bench, and was built around steep mountain sides and deep ravines. In 1918 Ivins Reservoir was built to store the water. Ivins is a growing community near Snow Canyon, and nestled at the base of the majestic Red Mountain.
Hurricane was settled in 1906, and was named by Erastus Snow, and LDS Church official, for the Hurricane fault and the storm he was caught in there. Hurricane was settled after the Hurricane Canal was finished to bring water. It became a great place for growing fruit and other produce. Hurricane is still one of the largest and fastest growing towns in Washington County.
Virgin was settled in 1858, and early pioneers faced many hardships trying to establish farms. Early years were spent constructing ditches in and around the town site for watering crops of cotton, corn, cane, wheat, alfalfa and grapes. Virgin is in a valley south of Kolob Mountain and is it’s only access, thus the nickname “Gateway to the Kolobs.” It is one of the most picturesque locations in the world.
Springdale was founded by Mormon Pioneers in the 1850’s, and is the “Gateway to Zion National Park”, drawing nearly 3 million visitors each year. Springdale provides much of the lodging, dining and other travel services for the Park.
Utah’s oldest and most visited national park, Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah, and was originally given the Indian name of Mukuntuweap by the John Wesley Powell expedition. Inhabited by the Anasazi people from about 1,500 to 800 years ago, they abandoned cliff houses, rock art, and their chipping sites are scattered throughout the park. The Paiute Indians occupied the canyon when Nephi Johnson arrived in 1858. The first Mormon occupant of Zion Canyon was Isaac Behunin, who built a one-room log cabin at a site near the location of Zion’s Lodge.
The 1.1 mile long tunnel, completed in 1930 at a cost of $2,000,000, is the park’s most impressive construction project. At that time, many of the hiking trails within the park were also begun.
St. George is approximately 2800-2850 feet above sea level. The Greater St. George area has warm winters which allows for year round golf and plenty of outdoor activities. In the Summer months, St. George will average 105 degrees. Unlike Las Vegas, St. George COOLS DOWN in the Summer offering nights in upper 70’s and low 80’s. Our Winter months average 55-60 degrees during the day and 30-40 degrees at night. Occasionally, we’ll get some snow but it’s a skiff at best and gone by noon. LEAVE YOUR SNOW SHOVELS, ICE SCRAPERS AND SNOW BLOWERS!! No need to bring them here. Annual rainfall averages about 8 inches with most of it coming in the Spring. We’ll see some monsoon showers in July and August for 10-15 minutes and then it’s gone for the day. With over 310 days of sunshine, you can be assured St. George IS the place for you to relocate.
Southern Utah Time Zone
The southern Utah area is on Mountain Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time.
Southern Utah Climate
Information Web Sites
- St George Area Parade Of Homes
- St George Marathon
- Huntsman World Senior Games
- Utah Shakespearean Festival
- Utah Jazz Basketball
- Calendar of Local Events
- St George City Official Web Site
- Saint George Area Chamber of Commerce
- Area Map
- Employment Opportunities
- State of Utah
- Attorney General
- Department of Transportation
- Office of Education
- Office of The Governor
- Office of The Treasurer
- State Library
- Utah State Tax Commission
- Utah Arts Council
State Travel Guide
Golf Culture & Arts
Year Round Golf
In relationship to its population, the St. George area offers more golf than other places in Utah. This sun-drenched oasis offers 14 challenging courses with inspiring vistas, warm year-round temparatures and some of the finest course designs in the Sunbelt.
Sunbrook: Woodbridge, Blackrock & The Pointe
2240 West Sunbrook Drive
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 634-5866
Three Separate 9-hole courses:
Golf Digest ranked Sunbrook as the number one golf course in Utah for 1997-99. This course features lakes, waterfalls, and rock walls along the picturesque Santa Clara River. Sunbrook is a fine course and one without the perils of public golf. That means it’s rarely crowded, the conditioning is good and the pace of play is brisk.
The Pointe nine is a par 36 that measures 3,444 yards and puts a premium on shot placement. And the newest nine, Blackrock, meanders through an ancient lava field and requires accurate tee shots.
St. George Golf Course
2190 South 1400 East
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: (435) 634-5854
Par 73, 18 Holes, 7,217 Yards:
St. George Golf Club offers some of the state’s best greens and is home to the St. George Amateur. The appeal of St. George Golf Club is beautiful terrain bordering the Ft. Pierce Wash. The pro shop and snack bar overlook the Bloomington Hills and St. George. Motorized and pull carts are available.
Green Springs Golf Course
588 North Green Springs Dr.
Washington, UT 84780
Phone: (435) 673-7888
Par 71, 18 Holes, 6,629 Yards:
You will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful municipal golf course. Many golfers feel that Greens Springs is the finest golf course in the state. It features lovely wetlands, stunning gorges and narrowing ravines all against the back drop of towering Pine Valley Mountain. The signature hole is the narrow par 4 sixth; a scorecard wrecking horror that will take you in if your ball is not perfect.
Entrada at Snow Canyon
2511 West Entrada Trail
St. George, UT 84771
Phone: (435) 652-5176
Par 72, 18 Holes, 7,262 Yards:
Golf Digest said of Entrada “This Johnny Miller designed layout at the entrance of Snow Canyon is an awesome, bluff-surrounded wonder. The design is as good as it is unique and the quality of the holes is mitigated only by the mind-blowing scenery.”
1925 N Canyon Greens Drive, Washington, UT 84780
Phone: (435) 688-1700
Par 72, 18 Holes, 7,029 Yards:
Ten miles north of St. George, just off the Hurricane exit; Coral Canyon boasts breathtaking views of Zion National Park. The course layout features 100 acres of turf, 55 sand bunkers, 2 lakes and a labyrinth of dry washes. Coral Canyon features an upscale restaurant and pro shop.
SunRiver Golf Course
4210 South Bluegrass Way, St. George, UT 84790
Phone: (435) 986-0001
Par 71, 18 Holes, 6,704 Yards:
Located in south Bloomington, several fairways sit above the banks of the Virgin River and the natural terrain varies from riverside to desert. The back nine runs through a bluff-enclosed gulch. The layout is fun to play.
Bloomington Golf Course
3174 Bloomington Drive East
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: (435) 673-2029
Par 72, 18 Holes, 6,948 Yards:
Private Club, Bloomington Country Club is a private course and is open to members only.
Dixie Red Hills
1000 North 700 West
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 634-5852
Par 34, 9 Holes, 2,733 Yards:
Dixie Red Hills was the first golf course developed by the City of St. George. Red Hills opened for play in the mid-1960s and, because of its spectacular red rock setting and playability, has been the favorite for recreational golfers ever since. Motorized and pull carts available.
1030 North 2600 West
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: (435) 635-7888
Par 72, 18 Holes, 6,312 Yards:
Just 15 minutes from downtown St. George in Hurricane, you can enjoy a round of golf against the spectacular backdrop of Pine Valley Mountain and Zion National Park. Play the course and you will understand why they call it SkyMountain.
The Ledges of St George
5224 N Winchester Hills Parkway
St George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 634-4640
Par 72, 18 Holes, 7,200 Yards:
The Southwest golf community has become captivated by news of the astoundingly superlative golf experience offered at The Ledges of St. George. This 7,200-yard championship course is making headlines partly because of its unmatched setting in the rugged landscape of Southern Utah, but mostly due to its remarkably high-caliber, innovative design. With amenities that include GPS- equipped golf carts, a high-tech teaching center, a phenomenal driving range and banquet facilities, The Ledges will become every golfer’s prime destination in Southern Utah.
Theater, Music & The Arts
Phone: (435) 652-3300
Tuacahn (pronounced “too-a-con”) is a world class $25 million dollar entertainment facility and center for the arts nestled in the shadows of red rock cliffs in Ivins. Tuacahn means “canyon of the gods” and it’s definitely appropriately named. Famous for it’s spectacular outdoor musical dramas which run June – September of each year, Tuacahn is known for it’s professional actors, wonderful music and a choice, setting.
During Halloween, Tuacahn hosts “boo-a-cahn” which is a spook alley and Halloween show.
At Christmas, a live manger scene and experience is recreated and acted by locals volunteering to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
Other singers, plays and events occur at Tuacahn.
OC Tanner Amphitheater
Phone: (435) 652-7994
The stunning 2,000 seat outdoor Tanner Amphitheater nestled beneath the towering cliffs of Zion National Park provides a perfect setting for summer concerts on Saturday nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A multi-discipline series is presented each season including symphony, bluegrass, country and jazz. Owned and operated by Dixie State College, the facility also features a conference center for classes, workshops, and retreats. The venue hosts the annual Zion Jazz and Arts Festival in August.
St. George Musical Theater
Phone: (435) 628-8755
Audiences are delighted to see the entertaining productions of the St. George Musical Theater. Through fun and historical shows, that range from musicals and melodramas to reviews and plays, actors from throughout the community share a common interest in dramatic performance and have a chance to enhance their creative skills.
Celebrity Concert Series
Phone: (435) 652-7994
The cornerstone of cultural arts in the area is the Southwest Symphony under the direction two wonderful conductors. The 85-member orchestra, a chorale of 72 vocalists and a chamber orchestra of 30 members fulfills a role in the community as a viable cultural resource of symphonic music and educational service and is a solid cultural base for the area. A full season of quality musical programming of more than 15 concerts is presented each year with some events featuring guest conductors and musicians. Handel’s Messiah is a holiday favorite each December.
Utah Shakespearean Festival
Phone: (435) 586-7878
The Utah Shakespearean Festival provides Tony Award-winning theater where audiences can experience the thrill and tradition of Shakespearean drama along side classic theater. The Festival brings to stage many of the great works of Shakespeare and is a world-renowned event. Call for tickets and what’s playing. Their slogan? LET’S PLAY!!
Coyote Gulch Art Village – Kayenta
Phone: (435) 674-9595
Coyote Gulch is a unique gathering place in the heart of the Kayenta community. Galleries, shops and art studios welcome visitors daily. Middle Of The Road, a band that Bob plays in has been featured in their Summer Concert Series.
Datura Gallery features southwest landscapes, jewelry, glass, pottery and sculpture.
Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery exhibits fine art paintings and sculptures.
Zia Pottery offers a variety of pottery classes.
Harrington Fine Books specializes in rare and out-of-print books.
EmpowerFit is for personal health training.
Zetava Cafe features gifts and delightful coffee drinks.
A Desert Arboretum, Labyrinth, classes in art and annual festivals are also part of the village.
Pioneer Center For The Arts
Phone: (435) 634-5942
The St. George Opera House was built around 1875 and used until the 1930’s for cultural events. The slope of the floor was mechanically adjustable to afford an excellent view of the stage. Local dramatic clubs and outside players presented refined productions with elaborate scenery. The U&I Sugar Company used the building until 1979, when it was abandoned and sat vacant for years.
Today, the restored structure is the centerpiece for the Pioneer Center for the Arts, a complex that includes the St. George Art Museum, a 10,000 sqare foot two story museum housing the permanent collection – the Statehood Centennial Legacy Collection – exhibit space for rotating shows and a gift shop. Admission is free. Call for museum hours.
Phone: (435) 772-3611
Experience young love, doo woppin’ and good ol’ rock n’ roll a the Bumbleberry Playhouse in Springdale which is at the doorstep to Zion National Park. Call for show times, events and schedules.
St. George Tabernacle
Phone: (435) 628-4072
Owned and operated by The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, the Tabernacle dates back to the late 1800’s and has been carefully and beautifully restored. Located in the heart of downtown St. George, local and out of the area artists perform as to various symphonies, orchestras and bands. Call for details and schedules.
The Brigham Young Home
Phone: (435) 673-2517
Owned and operated by The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, the Brigham Young home was the Winter home for the faith’s 2nd prophet in this dispensation for the Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons). Tours operate daily and admission is free. Enjoy some pioneer history, find out how St. George got it’s name, why the Mormons settled the area and why Brigham Young loved it so much here.
The Jacob Hamblin Home
Phone: (435) 673-2161
Owned and operated by The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, the Jacob Hamblin home is located adjacent to the Santa Clara river in the small, quaint town of Santa Clara. Who was Jacob Hamblin? Find out his history on any of the free daily tours and find out why he was so vitally important to the Mormon pioneers and the local Indians. He holds a place in history and hundreds of Mormons of that day were grateful for his service.
Silver Reef Ghost Town
Take the Leeds exit off Interstate 15 approximately 20 miles north of St. George. Silver Reef produced nearly $9 million in silver from 1877 to 1903. This unique town had homes, churches, a variety of specialty shops, a brothel and even a Chinatown. Today, you will find remants of the mine, 3 separate graveyards for the Catholics, Protestants and Chinese, and the restored Wells Fargo station that has been converted to an art gallery and museum.
Located on the road between Springdale and Hurricane on Highway 9 near Zion National Park, visitors can see the remains of pioneer homes, the social hall and the cemetary. Between 1860 and 1868, about 30 families lived here. The great flood of 1861 forced the setlement to move to higher ground. Indian attacks were frequent. Most of the residents left in 1868. Portions of the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ were filmed here in 1969.
Daughters Of The Utah Pioneers Museum
Phone: (435) 628-7274
This building was constructed for the express purpose of housing pioneer relics. Next to the pioneer courthouse, the museum is staffed by volunteers and is usually open Monday – Friday. No admission fee.
Historic St. George Walking Tour
Phone: (435) 628-1658
Begin your self-guided tour at the old pioneer courthouse at 100 East and St. George Blvd. From there, spend an enjoyable stroll along the streets of early-day St. George, where many 1800’s era public buildings and private homes still stand. Pick up a printed map at the Chamber of Commerce.
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
Phone: (435) 656-0033
More than 200 animals are displayed in their natural habitats. Nearly a quarter mile of mountain pathway winds through the plains of Africa, forests of North America and mountains of Asia. A two-story mountain with two waterfalls and periodic thunder and lightning storms, provide an experience to be remembered. Open noon to 9:00 p.m. Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call for admission fees.
Johnson Farm Dinosaur Track Site
Phone: (435) 634-5942
Since it’s discovery in 2000, visitors have come from every state and 46 countries to see this world-class find. As excavation and development of the site progresses, it has grown into the largest site for early Jurassic dinosaur tracks, tail drags and swimming blocks. Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon – 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Call for admission fees.
Washington County Libraries
St. George – (435) 634-5737
Santa Clara – (435) 986-0432
Hurricane – (435) 635-4621
Enterprise – (435) 878-2574
Springdale – (435) 772-3676
Health & Medical Services
Dixie Regional Medical Center
1380 East Medical Center Dr., St. George, UT 84790 and 544 South 400 East, St. George, UT 84770
Dixie Regional Medical Center (DRMC) River Road Campus opened November 23, 2003, continuing a local heritage of healing in a hospital setting that spans nearly a century. The River Road Campus and 400 East Campus provides an excellent environment of care and treatment of most illnesses as well as most surgical procedures. It’s licensed for 196 beds – 132 at the River Road facility and 64 at the 400 East site. Strong emphasis is also placed on prevention and wellness programs through hospital-sponsored health fairs, educational seminars and other community partnerships and outreach efforts.
Recently, the DRMC 400 East Campus opened the only Acute Rehabilitation Center between Las Vegas and Provo, UT, the RESEP Clinic (for “downwinders — those who lived down wind of the atomic testing which took place in the 1950’s and early 1960’s); and added positron emission scanning to the cancer treatment services available locally. The cancer center is the smallest fully accredited cancer center in the U.S. Other services at that campus include women’s and children’s care, behavioral medicine, and outpatient surgery. Continuing to utilize this campus during it’s useful life helps keep the cost of health care down.
In addition to open-heart surgery and other cardiac services, DRMC River Road Campus hosts the community’s emergency department and most other acute care medical and/or surgical inpatient procedures. The hospital features 108 inpatient beds, 24 critical care beds, 12 outpatient beds, 8 operating rooms and an imaging center with CT-scanning, MRI, angiography and other general radiology services.
DRMC’s parent company, Intermountain Health Care, has been ranked the #1 integrated health care system in the nation four of the past 5 years by Verispan, an independent research firm. DRMC is the largest private employer in Washington County with more than 1,750 employees. The new hospital added approximately 400 jobs to the local economy. The average wage paid to employees when the new campus is fully operational is estimated to be $41,265 or about 58% higher than the average wage in Washington County.
IHC Health Center
577 S. River Road, St. George UT 84790
The IHC Health Center is home to InstaCare, family and internal medicine practices, imaging services, rehabilitation services, IHC WorkMed, and a full service pharmacy. Patients at the IHC InstaCare receive treatment for illnesses or injuries which are urgent, but not life-threatening.
St. George Surgical Center
676 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84770
The St. George Surgical Center is a nationally accredited multi-specialty ambulatory surgical center that provides overnight observation, surgical support services for all surgical specialties and is utilized by most surgeons in the County. Friendly staff, along with modern equipment makes this the choice for lower-cost, high quality and personable same day surgical service.
Color Country Health Express
595 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84770
Color Country Health Express was founded to provide reasonable health care services. Patients unable to see their doctors are grateful for the walk-in service provided by the 2 clinic sites. Color Country Health Express is staffed by family nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat minor illness. Services provided include immediate care for women needing emergency contraceptives, Women’s Physicals, Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing, Pregnancy Testing and Birth Control Methods. Planned Parenthood is available for those without health insurance. Also available is Weight Loss, Commercial Drivers License (CDL), Cholesterol Testing, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA’s). Utah has new laws regarding teenage use of the Planned Parenthood program so call for details.
Doctors Volunteer Clinic of St. George
1036 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790
The Doctor’s Free Clinic provides medical care at no cost to citizens who cannot pay. Various local agencies and organizations support the clinic. It is said that true greatness of a community can be measured by it’s kindness to those who are the least fortunate within it. Personally, I echo this statement. It’s a huge “home run” for our community. The physicians, staff and donations made to keep the clinic operational is awesome. A real “kudos” to St. George and it’s people.
Red Cliffs Family Medicine
676 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84770
Providing low-cost, quality health care is the goal of Red Cliffs Family Medicine, where they not only focus on the problem but also help patients achieve healthier lifestyles. An essential part of their practice is to encourage wellness behaviors.
Snow Canyon Clinic
272 E. Center St., Ivins, UT 84738
Snow Canyon Clinic is a multi-specialty clinic, providing a wide range of medical services from routine care in family practice, internal medicine and dental clinics to specialty evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in their neurology, sleep disorders, cancer and infusion clinics. The imaging center features technically advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. It’s enhanced features enable them to provide state-of-the-art “virtual” cardiac and vessel imaging as well as endoscope without compromising patient comfort. Comprehensive OB/GYN and vascular ultrasonography services as well as X-ray services are available.
Home Health Care
Home health care is an important part of life. It is a cost effective alternative to transition from hospital and nursing home care. Home health care is delivered in the person’s home providing services needed because of an acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability or terminal illness.
These services include skilled nursing, home health aids, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, dietary consultation and social work. Payment for these services are provided by Medicare, Medicaid, state and local governments, private insurance, or private out of pocket depending on the individual’s circumstances and eligibility.
A person can request home health services through their physician, discharge planners at the hospital or nursing home, or directly through the Home Care Agency. A popular agency in St. George is Applegate Home Care, (435) 628-1569. Call them to answer your specific questions.
474 West 200 North, St. George, UT 84770
Southwest Center is the largest, private mental health center in southern Utah. Call them for specific services offered.
Kolob Care and Rehabilitation of St. George
178 South 1200 East, St. George, UT 84790
Red Cliffs Rehabilitation & Convalescent Center
1745 East 280 North, St. George, UT 84790
St. George Rehabilitation Center
1032 East 100 South, St. George, UT 84790
Indoor / Outdoor Recreation
People come from all over the world just to hike and take in the breathtaking scenery. There are trails for every age level and experience. If you prefer a guided tour with a resident-expert, try one of Ranger Bart Anderson’s free hikes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, April through October and every other week during the Summer. For a complete schedule, call the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, (435) 628-1658. The Bureau of Land Management office is located at 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790 and can be reached at (435) 688-3246.
Biking is one Southern Utah’s favorite past-times, every major road has bike lanes, and there are dozens of dedicated bike paths, wandering through lava flows, beside the virgin river, and even through downtown St George.
There are thousands of acres to horseback ride. For more information call, (435) 628-0971
Walking, Biking & Skating
More than 40 miles of scenic walking and biking paths throughout the area connect neighborhood parks, riparian corridors, picturesque desert-scapes and the town center. Washington County takes pride it it’s 26+ fields and courts, picnic facilities, and fishing ponds – all designed for family fun. We love our open space in our beautiful, clean community.
St. George SK8 Park Snow Park
400 East 900 South, St. George
Open daily until dark, the new stake park is one of the most kid-friendly, popular parks around
The Canyons Complex
2145 N. Snow Canyon Parkway
The Canyons Softball Complex has been ranked the top softball complex in the nation for the last 5 years by the National Softball Association. The grass is cut to 7/8″ like a golf course tee box. Nearly half of the 7,000 participants at the Hunstman World Senior Games come to St. George to play softball. Many local, regional, and national tournaments are played here too.
Sand Hollow Aquatic Centerstrong
Along with 2 City outdoor pool facilities (one in St. George, one in Washington), this multi-million dollar facility offers year-round fun. It is comprised of 25,000 square feet enclosed by a fabric exo-skeleton with a unique heating and ventilation system. This unique design makes for great swimming year-round. The center offers two pools, a competition diving pool and a leisure pool, which is a zero-depth children’s pool. It features water walks, slides, sprays and moving water devices. Hours are scheduled for open swimming as well as family and lap swimming. Classes are taught daily including beginning swimming and water aerobics.
The Veyo Pool
287 E. Veyo Resort Rd., Veyo, UT
Enjoy the warm springs that generate 100 gallons a minute of crystal clear, pure mineral water at Veyo Pool.An 85-foot waterfall cascades to a 30′ x 70′ swimming pool, complete with 5,000 square feet of deckigThe snack bar serves up tasty food. Veyo Pool’s Crawdad Canyon is the largest rock climbing park in thearea with 240 routes ranging from beginner to expert. Swim or rock climb all day or do both!! Veyo Pool is 5miles north of St. George on State Road 18 (Bluff Street). Veyo Pool is open from April to September, weatherpermitting
Tonaquint Tennis Academy
Off Dixie Drive and Tonaquint Dr., St. George, UT
The 8 court complex is complete with court separations, canopies and bathrooms.
Green Valley Tennis Club
1871 W. Canyon View Dr., St. George, UT
Play on indoor or outdoor courts. Lessons are available.
Other tennis courts are located throughout the Greater St. George area and usually within one of their neighborhood or city parks.
Historic Downtown St. George
This is the center for culture and historic attractions. Here you will discover one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques and the world famous Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor located on the corner of Main Street and Tabernacle.
Ancestor Square strong
A unique collection of shops, galleries and restaurants creates a signature St. George shopping experience. It is located in the St. George Historic District in downtown on the corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street. Wonderful restaurants such as the Painted Pony, Pizza Factory and Pasta Factory add a flavorful part to this outing.
Zion Factory Stores & The Promenade At Red Cliffsstrong
Both complexes are located just off Interstate 15 and St. George Blvd along Red Cliffs Drive. These outlets offer national chains such as Polo/Ralph Lauren, The Dress Barn, Carters, Starbucks and many others. Restaurants include Red Lobster, Chili’s, Chuck-A-Rama, Panda Express and Outback Steakhouse. Close by is Ruby River Steakhouse, Village Inn, Fazoli’s. Hotels in that area include The Hampton Inn, The Ramada Inn, Best Inn & Suites and the NEW Marriott Courtyard.
Red Cliffs Mallstrong
The mall features more than 306,000 square feet of enclosed, air conditioned shopping environment with anchor stores like JC Penney, Sears, and Dillards. 60+ other stores and shops make this a great place to enjoy.
“Big Box” & Other Specialty Storesstrong
National chains such as Costco, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, 2 Wal-Mart’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, Big Lots, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pro Golf And Best Buy have all opened their doors in St. George and Washington City. Add this to our existing business base and you have most everything you need at your fingertips. You’ll also find many antique and unique gift shops to discover throughout the area.
Other Centers Of Shopping:
- Albertson’s Mall on 875 Red Cliffs Drive, Washington
- Bloomington Courtyard, 144 W. Brigham Rd, St. George
- Dixie Sunset Plaza, 1812 W. Sunset Blvd, St. George
- East Ridge Mall adjacent to the Red Cliffs Mall, St. George
- Holiday Square Shopping Mall on south Bluff St., St. George
- Kmart Shopping Center on south Bluff St., St. George
- Mainstreet Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Tabernacle
- Phoenix Plaza, 929 W. Sunset Blvd, St. George
- Sandstone Village, 42 South River Road, St. George
- Sunset Corner Lifestyle Center on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Bluff St.
- Sunset Plaza Shopping Center, 745 N. Dixie Drive
- Telegraph Market Place, 780 W. Telegraph Rd., Washington
City & Area Parks
Black Hill Park
265 S. Airport Rd., St. George
East Man O’War, St. George
Bloomington Hills North Park
East Vermillion Drive Off Ft. Pierce, St. George
Bloomington Hills Park
Redwood Tree Drive, St. George
Bluf Street Park
600 North Bluff St., St. George
301 North 2200 East, St. George
1470 West 3764 South, St. George
1000 East 200 South, St. George
900 East 1000 South, St. George
Dixie Downs Park
1795 West 1230 North, St. George
1100 East Park
700 South 1100 East, St. George
JC Snow Park
900 South 400 East, St. George
815 E. Fort Pierce Dr., St. George
205 S. Mathis Park Dr., St. George
800 North 1700 East, St. George
Just off Skyline Dr., St. George
Royal Oaks Park
1400 West 1250 North, St. George
Shadow Mountain Park
1050 West 360 North, St. George
Vernon Worthen Park
400 East 300 South, St. George
2450 East Park
2450 East 130 North, St. George
The Springs Park
2395 E. Springs Dr., St. George
Moving to Southern Utah
Moving to Southern Utah Overview Checklist
One Month Before Moving
- Fill out change of address order form for post office.
- Fill out an IRS change of address form.
- Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
- Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
- Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
- Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
- Set up a checking account in your new city.
- Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
- Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
- Make arrangements for transporting pets.
- Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
One To Two Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
- Arrange for help on moving day.
- Confirm travel reservations.
- Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
- Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed.
- Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
- Check with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be covered through your homeowner’s or renter’s policy during the move.
- Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
On Moving Day
- Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
- Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
- Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
After Arriving At New Home
- Renew your driver’s license, auto registration and tags.
- Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
- Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
- Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
Change of Address Checklist
Change of Address List – Use this list to make help make sure all your friends, family and business associates have your new address.
- Keep the following supplies handy for packing: Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper and tissue
- Tape and scissors
- Tape measure
- Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
- Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
- Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
- Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
- Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
- Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
- Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
- Pack medicines in a leakproof container.
- Carry all valuables with you.
- Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.
Moving House Plants
A Couple Of Weeks Before You Move
- Prune plants to facilitate packing. Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.
A Week Before Your Move
- Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
The Day Before Your Move
- Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
On The Day Of Your Move
- Set the boxes aside and mark “DO NOT LOAD” so they won’t be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car.
- Park your car in a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.
- Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to much sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.
Moving Garden Plants
- Research climate and soils of new home.
- Seeds – gather and store in an airtight container.
- Bulbs – dig up during their natural dormant season. Pack in a mixture of loose dry peat moss and vermiculite to provide a lightweight and protective transport medium.
- Garden tools – sharpen blades of clippers, lawn mowers and shears and apply a thin coating of household or motor oil to protect the paint and metal parts. Clean and disinfect rakes, hoes and sprinklers. Household bleach can be used to disinfect a variety of items.
- Plants – some plants can be dug up and transplanted.
Following are tips for moving your pets to their new home.
Cats and Dogs
Cats and dogs can be taken in your car. If so, remember to take along the following items:
- A leash for letting your pet out of the car
- Newspaper or sheets to keep your car clean
Animals can get car-sick and will require frequent stops along the way. Also, check ahead to see if the hotel where you are staying allows pets. Depending on the animal’s temperament and size, it might be better to have it shipped by air. Be sure to check if your destination has any local requirements or restrictions on animals.
To have your pet shipped by air, make sure someone can meet your pet at the destination airport and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do this for you and keep your pet until you have completed your move, if necessary.
If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment. You may need the following items:
- Health certificate. Obtain this from your veterinarian.
- Pet container. The airline might have a special container available or you can use your own as long as it complies with airline regulations.
- Your vet can provide tranquilizers to be given to your pet immediately before going to the airport.
- Your scent. Your pet can be comforted by having a piece of cloth with your scent on it.
Hamsters, birds and other small animals can easily be transported in your car. To help keep the animals calm and quiet, cover cages with a cloth. Also, make sure they have food and water available.
It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check with your local pet store for recommendations on moving your specific type of fish.
About Moving Companies
Consumer complaints against moving companies have been rising. Following are some tips that can help your move go smoothly.
- Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is written in the contract.
- Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
- Movers are limited by law regarding what they can give you for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check existing homeowner’s or renter’s policy.
- Ask about expected gratuities and write into contract.
- Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10%.
- Be sure all charges are listed on contract.
- Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
- Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt.
- Document an inventory of your belongings before you pack.
Protecting The Environment
Following are some general suggestions to help you protect the environment before, during and after your move
- Sweep instead of hosing down driveways.
- Use sand or kitty litter instead of salt on icy sidewalks.
- Minimize paved surfaces on property and retain as much vegetation and rural wetlands as possible.
- Use water-based products rather than solvent-based.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides – use mulch and organic fertilizers instead.
- Mow lawn frequently to increase grass shoot density.
- Rinse disposable diapers before throwing them away.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth.
- Recycle cardboard boxes.
- Use phosphate-free laundry detergent.
- Recycle whenever possible.
Automobile & Traveling
- Keep your car tuned.
- Recycle and dispose of oil safely.
- Wash your car on grass.
- Don’t litter.
- Non-hazardous and non-recyclable.
- Call the Solid Waste Division in your county for disposal instructions and transfer stations in your area.
- Aluminum cans, papers, appliances.
- Call the Solid Waste Division/Recycling in your county for instructions.
- Paints, oil, pesticides, dyes, coolants.
- Call the Solid Waste Division/Hazardous Wastes in your county for instructions.
National & State Parks
Zion National Park
Phone: (800) 869-6645
Zion National Park is one of the most scenic destinations in Southern Utah. It is approximately 45 miles northeast of St. George (about 50-55 minute drive). To reach the Park, take Interstate 15 north to the Hurricane exit (Exit 16). Go east to Hurricane City on State Road 9 (S.R. 9) and continue through Hurricane and LaVerkin. Follow the signs through the quaint towns of Virgin, Rockville and Springdale to the Park.
Zion National Park has ALL sorts of terrain and colors. Most people think of Zion as towering sandstone walls and monoliths. It has rivers, swamps, riparian areas, pine forests, sandstone deserts, natural bridges, ancient dwelling places, historic pioneer areas and a tremendous variety of plant and animal life.
Hiking trails are all over the Park. You can take short hikes or overnight hikes and see a variety of different views, terrain and challenges. There are plenty of motel/hotel rooms in Springdale as well as ample Bed & Breakfasts. Shopping and restaurants are also in the immediate area. There is an entry fee for single vehicle entry. Park officials can talk to you about other entry fee options. Shuttle service is available from April through October both in the Park and Springdale from 7:00 a.m. to dark. Private vehicles are not allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive when the shuttle is in operation. Zion-Mount Carmel Highway 9 through the park is open to private vehicles all year, connecting Springdale to Bryce Canyon, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Kanab, UT. The Visitor Center has information on shuttle operation, weather conditions, back country permits, reservations for the lodge, maps and other publications.
By the way, the Thanksgiving buffet served on Thanksgiving day at the Zion Lodge is to die for!! Reservations are required. Umm, Umm GOOD!!
Phone: (435) 586-9548
Kolob Canyon is located along the western edge of Zion National Park. From St. George, travel north about 35 miles on Interstate 15 to Exit 40 (about a 35 minute drive) and drive to the visitors center. From the visitors center, drive the 5 miles on a paved road to view the towering, massive red rock formations of the Kolob Fingers from designated view areas along the road. You can hike trails, view wildlife and photograph along the scenic drive. There is a park entry fee for single vehicle entry.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Phone: (435) 586-9451
The spectacular natural rock amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument is a spectacle of gigantic proportions. The park can be reached from St. George via Interstate 15, 55 miles north to Cedar City. From Cedar City, travel east 20 miles on State Route 14, then about 4 miles north on State Highway 148. Driving time is about 1 1/2 hours depending upon traffic and season. Enjoy the trails leading around the rim from May until about mid-November. There is a per vehicle fee. There is no charge if you are just driving through. A small campground to the east of the visitors center has water and a camping fee. The campground is open from about June to mid-September depending upon the season and weather permitting.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Phone: (800) 444-6689
From St. George, drive north on Interstate 15 to Cedar City and then east on State Route 14 (S.R. 14) to U.S. Highway 89. Drive north to the junction of State Route 12 and then east about 17-18 miles to State Route 63. Travel south 4 miles to the park entrance.
Unlike Zion, where you’re looking up, Bryce Canyon National Park allows you to look down on endless miles of mother nature carved rocks, formations, spires and scenic art. Set on a high plateau, the pine covered rim of Bryce Canyon catches the clean, cool breezes of a mountain setting. The red, orange, brown and pink colors of the limestone known as “hoodoos” constantly change with the sun, making the magical landscape come alive. It is best viewed in the early morning or near sunset. Open all year, there is a private vehicle entry fee.
North Rim Of The Grand Canyon
Phone: (800) 869-6635
To reach the Park from St. George, travel north on Interstate 15 to the Hurricane Exit (Exit 16) and go east on State Road 9 (S. R. 9) to Hurricane. Then take State Road 59 (S.R. 59) which turns into State Road 389 once you reach the Arizona State line into Fredonia, Arizona. In Fredonia, turn right onto U.S. Highway 89A and travel south to Jacob Lake, Arizona. At Jacob Lake, travel south about 45 miles on State Route 67 to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Driving time from St. George is approximately 3 – 3 1/2 hours and is about 180 miles.
Open mid-May to mid-October, the North Rim features the pine and aspen forest of the 540,000 acre Kaibab Plateau. Viewpoints of the North Rim are higher than on the South Rim. Highway 67 is closed in Winter south of Jacob Lake. The National Park operates a visitors center, bookstore, back country permit reservations, campground and ranger programs. Call (800) 365-2267 to make advanced reservations for the North Rim. There is a per vehicle entry fee.
Snow Canyon State Park
Phone: (435) 628-2255
The Snow Canyon State Park is approximately 7 miles north of St. George. The easiest way to get there is north on Bluff Street (U-18) approximately 9 miles past the Winchester Hills and The Ledges Golf Course Communities. This will take you from the top of the Park and you’ll eventually exit in the town of Ivins. You can go on Snow Canyon Parkway off Bluff Street and start in Ivins. Either way is a good way.
Snow Canyon is not known for it’s snow. It was named after a prominent Mormon pioneer prophet, Lorenzo Snow. Over 500,000 visitors see the Park annually and enjoy the scenic views, a wide rainbow of colors, red rock marvels, coral colored Navajo sandstone rocks, colorful sagebrush and desert plants, and flowers in vibrant neon-like colors.
The Park is known for it’s large expanse of red sand dunes. There are more than 15 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Cliffs for rappelling are a favorite throughout the park. Kids of all ages love to play in large sand hill areas or hike throughout the dry creek areas.
The campground is open all year with available tent sites, picnic areas, showers, toilets, water and an RV dump site. There is a $5 per day use fee and $14 to $17 fee for overnight camping. For reservations, call (800) 322-3770. Unreserved sites are on a first come, first served basis.
Bob’s favorite time to travel and hike through the Park is after a rain storm. You’ll see some awesome waterfalls throughout your walk. Sunsets are gorgeous too!!
Quail Creek State Park & Reservoir
Phone: (800) 322-3770
Quail Creek State Park is located about 11 miles northeast of St. George just off Interstate 15 at the Hurricane Exit (Exit 16) which is Highway 59. Just off that exit, you’ll travel about 5 miles to the turn off to Quail Lake. The State Fairgrounds is on your right side as is the Washington County Prison. You’ll know that’s the time to turn left. Follow the short winding road and be ready to turn right into the pay and unloading area. Park rangers monitor the lake all day and are kindly giving out tickets so make sure your registered, safe and sober!!
Fishing, jet skiing, water-skiing, boating and swimming attract outdoor enthusiasts to the Park. Campsite, picnic facilities and restrooms are available. There is a $6 per day use fee and an $11 overnight camping fee.
If you don’t have a boat, jet ski or other “toy”, just go to the lake and play in the water and enjoy the beaches. There is plenty of “off limits to watercraft” areas so you and others will remain safe. Approximately 75 boats are allowed on the lake at one time.
As a point in history, in the late 1980’s, the dam broke at Quail Lake flooding the terrain where the Virgin River runs. Many areas were destroyed and under water for quite some time. Below our office at RE/MAX, the bridge was washed away and remained gone until the early 1990’s.
Sand Hollow Reservoir And Recreation Area
Phone: (435) 879-2378
Sand Hollow is the “crown jewel” of southern Utah outdoors recreation. Opened in 2000, Sand Hollow is the largest of the local reservoirs in Washington County. It’s just 5.5 miles southwest of Hurricane City or just 12.5 miles northeast of St. George. In fact, if you go to Quail Lake and it’s too busy, drive another couple of miles on Highway 59 and go to Sand Hollow!!
When full, the reservoir will hold 50,000 acre feet of water. This is 10,000 more than the nearby Quail Creek Reservoir. The Park offers a unique blend of water-based recreation, walking paths and adjacent off-road ATV vehicle recreation areas of the Hurricane Sand Dunes. Camping and restroom sites are available. Call for reservations because Sand Hollow fills up fast with guests.
Approximately 150 boats are allowed at Sand Hollow which doubles that of Quail Creek. You can fish, swim, play in the “no watercraft” restricted areas or just “hang out” and enjoy the red rock outcroppings and beauty. If you’re daring, jump off a nearby rock cliff!! Park rangers and local Coast Guard certified staff is on site daily.
Speaking from experience as a personal boat owner, I LOVE TO TAKE MY FAMILY TO SAND HOLLOW!!
Pine Valley Mountain
Phone: (435) 652-3100
Pine Valley Mountain is located in the Dixie National Forest 35 miles north of St. George on State Road 18 (S.R. 18). This is Bluff Street going north toward Winchester Hills, The Ledges Golf community, Diamond Valley, Dammeron Valley, Veyo and Central.
At about 7,000 feet in elevation, the towering pines beckon to visitors who can fish, hike, camp, or picnic in a beautiful mountain setting. There is a $11 per vehicle per night camping fee in the various campgrounds. Day use fees for picnicking in all picnic areas apply. In the West Ponderosa Picnic Area, it is first come first served and there is a $2 per carload entry fee. There is also a day use fee of $2.
Bob and his family own a cabin in Pine Valley. It’s Bob’s therapy!! It’s about 10-15 degrees cooler than St. George, easy to get to and loads of fun. If you can’t find Bob at work, he’s either golfing, boating or at his Pine Valley cabin.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
Phone: (435) 634-5759
This 61,000 acre scenic desert located north and west of St. George, Santa Clara, Washington and Hurricane cities is dedicated to the protection of the desert tortoise and other plant and wildlife species. Within the reserve are more than 130 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Hunting is allowed during prescribed seasons. For camping information, refer to the Reserve’s map and trail guide or call the Reserve offices or the BLM (435) 688-3246.
Red Cliffs Recreation Area
Phone: (435) 634-5759
Red Cliffs Recreation Area is located 4.5 miles south of Leeds. From St. George, take Interstate 15 (I-15) north to the Leeds exit (Exit 22), then turn right onto a County road and head south to Harrisburg. Turn right and drive through the Interstate 15 underpass (Clearance is 11′ 6″) and follow the signs to the Recreation Area, administered by the BLM.
Here, you can explore beautiful red rock terrain north of Quail Creek, along the eastern slope of Pine Valley Mountain.9 tent sites and hiking areas are open year round. There is a $2 per vehicle day use fee and an $8 per vehicle overnight camping fee.
Gunlock State Park & Recreation
Phone: (435) 628-2255
Gunlock Reservoir is 15 miles northwest of St. George near the town of Gunlock. From St. George, head north on Bluff Street and turn left (west on Sunset Blvd) and head through the town of Santa Clara and past the Shivwits Indian Reservation on old Highway 91. Turn right onto the County road to Gunlock and follow the signs to Gunlock Reservoir. There is a $5 day use fee and an $8 overnight camping fee. The 240 acre reservoir offers boating, swimming, fishing and limited camping. Note: not all boats are allowed at Gunlock. Depending upon the Spring runoff, canoes or boats without motors may not be allowed. Call before going. It’s usually not too crowded and lots of fun!
Schools & Education
Dixie State University
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT 84770
For nearly 60% of local high school students, Dixie State College of Utah is the first stop on their higher education journey.
Founded in 1911 and built on the site of the first pioneer encampment, Dixie State College (DSC) has an enrollment of over 10,000 students. St. George’s spectacular setting provides the backdrop for outstanding academic programs.
Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Computer & Information Technology, Elementary Education, Nursing, and now Communications. MORE bachelor’s degrees are being established each year. Dixie State is home to some of the top health science programs in the state, including a nursing program that achieved the highest student pass-rate among all programs in the state on the RN licensure exam the past two years and a dental hygiene program that was tops in the entire nation on the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam. These programs and others are housed in a new DSC health sciences center located on the new Dixie Regional Medical Center campus.
DSC also offers a wide variety of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a number of adult education opportunities. The Institute for Continued Learning is also available for retired and semi-retired individuals, as is the DSC Elderhostel program.
Community involvement is a key ingredient to the success of Dixie State College. The College provides many cultural opportunities for the community, many of which are now featured in the college’s state-of-the-art Eccles Fine Arts Center, including theater, dance, music, and art. The college also sponsors a Celebrity Concert Series, the Tanner Amphitheater Summer Concert Series at the mouth of Zion National Park, and the Southwest Symphony and Chorale.
The Dixie Business Alliance and the Washington County Economic Development Council, which offer a number of services to area businesses, are headquartered on the Dixie State College campus.
Dixie State’s athletic programs are affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (JJCAA), and many of these programs are consistently ranked nationally. Each of DSC’s eight programs consistently enjoys time in the national spotlight. For over a decade, the college’s athletic teams have won multiple national championships — women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and men’s baseball. Dixie State College is now affiliated with the Pacific West Conference.
A partnership has been formed between Dixie State College and the new Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC), a regional subsidiary of the newly created Utah College of Applied Technology.
DXATC is headquartered on the DSC campus, and many of the courses offered through DXATC are currently available at Dixie State College. Programs available include building construction, cabinet making, CISCO, cosmetology, diesel mechanics, office administration and welding. For more information call (435) 656-4075 or (435) 652-7730.
Below is a listing of all of the schools in the Washington County School District. The District’s web site provides software to help locate which shcools your children will attend based on the address.
School Boundaries and Bus Runs
Washington County School District
121 West Tabernacle • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 673-3553
Elementary Schools Grades K-5th
545 Arrowhead Trail • Santa Clara • UT • 84765
Phone: (435) 674-2027
Bloomington Elementary School
425 Man O’ War Road • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 673-6266
Bloomington Hills Elementary School
919 E. Brigham Rd • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 674-6495
Coral Cliffs Elementary School
2040 W. 2000 N. • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 652-4712
Diamond Valley Elementary School
1411 West Diamond Valley Dr. • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 574-2009
Dixie Downs Elementary School
1795 West 1230 North • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 673-8978
East Elementary School
453 South 600 East • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 673-6191
Enterprise Elementary School
186 South 100 East • Enterprise • UT • 84725
Heritage Elementary School
747 E. Riverside Dr., St. George, UT 84790
Hurricane Elementary School
63 South 100 West, Hurricane, UT • 84737
Phone: (435) 635-4668
LaVerkin Elementary School
51 West Center St. • LaVerkin • UT • 84745
Phone: (435) 635-4619
Little Valley Elementary School
2330 East Horseman Park Drive • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 652-4771
Panorama Elementary School
301 North 2200 East • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 628-6881
Red Mountain Elementary School
263 East 200 South • Ivins • UT • 84738
Phone: (435) 656-3802
Riverside Elementary School
2500 S. Harvest Ln., Washington, • UT • 84780
Sandstone Elementary School
850 North 2450 East • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 674-6460
Santa Clara Elementary School
2950 West Crestview Drive • Santa Clara • UT • 84765
Phone: (435) 628-2624
Sunset Elementary School
495 N. Westridge Dr., St. George, • UT • 84770
Three Falls Elementary
789 South 700 West • Hurricane • UT • 84737
Phone: (435) 635-7229
Washington Elementary School
300 North 300 East • Washington • UT • 84780
Phone: (435) 673-3012
Intermediate Schools Grades 6th-7th
Desert Hills Intermediate School
936 Desert Hills Drive • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 628-0001
Fossil Ridge Intermediate School
383 S. Mall Drive • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 652-4706
Lava Ridge Intermediate School
2425 Rachel Dr. • Santa Clara • UT • 84765
Phone: (435) 652-4742
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School
3167 S. 2350 East, St. George, • UT • 84790
Tonaquint Intermediate School
1210 W. Curley Hollow Dr., St. George, • UT • 84770
Hurricane Intermediate School
1325 S. 700 West, Hurricane, • UT • 84737
Middle Schools Grades 8th-9th
Dixie Middle School
825 South 100 East • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 628-0441
Desert Hills Middle School
936 E. Desert Hills Dr., St. George, • UT • 84790
Hurricane Middle School
395 North 200 West • Hurricane • UT • 84737
Phone: (435) 635-4634
Pine View Middle School
2145 East 130 North • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 628-7915
Snow Canyon Middle School
1215 North Lava Flow Dr St. George • UT • 84770
High Schools Grades 10th-12th
Desert Hills High School
828 E. Desert Hills Dr., St. George, UT 84790
Dixie High School
350 E. 700 S • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 673-4682
Enterprise High School
PO Box 460 • Enterprise • UT • 84725
Phone: (435) 878-2248
Hurricane High School
565 South 200 East • Hurricane • UT • 84737
Phone: (435) 635-3280
Milcreek High School
2410 East Riverside Drive • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 628-2462
Pine View High School
750 N 2850 E • St. George • UT • 84790
Phone: (435) 628-5255
Snow Canyon High School
1385 North Lava Flow Drive • St. George • UT • 84770
Phone: (435) 634-1967
Tuachan High School for the Performing Arts
1100 North Tuachan Drive • Ivins • UT • 84738
Phone: (435) 652-3201
Private Schools & Charter Schools
Southern Utah has a variety of private schools available. They include Montessori, Valor Hall, The Christian Cooperative Learning Center, George Washington Academy And Trinity Lutheran Church & School. Headstart is also offered in southern Utah. For more information, ask Bob or a member of his Team.
Distance to St. George
Salt Lake City
The City of St. George has it’s own public transit system called Sun Tran. It has comfortable, climate controlled buses that service 4 routes with 60 bus stops citywide. Buses run from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For questions, call (435) 673-TRAN (8726) or visit their web site at: www.ci.st-george.ut.us/suntran/. Rider guides are available.
Budget Rent A Car: (435) 673-6825
Avis Rent A Car: (435) 627-2002
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, (435) 673-6825
Taxi USA (435) 656-1600
AAA Quality Cab (435) 656-5222
Ready Cab: (435) 467-8294
St. George Shuttle (435) 628-8320
Aztec Shuttle Service: (435) 656-9040
Elite Transportation: (435) 627-0666
Legacy Limousine & Transportation: (435) 703-3912
SkyWest Headquarters: (435) 634-3000
For Reservations On Delta Connection: (800) 221-1212
For Reservations On United Express: (800) 241-6522
Airports and Ground Transportation
Currently, the City of St. George Airport has limited commercial inbound and outbound traffic. The major carrier is SkyWest Airlines which is a Delta Connection headquartered in St. George and incorporated in 1972. Their principal office is located at 444 South River Rd., St. George, UT 84790 (435) 634-3000. Their web site is: www.skywest.com. United Express also runs two flights to and from Los Angeles. SkyWest has at least 4-5 runs per day to and from Salt Lake City. Times, schedule, and fares change often so consult your travel agent for more details. The planes are BCanada Air jets that seat about 55 people. It’s approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to Salt Lake and just a few hours to Los Angeles.
In January, 2011, St. George opened its new Regional Airport on the south east end of St. George bordering the Arizona strip. This airport will handle larger commercial planes. The long, single, FAA approved runway does not affect air traffic over the Greater St. George area and is restricted over Zion National Park. “Final approach” is in close proximity to the Coral Canyon subdivision which is located at Interstate 15 and teh Hurricane, UT exit.
Many people drive from St. George to the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. From St. George ot the check in curb at McCarran, plan on about a 2 hour drive by car or local shuttle service. The St. George Shuttle is the best service to and from the airport with the most frequent times. There is a private limousine service available through local companies in St. George. The McCarran International Airport is a full service airport with ALL major and minor carriers being available to handle your air travel needs. Again, consult your travel agent or call St. George Shuttle diret for current fares, times, etc. (435) 628-8320. Don’t forget, Las Vegas is one hour behind St. George so adjust your clocks accordingly.