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Top 10 things to do in St. George, Utah (day trips from the KOA)

Top 10 things to do in St. George, Utah (day trips from the KOA)

Recently, we went to St. George, Utah for our fall break. We had so much fun. While we were there we stayed at the St. George KOA in one of their cabins. This made it easy for us to travel such a long distance without having to worry about taking our trailer or other camping supplies. You can read our full review of the St. George KOA Campground here.

While there is so much to do at the resort, there is a lot to do in that area as well. That makes it nice in case you don’t feel like going anywhere, you can relax and your kids can swim or play games around the resort.

Things to do in St. George, Utah

Here are our top 10 favorite things to do in St. George, Utah. There are so many to choose from, so I would love any input you have and any other suggestions!

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

1. Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

This was one of the most fun things we did while we were there. We did the Red Reef trail and hiked up to where the waterfall would normally be, as well as saw an old Native American cave and petroglyphs. Be sure to stop and really enjoy the scenery and take a lot of pictures.

There is a $5 fee to get in here if you don’t have a National Park Pass. They only accept cash or check, so be sure to come prepared. Parking is also a mess since there isn’t very much, so prepared to wait or get there early.

“The approximately 45,000 acres of public land in the Red Cliffs NCA are located in south-central Washington County. The towering Pine Valley Mountains and Dixie National Forest lie to the north, while the communities of Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George, Washington, and Leeds ring the National Conservation Area”

Learn more about Red Cliffs National Conversation Area here

Snow Canyon State Park
Snow Canyon State Park

2. Snow Canyon State Park

This was another place that I very much enjoyed. We didn’t get to do a lot here since it was later in the day when we went, but we did hike to both of the lava tubes and do the lookout trail hike to the top of the hill. There is a lot of parking and it wasn’t very busy. You can get in for a small amount per car, or use your Utah State Parks Pass. “Explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon on foot, bike, and horseback. Camp in the peaceful campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone. Discover the secrets of the desert landscape through seasonal nature programs.”

Learn more about Snow Canyon State Park

St. George Discovery Site
St. George Discovery Site

3. St. George Discovery Site

We had heard a lot of fun things about this museum, so we decided to check it out. The price was fair and we actually had a really fun time learning about the local dinosaurs. “The St. George track site is not only the oldest Jurassic dinosaur site in Utah, it is the best basal Jurassic track site in western North America.” 

Learn more about the St. George Discovery Site

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4. Red Hills Desert Garden

Sadly we didn’t get to stop here, but we drove by it and what we got to see it absolutely beautiful! Admission is free. “Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s first desert conservation garden. The nearly 5-acre garden features 5,000 water-efficient plants, a 1,150-foot stream stocked with native and endangered fish species, a replica slot canyon and prehistoric dinosaur tracks found onsite dating back 200 million years.”

Learn more about Red Hills Desert Garden here

Quail Creek State Park
Quail Creek State Park

5. Quail Creek State Park

We went here and took our kayaks and fishing stuff. If you have a State Parks pass, you can get in for free, and it is a fun place to spend an afternoon with your family. “Boasting some of the warmest waters in the state and a mild winter climate, Quail Creek lures boaters and anglers year-round. Camp. Hike. Explore.”

Learn more about Quail Creek State Park here

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6. Sand Hollow State Park

This has been on my list for years, but we didn’t get there during this trip. We really wanted to go spend time there but opted for hiking and swimming at the KOA instead. I don’t regret it – it gives me something to look forward to doing next time we are down that way!

“With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, one of Utah’s newer state parks is also one of its most popular. Boat, fish, and dive at Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain on an off-highway vehicle, then RV or tent camp in a campground or the beach.”

Learn more about Sand Hollow State Park here

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7. Bloomington Petroglyph Park

Another place on our list was Bloomington Petroglyph Park. I can’t wait to go back and explore this area and see the Petroglyphs. “This 1/2 acre rustic park highlights large boulders with petroglyphs. The carved images left behind on the rocks tell the stories of ancient peoples. Many of these carved images are recognizable as human and animal forms and perhaps early trail maps.”

Learn more about Bloomington Petroglyph Park here

8. Zion National Park

We didn’t get to Zion National Park on this trip, but we went a few years ago and loved every minute of it. There are so many beautiful trails and views and most of them are kid friendly. “Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.”

Learn more about Zion National Park here

Silver Reef Museum and Ghost Town
Silver Reef Museum and Ghost Town

9. Silver Reef Museum and Ghost Town

I am not even sure I knew about this place before our visit, but it ended up being one of our favorite stops. There is so much history here and things to see. We loved spending time exploring the whole area and learning about Silver Reef! Everything was closed when we went but still enjoyed it. You can explore the outside areas for free or pay a small fee to see the inside of the buildings. “Silver Reef was a mining boomtown in the late 1800s with the discovery of silver in sandstone- a geological rarity. The area is now a Wild West Ghost Town located in a stunning geologic setting.”

Learn more about Silver Reef Museum here

10. Tuacahn Center For the Arts

The Tuacahn Amphitheater is a stunning stage where you can see professional shows, musicals, and concerts in a one of kind setting. They do shows all year round, so be sure to check out the schedule and reserve your tickets for a show when you are in the area.

Learn more about the Tuacahn Center for the Arts here

As you can see this is just a starting point of things to do in St. George Utah! It is such a fun place to visit and we loved our trip there. The KOA Campground is the perfect location, and the pool and other amenities make it perfect for vacations!

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