People will be able to take advantage of the free tours and presentations given at the garden or settle on wandering the paths that crisscross the garden’s surface. Along the way, some may notice imprints resembling tiny dinosaur tracks in the concrete sections of the path. When followed, they lead to spots along the path that display re-creations of dinosaur tracks and swim tracks that were discovered during the site’s construction. Interpretive signs will be near the tracks, providing information.
This partially shaded, looping trail system connects the Santa Clara River Trail with Tonaquint Park, Tonaquint Cemetery, the Tonaquint Nature Center, and the Washington County Water Conservancy District’s demonstration garden. Portions of the trail are shaded. Views include the Santa Clara River, Tonaquint Pond, and the Southgate golf course. The trail is accessible from any parking area in Tonaquint Park.
The 11 acre park is named in honor of the Mathis Family who donated farm land to the City of St. George. Although the fishing pond and park property were lost in the 2005 flood the park was re-built in 2008 with a number of added features and upgrades. The park amenities include a covered pavilion with picnic tables and barbecues, restroom facilities, loop walking trail, three separate grass areas, and a shaded children’s playground. Future improvements include another covered pavilion, additional playground equipment, and a splash pad. 120 trees from our tree farm have recently been planted in the grass areas and along the trail.
Kanarra Creek Trail – commonly referred to as Kanarraville Falls – is a very rewarding hike that takes you up a canyon just east of the town of Kanarraville, UT. This is a water hike and cannot be completed without getting wet. The trail crosses Kanarra Creek many times and eventually enters a slot canyon where you have no choice to to enter the 3-8 inches of water so you can see the falls. The trail is lush with trees, plants, reeds – lots of green. Not really suitable for small children unless you plan to carry them alot of the way. Beautiful hike – definitely a great place to get out of the St George heat in the summer time! Kanarra Creek Trail – Kanarraville Falls Source:Google maps
The “Hell Hole Trail” is one of our favorite hikes as it ties into two other great trails along the Virgin River. Located where Exit 13 (Washington Parkway) ‘T’s into Telegraph, is an open dirt lot. The trail head is right there. A short dirt trail gives way to a paved trail in about 20 yards with a steep grade. This trail is a gateway to other connected trails. Opening up to the Virgin River trail and the Cottonwood Trail. There are cool rock out cropping, a wooden bridge, weeping rocks and lots of birds. This is a steep trail. I suggest walking the bikes down then ride the bikes on more level ground. Walking or ridding this trail will get your heart rate up. http://cloud.washingtoncity.org/recreation/trails
Hurricane Cliffs Trail System Unlike the other trail systems in St. George Field Office area, the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System wasn’t developed because of its awesome slick rock or incredible views, and it isn’t inside a protected area such as a Reserve or Area of Critical Environmental Concern. This trail system developed because it’s an area that is just plain fun to mountain bike. While not the legendary riding of the Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail (under whose shadow this trail system sits), the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System has its own rewards. From smooth, rolling terrain to rough, rocky slabs, there are over 36 miles of great riding single-track in the system. Be sure to check each trail you plan to visit as there are user group restrictions. For example, the Canal Trail is only open to hikers, and equestrians are restricted to existing roads and the Chinatown Wash Trail. Source:
Man O’ War, Confluence, or Riverside Trailheads. This paved trail covers about 8.2 miles along the north bank of the Virgin River while providing scenic views of the river and its surrounding flora and fauna. It can be accessed by the Man of War, Confluence, and Riverside trailheads and is handicap accessible. Getting there: Bloomington. Take the Bluff Street I-15 exit in St. George and turn west. Immediately turn south (right) and drive on Tonaquint Drive until it forks onto Bloomington Drive after the hill. Spot the parking area on your left just before the river bridge. (Or, take the Bloomington exit and drive west through town. As you cross the Virgin River, you’ll see a parking area on your right.) St. George. Take the Dixie Drive I-15 exit and turn east. Immediately to the east of I-15, pull into the parking area south of the Dixie Center. The trail is on the south side of the road. Cross the bridge to find the southbound Virgin River trail. (Westbound under the freeway is the Santa Clara River trail.) Under the freeway then north takes you to the city center. Eastbound (along the road you took as you exited the freeweay) is the eastbound Virgin River trail. ADA Accessible -Paved – City Park -Parking -Shaded -Information Kiosk -Trailhead – Water -Restroom -Picnic Area –
Brooks Nature Park 452 North Main Map Located at the top of Main Street, Brooks Nature Park with its serene Cox Pond is a neighborhood park whose architecture and focal point are provided by nature. This historic location was the original water source for the settlers of the valley and offers natural wonders found nowhere else in Utah. Botanists have discovered plants that grow only in this unique microclimate protected by canyon walls from harsh winds and insulated by lush plant life. Water percolating from the surrounding red cliffs creates emergent natural springs which fill the pond and supply the water for the historic Waterwalk down Main Street. The park is easily enjoyed by walking the gravel path under the shade of a variety of trees. At the top of the park the trail reaches a small amphitheater and more adventurous hikers can continue up the canyon into the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve trail system. Relax and have a picnic at the trellis covered pavilion. Amenities Amphitheater Electric Outlets Picnic Tables Tennis Courts Basketball Courts Fishing Pond Playground Trailhead BBQ Hiking Restroom Volleyball Carousel Horseshoe Pits Reservable Walking Path Climbing Wall Pavillion, Covered Softball Field WiFi Hotspot Dog Park Parking Splash Pad Disc (frisbee) Golf Drinking Fountains Pickleball Courts Soccer Field Community Garden Skate Park Futsal Field Porta Potties Hiking Trail
Pioneer Park Red Hills Parkway This 52 acre rustic community park is a rock climber’s paradise. From Dixie Rock, also known as the Sugarloaf, spectacular views of downtown, White Dome, Zion National Park and Arizona can be seen. This park has a large trellis pavilion with two barbecues and fire ring, several smaller picnic areas with tables, two with metal trellis pavilions, and a separate fire pit with an amphitheater. Numerous hiking trails provide access to a Boy Scout Cave, historical pioneer cabin location, slot canyons and a connection into the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. (source: https://www.sgcity.org/departments/leisureservices/parks/park.php?id=95) Amenities Amphitheater Electric Outlets Picnic Tables Tennis Courts Basketball Courts Fishing Pond Playground Trailhead BBQ Hiking Restroom Volleyball Carousel Horseshoe Pits Reservable Walking Path Climbing Wall Pavillion, Covered Softball Field WiFi Hotspot Dog Park Parking Splash Pad Disc (frisbee) Golf Drinking Fountains Pickleball Courts Soccer Field Community Garden Skate Park Futsal Field Porta Potties Hiking Trail