Visiting St. George, Utah: Home Base for Parkaholics

Anyone who wants to see Zion Canyon, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Las Vegas, Glen Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, etc. etc. and be within a few hours drive of all of it should stay in St. George, Utah.

While we stayed in Pine Valley, St. George was our connection to civilization. It’s big enough to have lots of restaurants, grocery stores, heck, even a Walmart. Anytime we needed anything (which was a often) we headed to St. George.

The city itself has a few highlights worth noting, and good options if you’re staying outside town like us, or looking for a “down” day.

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

Our kids are nuts for dinosaurs, so Johnson Farm was a must stop. Even without kids, if you have anything above a passing interest in paleontology, swing in. They have ultra-rare fossils. Stuff that doesn’t exist anywhere else, like dinosaur swim tracks.

Everything in this place was discovered on a farm when the owner was plowing up some sandstone, flipped it over, and found the tracks underneath. It harkens back to a time when St. George sat on the edge of a giant inland ocean and dinos roamed the shores.

There’s a separate room with more fossils, skulls, and coloring activities for kids, plus an outdoor fossil dig area. All in all, a great way to kill a couple hours.

Johnson Farm St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site

Washington City Community Center

When it gets hot out (and it gets blistering), the Washington City Community Center is a phenomenal place to go cool down. The pool area is gi-normous with two of those aqua structures with the giant buckets on top and all those squirting hoses and guns.

Basically, heaven for kids.

There’s also a couple slides that actually fun to zip down. There’s zero lines since you’re at a community center, which is great. The entire place is open air too – one whole wall opens up and looks out over the rest of the town and the red rock desert.

Washington City Community Center

Tuacahn Center for the Arts

We didn’t go here, but felt like it was worth mentioning because it looks freaking awesome. They put on broadway quality plays in an auditorium that backs up against Snow Canyon State Park, with its gorgeous red rock formations.

We’d definitely put Tuacahn in “must-see” territory, even though we didn’t plan far enough ahead to be able to snag tickets.