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4 Fun Ways to Discover the History of St. George

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January 17, 2023

When you vacation in St. George, you are in for a unique adventure! Not only does the area present breathtaking views, but there are also many activities that everyone in your family can enjoy. The town is filled with amazing stories and heritage that can be explored through an array of journeys. Check out these 4 fun ways to discover the history of St. George:

1. Do Some Shopping

With all the memories that you are bound to make during your trip, you will want to find the perfect place to pick up a souvenir in St. George. At Thomas Judd’s Store, you can take a trip down memory lane as you browse through old-fashioned candies and sodas, as well as learn about some of the history of the town. This store has been open since 1911 and is still a favorite among locals and visitors. Be sure to also pick up an ice cream and take the walk over to Town Square Park for a fun afternoon with the family!

2. Hit the Hiking Trails

Red Reef Trail near St. George

One of the best ways to uncover the history of St. George and the surrounding area is by taking a hiking trip. Southern Utah has thousands of miles of hiking trails that offer incredible views and untold stories of some of the first settlers. The Anasazi Valley Trail is an easy hike that the whole family can enjoy together, and along the way you will see dozens of petroglyphs, a historic Puebloan farmstead, and a giant T-Rex rock! Some of the other most popular hiking destinations include Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, and Gooseberry Mesa. If you are looking for more outdoor adventures, there are also a number of biking trails and pristine golf courses near our vacation rentals!

3. Explore Red Hills Desert Garden

The Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s first desert conservation garden! It features over 5 acres of natural beauty, including 5,000 water-efficient plants. There is also a stream on site that is stocked with native and endangered fish that dates back to the area of St. George for centuries. Speaking of things that date back a while ago, the desert garden is a place where you can take a look at prehistoric dinosaur tracks that were found on-site and are believed to be over 200 million years old! One of the best things about the Red Hills Desert Garden is that admission is free, so it’s a fun and affordable activity for the entire family!

4. Visit Historical Structures

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Throughout the St. George area, you can find all sorts of historical sites and monuments. The Brigham Young Home was the winter residence of the 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The home was built back in the late 1800s and you can take a guided tour of the house during your next visit to St. George. Another one of the historical buildings in the area is the St. George Tabernacle, which was completed in 1876 and was used as the meeting house of worship for the early pioneers.

Now that you know about some of the best ways to discover the history of St. George, be sure to explore all the other exciting attractions to visit during your trip! We look forward to welcoming you to gorgeous Southern Utah!