Construction on the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was completed in 1977. Once the Mormon pioneers came to the west, this temple was the first structure of its kind to be completed and is the oldest operating temple in the Mormon church. The temple grounds, covering one square block, offer a visitor center where any person may enter and learn more about the tenets of the Mormon faith. Film presentations and guided tours are available. The Mormon Temple grounds and visitor center is the number one tourist attraction in St. George.The temple was constructed on a location that had some swampy ground and, of necessity, the foundation of the structure needed to be reinforced. To accomplish this solid volcanic rock was taken from a nearby quarry (see below) and pounded into the ground to create stable footings for the foundation. Builders used an old canon from the Mexican War to pile-drive the volcanic rock into the marshy ground.
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.
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
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 –
The best thing about Judd’s is the way they have maintained its old town charm. Stepping into Judd’s is like stepping back in time. It’s small, it’s charming, it creaks and it’s not to be missed! Source(Yelp.com)
Brigham Young was a tradesman from Whitingham, Vermont who converted to Mormonism in 1830. He joined President of the Church Joseph Smith’s Church of Christ in 1832 and moved to their headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. After the church relocated to Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith named Young to the first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and named him president of the group in 1839. In 1844, the residents of Nauvoo were split over the issue of plural marriage, leading to the arrest of Smith. A mob of men assassinated Smith while he was in jail, resulting in the succession crisis. By the time Young was President, tensions between the Mormons in Nauvoo and non-Mormons in nearby settlements was at a peak. In early 1846, Young left with most of the Mormons and headed west to establish a new settlement, away from persecution. When he arrived at the base of the Great Salt Lake, he decided to create a permanent settlement, Salt Lake City. Young was instrumental in delegating groups of Mormons to settle nearby territory, convert the natives, and provide infrastructure. Brigham Young in 1870, three years before he started to use his winter home. St. George was a commissioned settlement in Utah’s Dixie. Intended to be a cotton-growing colony, the region was noted for its warm temperatures, even in winter. As Young aged, he found that warm weather helped his arthritis. St. George settlers built a home and office for Young in 1871, and he frequently spent his winters there after a front extension was added in 1873. Young’s presence motivated the locals to complete the St. George Temple, which Young himself dedicated in 1877. Young died on August 29, 1877 and willed the land to Judd Gates, the local dentist. It was later abandoned until Georgius Cannon Young, a descendent of Brigham, purchased the lot and restored it. He deeded it to Utah State Parks and Recreation in 1959 and the house was again restored. The house and office was designed by Miles Romney. An 1873 addition was designed by his son, Miles Park Romney. The house stands at two stories and is constructed with beige adobe brick. The red sandstone basement has two rooms, and the roof gable has wood shingles. Inside, the house has four fireplaces, three made of red sandstone and one from adobe. The church relocated all of Young’s existing former furniture, some of which was built by Young himself, and added other period pieces to replace those lost. The office is east of the living quarters, featuring stucco walls and a sandstone chimney. Wood for the house was cut from the Mount Trumbull Wilderness and the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. The Brigham Young Winter Home and Office was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is located at the southeast corner of 100 West and 200 North and is open to the public as a museum.
Town Square Town Square Park, located inside the downtown historic district, is surrounded by some of the city’s most prominent historic buildings. The park features several dramatic water features; a splash pad fountain with jets that spray high into the air, a lazy river to cool your feet, and a splashing waterfall. Shade pavilions with tables and chairs provide a relaxing place to watch children playing in the water. With its grassy parade grounds, restroom facility, and monument tower, Town Square Park plays host to a variety of public events; First Night, Art Festival, Summer Movies on the Square and more. Town Square Park is a WiFi hotspot. You will also find our spectacular Carousel here too. 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