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St. George is located within the northern end of the Mojave Desert at 2,860 feet above sea level and has an average annual temperature of approximately 61°F. St. George’s climate is an attraction in its own right. It has become a green oasis in the desert, and the combination of the warm, dry winter climate and natural beauty of the setting draws both new residents and tourists to the area. With hot summers and mild winters, St. George is also known as a winter haven for what the 50,000 locals like to call “Snow Birds” (tourists who come to St. George to warm up, away from the snow). St. George is also home to the four-year Dixie State College. St. George offers excellent shopping, dining, entertainment, and other activities.
The Mormon pioneers were sent here in 1861 to grow cotton. It is named after George A. Smith, early pioneer leader.
Most Famous For: Year-round golf and great weather. Elevation: 2,800 Population: 48,000
Over the past 30 years St. George (Utah’s Palm Springs) has become a year-round playground and getaway. Golf, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, and a myriad of other activities such as visiting the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum are wonderful options. There also are many family activity centers available such as: Fiesta Family Fun Center, skate park, AntiGravity Trampoline Arena, St. George Aquatic Center, and Laser Mania.
After an exhausting day, you can go to places such as the St. George Day Spa for a rejuvenating massage or facial. Guided tours are available for St. George and the
surrounding area, which has also become a shopping mecca with factory stores, malls, antique shops, gift shops, and even large superstores. Be sure to visit the St. George Musical Theatre while you are in town or catch outdoor musical entertainment at the Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts.
St. George has some of the finest golf courses in the state of Utah, including several championship courses. Call for details on tee times and golf packages.
By car, Snow Canyon State Park is just a few minutes from town. Zion National Park, one of America’s crown jewel parks, is 45 minutes from St. George. Ghost towns, historic sites, and even dinosaur tracks are found throughout the area.
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