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Bloomington Caves in St. George, Utah

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Are you coming to vacation to one of our luxurious St. George, Utah Vacation Rentals and want to enjoy some serious outdoor adventure? Well you are in for a definite treat. If you are interested in exploring new places, the Bloomington Caves is one adventure you do no want to miss out on  – some really great rock climbing (and crawling). The best part is that it is accessible year-round!

The local BLM field office has set up a great system to allow the public to use this awesome cave where it also allows them to regulate it so that there doesn’t end up being a huge group of people at once, vandalism, or unwanted animals entering the caves. So it is necessary to get a permit before going to the site. You can go to this website to begin your process of obtaining a permit for you and your group to visit the Bloomington Caves just outside of St. George. http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/recreation/caving/permit_system.html

In preparation to go be sure to take a few things that will be extremely useful and make your experience more enjoyable:

  • helmet
  • headlamp (hands-free flashlight)
  • back-up flashlights
  • light pack with water and snacks
  • knee-pads (you do a fair share of crawling)
  • rope
  • good hiking/climbing shoes/boots
  • jacket/sweater

I recently went with a group of people and among the group were a few experienced climbers (which I was definitely glad to have someone who knew what they were doing). I have been to other caves before, but by no means would I classify myself as an experienced climber.

To set the mood for you, the sun is beginning to set outside and temperatures are chilly with a slight breeze. As we get to the entrance of the cave you can immediately feel the humidity and warmth as we all began to enter into the cave. A few in the group even had some fogged glasses at first. According to the BLM surveyors the Bloomington Caves are at approximately 58 degrees year-round, but due to the humidity it did feel a little warmer than that.

As you are inside this incredible tectonic cave you just continue on exploring the maze in front of you. There are different levels to climb, passages to squeeze through narrow spots, some slippery surfaces where you are sliding, and others where you have to literally crawl your way through. The routes have been marked inside the cave, which is extremely helpful since it is so dark inside the caves. It is especially unique as you stop and look around at your surroundings as you are inside the cave. It really is incredible! Look at the formations, faults, soda straws, and other stalagmites – pretty unique I would say! To say the least, it was an amazing new adventure and perfect winter activity!

To give you a better idea check out this virtual tour created by the local BLM here:

So for the next time you come and stay with us at one of our St. George Vacation Rentals in St. George, Utah – you will have to be sure and give this a try!

For more information on the Bloomington Caves go here: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/recreation/caving.html

St. George Children’s Museum

St. George Children's Museum

As many of you may or may not know, the city of St. George recently opened a wonderful and interactive Children’s Museum for our community and it’s visitors right in the heart of the city in Town Square! This museum has awesome exhibits, where some are new, but some of the exhibits also originated at other museums – they have all come together so well and children of all ages can enjoy playing, learning, and having fun in each of them! I especially love how the St. George community and it’s history were tied into the exhibits.

This amazing facility is all volunteer-based. It is so wonderful to observe the gift of creativity and imagination that the volunteers help give each child as they enter into the museum. There is currently not an admission fee when visiting the Children’s Museum, but they do ask for donations to be given if possible to help keep things running!

There are the two levels at the museum and they are fully utilized for fun in every square inch! The imagination for the kids is endless. A few of my favorite exhibits were:

  • Desert Discovery
  • Skywest Airplane
  • Radio Station and Performance Stage
  • Paper Airplane station

There really is an exhibit that will cater to every child’s interest – just be careful if you are on a time table because time can easily slip away from you there from having so much fun! It really is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with the kids when you come and stay at one of our St. George Vacation Rentals!

For more information you can visit their website at http://www.sgchildrensmuseum.org/

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Those looking to come visit one of our St. George, Ut Vacation Rentals are in for an excellent vacation when traveling to the Southwest! St. George has so many things to offer its tourists from all over the world who visit all year round for a variety of reasons.

For the outdoor enthusiast: There are a plethora of options to do in the outdoors here. You can navigate any of the trails and parks by hiking, biking, or even running! Let’s not forget that being outdoors also means you are surrounded by the beautiful red rocks that envelop the area. You can escape to these trails straight from the resort or even take the afternoon to escape up to Zion National Park, which is one of the most picturesque places in the world.

For the culinary critic: There endless restaurants to choose from while visiting St. George. Choices range enjoying authentic Japanese, American, Mexican, Italian, Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and many others! While visiting, be sure to try out one of the many restaurants that you may not have ever tried before, there are some great local restaurants here that will definitely not disappoint your taste buds! Do you love a good dessert treat too? Well, there just happens to be a never-ending list of locations to get cupcakes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, pies, cookies, and a variety of other gourmet treats!

For the history buff: The early pioneers settled St. George, which is also known as Utah’s Dixie, in 1861. There happens to be a handful of places to visit and learn more specifics about the area, the people, and learn what life was like in Utah’s Dixie.

For the art lover: St. George is the home of to many art galleries, St. George Art Museum, Wildlife Museum, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. When visiting downtown it is evident that this community supports the arts after seeing the popular display and self-tour of the Art Around the Corner’s bronze statues placed throughout downtown area.

Clearly, a St. George Resort Rental vacation is perfect for anyone! Our community caters to a variety of tastes and St. George Resort Rentals will cater to you!

Snow Canyon

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.

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