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St. George (Utah)

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St. George [12] is a town in the Dixie region of Utah. Long a sleepy agricultural town, it is acquiring increasing importance (and population, which doesn't necessarily please its old-time residents). It is quickly taking on a Palm Springs, CA type of atmosphere owing to its benign climate and peacefulness which attracts retirees, and proximity to spectacularly scenic country and resulting outdoor recreation opportunities as well as Mesquite, Nevada, and Las Vegas.

St. George Utah Temple

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

St. George lies on I-15, which travels south through Las Vegas, Nevada and into Southern California, and north through Salt Lake City into Idaho and Montana.

There are a few rental car places at the airport, and an Enterprise at 652 E. St. George Blvd, 1 435 634-1556.

Major exits for amenities are at Green Springs Road (exit 10, I-15), St. George Boulevard (exit 8, I-15), and Bluff Street (exit 6, I-15).

By plane[edit]

The St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) is served by Skywest Airlines [13], +1 435 634-3000, operating as Delta Connection with flights to and from Salt Lake City. Reservations can be made at [14], or by phone at 800-221-1212. SkyWest flights operating as United Express are also available to and from Denver.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is the closest major airport. The drive from Las Vegas to St. George takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.

As of October 24, 2011, the new St. George regional airport has opened and allows for aircraft up to 737's. There are daily flights to/from Salt Lake City (Delta), Phoenix (American), Dallas-Ft, Worth (American), Denver (United), and Los Angeles (United).

Hertz [15], Avis [16], National [17], and Budget [18] rental car companies have counters at the airport.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound serves St. George. +1 435 586-9465.

There are also a few small shuttle/bus companies serving St. George. St George Shuttle [19] and Aztec Shuttle [20] operates van service to Las Vegas International Airport and Salt Lake City. St George Express [21] operates a shuttle to and from McCarran Las Vegas Airport (pick up at Level 0) and drops off at Howard Johnson Inn in St. George.

Get around[edit]

St. George, like all cities in Utah, follows a well-defined grid system that makes it easy to get around and find your destination. For an example, let's take the address 650 South 300 East. Each hundred represents one block radiating out from a center point of the town. In St. George, the center of the grid system is the intersection of Main Street (a north-south avenue) and Tabernacle Street (an east-west street). To find 650 South 300 East, starting from the intersection of Main and Tabernacle, you would drive 3 blocks to the east, then just over 6 blocks south. Keep in mind that in St. George, St. George Boulevard, a major east-west arterial, takes the place of 100 North.

While the grid system in the heart of town is well-defined, it can be become difficult to follow in the outlying areas and new subdivisions on the outskirts of the city. While in some cases the addresses will still follow the grid pattern, the blocks will become smaller and more irregularly spaced, and there will be more streets that don't follow the grid system at all.

Suntran [22] is St George's public transit system, with three different routes serving the city. St. George also has a good trail network [23] offering some very scenic routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters.

See[edit][add listing]

  • St. George Utah Temple, 490 South 300 East, 1 435 673-5181, [24]. Daily, 9AM-9PM. This beautiful, white temple is the oldest continually-used temple of the LDS Church, and it is a dominating landmark of the town. You can't enter the temple itself (unless you're LDS) but you can enter the visitors center and tour the grounds. Free.
  • St. George Utah Open House Directory, 523 Sunland Dr #5b 1 435 619-2206, [25]. Updated Daily, 7AM-9PM. Enjoy direct access to all of the local weekly Open House information for the greater St. George area. Free.
  • Downtown Historic District, centered around the intersection of St. George Boulevard and Main Street. Most of the town's preserved historic structures are here, as well as some shops and inns. Notable landmarks include the Old Pioneer Courthouse, Opera House, the Old Dixie Academy, and a number of historic homes and storefronts.
    • Brigham Young Winter Home, 67 West 200 North, [26]. Daily, 9AM-6PM (closes at 5PM in winter). Brigham Young, the touted Mormon leader who was instrumental in the settling of Utah, spent many of his winters here. Free.
    • St. George Tabernacle, 18 South Main Street (corner of Main and Tabernacle), [27]. Daily, 9AM-6PM (closes at 5PM in winter). The Tabernacle was once considered the center of town, and was often used as a meeting hall. The pointed clock tower makes this building a landmark in the district. Free.
    • Town Square Park and Splash Pad, Corner of Main and Tabernacle, [28]. Popular area with splash pad and lazy river for kids to wade in.
    • McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer Museum, 145 North 100 East, +1 435 682-7274. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers society, this museum has a lot of items from the pioneer era. Free.
  • St. George Art Museum, 47 East 200 North, +1 435 627-4525, [29]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Permanent exhibits with artworks from Utah artists and changing exhibits. $3 adults, $1 children, children under age 3 free.
  • St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site, 2180 East Riverside, +1 435 574-3466 (fax: 1 435 627-0340), [30]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM. In 2000, some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world were found on a farm here, and since then a museum has been built around it where you can observe the dino tracks and fossil replicas. $6 adults, $4 children, children under 4 free.
  • Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum, 1835 Convention Center Dr, +1 435 656-0033, [31]. M Noon-9PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. A massive museum full of realistic replicas of wild animals in their "natural" habitat. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, children under 2 free.
  • Tuacahn Amphitheater, Ivins. Beautiful setting in a with red rock canyon walls surrounding. In the summer you can see wonderful musicals.  edit
  • Sand Hollow State Park, 888-205-7119. [32] Take the family to enjoy the water on luxury vacation rentals and guided watercraft tours including; boats, jet skis, waverunners, ATV's, stand up paddle boards, wakeboards, water skis, other water toys, water sport lessons, and private boat tours.
  • St. George Children's Museum, 86 S Main St, [1]. 10-6. $3.00 donation suggested. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]


St. George is notable for its abundant golf opportunities, owing to the city's year-round warm climate. There are a number of golf courses to choose from:

  • Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, 1250 North 645 West, +1 435 627-4444, [33].
  • Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, 2537 W. Entrada Trail (north of town, off Snow Canyon Parkway), +1 435 986-2200, [34].
  • Southgate Golf Club, 1975 Tonaquint Dr, +1 435 627-4440, [35].
  • St. George Golf Club, 2190 S. 1400 E., +1 435 627-4404, [36].
  • Sunbrook Golf Club, 2366 Sunbrook Dr, +1 435 627-4400, [37].
  • SunRiver Golf Club, 4210 South Bluegrass Way, +1 435 986-0001, [38].
  • Ledges Golf Club, 1585 W. Ledges Parkway, +1 435 652-8100, [39].

Mountain Biking[edit]

  • Red Rock Bicycle, 435-674-3185, [40]. Provides trail information and organizes group rides.
  • Bear Claw Poppy, Easy, short ride.
  • Green Valley Raceway, Home to many local races.
  • Gooseberry Mesa North and South Rim, A must do! Slickrock coupled with singletrack.
  • Paradise Canyon Loop, A quick fun ride.
  • Hurricane Cliffs Trail System, Excellent singletrack.
  • Stucki Springs Trail, Fun trail close to town.
  • Broken Mesa Rim Trail, Technical trail in the desert reserve.
  • Church Rocks Loop with Prospector, A popular trail, especially in the winter.


  • Last weekend of January: St. George Winter Bird Festival [41].
  • First week of August: Washington County Fair.
  • First Saturday in October: St. George Marathon [42].
  • Mid-October: Huntsman World Senior Games [43].
  • Third Saturday in October: Tour de St. George. 100 mile bike ride [44].
  • First week of May: St. George Iron Man [45].
  • First week of April: St. George Art Festival [46]

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is an enclosed mall, the Red Cliffs Mall, anchored by Sears, Penney's and Dillards, roughly halfway between exit 10 and exit 8 on the east side of I-15. There are also outlet stores in the Zion Outlet Mall on the east side of I-15, just north of the St. George Boulevard exit.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bear Paw Coffee Co, 75 N Main St, +1 435 634-0126‎, Place serves excellent fresh breakfast dishes all day.
  • Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, 471 E St. George Blvd, +1 435 656-0200, [47].
  • Nielsen Frozen Custard, 445 E St George Blvd, 435-628-5579. Great ice cream like frozen custard.
  • Painted Pony, 2 W Saint George Blvd, +1 435 634-1700 (fax: +1 435 928-9504), [48]. M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Fine dining restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Steak and seafood are the specialties, and there is a good wine list. $8-$10 lunch, $18-$30 dinner.
  • Pancho & Lefty's, 1050 S Bluff St, +1 435 628-4772‎, Great Mexican food and an overall good clean place to eat.
  • Peppers Cantina, 144 West Brigham Road, (435) 628-4660. Great Mexican food with wonderful flavor.  edit
  • Pizza Factory, Pasta Factory 2 W St. George Blvd, +1 435 628-1234. The Pasta Factory has a patio dining area. The food is very good and reasonably priced.
  • Xetava Gardens, Kayenta (In Ivins), +1 435 656-0165, [49].

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Iggy's Sports Grill, Good food and good drink, [50].
  • The Office, Bar in the Hilton Garden Inn. Utah no longer has the private club law!
  • The One and Only, Hometown beer bar.
  • The Firehouse, The bowling alley beer bar.
  • Poncho and lefty's, Mexican food and cozy little bar.
  • Wing Nutz, New Sports Bar and wing location on Bluff St. Open till 1AM on weekends!
  • Xetava Gardens, Kayenta (In Ivins), +1 435 656-0165, [51].

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Abbey Inn, 1129 S Bluff Street, +1 435 652-1234 (toll free: +1 888 222-3946, fax: +1 435 652-5950), [2]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. $75-$120.  edit
  • Best Western Coral Hills, 125 E St. George Boulevard, +1 435 673-4844 (toll free: +1 800 542-7733, fax: +1 435 673-5352), [3]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $70-$80.  edit
  • Best Western Travel Inn, 316 E St. George Boulevard, +1 435 673-3541 (toll free: +1 888 590-2835, fax: +1 435 673-4407), [4]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $55-$120.  edit
  • Green Gate Village Inn, 76 West Tabernacle, +1 435 628-6999 (toll free: +1 800 350-6999, , fax: +1 435 628-6989), [5]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Located in the historic downtown district, this bed & breakfast has several restored homes centered around a "village green". Each home is unique and there is a wide variety of accommodations to choose from. $90-$230.  edit
  • Hampton Inn, 53 North River Road, +1 435 652-1200 (fax: +1 435 652-1500), [6]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $110.  edit
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 91 East 2680 South, 435-674-2664, [7]. An upscale hotel that delivers spacious accommodations and premium amenities.  edit
  • Pelican Hills Resort, 810 S. Dixie Drive, +1-801-691-5029 (), [8]. checkin: 5PM; checkout: 12PM. Located a few miles of the Bluff St. exit Pelican Hills Resort is the newest vacation condo resort in St. George $139-$189.  edit
  • Red Mountain Resort & Spa, 1275 Red Mountain Circle (in Santa Clara, to the northwest of St. George), +1 435 673-4905 (, fax: +1 435 652-5777), [9]. A luxury resort in the red rock vistas just west of St. George. Lots of activities, spa, lovely rooms.  edit
  • Seven Wives Inn, 217 North 100 West, +1 800 600-3737 (), [10]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Utah's very first B&B establishment, located in the Historic Downtown district. There are thirteen unique rooms with good service and great breakfasts. $95-$185.  edit
  • Wingate by Wyndham, 144 West Brigham Road, Building G ([email protected]), 435-673-9608, [11]. An upscale hotel offering classic, oversized rooms and suites with superior amenities. Friendly staff.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through St. George
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