Tourists and locals alike are flocking to the newly opened Red Hills Desert Garden! Intended to promote water conservancy and educate the public on local fish species, the Desert Garden is a perfect place to bring the entire family.
“Desert” and “Garden” may seem like strange words to combine in any title, but they perfectly describe the 3 million dollar project that is beautifying and enriching the St. George area. The Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s first conservation garden. It features 170 low-water-usage plants and a vast 1,150 ft. stream that meanders over 5 acres. Water is supplied by the Skyline Pond which is ultimately sourced from the Virgin River.
The Desert Garden is incredibly accessible to visitors, young and old alike. Visitors can observe native fish up close through an observation area. Visitors are encouraged to learn more about the wildlife, both present and past. In fact, if you follow the dinosaur prints along the pathway, you’ll find recreations of prints found throughout the construction process. By scanning codes with your phone, you can learn more about the species and wildlife that is and was native to the area.
The goal of the project is two fold. First, encourage water conservancy. By observing the beautiful landscape, directors hope that visitors will realize that being conscious of water use and having a beautiful landscape can go hand-in-hand. Second, educate. How can people protect something they cannot see? This is why the Desert Garden showcases native fish and plant species, in order to encourage awareness and appreciation.
The Red Hill Desert Garden is a gem and is worth seeing. Bring the whole family and leave with a great appreciation for the natural beauty of southern Utah.
The Red Hills Desert Garden is located at the Washington County Water Conservancy District at 533 East Waterworks Drive, St. George, UT. Call for more information (435) 673-3617.