St. George is one of our favorite jumping-off points in the country for outdoor recreation and family-friendly adventures. Zion National Park is an obvious highlight and one of our favorite national parks, but there are loads more options for hiking, climbing, biking, and cooling off in the water. Here are some of our favorites, plus a bunch of tips sent in from our readers who know the area!
Water Canyon: Scenery very much like Zion Canyon, without the crowds.
West Cinder Knoll Trail: A short climb to a moon-like landscape of red and purple cinders, with beautiful views over the valley.
Petrified Dunes Trail, Snow Canyon State Park: Search for moqui marbles and enjoy the rolling hills of Navajo sandstone.
Hidden Pinyon, Snow Canyon State Park: A short and rewarding trail with great views.
Kanarraville Falls: Hike up a slot canyon to a hidden waterfall; this spot has been overrun in recent years, so if you do the hike, be extra careful to leave no trace: be courteous of other hikers, use the bathroom in the parking lot before you start, and stay in the stream so you don’t erode the banks.
Check out our blog post about Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks to see some of our favorite hikes in there! There are a million incredible hikes in this area—do some research here to find a good one for you. And please, please, PLEASE be super careful when hiking here! The desert is such a fragile ecosystem and it’s vital that everyone stay on trails or hard rock surfaces, obey all posted rules, and do some research to learn how you can have the lowest impact possible!
Snow Canyon State Park Petrified Sand Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park Water Canyon Water Canyon West Cinder Knoll Trail