Sun & Snow: Enjoy the best of both in St. George, Utah
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St. George in Southern Utah is a beautiful town on the border with Arizona. Its location near the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin makes it a fantastic destination to plan a last minute trip and enjoy the sun (paddling, anyone?) and snow (ski away!) Plus, it’s conveniently located near Las Vegas for easy access. Make St. George your base camp for these six local adventures!

Explore ski and snowshoe trails

Head to Duck Creek Village and visit Deer Hollow Winter Recreation Area at UT-14 past mile marker 22 to downhill ski and snowshoe! The more than 1,300-acre non-motorized recreation area features groomed trails for all difficulty levels. The many loop trails make it easy to park, enjoy the snow, and head back to your vehicle. Once you’ve had your fill of snowy adventures, you can rest your head at this luxurious vacation rental, a last minute vacation rental just steps away from a sparkling heated pool and hot tub. 

Hike part of North America’s longest slot canyon

Visit Buckskin Gulch at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to hike along the 20-mile canyon near Kanab. Get a day pass and walk Wire Pass Trail, one of the most well-known paths that leads to a slot canyon that’s 10 feet wide and smaller. This walk requires an understanding of the weather, as it has the potential for flash flooding. Come prepared with snacks, water, and a paper or offline map, as cell service can be hard to come by. After spending hours exploring, head home and kick back on the patio at this spacious 4-bedroom villa, perfect for groups.

Image of Buckskin Gulch, a slot canyon near St. George Utah

Behold the beauty of Buckskin Gulch during your last minute vacation in St. George, Utah

Hit the fairway

Direct your ride to 1585 Ledges Parkway to play golf at The Ledges. The 7,200-yard course is par 72 and features incredible Snow Canyon State Park views. Collared shirts are required, and denim is not allowed. Make a tee time reservation so you can hop on a golf cart and hit the fairway whenever it fits your schedule. Book a stay at this 4-bedroom villa and call the 18th hole “home” for the night.

Visit Zion National Park

Zion National Park is well known for towering red rock walls, cascading waterfalls, and skinny canyons called narrows. The Virgin River creates the Emerald Pools, a series of watering holes surrounded by lush greenery – a site to see in this largely desert environment! Make sure to visit Angel’s Landing, a permitted hike up a 1,488-foot-tall rock with incredible peak views of Zion Landing. Hang on to the chain railings; this strenuous walk requires some stamina, but every step is worth it! With so much beauty to see, you’ll want to plan this last minute vacation to span a few days. So call this premium vacation rental (with epic views) your basecamp for a few days, and explore to your heart’s delight!

Brian Head Ski Resort is a must-visit during a last minute trip to St. George

Brian Head Ski Resort is a must-visit during a last minute trip to St. George

Downhill ski the highest resort in Utah

Visit Brian Head Resort at 329 South Highway 143 to get your adrenaline fix while cruising down the 71 downhill runs. With 650 acres of terrain, skiers of all difficulty levels will find options to suit their ski style! One-third of the runs are easy, one-third medium difficulty, and one-third difficult. The base elevation of 9,600 feet is the highest in Utah! The annual snowfall of over 360 inches makes this the perfect place to chase some powder or sign up for ski school to learn something new! After a full day on the slopes, spend some time soaking in the private hot tub and taking in the views at this red rock & turned wood escape.

Spend some time on the water

Head to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT, at 3351 Sand Hollow Road to rent kayaks or paddle boards. Pick up a paddle and cruise on the emerald waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir. This unique waterway is also a hot spot for fishing and diving. The bottom of the reservoir features a plane, a bus, and a skeleton – perfect destinations for people learning to dive! You can also rent ATVs, UTVs, boats, and jet skis to enjoy your time on the water or around the lake! After a fun-filled day on the water, enjoy lounging fireside at this stunning villa and take in the sunset from your private patio.

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