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Southwestern Utah Travel Guide

Plan Your Southwestern Utah Vacation

Southwestern Utah is a land of opposites. The state's lowest point, Beaver Dam Wash, is here, south and west of St. George, while the Pine Valley Mountains north of that growing city are among the highest in Utah. The region is often perceived as a hot, dry place, yet from the desert depths you can see snowy peaks and evergreens and shiver.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Go with the (lava) flow As you hike along the lower trails of Snow Canyon State Park, look up to see ridges capped in lava from eruptions possibly as recent as 20,000 years ago.
  2. Sit in a stagecoach Check out the one restored stagecoach that visitors can hop aboard at Iron Mission State Park Museum.
  3. Camp beneath the aspens The 26 campgrounds in Dixie National Forest might seem like a lot, but it's still easy to lose yourself amid the forest's 2 million acres.
  4. Pay your respects to the Bard Watch the likes of Othello on a stage that replicates the Old Globe Theatre during the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
  5. Walk where dinosaurs stepped The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm would be developed real estate if a backhoe hadn't unearthed ancient footprints in 2000.

When To Go

When to Go

Year-round, far southwestern Utah is the warmest region in the state; St. George is usually the first city to break 100°F every year, and even ...

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