Spending the day outside surrounded by nature is good for the soul! Beginners and hiking enthusiasts alike love Southern Utah for its beautiful landscapes, from the unique red rock formations to the majestic canyons, arches, and overlooks. Take a look at these 5 St. George hiking trails you should explore during your next vacation:
1. Turtle Wall Trail
Location: Red Cliff Desert Reserve
Distance: 2.08 miles roundtrip
The Turtle Wall Trail is a well-maintained and relatively flat trail that connects the Chuckwalla and Paradise Rim trails. If you feel like going a bit further after the turnaround point, we recommend continuing on to Paradise Rim where you’ll find a stunning overlook of Ivins and the surrounding area. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, especially the desert tortoise, as this trial is particularly popular for tortoise sightings. It’s also dog-friendly and a great trail for bikers too!
2. Pioneer Park
Location: Red Hills Parkway
Pioneer Park contains 52 acres of rock formations and access to hiking trails, making it a great starting point for a day of exploring and a rock climber’s happy place! Admire the sprawling view of St. George from Dixie’s Rock (Sugarloaf), enjoy a picnic, and hike to a Boy Scout cave and a historic cabin! There are also several access points to hiking trails in the Red Cliff Desert Reserve, so there’s a lot to keep you busy in this area.
3. Temple Springs Trail
Location: Downtown St. George
Distance: less than a mile
Did you know that there’s actually a paved hiking trail in downtown St. George? The Temple Springs Trail connects St. George Boulevard to Red Hills Parkway and offers incredible views of downtown. While it is paved, the trial is rather steep; although benches and picnic tables are scattered along the way. It’s a great spot for a leisurely stroll and to enjoy a light meal or snack!
4. Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs Site
Location: South of St. George
Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
Anyone looking to go hiking in St. George must add the Little Black Mountain Petroglyphs Site to their bucket list! This short, easy hike takes you to an ancient petroglyph site you must see for yourself. It’s the perfect option for those who don’t have a lot of time but still want to experience a St. George hiking trail. Plus, the markings on the boulders are a fantastic peek into history!
5. Scout Cave Trail
Location: Snow Canyon State Park
Distance: 3.58 miles
Probably one of the most popular St. George hiking trails is the Scout Cave trail and for good reason! Before reaching the cave itself, you’ll cross lava fields and a stream, and then climb a stairway built into the side of a hill. Once you reach the cave, get ready to be blown away– the cave opening provides a breathtaking view of the entire valley. While it is a longer and more strenuous hike, it’s still considered appropriate for children, though it’s not passable for a stroller of any kind.
Are you interested in more information about St George hiking trails? Good thing there are plenty more places to discover! Check out these top family-friendly hikes near St. George. We hope your next trip is full of adventure!