Five Great Reasons to Visit St. George, Utah this Winter

When it comes to winter adventures in Utah many people immediately think of the ski resorts around Park City but with the powder comes crowds and high prices. What if I told you that if you set your sights a little further south you can find some of the most stunning landscapes in the US with near constant sunshine and have it all to yourself? Let me introduce you to St. George, Utah.

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Weather

As the gateway to Zion National Park St. George draws huge crowds in the summer months but come winter you can enjoy the red rocks of southern Utah with barely another soul in sight.ย  The weather in the winter is moderately cool with highs in the 50s and 60s most days (perfect hiking temperature if you ask me) though evening temps can be a bit chilly with temperatures dipping into the 30s after the sun goes down(be sure to pack a jacket). St. George also boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year making it an especially great outdoor destination in the winter.

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Zion National Park/Utah State Parks

I first fell in love with Zion National Park 10 years ago when I was living in Las Vegas for a summer internship during grad school. I was immediately smitten with the red sandstone cliffs and spent several weekends exploring some of the more popular hikes like Angel’s Landing and the Subway; I would love to return to see how different Zion is in the winter. In addition to hiking other popular adventures in Zion National Park include canyoneering, jeep tours and mountain biking.

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Aside from Zion National Park St. George is blessed with several other state parks and natural reserves that are just as stunning. A mere 20 minutes from downtown St. George, Snow Canyon State Park offers easy hiking among stunning red rocks and sand dunes. Red Cliffs Desert Reserve serves up the best of the southwest;ย  with dramatic rock formations,arches and petroglyphs. At Yant Flant Cliffs you’ll find a sweeping geologic rock formation similar to Arizona’s iconic Wave (with no crowds or permit needed).

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Golf

If your outdoor adventure veers more toward the greens and tees variety then St. George is the place for you. St. George has ten courses to choose from ranging from gentle green links to challenging holes carved among lava fields. Add in year round sunshine and St. George is truly a golfer’s paradise.

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Museums

Museums are always a great winter activity and St. George has some great options for families and history buffs alike. For a day of Jurassic fun head to the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Center where you can view actual fossilized dinosaur tracks and learn about these prehistoric creatures with interactive exhibits. The McQuarrie Memorial Museum, also known as the Pioneer Museum, tells the story of the Mormon pioneers who settled in St. George in the mid 18th century. Art lovers should check out the St. George Art Museum, which houses a diverse collection of art featuring local and regional artists.

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Spas

If wellness and relaxation are more your speed then check in to one of St. George’s destination spas. Taking inspiration from the beautiful natural environment several destination spas offer everything from complete fitness and nutrition programs to luxurious massages and spa treatments. No matter what you choose you will definitely leave St. George feeling renewed and restored.

 

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Where to Stay in St. George, Utah

  • Amira Resort and Spa
  • Red Mountain Resort
  • The Desert Thistle Bed & Breakfast
  • Inn on the Cliff

 

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18 Comments on “Five Great Reasons to Visit St. George, Utah this Winter

  1. I enjoyed reading this piece. I have a friend who lives in St. George and have been meaning to visit. Hope to make it there soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I’ve driven through St. George a hundred times. We used to stop there on our way to Aspen. I’ve always wanted to stay more than over-night. I remember it being such an All-American little town! I’ve never been to Zion, so there’s another reason to visit!

  3. Nature & spas! Sign me up. My former boss is from Utah and he always raved about the natural beauty. St George looks like the perfect getaway.

  4. Rob half of Rob+Ann here. Oh boy, do I miss those beautiful mountains! Growing up in the Four Corners area, I visited St. George pretty often. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been back, and Ann has yet to discover this area. This was a great reminder of why we need to fix that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve never heard of St. George before, although I really want to make it to Utah. This sounds like the perfect place, especially in the winter! I hate hiking when I’m too hot, and those temps sound ideal. I’d love to go!

  6. This is the kind of winter trip I would love! The nature is stunning! Because I live in CA, I’m used to relatively nice weather in winter, so I enjoy visiting places where I can still be outdoors.

  7. St George in the winter would be pretty alright. I’ll admit my pucker factor was tested when I saw a recent Instagram video of somebody hiking Angel’s Landing in the snow. That place was scary enough with firm footing. Have Zion to ourselves without having to fight long lines on the shuttle buses would be reason enough to visit. The temples have a majestic grandeur that gets lost with all of the throngs of summer visitors.

  8. St. George looks lovely! I will head to Utah sometime in 2018 to complete a bucket list travel item but not sure where yet. Those parks are so amazing so hoping to check them out for sure!

  9. I am such a huge fan of St. Georgeโ€”I’ve been twice in the last 18 months and hope to go again in 2018! But one thing I’ve yet to do is hike the Narrows (and visit in winter), so that’s definitely on the agenda for my next visit.

  10. I am all for visiting a place when the crowds are less. St George looks amazing, your pictures inspire my wanderlust. To be honest, I live really far away for me to consider a visit to Utah but maybe I will combine it with other cities during a longer trip. Would you have any suggestions as to where else I can go, not too far, and make a good 2-week trip out of it? My husband and I love hiking, nature, beaches and great food ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Some excellent reasons to get to St George Utah. The Pioneer Museum sounds good; I may head there first if I am there ever. The chance of sighting fossilized dinosaur tracks is exciting me. Hope to get there some day.

  12. Utah was definitely a place that wasn’t on my radar until now. The views alone sell it as a beautiful destination though! I could spend days hiking and exploring around this area.

  13. You had me at ‘over 300 days of sunshine per year’! Sounds like an ideal destination for me as I always try to avoid rainy season while travelling. Also I’ve heard and seen many beautiful stories and photos about Zion National Park. Hope to make it there soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. The golf course over looking the rough terrains are lovely. I guess the most enjoyable and the high point would be the spa! I could spend hours there (if I can afford it haha) . Happy New Year!

  15. I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the St. George area last Janaury and absolutely loved it! It is such a great area with so much to do and offers a great basecamp for more!

  16. Great tips. I’d love to do some winter hiking and so glad to hear that it’s sunny there most days of the year. Nice idea to head a little south away from the crowds too. Wonderful pictures!

  17. I’d much rather visit Zion without the summer crowds and 50-60 degrees is the perfect temperature while hiking. You’ll warm up just from moving and I’d rather hike in cooler temps than be super hot. We visited Monument Valley in winter years back and there was also hardly anyone else. Definitely a case for visiting off season!

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