St. George, Utah

Western Gateway to Zion National Park

 


Snow Canyon Stat Park - 11 miles west of St George

Location / Description

St. George, Utah also called "Dixie," is situated in the extreme southwestern corner of Utah, at the northernmost extension of the Mojave Desert. Its location on Interstate 15 makes it the western gateway to Zion and many other Utah national parks and monuments. The combination of the warm, dry winter climate and natural beauty of the setting draws both new residents and tourists to the area. 65 square miles

Population / Elevation

100,000 / 2,860 feet above sea level

Weather / Climate

St. George, Utah is located within the northern extension of the Mojave Desert. This Southwestern setting, and its low elevation, provide St. George with a desert climate characterized by low humidity (rapid evaporation), generally clear skies, relatively mild winters and hot summers. The average annual temperature is approximately 61 degrees F. Average annual precipitation is approximately 8 inches per year.

St. George, Utah - Monthly Climate Normals
   Year  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
 High °F
78.0
53.5
60.3
68.1
77.1
86.2
95.9
102.0
99.8
93.2
80.5
64.8
54.3
 Low °F
45.9
27.1
31.7
37.5
44.2
52.4
60.3
67.8
66.4
57.1
45.0
33.2
27.4
 
 Avg °F 62.0 40.3 44.0 52.8 61.0 69.3 78.1 84.9 83.1 75.2 62.8 49.0 40.9
 Rain
8.14
1.10
1.00
1.00
0.48
0.40
0.20
0.56
0.68
0.59
0.62
0.70
0.82



History

Saint George was settled by Mormons, about 1861, sent by Brigham Young to grow cotton. Many people believe that St. George itself was named in honor of George A. Smith,

Cotton farming, as well as processing at the Washington Cotton Mill, continued until after the Civil War, when the South was once again able to provide the Utah region with cotton. The St. George, Ut Mormon Temple, built between 1869-77, was the first first Mormon Temple built in Utah. The temple and several other historical buildings are still standing.


Things To Do

St. George, Ut. is known as a winter haven for what the 45,000 locals like to call "Snow Birds" (tourists who come to St. George to warm up away from the snow). St. George becomes a Mecca for vacationing college students who go south for an early taste of summer away from the snow. At such times, St. George Blvd. becomes THE place for every college student to see and be seen (avoid driving on St. George Blvd. at all costs during Spring Break - unless you have a lot of time).

World-class dinosaur site includes a rare combination of fossilized bones and footprints of dinosaurs and many other ancient animals. St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is a must see for anyone interested in dinosaurs, geology and the ancient Jurassic world.


Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm located in St George

There are walking/biking paths throughout St. George city where you can walk/run/bike in beautiful scenic area on these connecting trails. St. George and Zion National Park offer perhaps the greatest variety of biking, hiking, and rock climbing opportunities found anywhere in the United States.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - Nearly 300 animals are displayed in their natural habitats. Almost a quarter mile of mountain pathway winds through the plains of Africa, forests of North America and mountains of Asia. A two-story mountain with two waterfalls and periodic thunder and lightning storms, provide an experience to be remembered.

Hotels/motels

There is something for every taste and price range. For more information and a complete list. Click Here. (Hotel Rates, availability, reviews and reservation online)

Camping & RV Parks

There are many commercial and public locations for camping and RVs in and near St. George. For a complete list contact:

  • St. George Chamber of Commerce
    97 E. St. George Blvd.
    St. George, UT 84770
    435-628-1658

Resources & Nearby Attractions

Resources

Related Books & Gifts - Trading Post

Zion's Majestic Canyons

Brigham Young: Mormon Pioneer of the Desert


Cities & Towns

    Springdale, Utah: 42 miles northeast.

    Cedar City, Utah: 51 miles north.

    Beaver, Utah: 102 miles north.

    Hurricane, Utah: 17 miles east.

    Kanab, Utah: 79 miles east.

    Fredonia, Arizona: 72 miles east.

    Mesquite, Nevada: 44 miles south.

    Las Vegas, Nevada: 118 miles southwest.

Parks & Monuments

Zion National Park (Main Visitor Center): 42 miles northeast.

Zion National Park (Kolob Canyon Visitor Center): 52 miles northeast.

Bryce Canyon National Park: 122 miles northeast.

Cedar Breaks National Monument: 70 miles northeast.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: 140 miles east.

Pipe Spring National Monument: 58 miles east.

Snow Canyon State Park: 11 miles west.

Iron Mission State Park: 55 miles north.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: 75 miles east.

Minersville State Park: 119 miles north.

Wilderness & Recreation Areas

Historic & Points of Interest

St. George Art Museum (within the city)

Dixie College (within the city)

Brigham Young Winter Home (within the city)

Daughters of Pioneers Museum (within the city)

Jacob Hamblin Home (within the city)

St. George, Utah, Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

 

 

 
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