Among the numerous activities that can be found while visiting Southern Utah, the following is the top ten that tourists and residents enjoy here.
1.) Go fishing- From rivers and lakes to reservoirs and streams, Southern Utah is a great place to do a little fishing. If bass is your fish of choice, one of the nation’s best places to catch bass and striped bass is Lake Powell, located on the border of Utah and Arizona. Other lakes and streams in the area are known for rainbow and brown trout, in addition to many other types of fish.
2.) Take a scenic drive- With so many plateaus, canyons, and cliffs, there is no shortage of picturesque drives where every route is the scenic route. One of the most popular routes is to Cedar Mountain Plateau where visitors can experience a 360 degree view of diverse landscapes and terrain.
3.) Visit a National Park- Southern Utah boasts some of the best national and state parks in our nation. The unique and ancient geographical features make visits to any one of the five major national parks an experience to remember. The five major national parks are: Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District), Canyonlands National Park (Needles District), Capitol Reef National Park , and Zion National Park.
4.) Take a hike – Some of the best hiking trails in the world can be found in Red Rock country. Whether you are an advanced hiker or just a beginner, Southern Utah offers an experience for anyone. Almost all of the national and state parks have multiple hiking trails to explore, and each one offers a different scene with varying levels of difficulties. A popular hiking trail located in Zion National Park is the narrows. This path is great for beginners but also advanced hikers who want to continue on to the Gorge for a 16 mile hike around the top.
5.) Experience the local art – Interested in the arts? The city of St. George is perfect for every art enthusiast. From art museums to multiple exhibitions and shows around town, there is something for everyone’s taste in art and culture.
6.) Find a great biking trail – Similar to the hiking trails, most of the national and state parks have multiple bike trails for varying levels of difficulty. Depending on the type of terrain you prefer, you can find great trails at Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante, and Cedar Breaks, to name a few.
7.) Play some golf- Numerous golf resorts span the landscape of Southern Utah, but St. George’s Red Rock Golf Trail is one of the most picturesque and unique locations to play golf. Golfers can experience any one of the 13 golf courses that are available year round.
8.) Experience the city of St. George- Awarded one of America’s best “Wilderness Town,” St. George offers great dining and entertainment, against the background of canyons and mountains.
9.) Visit a ghost town- Southern Utah is home to Grafton Ghost Town where “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed. Visit this town near Zion National Park to experience the true American West.
10.) Hop in a hot air balloon- There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and geographical wonders of Southern Utah than in a hot air balloon. In a balloon hundreds of feet off of the ground, you will see rock formations in a way that is not possible from the ground or in an air plane. Most balloon rides will take you over one of many national state parks as well as other unique geographical locations such as the Gorge and portions of the Moab.