St. George, Utah is a hidden gem in the desert. I have traveled around and lived in many different places, and have decided that St. George is the perfect place to settle down and raise a family.
Some of the reasons I love St. George are:
- The weather: St. George has mild winters. Springs are absolutely wonderful. Summers are hot which makes it feel like a tropical resort and the Fall is gorgeous. You can do most any outdoor activity most any time of the year.
- The surroundings: St. George is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful red rock with a background of Pine Valley Mountain. You can hike, bike, run, find dinosaur tracks, and more pretty much in your back yard.
- The recreation: St. George has some great things to do that don’t cost an arm and a leg. For kids there are multiple parks with “splash pads” that are all free. A splash pad is basically a section of a park with a bunch of fountains that squirt out water to cool you off. Kids love them! There is also a man-made wading river in downtown that kids love to splash around in. The same park has a carousel and in the summer, they bring out a giant screen and play free movies in the evenings so you can bring a blanket and enjoy. Pioneer park is fun for kids and grown-ups to hike around in and see an old pioneer house that was built into the red rock. It is a great little historic site that also has an awesome view of the city.
- Tuacahn: I have been to plays on Broadway and in Hollywood, and I have to say that Tuacahn is superior. It is a beautiful outdoor theater that boasts some of the best live shows imaginable. The seats are much more affordable than Broadway, and the shows are top notch. I have seen Les Miserables, Hairspray, and Thriller and they were each spectacular. They are able to do so many more props and stunts that it dwarfs the indoor stage. For more information go to www.tuacahn.org.
- The history: St. George has a downtown area full of historical buildings each of which you can take a tour for free. The St. George temple is the oldest working temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and is breath-taking. The white exterior really pops out against the red rock background. The Mormon presence really makes the town feel warm and welcoming.
- The events: St. George hosts many nationally known events throughout the year. They have an Iron man competition, the Senior Games, and of course the most famous St. George Marathon. (www.stgeorgemarathon.com) There seems to always be something going on downtown that is fun and appeals to all ages.
- Cost of living: As I’ve said, I have lived in numerous different cities and states, and St. George has the lowest cost of living so far. You can get a brand new 3000 square foot house with all the upgrades for around $260,000. Also, the utilities, especially Dixie Escalante Electric, are cheaper than any other city I’ve been in.
There are so many more great things about the area. There are national parks extremely close such as Zion (20 min.) Bryce Canyon (50 min.) and the Grand Canyon (1.5 hours). If you want to get out of the heat, it’s only a 20 min. drive up to Pine Valley Mountain where there are lakes, campgrounds, hiking trails, and picnic areas. If skiing is your thing, Brian Head is only about 1.5 hours north. If you want a bit of city life, Vegas is only 1.5 hours south.
Unfortunately, we had to move out of St. George, but we would give anything to come back. It truly, to me, is Heaven on earth!
For tons of great St. George pictures go to http://www.utah.com/stgeorge/photogallery.htm