The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is 62,000 acres – approximately 20 miles wide and 6 miles deep – of spectacular scenery set aside by the Federal government primarily for the protection of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise.
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, implemented in 1996 through the Endangered Species Act, is considered a very successful Habitat Conservation Plan. Administered by Washington County in a collaborative partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the Reserve protects the desert tortoise but also manages recreational activities and utility projects in an extraordinarily unique environment.
The Reserve is north of Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George and Washington City and can best be seen from your vehicle along the west side of the northbound I-15 freeway. But the Reserve can also be accessed on foot, bicycle or horseback. According to their website, “When you enter the Reserve at any one of the distinctive ‘step-over’ gates, you are entering a special place – not just another mountain bike trail or horseback ride.
“At the merging of three great ecosystems, the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau, the Reserve is biologically rich with a unique array of animals and plants. The Reserve contains the most northern populations of the desert tortoise, Gila monster, sidewinder rattlesnake, and chuckwalla – reptiles typically associated with hotter and more southerly deserts, like the Mojave. The conditions in the region are such that several endemic species, which occur nowhere else in the world, can be found here.”
A free visitor center is located in downtown St. George at 10 N. 100 East. Not only can you find all the information necessary to explore this Washington County treasure, you can also learn about local wildlife, plants, ecosystems and the purpose of the HCP as well as enjoy a preview of the Reserve through impressive exhibits and presentations to small groups by the Reserve’s expert staff. Regular visitor center hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
And, a not-so-gentle reminder … for your own safety, make certain you are adequately prepare to explore the Reserve with proper footwear, a wide brimmed hat and plenty of water. It can’t be stressed enough … it’s really, really hot in Washington County from mid-April until early November.
Whether its history, 360-degee vistas, or hiking, biking or horseback riding in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Southern Utah has it all. Fill out the form on this page to reserve your vacation rental!
The 28th Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show, an eagerly anticipated opportunity to view more than 250 works created by 130 artists reflecting their love of the red rock country side, as well as still life and figures in oils, watercolor, pastels, and acrylics. The biggest art event in the entire state of Utah will also feature incredible one-of-a-kind ceramics and sculpture in bronze and glass.
The show opens to the public at the Delores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State University on Saturday, February 14 and runs for 6-weeks through March 29, 2015. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 – 6 p.m., the show is free to all art enthusiasts.
The goal of the event is three-fold: It provides art lovers an avenue for purchasing exquisite art for their own collection; supports the addition of art to DSU’s permanent collection; and, is a venue for educating university students and the public.
Named for the late Robert N. and Peggy Sears who, like so many others, retired to Southern Utah in the 1980’s only to discover a lack of a thriving art community. While they loved the scenery and their friendly neighbors, they missed big city culture, so offered their time and resources to create an event which would become pivotal to bringing art and artists to the St. George area.
Of course, nothing can take the place of the view out the window of your St. George Resort Rental, but a visit to the Eccles Fine Arts Center will give you a different perspective through the eyes of world-renowned artisans. Complete the form on this page for a weeks’ stay in a luxurious condo overlooking the spectacular beauty of red rock country.
Do you agree that St. George, Utah is one of ‘America’s Coolest Desert Towns’? We sure do! Travel+Leisure does too! Travel+Leisure mentioned St. George in a recent article here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-coolest-desert-towns
When you come and visit us at St. George Resort Rentals, you have endless options on new adventures! Some of the adventures in the desert can include:
- visiting Snow Canyon St. Park
- visiting Zion National Park
- taking a scenic drive to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim
- walking trails through the beautiful St. George red rocks
- escape over to Mesquite for the evening to hit up the Casinos
- enjoy a spa day
- visit one of the areas lake/reservoir to go fishing or other water sports
St. George is an extremely cool dessert town, we will not argue with Travel+Leisure on that at all! As mentioned, there are a number of activities and adventures to be had while staying among the red rocks of St. George, Utah. All you have to do is be willing to try them out! Don’t be afraid of what adventure lies ahead, embrace it, enjoy it, and go full throttle while you’re on vacation! Take it all in while you visit one of ‘America’s Coolest Desert Towns!
Do you love a good excuse to get all your girlfriends together and make a weekend of it for quick girlfriend’s getaway? Fortunately, St. George Resort Rentals has a plethora of vacation rentals to select from to make it the perfect fit just for your group!
When it comes to knowing what women are looking for there just happens to be two upcoming events that are just for women! It is the perfect way to get together for a girls’ weekend — have some nice R&R, do a little shopping, stay up late, eat out, get all the deals at the expos, lay by the pool and enjoy the Southern Utah sunshine, and just have tons of fun!
September 5&6: Ultimate Girls Day Out
The Ultimate Girls Day Out is a two day event that is bringing a variety of vendors (over 200) that is new this year! There will also be a fashion show, a couple ‘make it and take it’ classes, and even some great cooking demonstrations! For more information on The Ultimate Girls Day Out Expo visit: http://mariesgreatevents.com/
Ocotber 24 &25: What Women Want Expo
The What Women Want Expo has been bringing trends and great products at prices you can’t beat to St. George for years! This event alone brings thousands of women to the Dixie Center to come check out the latest and greatest on fashion, new products, or helps you find the products you can’t find anywhere else! For more information about the What Women Want Expo visit: http://thespectrum.wix.com/whatwomenwantexpo
Gather your friends or your sisters and come to St. George for your girlfriend’s getaway! St. George Resort Rentals will help you find the perfect place for your rowdy group of gals so that you can make memories to last forever! So visit us online at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com to book your stay with us now!
Why St. George, Utah for ‘Spring Break’ you ask? Well here are just a few of the MANY reasons why so many people love to escape to St. George as a Spring Break destination:
- The weather is typically 65-70 Degrees and SUNNY!
- St. George is 90 minutes from Las Vegas; 4 hours from Salt Lake City; 6 hours from LA…what are you waiting for? Get on the road…
- There are so many fun and unique things to do that the whole family can do, so choose an adventure that fits you and your group!
- Find your home away from home and stay in a luxurious St. George Resort Rental private home or condo
Some of our favorite activities include:
- Hike/Bike/Walk in the beautiful Red Rocks of Southern Utah
- Atv/jeep tours
- Soak in all the sunshine poolside
- Dine out
- Have a Spa Day
- Scenic drives
- Visit Zion National Park
- Visit historic sites
- Swimming at the pools or the lakes
Anyone who has never been to St. George will experience it one time and want to keep coming back time and time again! So go ahead and hop on the band-wagon and come and stay in one of our luxurious Vacation Rentals St. George and enjoy Spring Break St. Geezy Style!
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.
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!