If you have a trip planned for St. George or Zion National Park* for the springtime and you were my friend, here is what I would tell you to do for the perfect day in the area. After all, who doesn’t want an insider’s opinion and knowledge of an area? I know how amazing this area can be, and I want you to leave feeling that same way.
Wake up and eat at Bishop’s Diner. He’s got two locations, one in Santa Clara and the other is in Washington. They have a great menu and some really reasonable prices, which is perfect when you have small kids.
Now that you’re fueled up, head over to Elephant Arch trail. This hike is a little sandy and 3.8 miles but has very little elevation gain and an awesome pay off at the end of the trail. The arch is incredible, but the real reason I recommend this trail for your spring visit is the wildflowers. I counted over 12 different kinds last spring, and it was just a stunning trail thanks to the fresh spring blossoms.
You’re going to be hungry again, so take lunch at Benja’s and have some sushi. It’s a nice light meal, and they make phenomenal sushi rolls. From there you can head over to the Dinosaur Track Museum. Whether you’re 2’ 2” or 6’ 2” like me, you’ll love this museum that has been built around prehistoric dinosaur tracks. It’s interactive, educational, and just plain cool to see the actual footprints of these ancient giants.
I don’t know if you’ve caught on to the theme but food kind of runs this agenda. Since dining is such an important part of your experience visiting a new place, I have to direct you to somewhere really special for dinner. The best view and impressive cuisine I can direct you to is the Cliffside Restaurant. You will love the view of the city from up there.
It might have to be an early dinner so you can quickly make your way over to the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Nestled in the back of a beautiful red rock canyon just outside of town is Tuacahn. You can see bull riding, concerts, and, most importantly, Broadway-quality plays!
It’s a full day that will tire you out but you won’t regret a minute of it. The pictures and memories you make will be there for years, enticing you to spend more than just a day here. It’s far from an ordinary place and there is far more options worthy of your time than I laid out here. But luckily, I’ve got three more seasons to give you a perfect day of activities for. Keep an eye out for summer!
*I think it’s important to note that I didn’t put Zion on my itinerary. That’s because I know you already know about it and will more likely than not have already decided to spend at least a day there.