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The Art Around the Corner Foundation here in St. George is “dedicated to supporting the arts, enhancing the community’s lifestyle through art; and, displaying fine art on nearly every street corner in historic downtown St. George.”  This organization – which has changed names a few times since its formation in 1988 – was a driving force in restoring the long-abandoned St. George Opera House to its former glory, and building the St. George Art Museum and Social Hall in the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex on the corner of Main Street and 200 North.

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We’ve all done it … traveled to a new community anticipating all the exciting things you hope to see and do, only to miss the best sights because you’re not sure where to find the best information.  In St. George, the solution to this conundrum is the new St. George Visitor Center located in the Old Pioneer Courthouse at 97 E. St. George Blvd.  There you’ll find complete tourist information, an assortment of maps, a local events map, and best of all, a shopping experience including unique “made-in-Utah” souvenirs and gifts.

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Calling All Rock Climbers

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!

New Fiesta Fun

The “old” Fiesta Fun, which opened in 1993 on 10 acres of land just off Main Street behind McDonald’s, is now the “new” Fiesta Fun after a major facelift last year.  “Open everyday, all day, all year long,” Fiesta Fun at 171 E. 1160 South, is where you’ll find lots to do for kids of any age, including batting cages (7 stalls with 5 different speeds for baseball and softball with bats and helmets provided … perfect for any skill level!); mini-golf on a newly designed 18-hole course; state-of-the-art arcade with the hottest video and redemption games anywhere; go-karts where kids can “rev” up some serious fun on an exciting speed track for testing their skills; bumper boats for a splashing good time; and soft play for the little ones to crawl, run and slide.

After they’ve worked up an appetite, try the Back Porch Café with delicious food and cool drinks.Fiesta Fun Family Center takes pride in providing clean and safe fun for family and friends.

If family fun is on your agenda for your Southern Utah vacation getaway, we at Five Seasons Vacation Condominiums or St. George Resort Rentals can help you find it.  Register online today for your beautiful, comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to serving your vacation needs!

It’s a bit out of the way, but well worth the time and travel to find the Washington City Community Center, including the largest indoor aquatic center in Southern Utah!  The meticulously maintained WCCC, with convenient schedules and friendly staff, features an 8-lane 25-yard competition pool alongside a 10,174 square foot beach entry leisure pool.  Kids of all ages will also enjoy a lazy river, 3-story hydro tube slide, play sets for all ages, splash pad, and an enormous 317 gallon dump bucket designed to keep you cool!

After your dip in the pool, you’ll enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness facility with a 1750 square foot aerobics room with such offerings as yoga, spinning, flex, turbo kick, Zumba and other all-ability group exercise classes – offered daily with trained and certified fitness instructors ready to get your heart pumping and your body toned.

Also on WCCC’s aerobics menu is a large availability of cardiovascular and weight training equipment; and an indoor track for all-weather walking and running.

WCCC also provides childcare-for-a-fee and a large meeting room for family gatherings, wedding receptions, club or business meetings.

Five Seasons Vacation Condominiums or St. George Resort Rentals also offers beautiful accommodations to “get your heart pumping.”   Register online today for your beautiful, comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com.   We look forward to serving your vacation needs!

In the early 1990’s, a committee was formed in Washington County, UT with a mission to create a plan to protect the endangered Mojave desert tortoise, threatened by rapid development and habitat loss here in southwestern Utah.  The committee included members of the Washington County Commission, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, the Washington County School District, environmental and equestrian groups, local land developers and government officials from around Southern Utah, Salt Lake City and even from Washington, DC.

Their combined efforts resulted in plenty of media attention – some positive, some not so much – but also a lot of gaffaws and chortles from the community and many disgruntled and unbelievably vile letters to the editor of the local newspaper.  “Why spend all this time and money to protect the descendants of turtles my grandparents brought home to St. George in the trunk of their car?” queried more than a few.  “They’re not anymore native to this area than some of our new residents,” said others. Ultimately, the Washington County Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) approved in 1996, created the Red Cliff Desert Reserve setting aside more than 62,000 acres of scenic wildlife and protection for the Mojave Desert tortoise and other rare plants and animals, at the merging of three ecosystems:  the Mojave desert, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau.

Two decades later, the reserve contains – not homes, condominiums and golf courses – but, some of Washington County’s most spectacular scenery, the most northern healthy populations of the desert tortoise, Gila monster, sidewinder rattlesnake, and chuckwalla – as well as other reptiles, critters and plants, some which occur no where else in the world.

The Reserve, approximately 20 miles wide and 6 miles deep, spans the beautiful red rock country along both sides of the I-15 freeway in the north central portion of Washington County, north of Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George, Washington City; south of Leeds and west of Hurricane and LaVerkin. Accessible to hikers, bikers and horseback riders, the Reserve has many access points and trails leading to amazing recreational opportunities … and it has been many years, since anyone driving through our red rock country has done anything but smile at the beauty which has now been preserved for many future generations to enjoy.

Speaking of enjoyment, you can be certain to enjoy your beautiful home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or laspalmasresortcondos.com.   You’re going to like us … a lot!

“Show me one thing of beauty in the whole area and I’ll stay,” said pioneer bride Wilhemina Cannon to her husband David.  Longing for the green trees and rolling grassy hills of her childhood home, Wilhemina was not happy in the barren, stark and harsh desert of southern Utah, and had made up her mind.  She would not – could not – endure another miserably hot, insect infested, bone dry summer in this desolate place.

No question!  Geology, temperatures, and the problems associated with too much or too little water have shaped Utah’s Washington County, described in the History of Washington County:  From Isolation to Destination by Douglas A. Alder and Karl F. Brooks as “a region of colorful rocks, spectacular scenery and great contrasts in rainfall, vegetation, animal life and geologic features.” 

In any direction, you’ll see evidence of ancient land movement and erosion creating such distinctive landmarks as Pine Valley Mountain and the above-ground Hurricane Fault line which runs about 50 miles through the county (most visibly along the I-15 freeway and on both sides of the highway leading to the City of Hurricane). 

Red rock formations are everywhere in and around St. George, described by author Juanita Brooks as a place where “… the good Lord took everything left over from the creation, dumped it here, then set it on fire.”  We have evidence of huge lava flows at the base of Pine Valley Mountain and several extinct volcanoes, clearly visible along Hwy. 18.  To the east of the Hurricane Cliffs are the colorful mesas and plateaus of Zion National Park, with its famed steep-walled and narrow canyons carved by low volume streams with intermittent flow but carrying loads of abrasive silt and sand.  The St. George area also has the lowest elevations and the historic high temperature in the state (118 degrees on one July day in 2009).

Sand Hollow State Park

This gloriously beautiful state park is one of several manmade reservoirs designed to capture and preserve what little water falls from the heavens above here in our hot, dry, desert location.  Officially opened for public use in April 2003, Sand Hollow State Park surrounds the 1322-acre Sand Hollow Reservoir, which rapidly became a popular off-road site for fishing, boating and ATV riding on nearby sand dunes. 

You’ll find Sand Hollow State Park outside of the city of Hurricane, off Exit 16 of the I-15 freeway, but be warned … as is often the case for most of our outdoor recreation spots, you are likely to be extremely uncomfortable on the lake during the summer months of June, July and August when daytime temperatures generally reach 105-110 degrees.

Being uncomfortable is something you don’t need to worry about when you register online today for a clean, comfortable, and affordable vacation home-away-from-home 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!

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