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4 Popular Locations for Hiking in St. George

Zion National Park in St. George
September 6, 2022

If you enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring nature, southern Utah is the perfect vacation destination for you! The weather is great for the majority of the year, with plenty of moderate temperatures and a ton of sunshine. The St. George area is a beloved destination for all sorts of outdoor activities, including hiking! Here are 4 popular locations for hiking in St. George:

1. Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park near St. George

There are many ways to explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon State Park, including through a multitude of hiking trails. One of the benefits of hiking at Snow Canyon is that there are hikes for all skill levels, so everyone can enjoy the gorgeous views. Jenny Canyon Trail is a nice 0.3-mile walk into a slot canyon that features a marvelous overlook. Because of the short distance, this hike is ideal for families with small children. For a more difficult challenge, the Lava Tube Trail is a 2.3-mile hike that normally takes roughly an hour to complete. This trail is open year-round and it is beautiful during all times of the year as it features plenty of natural scenery and colorful birds.

2. Zion National Park

Located just a short drive from our vacation rentals in St. George, Washington, and Hurricane, Zion National Park was Utah’s first national park. Along the hiking trails, you can follow the paths where native people and pioneers explored the area and gaze upon massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red. Zion is also home to a unique array of plants and animals that will leave you completely in awe. A couple of the most popular trails at Zion National Park include Canyon Overlook Trail and The Watchman Trail. There are other trails that you can enjoy throughout the park, including The Narrows and Angels Landing, but note that getting to these trailheads requires a shuttle ticket.

3. Red Reef Trail

Red Reef Trail near St. George

The Red Reef Trail is located near St. George and offers a fun, yet challenging trek. The hike covers 2.2 miles and features a 223-foot change in elevation. The beautiful views you will encounter along the way make this a popular place for hiking in St. George, so you can expect to meet some other hikers along the journey. Another good thing about Red Reef Trail is that it is dog-friendly, making it a great activity for those who are staying in one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals!

4. Aspiration Point

Close to downtown St. George you will find the Aspiration Point Trail. In total, this hike covers 1.8 miles, making it the ideal family-friendly outing. This trail is located just a few minutes from our rentals in Desert Color! Throughout the hike, your crew will enjoy plenty of scenic views of St. George and the surrounding area. One of the unique features of this trail is that you can find colorfully painted rocks that previous hikers have left behind. Your children will love picking out their favorite rock to take back home, and you can even make your own rock to leave behind for someone else!

Now that you know about some of the popular places to go hiking in St. George, be sure to learn about all the other adventure sports to try out during your vacation to beautiful southern Utah! We look forward to seeing you soon!