State Parks Surrounding St. George Utah
Some of the best scenery and recreation in the country can be found within minutes of downtown St. George. The area’s mild climate provides ideal conditions for year-round camping, hiking, and fishing. Water sports start early in the year and the season extends into late fall. Some area state park campgrounds are open all year, with modern restrooms, hot showers, and electric hookups. October through May are the best times for hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and camping in these beautiful settings. Advance reservations are recommended.
In Area Parks You Can
• Hike miles of trails
• Explore lava tubes
• Enjoy water sports
• Romp in sand dunes
• Horseback ride
• Star gaze
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Known for its towering mountains, majestic views and plethora of trails, Southern Utah is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground! Colorful slot canyons beckon hikers to discover hidden treasures from ancient peoples. Rugged terrains call hikers and mountain bikers to explore never ending trails. Thrill seekers can zip line or take an ATV, and if you want a more sedate pace, explore in the comfort of jeep or ATV. Southern Utah has several businesses to help you plan your adventure.
ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours 435-656-2887
Wildland Trekking 800-715-4453
Zion Country Off-Road Tours 801-616-1270
Motorcycle, ATV, Bicycle Rentals
ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours 435-656-2887
Bicycles Unlimited 435-673-4492
Zion Harley Davidson 435-673-5100
Red Rock Bicycle 435-674-3185
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
435-648-2800 | stateparks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink
Visitors will wonder at the shifting arcs of crescent-shaped dunes and sift the fine, salmon- colored grains at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The Park is a massive playground for hiking, off-highway vehicle riding, or just playing in the sand. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is 22 miles southwest of U.S. Hwy 89 near Kanab. Day-use passes are $6.
Gunlock State Park
435-680-0715 | stateparks.utah.gov/parks/gunlock
Gunlock State Park is located 15 miles northwest of St. George via Highway 91, past the towns of Santa Clara and Ivins. Gunlock State Park is open 24 hours year-round and offers boating, water sports and quality fishing. Day-passes are $7. Primitive camping is $13 for overnight stays.
Quail Creek State Park
435-879-2378 | stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek
Boasting some of the warmest waters in the state and a mild winter climate, Quail Creek Reservoir lures boaters and anglers year-round. From I-15 take Exit 16, go three miles east on SR 9, turn left on SR 318 and follow the road to the park entrance. Park Hours are: summer – 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; winter – 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. Day-use passes are $10 and includes use of boat ramps. All boats from outside of Utah, including float tubes, must be officially decontaminated at nearby Sand Hollow State Park before launching at Quail Creek. Boats registered in Utah must still be certified safe or decontaminated.
Sand Hollow State Park
435-680-0715 | stateparks.utah.gov/parks/sand-hollow
Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain on an off-highway vehicle, then RV or tent camp in the new campground. Park Hours are 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. From I-15, take the Hurricane exit (Exit 16). Travel east on Hwy 9 for about four miles to Sand Hollow Road and turn right. Day-use passes are $10. Invasive mussels have been found in Sand Hollow Reservoir. All boats are legally required to decontaminate their boats free of charge at the park.
Snow Canyon State Park
435-628-2255 | stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon
You won’t find any snow at Snow Canyon State Park, but you will find plenty of recreational opportunities! Snow Canyon offers 16 miles of hiking trails, technical rock climbing, horseback riding, year-round camping, nature studies, wildlife viewing, and photographic opportunities galore. Take the Bluff Street exit and turn left at Snow Canyon Parkway. Drive 3.5 miles and take a right onto Snow Canyon Drive. Park Hours are 6:00 am to 10:00 pm year-round. Day-passes are $6.