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Looking for a cool opportunity on a hot summer day … or a relaxing activity after hiking in Zion National Park? The Zion Cinemax, just outside the gates of Zion National Park, might be your answer. There are three films to choose from … “Treasure of the Gods” is an historical account of the region featuring great scenery and interesting folklore. “National Parks Adventure,” narrated by Robert Redford, is an amazing view of parts of Zion Canyon you might never see in any other way, but this one ends on October 31.

The third big screen offering is a currently-playing feature length motion picture. And did we say “big screen?” In a traditional IMAX theater setting, the screen is 9x’s the size of a regular neighborhood theater screen. Oh, and the theater is clean, the staff is friendly and prices are “affordable” or “expensive” depending on your frame of reference. Check out the Zion Cinemax, pretty impressive for a small town setting, and a movie-watching experience you won’t get at home.

Taking in a movie on the super-sized IMAX screen is certain to be a fun diversion on your next visit to Southwestern Utah. Whether you are here for a week or a month, we will be waiting to make you comfortable at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals. Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

Lovers of Yahtzee, Memory, Monopoly, Jenga and Trekker, are invited to play the national park versions of these popular board games at the St. George Art Museum from 6 – 8 pm on the first Monday night of each month through the end of the year.

This fun activity at 47 E. 200 North is an opportunity to also see the national park art currently on display throughout 2016 in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park system.

Don’t know the rules of the games?  The museum promises to have knowledgeable helpers on site to assist where needed.  Sign-ups are encouraged but not mandatory with regular admission fee of $3 or free to museum members. 

Game nights are scheduled during the centennial year of the National Park System and during the St. George Art Museum’s yearlong tribute to national park art.  So mark your calendar for Monday, May 2, June 6, August 1, October 3, November 7 and December 5, invite friends and family members to join in the fun, then call 435-627-4525 to register for play or for more information.

The rules are also pretty simple for making reservations for your beautiful, comfortable and affordable home away from home while vacationing in Southern Utah.  Just register online for accommodations 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!

The Hurricane Canal, which for more than 80 years carried Virgin River water from the “upriver” communities of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin to homes and farms on the Hurricane Bench, is an engineering miracle.  The story of its construction by second-generation settlers is one of backbreaking labor, creative innovation and sustained determination against the odds. 

The canal is a suspended rock-lined delivery channel on the hillside on your right, clearly visible to tourists and residents traveling to Zion National Park.  You may not recognize it as you motor through small communities and up the hill toward the park, but this 17.5-mile waterway was chipped through rock cliffs by 3 – 300 laborers using only picks and shovels – and an occasional blast of dynamite – to bring water to the parched Hurricane Valley.  Today, there are other water sources for farming and ranching in this part of Washington County, but it is thanks to a handful of visionary men committed to stay put and raise their families here that the Hurricane Canal was built.

The Hurricane Canal, dry since 1985, is now a pleasant and memorable hike.  There are places where the canal has been ravaged by years of neglect, and there are the anticipated critters along the way, so hikers should be alert but will certainly find lots to enjoy, including seashells along your way – left over from the ancient Lake Bonneville which millions of years ago covered this part of Utah to the tops of the mesas. 

A word of warning:  hiking the Hurricane Canal is not advised in the heat of the summer.  Despite its name and history, there is no water anywhere along the way.  Exploring the canal is something you will want to do on your vacation in Southern Utah, but it is best done in the cool part of the year (mid-November to mid-February) and always with reliable, close-toed shoes, a big brimmed hat and lots of bottled water.

No warning is necessary when it comes to finding a beautiful resort rental as your home-away-from-home when vacationing in St. George.  Whether you are here for a week or a month, we will be waiting to make you comfortable after your hiking adventure at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals.  Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

If you are old enough to remember the theme song from the old TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies” you are probably humming it right now. 

Washington County’s history includes a brief venture into the production of oil when “black gold” was discovered in the small town of Virgin, Utah not far from Zion National Park.  In about 1930, drillers struck oil at 480 feet.  Pumps installed brought only about 15 gallons a day to the surface, but the small success – especially during the Great Depression years – encouraged local businessmen to try another well.  At 739 feet, they struck oil again – and hot sulphur water.  Although an attempt was made to cap the well, it continued to produce a steady flow in equal parts of oil and hot sulphur water, until the early 1960’s.

Although Virgin’s oil business experienced only limited success, the town did produce stove oil used throughout the territory for many years; and, a derivative of Virgin’s oil was used on area dirt roads to control dust, since water – then and now – was at a premium in the desert.  Estimates of wells dug in the area number in the thousands, though Virgin’s venture into the petroleum market generated only poor quality  products local residents nicknamed “stinkoline.”

You’ll pass through Virgin, Utah on your next visit to Zion National Park, although there isn’t anything left to see of the once “thriving” Southern Utah oil industry.  And, to enjoy the beautiful accommodations waiting for you at St. George Resort Rentals  you won’t need black gold. We look forward to serving your vacation needs whether for a week or a month.

Zion National Park Free Days


Wanting to plan a trip to one of the most beautiful and majestic place in southern Utah? Zion National Park is just that and happens to be a great place to get out and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful outdoor settings while planning your next stay in St. George! Zion National Park is definitely a must see, must visit and explore kind of place.

One can only describe and share photos so many times with others before they NEED to experience Zion National Park for themselves! Hop on the shuttle,  walk the river-walk, plan/go for a hike, photograph the landscape and the wildlife, float the river, drive Mt. Carmel Hwy….to be honest, the list is endless on things you can do on your trip for the day to Zion National Park and extremely well worth it! Zion National Park is just about 45 minutes from our St. George, Utah Resorts.

All of the National Parks happen to have a number of days throughout the year where each of the parks entrance fee is waived! Zion National Park has put together the dates for 2015 dates that will have the entry to the park waived for all of it’s guests!

The following days include:

  • February 14th to February 16th – President’s Day Weekend
  • April 18th to April 19th – National Park Week’s Opening Weekend
  • August 25th – National Park Service’s Birthday
  • September 26th – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th – Veteran’s Day

So now decide if these are dates you want to work around to help out with your vacation’s budget, or dates that you want to completely avoid because of the likelihood of the high volume of guests that are too planning to take advantage of the waived entry fees!

While you’re here on our page, be sure to check availability and book your next St. George Utah Vacation with us today!

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.

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