Described as an early-season race with breathtaking American Southwest scenery, and fresh, crisp spring air, the Ironman 70.3 in St. George, UT is considered, “the toughest race I have ever done. I did a full last year and it was easier than this half. I have done three difficult ones, but St. George is so much tougher. I was good until Snow Canyon … about killed me for the run. They say St. George is the second toughest race there is and I believe it, but what could possibly be the number 1 toughest??? Love the town and the people!!”
Most people who know St. George, UT think hot, hot, hot … so it’s probably a “best kept secret” this corner of the state can be pretty cool – temperature wise – in the winter months. Of course, if you are coming to St. George from Chicago, Wyoming or Seattle, you may not agree but for those of us who live here …. brrrrr!!!
It’s an early morning adventure but well worth your time to get out of bed and make the 35-mile drive to enjoy the popular Mesquite Balloon Festival on the weekend of January 26-28, 2018. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), you’ll find more than 40 brightly colored balloons filling the crisp, clear blue sky over the Virgin Valley community with the Stars and Stripes balloon leading the way.
We admit it! October is a veritable beehive of activity in St. George, UT. As a community, we’ve survived our 156th triple-digit summer (only the last 35 or so with the wondrous blessing of air conditioning) and are enjoying cooler temperatures and a huge influx of visitors for our world class and extremely popular events, including the St. George Marathon and the Huntsman World Senior Games.
The annual harvest celebration – known as the Enterprise Corn Fest – is a happy combination of “county-fair” type activities during the day and dancing to live music at night; a vintage car show; and the best corn-on-the-cob ever fresh from the fields … all in a small town America setting. But that’s not all! Besides corn eating, sure-to-please events throughout the day also include a softball and volleyball tournament, mechanical bull, half-marathon and 5k, booths, Dutch oven dinner, and live entertainment.
The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
The Hurricane Easter Car show – on the weekend of April 14-15 in the city by the same name – has become a sure sign of springtime here in color country, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says on February 2. Sponsored in its 33rd year by the 20-year-old non-profit Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley, at the heart of this amazing family-friendly event is a display of hundreds of hot rods, street rods, classic and restored cars of every size, shape, model and paint job! Collectors from every corner of the Beehive State as well as from neighboring Western states join with Rotarians and local business people to welcome as many as 10,000 nearby residents and visitors to the 2-day event held at the at the Hurricane Community Center, 100 W. 100 South in downtown Hurricane City
Now in its second year, the noisy, fun and high energy Side x Side Adventure Rally at Sand Hollow is a family friendly event, featuring guided trail rides, including rock crawling as well as less technical scenic rides in and around Sand Hollow State Park. SXS Adventure Rally will be held November 10-12 in Hurricane, UT.
Residents, passers-thru or vacationers in southern Utah are invited to test drive the latest in outdoor recreational “machines” from the top manufacturers, take guided trail rides around Sand Hollow, get fed and meet new people. The weather at this time of year is expected to be a sunny 65 degrees … perfect for riding our beautiful red rock countryside.
Sand Hollow State Park will be open for riding at approximately 2 p.m. at a cost of $10 day per vehicle.
After a fabulous day enjoying our spectacular terrain, your Southern Utah vacation home-away-from-home will be waiting for you back at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Resort Rentals so, register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!
The new Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, located at the confluence of Dixie Drive and Tonaquint Drive, is designed specifically for children with disabilities who now no longer have to sit on the sidelines. This special 2.5 acre accessible-to-everyone theme park took 3-years and $5 million to complete and includes sensory-rich dinosaur themed play equipment, double wide slides, ramps and wheelchair-accessible soft floors. Thunder Junction also features a make believe 20-foot volcano, a half-scale train which provides a 2,700 foot ride around the park, and colorful tile murals made up of the hands of children of all ages who helped build the park.
This “most unique” park in the state of Utah recently became a reality through a partnership in which the City of St. George spent $3 million and the community – including businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs and individuals – donated more than $2 million to provide the incredible social, physical, and emotional benefits of play to all children, whether they live life with or without disabilities.
If you have little ones along during your time in St. George, a trip to the park will be fun and memorable. What will also be memorable will be a week or month in your comfortable vacation home-away-from-home, so register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.
The city-owned and operated Sand Hollow Aquatic Center – known locally as the SHAC – is a water lover’s paradise with a competition and diving pool and a 5,800 square foot leisure pool. For those with teeny-tiny ones, the leisure pool has a zero depth entry area, interactive children’s water toys, a water walk, a variety of slides, sprays and moving water.
Our SHAC also is a great place to host your next birthday party with three affordable party package deals, including the Basic Splash Party, the Splash-N-Play bash and the Splash-N-Cake celebration.
You can also rent the SHAC for private pool parties – including company get-togethers or family reunions – on Friday or Saturday night. Reservations for semi-private gatherings can be made for Monday through Thursday nights, too.
Group, semi-private and private lessons can be scheduled at affordable rates. And, quarterly, ½ year and annual individual and family passes make open swim and lap swimming programs available on a drop in basis to fit your busy work and family schedule.
The Sand Hollow Aquatic Center is situated at 1144 N. Lava Flow Drive in St. George although it sits squarely on the border of our neighboring communities of Santa Clara and Ivins.
SHAC is closed on Sunday, but for information about other days and hours as well as a few simple rules see sgcity.org/swimming online.
Our storied hot summer months are made bearable by a dip in the pool – any pool – but once you’ve had your fill of splishing and splashing, you’ll find your comfortable, affordable home-away-from-home vacation condominium waiting for you where you can rest and relax until tomorrow’s Southern Utah adventure calls! Register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!