Southern Utah has the some of the most incredible canyons and rock formations on the planet due to the erosive forces of rivers and streams. During your next vacation you’ll have the chance to do the best hikes in St. George. Within these canyons you will see remarkable beauty and scenery. The trails in the surrounding areas cater to everyone from the beginning hiker to the expert canyoneer and adventure seeker.
The Best Hikes in St. George, Utah
Easy Hike – Cascade Fall Hike
Cascade Falls is an easy hike for most, including beginners. It typically takes about two hours to complete this hike in St. George, and the trek covers two miles. Along the way you’ll see the tall formations, gorgeous pools of water, and steep falls that bring fame to the area.
It also contains a slot canyon that provides remarkable views while also serving as an ideal place to catch a peaceful moment of tranquility and solitude. The trail leads to a vista that ultimately overlooks Cedar Mountain, and you’ll also be able to see Kolob Terrace.
You don’t need a permit to hike in Cascade Falls, and the trail is accessible year round from Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.
Intermediate Hike – Sand Bench Loop
If you are looking for a hike that is rewarding both physically and visually, look no further than Sand Bench Loop. This intermediate 3.5 mile hike will leave you feeling like you accomplished something, and got a great view along the way.
Start out at the Bridge of the Patriarchs, you’ll see it on the left side of the canyon as you enter Zion’s. Cross the Virgin River and make the initial ascent of about 500 feet. Once you reach the shelf – created by an ancient landslide – you’ll get an up-close view of the Patriarchs. Continue on toward the fork in the trail, either direction you choose will bring you back to this same place.
Here are a few tips for this intermediate hike: Watch out for horse droppings, take this hike in the morning to avoid direct sunshine, plan ahead and bring a picnic!
Advanced Hike – Angel’s Landing
As the most renown hike in Zion National Park, Angel’s Landing is true to its reputation. If you are an avid hiker looking for adventure and great views of the park, this trail is not to be missed.
Once in the canyon, you’ll walk up a series of switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles that take you out of the canyon onto Scout’s Lookout, a ridge that goes along the Saddle. This is where the difficult stretch begins. After crossing the Saddle, you will encounter Hogsback – an incredibly steep and narrow climb (chains are bolted into the mountain for safety and assistance – you WILL need them).
It is after finishing this treacherous stretch of trail that you are rewarded with the best view of Zions – Angel’s Landing. You’ve just climbed roughly 1,400 feet in elevation in only 2.5 miles.
Ps: Check out the famous hike to Dixie Rock here.