Do you have a destination that you can go to time and time again and never get tired of? That’s Southern Utah for us. We love Southern Utah and thus consequently, always find ourselves taking trips there. Over the years we’ve picked up a lot of tips and tricks that we like sharing with our audience.
However, today, we would like to share a huge mistake that we have made on every trip, until our most recent vacation. The rookie mistake? Only exploring Zion National Park. While Zion National Park is incredible, there is so much more to the area! Here are five places you should check out when exploring Southern Utah.
Be sure to read this article- Epic Road Trip Guide to ALL of the National Parks!
Additional Reading- What NOT To Do in Utah [TRAVEL TIPS AND ROOKIE MISTAKES TO AVOID]
Things To Do In Southern Utah Besides Zion National Park
Here you will find the famous Dixie Rock (sometimes referred to as Sugarloaf). This park offers beautiful views of the city and the red rock country that surrounds St. George. If you are into picnics then this is the place for you.
They had picnic tables and pavilions that make it easy to get out of the sun. We went hiking instead of picnicking and had a blast! There are plenty of different trails and although there were quite a few people, we never felt like it was too crowded. We also think this would be a great park to visit if you had young kids because of the easy trails.
Sand Hollow State Park-
This is one of St. George’s most popular parks and for good reason! The park boasts warm, blue water and that iconic red rock landscape. You’ll also find Sand Mountain, sand dunes that can be explored by off-road vehicles.
This is a perfect destination for families, couples, adventure seekers and water sports fans. You can boat, fish, ATV, and even camp with your RV or tent.
Renting a UTV and explore the Sand Dunes
This was one of our favorite activities that we’ve experienced while exploring Southern Utah! We recommend booking a rental from Mad Moose Rentals as they are close by and offer affordable rates. If you don’t feel comfortable exploring by yourself, they also offer tours.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve-
This reserve was originally created to protect the rapid expansion and development that threaten the local wildlife. You can stop by the Visitor Center and see live animals and their current exhibits.
In addition, there are plenty of hiking trails that lead to cool lookouts, rock formations, petroglyphs, slot canyons, and even an arch. Please stay on the trails and explore responsibly.
Visiting Quail Creek
Quail Creek is another nearby lake but considerably less busy than Sand Hollow. You an enjoy many of the same activities though at this location like paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, etc.
Instead of getting in the water, we rented a slingshot from Mad Moose Rentals and enjoyed the incredible view from this unique three-wheel motor sport vehicle. Even if you don’t decide to visit this state park, definitely consider renting a slingshot and touring the area!
Snow Canyon State Park-
Located just 15 minutes from St. George, it’s incredibly easy to gain access to this park. This park has gained the nickname “Little Zion” but can be enjoyed with much fewer crowds.
Don’t be fooled with the nickname “little” though. With over 38 miles worth of hiking trails, you won’t be bored. Some of the top hikes at Snow Canyon State Park are Petroglyph Hike, Diamond Cinder Cone Hike, Babylon Arch, and Yant Flats.
Our favorite short hike is called Jenny’s Canyon! This is a great trail for kids or if you’re seeking shade.
Next time you find yourself near St. George, take some time to explore and even stay a night or two!
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