WASHINGTON COUNTY — Red rock, sunny skies, and thousands of acres are calling out to you. This is is Washington County, where you’ll find everything from A to Zion.
Washington County is world renowned for its outdoor activities, and with Zion National Park close by, there is no wonder why. However, if you're looking for an outdoor experience away from the hustle and bustle of larger crowds, we have some ideas to help.
Sand Hollow State Park
Cool waters and sandy dunes welcome visitors to this popular destination. The youngest park in the Utah State Parks system, Sand Hollow offers recreation opportunities to a wide-variety of outdoor enthusiasts.
The Sand Hollow Reservoir features deep blue waters that are a must for visiting boaters or anglers. Everyone loves a day on the water, and Sand Hollow has you covered.
If you’re wanting to try something new, visit our rental shop “The Beach at Sand Hollow.” Here, you can rent everything from a pontoon boat and jet skies, to a jet boat and stand up paddle board. Don’t forget to grab a burger on the way out, the food is a perfect addition to a day at play.
The fun on the water doesn’t end there. Dive deeper into the fun by visiting the Dixie Divers shack by the main boat ramp. Here, you can suit up with the Dixie Dive Team and plunge into a true adventure. Beneath the reservoir’s surface, you’ll find a dive park complete with an old school bus, and even a Cessna plane.
Don’t have your sea-legs handy? No problem, head over to the sand dunes to get your motorsports on. The sand dunes are a favorite to those looking to really open up the throttle on their ATV’s, dirt bikes, and side-by-sides. With over 20,000 acres of sand, you’re sure to find some room to play.
Forget your ATV? Our friends at The Beach have your back again, with ATV and side-by-side rentals. Choose from a wide-variety of dirt toys and reserve them for you and your friends.
Having too much fun to leave? Stay with us overnight! Sand Hollow State Park also offers a variety of camping spots. Choose from campsites with full-hookups, partial-hookups, or a primitive site perfect for a quick night in the tent. Learn more about what Sand Hollow has to offer at the Utah State Parks website.
Mountain Biking in the Red Rocks
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in Utah, and Washington County is a premier spot to come get some laps in and test your skills. These red rock trails are world-famous, and have even helped spawn a local high school mountain bike team.
The Hurricane Cliffs trail system is a local favorite that consists of single track trails complete with some spurts of climbing along with some quicker descents. Together, the trails form a loop over 21 miles long featuring some premiere Southern Utah scenery. Remember to bring plenty of water and food if you need it, cellphone service could be spotty in some sections of the trail.
Gooseberry Mesa, a trail near the City of Hurricane, has quickly become a favorite to many in the mountain biking community – and was dedicated as a National Recreation Trail in 2006. Consisting of a multitude of different difficulties, Gooseberry Mesa takes riders through sections of everything from easy natural surfaces to extreme and unpredictable terrain. So whether you’re seeking a leisurely ride or steep drops, this ride has something for you.
Looking for more mountain bike trails, visit the Washington County Tourism website for some trail maps as well as other information about mountain biking and other cycling events in the area.
Hiking at Snow Canyon State Park
Feeling like keeping things more “old school” and putting foot-to-dirt for a good hike? You don’t have to venture far outside of St. George for some of the best views in the country. Snow Canyon State Park is located just north of the city near Tuacahn Center for the Arts.
The trails at Snow Canyon can only be described as truly breathtaking. The red rock cliffs tower high above a winding road at the bottom, where many trails can be accessed.
Be sure to stop by the Petrified Sand Dunes hike for an experience like no other. This is a local favorite, and the hike is considered moderate at 1.2 miles long. Here, you can walk along massive Navajo sandstone dunes that have been frozen in time. Don’t forget a camera for this one, you’ll want it.
Looking for a more difficult hike? Check out the Red Dunes trail. This route is 3.5 miles long and contains multiple sections of deep sand and rocky slopes. This trail shares a beginning section with the Hidden Pinyon trail, but branches off after a sandy wash. The rough route will be worth it once you see the 400ft cliffs of red and white blended sandstone.