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If you’re looking for a summer getaway that includes lots of options for outdoor activities, then look no further than St. George, Utah. This desert oasis is home to several lakes, all of which offer something different for visitors. Whether you want to go boating, fishing, swimming, or just enjoy a picnic by the water, there’s a lake in St. George that’s perfect for you.

Here are just a few of the lakes you can find in and around St. George:


Quail Creek State Park: This man-made reservoir is located about 20 miles north of St. George. It’s a popular spot for boating, fishing, and swimming, and there’s also a 3-mile hiking trail that circles the lake.


Sand Hollow State Park: This state park is located about 10 miles southwest of St. George. It’s known for its red sandstone cliffs and turquoise waters, and it’s a popular spot for fishing, camping, and ATV riding. There are also two sand dunes that you can explore.


Gunlock State Park: This state park is located about 20 miles northwest of St. George. It’s a popular spot for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. There’s also a 1-mile hiking trail that leads to a waterfall.


Whether you’re looking for a place to cool off or just want to enjoy some time outdoors, be sure to check out one of the lakes in St. George. There’s something for everyone. You’re sure to find the perfect lake for your next adventure.


Don’t have your own equipment? There are multiple local rental companies around town. Or vacation in a home that has them included!


Lil’ Hacienda is just down the road from Sand Hollow and has kayaks, paddle boards and a trailer available for your use. Check out Lil’ Hacienda here.


See Cactus Rose details here. Cactus Rose has a kayak for guests to use, bring your truck and life jackets!


Castle Ridge has 2 inflatable paddleboards. Book our adventure themed home here!

I am a NOVICE (beginner) at Mountain Biking – truth be told, I still rent my bike each week as I am debating if I like this sport or love it – but I am fascinated with the adventure and culture.  It costs me about $75 each time to rent, but these are like $3-4,000 dollar bikes, so I feel I am getting a deal.  I will eventually buy my own, but like I said, I am still debating if I like this sport.  (leaning yes)

The above image is of the RED BULL RAMPAGE held each year on the 3rd Sat. of October (usually).  There are some of the most spectacular videos of this sport captured right here in St George.  I know I will never do these things these world class athletes do (unless it’s the last thing I do).  I can and do feel the adrenaline surge and my palms perspire as I watch over and over these videos.

As a new Mountain Bike nerd I found a great trail website Trail Forks. This is a site that gives insights to all of our trails in the area.  According to them there are 250+ trails within a 30 minute drive of my home.  This means St George is a perfect playground for mountain bikers from all over the US and World.

I am glad to see our communities building venues like Snake Hollow in St George.  This venue is for locals and visitors alike to build and practice skills and have quality time with friends and family.

“When it’s done properly, taco should be a verb.” – Jonathan Gold

I moved my family to St George in 2008 from Arizona where we had really great dine in Mexican restaurants like Rancho Tia Rosa’s  – I think we were spoiled.  St George has some pretty good Mexican hangouts like the Green Iguana and their amazing white sauce on a cheese enchilada (sorry, they don’t have a website at this time to link to) or Don Pedro’s parradilla platter experience, but nothing high-end destination like we had in Arizona.  What we do have is a handful of great little taco places that are perfect for soccer mom’s on a budget and hungry hikers.  Here are my top 3, not in any particular order, and I suggest trying all 3.

1.) Cal’s Smok’n Taco food truck.

Run by Tommy, Cal’s grandson.  Tommy gives a great nod to his grandpa as to where he learned how to smoke great meats for these original taco’s.  About $4 each, a plate of 3 fills you up and the smell of mesquite doesn’t hurt.  My personal favorite is his El Paso taco – slow smoked brisket, tangy jicama lime slaw and Tommy’s hand crafted BBQ sauce.  See where he’s at today on Instagram.

2.) Tacos Plaza.

This is a small patio option restaurant with a very simple menu with fresh tacos, burritos, nachos & quesadillas (more).  The prices are reasonable and the Mexican soul flavor is very authentic.  The word of mouth (literally)  is the only form of marketing they need.  Our first 3 times here we were disappointed because they sold out!  Our 4th trip was well worth the wait – I was pleased with the flavor and freshness.  The salsa bar had all the essentials I wanted.  Their secret right from them – “And our recipes are our own! Perfected over generations of love and passed down from mother to daughter, everything at Tacos Plaza is original, fresh, and absolutely delicious!”

3.) El Coyote Charo.

El Coyote is the kind of place that, when I walk in I see only myself and one or two other ‘gringo’s’, everyone else is latino, therefore I know this place is real good.  Fresh agua frescas & horchata to a salsa bar with fresh pinto beans.  Here you can get tacos’ made with all the traditional meats (carne asada, el pastor, chicken) as well as unique baja flavors like shrimp ceviche or menudo.   The smell of fresh fire roasted jalapeños and onions fills the air and the melty cheese is a must.

Because I love the Latino flavors – especially the Taco – I hope you found my top 3 as tasty as I have.

Here’s a special bonus for our out of area readers – Because bringing your family to the St george area for an Escape should be as amazing as these tacos!  Use the DISCOUNT code “Taco” and save $$$ on these select units or any of our 60+ area vacation homes.

Our themed retreat – Castle Ridge – 4 bedroom with the areas best castle bunk room.

Or you may find an under sea adventure in Submarine is worth “diving into”?  See Ridge Haven.

Or a little alien abduction on route 66 themed cabin near Zion National Park.  Check out The Bunker at Area 51.