What do you do when it’s hot outside and you are in the middle of the desert in Greater Zion? Jump in one of three lakes of course! Sand Hollow State Park, Quail Creek State Park, and Gunlock State Park are the three main bodies of water that make our little oasis in the desert a reality! There really is no better way to spend a hot summer day than out on the water.
And the outfitters below are ready and willing to set you up for a beautiful day on the water, whether you want the power of a speed boat and all the ski gear, or just a simple paddle board or kayak. Your water adventure awaits.
St. George is synonymous with outdoor adventure. Mountain biking is no exception. Besides the nearly 300 miles of trails, we're proud to now have the only year-round bike park in the state of Utah,” said Mayor Jon Pike. “For years, visitors would ask us where the bike park was located, given the variety of mountain bike trails in the area. Snake Hollow St. George Bike Park is the first park of its kind south of the Wasatch Front and was built for locals and everyone who loves to ride southern Utah.”
Snake Hollow MTB Park opened in 2018 and encompasses 80 acres of land in St. George. There are hundreds of features and four skills zones: Rattler’s Revenge (dirt jump zone), Snake Den (pump track and skills loop), Venom Drops (gravity skills) and Sidewinder Slopestyle (gravity jump trails).
⛳️ Don’t be fooled by the yardage … you’ll earn every stroke here. But when you shave off one or two, it’s all the more satisfying. The course is appropriately named for the amazing views from the elevated tee boxes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself gazing off at the cliffs of Zion National Park and the azure rim of the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance. Anywhere you look and anytime you play, it’s simply gorgeous!
👀 Would you drive a 4X4 or OHV up “The Chute” at Sand Hollow State Park? Seeing only the sky as you drive up is very intimidating, but the sandstone rock provides a lot of traction making most 4X4 vehicles fully capable of driving this nearly vertical obstacle. 👀
Moe’s Valley is a bouldering paradise that has enough problems to keep you busy for your entire vacation in Greater Zion. Come prepared to work hard and be rewarded with excellent climbs and views. There are 193 routes – and that number just keeps growing. With routes that range from V2 to V13, there’s sure to be climbs in your range. Stay safe, and find your space in Greater Zion.
Don’t miss this action-packed weekend on the dunes. They’re going to send it! Held October 21-25 at Sand Hollow State Park, the UTV Takeover event is fun for the whole family. All vehicles, ATVs and UTVs are welcome to join the group rides, night rides, dune tours, a dozen mini games, barrel racing, treasure hunt, group potluck dinner, huckfest competition, wheelie competition, drag racing, cornhole tournament, stereo wars, daytime or nighttime show-n-shine, rock-n-roll bingo, live music, daily raffles and a massive vendor row!
Camping is the perfect way to #FindYourSpace in Greater Zion. Incredible campsites are available for every style of camper from high-end RV sites with power to dispersed, primitive sites with complete privacy. Enjoy s’mores and stargazing from campsites found in the Dixie National Forest, public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, State Parks and the popular Zion National Park. ⛺️
Like Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park requires permits for its two canyoneering routes, but unlike Zion, guides are welcome. The Island in the Sky route is open all year, while the Arch Canyon route is open seasonally, September 15 to March 14. Because it is a fall-winter route, often there are pools of water to traverse, so a dry/wet suit is highly recommended in Arch Canyon. Both canyons require an $8 permit, which admits up to six people.
Nights on the (mini) golf course are a great way to beat the lingering summer heat. Recently opened, the Resort at Stucki Farms is an 18-hole miniature golf course that is fun for all ages! Open to the public. ⛳️