There are a lot of things to love about St. George, Utah. However, one thing in particular that stands out is how convenient it is to access so many different trails that happen to be so close to the downtown area of St. George. You can easily walk minutes from downtown and be exploring in the unique red rock landscape that prominently encompasses the area.
A favorite trail to many in the area and visitors alike, is the Owen’s Loop. It begins just at the very north end of Main Street (which is not far from the Main Street and St. George Blvd. intersection) at Brooks Nature Park. Owen’s Loop follows the edge of the northwest downtown area on the red rock bluffs above.
You can start your enjoyable little hike onto the Owen’s Loop out by seeing the ducks play at Cox Pond and then head up a slight elevated climb through some shade…the only shade on the hike! As you make your way to the top of the climb walking along the trail you can stop along the rim and take in a really great view of St. George. As you continue on the dirt path trail you will be able to see some unique rock formations and mini arches.
This trail provides some really incredible views. You can see the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance. If you stay on the full loop you can even see the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course looking down off of the rim further down the trail. If you do the full loop, it is approximately 4 miles roundtrip. The trail is not very difficult, however just be aware of where you are stepping…sometimes the rocks can get a little slick.
This can be a fun little hike on your own or with your little family. Remember, if you area already downtown and need to get outside and use up some of that stored energy, Owen’s Loop is a great place to get the wiggles out, get a little bit of adventure in, and take in some beautiful city views!