Beta Guide: Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater

Whiterocks Amphitheater Whiterocks Amphitheater The Whiterocks Amphitheater is a small but spectacular bowl set beneath numerous jagged peaks at the far northern end of Snow Canyon State Park. The trail is short — less than half a mile one-way — making it ideal for young hikers. For those with a …

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Beta Guide: Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

Little Black Mountain

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site Southern Utah, and the greater southwest in general, is widely known for its collections of ancient petroglyphs, rock carvings that can be as much as 2000 years old. The area surrounding St. George is blessed with a lot of these …

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Beta Guide: The Vortex

The Vortex

Beta Guide: The Vortex   Beta Guide: The Vortex The Vortex is a scenic, easy hike that leads to one of the most sublime areas in southern Utah, a spot that borders on spiritual. The trail leads through lava rock, a (mostly) year-round stream, gorgeous slickrock, a sublime valley that …

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Beta Guide: Tempi’ Po’op Trail

Tempi' Po'op

Tempi’ Po’op Tempi’ Po’op The Tempi’ Po’op (pronounced Tempee-Poe-Ope and means rock writing) trail in Santa Clara is one of the premier petroglyph sites in southwest Utah. With a well-graded trail of a moderate length, stunning views to Red Mountain and the Santa Clara river, plus dozens of wonderful rock carvings, this is a …

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Beta Guide: Rocky Peak Trail

Rocky Peak Trail

Rocky Peak Trail Rocky Peak Trail – 6,400′ The Rocky Peak Trail is a fun, quick and easy jaunt up to the summit of a minor peak ten miles northwest of Cedar City. Perfect for kids, this trail will provide a couple hours of entertainment for families and children.  Even …

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Just for kids: Slick Rock Park

Slick Rock Park

Name: Slick Rock Park Location: 2395 Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah. Directions here. Amenities: rock climbing boulders, bathrooms, picnic tables, barbecue pit, short path, small seasonal stream Cost: free Ratings: 3 stars Slick Rock Park is a small, tucked out-of-the-way park that has one big redeeming feature: Two good-sized artificial …

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Beta Guide: Johnson Canyon Trail

Johnson Canyon

Johnson Canyon Johnson Canyon (closed each year from March 31 to Halloween)  The Johnson Canyon Trail is a wonderful, short-and-sweet hike across a flat expanse of sagebrush, cacti, sand and lava that looks down into the deep gorge of Hackberry Wash, enters a canyon of towering sandstone cliffs and leads to …

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Just for Kids: St. George Children’s Museum

Name: St. George Children’s Museum Location: Downtown St. George, Utah. 86 South Main Street. Directions here. Phone: (435) 986 4000 Amenities: Tons of activities of all ages for kids, bathrooms (of course), gift shop, plus it is right next to the carousel, lazy river and splash pad. Rating: 5 stars …

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Just for Kids: Sand Hollow State Park

Name: Sand Hollow State Park Location: Hurricane, Utah. Directions here. Amenities: Bathrooms, beaches, fishing, picnic benches, kayak and SUP rentals, ORV excursions, cliff jumping and clear water. There is even an old plane and bus submerged in the lake specifically put there for divers to explore. Rating: 4 stars Cost: …

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