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    TOP 5 Off the Beaten Path Adventures in St. George, Utah

    Southwest Utah is known for breathtaking scenes and adrenaline-pumping adventures. Think hiking, biking or trailing while enjoying red rock formations, spectacular flora, and volcanic landscapes. Although people would usually head straight to Zion National Park, St. George Utah offers equally amazing geological wonders worth exploring minus the crowd. Whether you just moved or are planning to move to St. George, here’s a list we have specially compiled for you.

    1. Petroglyph Loop

    What to Expect: Indiana Jones vibe, moderate 2.5-mile trail, a secret narrow canyon, flora and fauna, and ancient hand-carved petroglyphs

    Activities: Hiking, trailing

    Directions:
    From I-15 take exit 6 onto Bluff Street
    Head north toward Pine Valley Mountain
    Head up the hill about 4 miles until you reach a plateau
    Take the first road on your left (4200 North)
    Travel down to the cul de sac and park

    2. Snow Canyon State Park

    What to Expect: “Mini Zion” with over 37 miles of hiking trails, a valley with red Navajo sandstones, sand dunes, and an overlay of ancient black lava fields

    Activities: hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping

    Directions:
    From I-15 northbound, take Exit 6 (Bluff Street)
    Go north on Bluff Street to the intersection with Snow Canyon Parkway
    Turn left onto Snow Canyon Parkway
    proceed approximately 3.5 miles and turn right onto Snow Canyon Drive
    Follow this road to the south entrance of the park

    3. Sand Hollow State Park

    What to Expect: A warm water reservoir with red, sandy beaches and vast dunes, volcanic mesa, beautiful riding terrain for OHV (off-highway vehicle), scenic view of high mountains in all directions

    Activities: swimming, boating, fishing, cliff jumping, paddle-boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, scuba diving, OHV driving, camping

    Directions:
    From I-15, take the Hurricane exit (Exit 16)
    Travel east on Hwy 9 for about four miles to Sand Hollow Road
    Turn right
    Travel south for about three miles
    Turn left at the park entrance

    4. The Lower Sand Cove Trail aka The Vortex or The Bowl

    What to Expect: Moderate hike with a rocky, lava rock area, sandy walkways, cool rock formations, and of course, The Bowl – a large giant depression that looks like a bowl

    Activities: Hiking, trekking

    Directions:
    From I-15 take exit 6 onto Bluff Street
    Head north toward Pine Valley Mountain
    Head up the hill about 18 miles
    Pass through Dammeron Valley and turn left on the dirt road that meets the highway diagonally
    After passing Upper Sand Cove Reservoir, look for an old abandoned building on the left
    About 100 yards from the abandoned building, take a left-hand turn-off just before a ditch with running water. You may park there

    5. Red Cliffs Recreation Area

    What to Expect: Stunning waterfalls, red rock canyons, slot canyons, plenty of history where you can see the remnants of the Ancestral Puebloan farmers’ habitation as well as fossils and dinosaur tracks

    Activities: trailing, camping, picnics, historical exploration

    Directions:
    From I-15 Exit 23 (southbound only), turn left on Silver Reef Road at the end of the freeway off-ramp
    Turn right onto Main Street and travel south for 3.5 miles
    Turn right just past the sign for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area
    Proceed under the two freeway tunnels, and follow the paved road into the campground

    Before you visit any of these places, please check COVID-19 information and updates for safe travel in Utah here.

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