St. George Marathon Area Information
Area Information
Population - St. George 67,614
Elevation 2,860 ft
Local Time Mountain Standard Time
Average High for October 78° F
Average Low for October 50° F


Things To Do


The St. George area is a recreation mecca, featuring high quality facilities such as Sand Hollow Aquatic Center, Tonaquint Tennis Complex, and the Sunbrook Golf Club. The city has three other excellent municipal golf courses and offers miles of trails for biking, walking, running and hiking.


St. George is host to several major sporting events including; the St. George Marathon, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the NJCAA Women's Fast Pitch Championships, The NCAA Red Desert Classic which hosted 15 Division I Universities and our newest event, the Ironman Triathlon. It is one of only seven Ironman championship qualifier races in the United States.


For the second straight year the Ironman Triathlon will be hosted in St. George Utah. This prestigious event includes a 2.4 mile swim in Sand Hollow Reservoir, a 112 mile ride traversing through the heart of Washington County and finishes up with a 26.2 mile marathon. Twenty-five hundred athletes from 46 states and 23 countries will participate in the Ironman Triathlon on May 7, 2011.


Snow Canyon State Park is only 3.5 miles northwest from The Canyon's Complex. Snow is not what attracts 500,000 visitors annually to the warm, sunny, red rock marvels of this park. Gigantic coral colored, Navajo sandstone rocks mantled with lava, sprinkled with lush-looking bluegrass sage, with white cliffs soaring in sharp contrast, make it a photographer's dream. The park is known for its large expanse of red sand dunes. There are more than 15 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Cliffs for repelling are a favorite throughout the park.


St. George is centrally located within Utah's Color Country with world famous Zion National Park, one of the most scenic destinations in Southern Utah, just 43 miles northeast of St. George (about a 50 minute drive). From St. George drive north in I-15 to exit 16 (Hurricane/Zion National Park) and continue northeast on UT-9 following the signs to this majestic natural beauty. No trip to Southern Utah would be complete without a visit to Zion National Park.


Bryce Canyon National Park is located near Cedar City roughly 70 miles north of St. George. Look down on miles of exquisitely carved pinnacles and spires. Set on a high plateau, the pine-covered rim of Bryce Canyon catches the clean, cool breezes of a mountain setting.


The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is approximately a three hour drive from St. George.


Quail Creek and Sand Hollow Recreation areas are just 11 miles north east of St. George. Fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, boating and swimming attract outdoor enthusiasts to the park. Campsite, picnic facilities and restrooms are available. Sand Hollow Recreation Area is the starting location for Ironman St. George
Other recreational areas include the Red Cliffs Recreation area, located north of St. George, near Leeds; The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, north of St. George; Pine Valley Mountain and the Dixie National Forest, 35 miles north of St. George; and Gunlock State Park and Reservoir, 15 miles northwest of St. George.


Cultural activities are a big part of what makes this red rock country so desirable. Live music, theatre, a symphony, art shows, festivals and concert series are part of an incredible array of artistic offerings that are available. The City of St. George's Art Museum regularly features the works of well known local artists as well as those of national and international acclaim.


As a premier location for aspiring archeologists, The St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is home to exceptionally well-preserved dinosaur tracks, some displaying skin impressions. These tracks, along with hundreds of fossil fish, plants, rare dinosaur remains, invertebrates traces and important sedimentary structures, show evidence that this site was produced along the western edge of a large, Early Jurassic (age between 195-198 million years ago) freshwater lake named Lake Dixie. Other discoveries that make the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm unique include the largest and best preserved collection of dinosaur swim tracks, a rare sitting impression of a large meat-eating dinosaur, and the unusual association of tracks, traces and actual bones found in close proximity to each other.


Shopping


St. George also offers a comfortable shopping experience year round. With quaint Main Street boutiques, the Red Cliffs Mall, and The Outlets at Zion; there is virtually something for everyone.


St. George's Main Street is an up-and-coming shopping destination with surprises around every corner. From Main Street Antiques and Little Professor Book Store, to tasty treats at Twenty-Five Main Cafe and Cake Parlor or the Bear Paw Coffee Co., you'll be surprised at the magic this rejuvenated part of town holds. Just north of the Main Street shops is Ancestor Square. This unique shopping area has an art gallery, various shops, and fine dining, all in a cluster of 12 buildings; several of historical origin.


The Red Cliffs Mall is located at 1770 East Red Cliffs Drive in St. Georg. The 4 major retailers that anchor this mall are JC Penny's, Dillards, Sears and Barnes & Noble; all surrounded by 50 shops with familiar names such as Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, PacSun and many more.
The Outlets at Zion are conveniently located off I-15 at Exit 8 in sunny St. George, featuring over 30 premium shops that boas retailers like Polo Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer and Levi's plus great restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Starbucks.