Hotels in St.George, Utah

by Joe Fletcher

St. George, Utah is located toward the southwestern corner of the state about 90 minutes north of Las Vegas. The town is a popular sports and outdoor recreation hub that boasts a plethora of hiking, climbing, canyoneering and mountain bike routes nearby. In fact, National Geographic named this town in the sleepy desert of southern Utah one of America's best adventure towns. St. George also has a diverse selection of award-winning golf courses, and its warm, dry climate makes it possible to play year-round. Hotels in the city range from budget chain hotels to health and wellness resorts.

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Activity Resorts

Several St. George properties have activities, equipment rentals, lessons and guided day trips right out their back door. These resorts provide a comprehensive experience that allows you to make the most of your time. Some even have an adventure concierge that can personally ensure you spend your vacation exactly how you want. The Red Mountain Resort and Spa located near Snow Canyon State Park specializes in both spa activities and outdoor adventure. Red Rock offers daily trips to the area's national parks, has guides for a range of outdoor activities, and even has a "Choose Your Own Adventure" option. It also has spa and fitness activities. Properties like the Green Valley Spa and "The Biggest Loser" Fitness Resort (of NBC fame) focus on health, fitness and weight loss.

Golf Resort Hotels

St. George and neighboring towns are home to a dozen golf courses and country clubs, some of which have been ranked among the best in the state. In fact, the Utah Office of Tourism calls St. George the state's golf capital. The Inn at Entrada is home to the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, an 18-hole par-71 course that's been ranked the #1 year-round course in Utah by Golf Digest. Many of St. George's hotels offer golf packages, so be sure to ask before booking.

Budget Hotel

Many vacationers come to St. George to spend the majority of their time outdoors in the sunny, scenic desert atmosphere. Those that do may simply need a shower to clean up in and a bed to sleep in. For these types of travelers, budget hotels make sense. Many of St. George's hotels are inexpensive chain hotels including such properties as the Best Western, Budget Inn and Suites and Comfort Inn. Properties like the Holiday Inn Express and Days Inn allow pets.

Surrounding Area

One thing to be aware of when traveling to the St. George area is that St. George is the largest city in Washington County, a fact that makes it the the big-name vacation destination. It provides a nice blend of lodging, golf, outdoor recreation and small city attractions, but many of the attractions that are advertised as "St. George" are actually located a little farther up the highway. For instance, while Zion National Park is a big selling point for St. George, it's actually about 40 miles east of the city, with a number of other cities like Springdale and Mount Carmel offering much closer lodging to the park. Bryce Canyon, another greater area attraction, is even farther away. When planning your vacation to southwest Utah, make sure to book a stay in the town that provides the best location for what you want to do.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.