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Hidden Gem: Desert Garden

You’re out in this red rock paradise and you want to see and do as much as possible—we get it completely. But, sometimes, the best way to experience St. George is to take a breather and slow down the adventure a little, and this desert garden is a hidden gem sitting right above the city just waiting to be explored.

Red Hills Desert Garden has taken a new approach to the concept of gardens and laid out a huge variety of desert plant life to the tune of 170 different types, all of which are labeled. It’s a plant paradise! For someone who derives so much joy from being able to identify and name different plants, it’s heaven on earth.

This garden is stroller and kid-friendly and features a large fish tank naturally blended into the environment which also is labled and gives some background into the types of fish that live in the tank. An added bonus is that this garden also has some dinosaur tracks preserved and labeled. What kid do you know, including the kid inside yourself, who wouldn’t love to see dinosaur tracks?

This family friendly garden is also an ideal spot for a picnic or to take a break and do some people watching. With benches and swings scattered throughout the garden, you can find the perfect spot and enjoy the view of the plants and the other visitors as they take in the beauty of what this area has to offer.

Between the ATV rides, zip lining, canyon exploring, miles of hiking and a plethora of other things you will be doing, take a minute or two and see this one-of-a-kind desert garden close to the heart of St. George. Sit down, enjoy the fresh air and unique scenery in this quaint garden. Once you’re rejuvinated, another Greater Zion adventure will be calling your name.

Woman pushing stroller through desert botanical garden.