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Hikes and Trails

Do you have favorite hikes or trailheads that you like to visit and explore when you come to stay with us at one of our St. George Resort Rentals? I know, there are so many to select from that it is difficult to just have only a few. However, a few of my favorites are just so close to town and have incredible views at the lookouts!

A couple of my favorites hikes/trails include:

Red Mountain Trail:

It is just a little bit up the highway into Dammeron Valley, but I promise it is worth it! The hike is pretty simple and is does not have a huge climb in elevation so it is a great trail for the entire family! You begin at the Red Mountain Trail and it forks to the Snow Canyon Overlook. Once you get to this overlook point you will not believe your eyes. You can see forever it seems! Being able to see the views of Snow Canyon and be able to observe the various rock formations is awesome! So if you haven’t ever been here, make sure you put it on your must do list for your next visit because this view is as majestic as being up in Zion! More Info »

Cinder Cone:

This is a unique little hike, especially being able to hike the Cinder Cone that created a lot of the lava flow that covers a lot of this area. Although this hike is short in distance, it makes up for it in the climb! Some parts are especially steep and a little difficult due to the lava rock. Be extremely cautious so you don’t slip! Once you are to the top you have an incredible 360 Degree view! More Info »

Owens Loop:

This is such a fun trail loop because of all of the different views of St. George that you get to see and yet be surrounded by all of the beautiful red rock landscape! This is a great trail for beginners or if you are looking for a hike/trail that can be complete without difficulty. Grab your bike or gather the family, because either way you will enjoy it! More Info »

Fall is an especially a great time to get out and enjoy the Southern Utah Sunshine at one of our St. George Resorts! What are you waiting for? Get down here and come enjoy all that St. George has to offer!

Are You A Dinosaur Fan?

Utah Dinosaur Vacation

Many kids growing up are immediately intrigued when they start to learn about dinosaurs. Do you remember your first encounter with some dinosaur fossils? At St. George Dinosaur Discovery, you can literally witness some of the oldest dinosaur tracks on the planet, which date back to about 195 million years ago. This era was just the beginning of the period we now know as the Jurassic Period. These tracks were discovered back in 2000 (which is not that long ago, considering) and since then have become quite the attraction. People want to see evidence that dinosaurs truly existed, and now they can.

Dr. Sheldon Johnson was doing some work out in St. George, Utah when he came to a hill that needed to be excavated and leveled out. During that dig, he happened to come across perfectly preserved three dimensional dinosaur tracks that have now brought us to a new level of discovery. To date, more than 3500 tracks have been located across ten acres of land. Available on display along with other exhibits, you are welcome to join the staff as well as other onlookers to the Johnson Farm to witness this phenomenon yourself. With so much information to absorb and learn about, Utah has the newest dinosaur attraction that is open to the public seven days a week.

Scientists have also discovered different tail and skin impressions that clearly show the natural motion of swimming movements. Some other exciting news is that out of only five sitting impressions from a dinosaur, St. George’s houses one of them. Residents had absolutely no idea that such treasures laid right underneath the ground they were walking upon and they may never have known had Dr. Johnson not been leveling out his land. It was just a simple turn of one piece of rock in particular that welcomed everyone into a completely new world of undiscovered territory. Dr. Sheldon Johnson stated that the tracks were clearly visible and there was no mistaking what they were.

Once discovered, Dr. Johnson sold his property to the town of St. George who in turn assisted with funding so people from around the world could enjoy this spectacular and rare find. If you find that you have some spare time and are in for a great adventure, pack up the dinosaur lovers and do not forget to book your vacation rental with St. George Resort Rentals.

Zion National Park boasts some of the world’s best canyon hiking trails, which never disappoint. From rushing rivers and streams to impressive spires and steep canyon sides, hikes through Zion National Park are unique and fun. Some trails require permits while others do not, so find out before setting out on one of the many trails available to hikers. Each trail has its own challenges and breathtaking scenes.

The Narrowsare perhaps one of the most popular trails in Zion with 3.1 miles that follows the Virgin River. The trail begins and ends at Temple of Sinawava. This trail is perfect for a hot day because hikers walk through water most of the time. If you want to add on to that 3.1 miles, you can follow the trail up to Orderville Gulch which will add 2.5 miles onto your hike, right into the canyon. Many hikers take the trail to the top and then hike back down to Temple of Sinawava. If you want to go even further, consider Chamberlain Ranch down to Temple of Sinawava, a 16 mile route with the trailhead located near the North Fork Road. Permits are required for this trail.

Angel’s Landingis a 2.5 mile hike perfect for the thrill seeker as it takes hikers to the top of Angel’s Landing, a sandstone fin 1,488 above the floor of the canyon. This trail begins across from the Grotto Picnic Area at Zion Canyon where the terrain is pretty flat until the series of switchbacks leads hikers to Refrigerator Canyon. After Refrigerator Canyon, hikers navigate through 21 switchbacks, known as Walter’s Wiggles. Hikers then reach the ridge at Scouts Lookout where you climb the challenging Hogsback, which is very steep and has chains to help you stay on the edge of the cliff. Finally, you reach the final stop of Angel’s Landing Summit. This trail is very steep but fairly easy to maneuver.

The Subway, named after the 4 mile pipeline gorge, is a strenuous trail that requires hikers to swim, climb and hike. The trail follows the North Creek the entire way. Most hikers take this trail from the top down, with a hike that includes rappelling and climbing down through waterfalls. This trail begins at the Wildcat Trailhead, The subway lower end wraps up the trail with a small waterfall where you then hike downstream to the Left Fork Trailhead where you then climb out of the canyon and catch the shuttle. Shuttle and permits are required for this trail.

After a long day of hiking on any one of these trails, enjoy a beautiful and rejuvenating stay at Cable Mountain Lodge, nestled just near the cliffs of Zion National Park. Guests can rest, relax, and enjoy a swim in the heated pool overlooking the Virgin River and Zion Canyon. This Zion lodge also features a pub, market, and free shuttle service.  

Enjoy a New York style Broadway performance right in the heart of the deserts of Southern Utah when you visit Tuacahn Amphitheater located in St. George. For the 2013 season, Tuachan presents a number of family friendly Broadway musicals which include “MaryPoppins.” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,”“Mulan the musical,” and “Elf the musical.” Audiences can also enjoy a pre-show performance and dinner which is served on the outdoor plaza. Pre-show dinner menus are themed to each show.

“Mary Poppins” is a childhood favorite of many and this modern day performance features the original lyrics and music from the 1930’s film, but this time with a modern twist with added lyrics and music by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles. Prepare yourself to experience a supercalifragilistic time at “Mary Poppins,” the Broadway musical.  

“Starlight Express” is a rock musical that tells the story of the dream of a child where his train set suddenly springs to life to a magnificent race. The roller skate wearing actors and upbeat rock lyrics make this musical among one of the longest running.  

The Tony Award winning musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” hits the stage for a 1920’s themed musical performance that will have everyone on their feet doing the Charleston. Audiences go on an adventure with a young, and at times naïve, Millie, who ends up in the middle of a series of adventures as she pursues marrying her very wealthy boss. This show is appropriate for children of all ages as well as adults.  

Based on the film “Elf,” the Broadway performance of “Elf the musical” tells the tale of an elf named Buddy who makes his way to New York City to find his father, and ends up finding much more. With the addition of original musical compositions paired with the characters and plot we know and love from the original film, this musical is both entraining and heartfelt. Celebrate Christmas in July with Buddy the Elf in this modern musical rendition.

Experience the stories and traditions of ancient China with “Mulan the musical.” Based on the popular Disney movie, “Mulan,” this musical keeps the original plot and characters, as well some original scores that include “Reflection,” “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” and “Honor to Us All,” in addition to original compositions. “Mulan the musical” runs 75 minutes and is great for children and adults of all ages.

If you prefer concerts over musicals, Tuachan Amphitheater also boasts an impressive lineup for their 2013 concert schedule. Beyond the shows and concerts, Tuachan also holds the Tuacahn Saturday Market. From 9am to 1pm, where visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast, experience the unique scenery, check out local artists and painters, or pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn.

Most people who live in the United States are not aware how amazing the country really is. They have no idea of how much natural beauty can be found in the country. All they get to see is the big cities and the big amusement parks when they go on a vacation. If they knew about the history of Zion’s National Park they might want to find out some more information about visiting it.

The park is located in the southwest part of the United States. Its 229 square miles are located near Springdale, Utah. The park features a canyon that runs for 15 miles. Visitors to the park will see a wide variety of both plant and animal life.

Native Americans were the first humans to inhabit the area over 8,000 years ago. Several different tribes called this area home throughout the centuries. The white man first started settling in the area in the early 1860’s when the Mormons began to relocate to the area. The area was declared a National Monument in 1909 by President William Howard Taft. It was given the name Makuntuweap National Monument. The name was changed in to Zion National Park in 1918 by the newly created National Park Service.

The name Zion was chosen by the park service because they thought it would appeal to a much larger audience at the time. An additional section of the park that was called the Kolob section became a part of the park in 1956.

Visitors to the park will be able to marvel at the canyons that have been formed through 150 million years of nature’s handiwork. She has managed to create 9 different recognizable formations in the park.

There have been many modern amenities added to the park to make it more accessible to visitors in more recent times. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides visitors with a road that allows them to drive through the park. In the 1990’s the park service added a bus shuttle service to ease the traffic that had grown on the scenic drive. The buses use propane gas powered engines that are more environmentally friendly.

Some of the popular activities for visitors include hiking on the different trails and rock climbing. The pictures that can be taken in this national park are often breathtakingly beautiful. A trip to Zion National Park will allow people to see a part of the United States that most people are not aware of. It is definitely something that is worth seeing and learning about. It is also one of those areas that are regretfully overlooked during vacation planning.

Nestled in Southern Utah, St. George is the golf capital of Utah. Golf courses in St. George and the surrounding areas are like none other with their rolling hills of lush green paired with the deep red of the canyon rocks. Experiencing pleasant weather year round and landscapes like you’ve never seen before, St. George and the surrounding areas offer the most unique and scenic setting for a game or two of golf. Even if you are not an avid golfer, these courses offer spectacular one-of-a kind views that everyone can enjoy.

There are both public and private courses scattered across Southern Utah. One of the most popular locations for golfing is the Red Rock Golf Trail in St. George. Red Rock Trail features several remarkable courses that include: Sunbrook, Sky Mountain, Coral Canyon, Sun River, Falcon Ride, and Sand Hollow.

Beyond Red Rock Golf Trail, there are several other golf clubs and resorts, all with their own unique offerings. Sunbrook Golf Club includes 27 championship holes and three 9-hole courses: Black Rock, Woodbridge, and the Pointe. Each hole on these courses has something a little unique about it, from holes carved from the rock of lava to holes bordering 100 foot cliffs off into the desert. Sunbrook is rated among the top courses in the state of Utah.

Southgate Golf Club is tucked in the rolling hills of St. George with the Santa Clara River running through portions of the course. This features 6,100 yards of green with two unique nines. Southgate is great for golfers who want a little water related challenge on the course.

Dixie Red Hills has been around for more than 40 years. This course is quite well known and features a 9-hole course with 34 layouts. Golfers can even enjoy some nice moments of shade beneath the Mondale Pines and Cottonwoods that are on the course.

Lake Powell National Golf Course features 18 championship holes overlooking the Glen Canyon Dam as well Lake Powell. This course offers breathtaking views and a scenic layout that is ideal for any golfer.

Whether you go to Sunbrook or Red Rock or any of the other courses and resorts in between, all golfers of all skill levels will find that golfing in Southern Utah is simply unique and irreplaceable. Mild weather, beautiful backdrops, and a challenging geography make for some of the best courses in the world.

One of the many things we love about St. George is all of the history that our charming little city has right in the heart of downtown St. George. Locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the west. There is so much that can be learned when visiting any of these sites, whether one is interested in religion, architecture, woodwork, photography, or all of them, you will definitely enjoy the tours and be glad you did not skip out!

Quick History

St. George was originally settled by 309 families that were called to establish the area under the direction of Brigham Young in 1861 as a cotton mission. This area was named after an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, George A. Smith. The early settlers did in fact grow cotton to be self-sufficient during the time of the American Civil War, but never in the competitive market. One can often hear St. George being referred to as “Utah’s Dixie” for that very reason.

To this day there are multiple historic buildings here in St. George, Utah to visit and to learn more about the early St. George settlers. Here are a few notable buildings and sites that are definitely worth stopping by for a quick tour when coming to visit St. George:

St. George, Utah Temple

St. George, Utah Temple

The St. George, Utah Temple was completed in 1877 and was specifically designed to sit in the center of town. It was the first completed temple in Utah and is currently still in operation for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is a Visitors Center on the temple grounds also available to the public to visit and tour.

Brigham Young Winter House

Brigham Young Winter House

The Brigham Young Winter Home is a historic residence that was built in 1871 and is now currently open to the public as a museum. The early settlers built the home for Brigham young, who at the time was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Much of the home was built using many of the common resources that are found in the area and other nearby places, such as the sandstone, wood from the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, and not to mention most of the furniture in the home built by Brigham Young himself. It is a beautiful home and it is popular among many local photographers for photography sessions.

St. George, Utah Tabernacle

St. George, Utah Tabernacle

The St. George, Utah Tabernacle is yet another popular historic building to visit downtown. The Tabernacle was originally built to be the city’s public works building, to host court hearings, hold church services, and other public events. It was completed in 1876 and was nicknamed “jewel of the desert.” It is still open today to tour and it continues to hold a number of different community events.

When visiting any or all of these buildings, enjoy all of the beautiful detail that was done by hand by the early settlers of St. George. It is incredible to see such amazing buildings still in working order after over one hundred thirty years ago.

Book your stay at one of our luxurious St. George vacation rentals, and enjoy a fantastic summer exploring one-of-a-kind St. George, Utah.

St. George, Utah Farmer's MarketWhen staying at one of our sunny St. George vacation rentals, Saturday mornings are always eventful! Sure, you probably have your schedule booked from dusk to dawn.  However, what better way to enjoy a morning stroll then spending it with some of the locals and tourists alike downtown at the local St. George Farmer’s Market?

In Historic downtown St. George at Ancestor Square, they host a community non-profit farmer’s market where fresh produce can be purchased along with lovely handmade crafts and yummy treats. This year, it begins May 11 and runs through October 26 on every Saturday morning beginning at 8 AM – 12 PM.

While everyone’s busy buying and selling, there is always a band that playing in the courtyard area. It’s nice to just sit and enjoy the friendly tunes and soak in some of the fabulous St. George sunshine.

Visiting these Saturday markets will help you gain that sense of community and local support that so many of us are striving to be a part of here in St. George.

While you’re downtown, don’t forget about some of St. George Resort Rentals’ favorite local eateries nearby. These scrumpious eats will definitely not disappoint your taste buds, even if it’s just a cup of coffee or hot chocolate from The Bear Paw. Be sure to try something new that you wouldn’t be able to get where you’re from; eating out is so much more fun that way, don’t you think?

To hike or not to hike? That is never the question to ask when you’re in Southern Utah. When you’re staying with us at Five Seasons Vacation Rentals, the answer is a big, “Yes!”
Ever heard of Angel’s Landing, in Zion National Park?
View from Angel's Landing
You will never experience beauty like this. It’ll literally take your breath away, from both the strenuousness of the hike or with the unbelievable, incomparable scenic views from both below and above the trail. However, if you happen to be afraid of heights, I would definitely recommend choosing a different hike. Seriously, no one will want to carry you back down.
Angel’s Landing can be hiked all year round (unless weather is not permitting), but it is recommended to hike from March through October. We at Five Seasons like to go during any of our “five seasons.” You know: hot, really hot, warm, cool, and kind of cold.
Up the Hill We GoYou have to make sure you allows yourself an ample amount of time to complete this 5 mile hike; the average time to complete all of  the Angel’s Landing trail is around 5 hours. Not too bad. With it being such a popular hike, you’ll see a lot of faces along the trail, but it works because everyone takes the trail at their own pace.
Angel’s Landing is well maintained, and the first few miles of the trail happen to be paved. Be prepared to get your wiggles out as you go through “Walter’s Wiggles,” which are the 21 switchbacks that you get to pass through. Isn’t that best part, though?
Nothing can prepare you for the last stretch of sheer cliffs on an extremely narrow fin. However, once you pass through that and take a few deep breaths, you arrive at the lookout at a peak of 5,785 feet.  It’s pretty much like gazing into heaven.
Look at the pictures, do some research, and plan a vacation! One of our St. George vacation rentals is waiting for your!
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Let’s face it. With the amount of uncertainties that life offers today, it’s almost impossible to avoid stress. There’s a myriad of causes of stress today, and there’s only so much that can relieve that stress.

Zion National Park Near St. George, Utah

It’s actually medical fact that regular vacations (large or small) can drastically decrease the amount of stress in your life and even lower your risk of heart disease. We didn’t make that up.

Spending a week or two, or even a few days, away from your workplace and other areas of stress can help you to relax your mind and body.

From experience, whenever I’ve taken a vacation – making sure priorities are taken care of before I leave – things start to clear up. My perspective on certain things changes. My attitude changes. I smile and laugh more. Most importantly, I feel happier and ready for new challenges. All of that comes from taking a few days away from emails and escaping to somewhere I can relax.

Sunshine is always good during a vacation. It improves your mood and is known to fend off depression. St. George is full of sunshine all year long. When it’s snowing up in Salt Lake, the palm tree are glowing down in St. George. We’re full of vitamin D down here in Southern Utah.

Some people show up at our St. George vacation rentals a bit flustered and impatient. 2 days later, those same people are relaxed, smiling, and enjoying life. I love seeing that!

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