St. George (Utah)

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St. George is a town in the Dixie region of Utah. Long a sleepy agricultural town, it is acquiring increasing importance (and population, which doesn't necessarily please its old-time residents). It is quickly taking on a Palm Springs, CA type of atmosphere owing to its benign climate and peacefulness which attracts retirees, and proximity to spectacularly scenic country and resulting outdoor recreation opportunities as well as Mesquite, Nevada, and Las Vegas.

Get in

By car

St. George lies on I-15, which travels south through Las Vegas, Nevada and into Southern California, and north through Salt Lake City into Idaho and Montana.

There are a few rental car places at the airport, and an Enterprise at 652 E. St. George Blvd, 1 435 634-1556.

Major exits for amenities are at Green Springs Road (exit 10, I-15), St. George Boulevard (exit 8, I-15), and Bluff Street (exit 6, I-15).

By plane

The   St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) is served by Skywest Airlines, +1 435 634-3000, operating as Delta Connection with flights to and from Salt Lake City. Reservations can be made at Delta.com, or by phone at 800-221-1212. SkyWest flights operating as United Express are also available to and from Los Angeles.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is the closest major airport. The drive from Las Vegas to St. George takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.

As of October 24, 2011, the new St. George regional airport has opened and allows for aircraft up to 737s. There are daily flights to/from Salt Lake City (on Delta) and Denver (on United).

Hertz, Avis, National, and Budget rental car companies have counters at the airport.

By bus

Greyhound serves St. George, stopping at the McDonalds on the south side of town at 1235 S Bluff, at S. Bluff and Main Streets, just off I-15 exit 5.

There are also a few small shuttle/bus companies serving St. George. St George Shuttle and Aztec Shuttle operates van service to Las Vegas International Airport and Salt Lake City. St George Express operates a shuttle to and from McCarran Las Vegas Airport (pick up at Level 0) and drops off at Howard Johnson Inn in St. George.

Get around

St. George, like all cities in Utah, follows a well-defined grid system that makes it easy to get around and find your destination. For an example, let's take the address 650 South 300 East. Each hundred represents one block radiating out from a center point of the town. In St. George, the center of the grid system is the intersection of Main Street (a north-south avenue) and Tabernacle Street (an east-west street). To find 650 South 300 East, starting from the intersection of Main and Tabernacle, you would drive 3 blocks to the east, then just over 6 blocks south. Keep in mind that in St. George, St. George Boulevard, a major east-west arterial, takes the place of 100 North.

While the grid system in the heart of town is well-defined, it can be become difficult to follow in the outlying areas and new subdivisions on the outskirts of the city. While in some cases the addresses will still follow the grid pattern, the blocks will become smaller and more irregularly spaced, and there will be more streets that don't follow the grid system at all.

Suntran is St George's public transit system, with three different routes serving the city. St. George also has a good trail network offering some very scenic routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters.

See

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Do

Hiking

Golf

St. George is notable for its abundant golf opportunities, owing to the city's year-round warm climate. There are a number of golf courses to choose from:

Mountain biking

  • Bear Claw Poppy, Easy, short ride.
  • Green Valley Raceway, Home to many local races.
  • Gooseberry Mesa North and South Rim, A must do! Slickrock coupled with singletrack.
  • Paradise Canyon Loop, A quick fun ride.
  • Hurricane Cliffs Trail System, Excellent singletrack.
  • Stucki Springs Trail, Fun trail close to town.
  • Broken Mesa Rim Trail, Technical trail in the desert reserve.
  • Church Rocks Loop with Prospector, A popular trail, especially in the winter.

Events

Buy

There is an enclosed mall, the   Red Cliffs Mall, anchored by Sears, JCPenney's and Dillards, roughly halfway between exit 10 and exit 8 on the east side of I-15. There are also outlet stores in the   Zion Outlet Mall on the east side of I-15, just north of the St. George Boulevard exit.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Go next

Routes through St. George

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