The 5 Best Places To Stay In St. George

There are many different places to stay at when visiting St. George and so many fun things to do that its difficult to decide where to stay. However, we are here to help you narrow down the 5 best places to stay in St. George that will best fit your needs. Take at look at some of the top choices people recommend to make your visit to St. George an even more amazing experience.

The Inn at Entrada

Saint George resort golfing

This luxurious resort is perfect for people who love to golf. It is enclosed inside a golf community and big enough for the whole family. They offer wonderful views of St. George, delicious restaurants, spa services, free Wi-Fi, golfing, and much more.

They rank as one of the top hotel resorts in all of Utah. This resort has great  ambience as well. If you are looking for a little bit more expensive but incredibly nice and beautiful resort, then this is the perfect spot for you.

After you visit here, you will be calling this place your new home away from home. And with beautiful weather nearly all year round, you can expect to enjoy hitting the links most of the year.

The Chalet Motel

If you are looking for a motel rather than a luxurious resort, then this is a cheaper option that will fit your needs. They offer newly updated rooms, nice air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV, microwave and refrigerator, comfy beds, full kitchen, plus additional amenities. They have great reviews and we recommend the Chalet Motel if you just need a place to stay at when visiting St. George.

The Chalet motel is in a nice quiet location if you’re looking to relax. You cant hear the highways or streets from the rooms so you won’t have any trouble trying to sleep. The staff really makes sure to keep the rooms clean as well so that you will have no problems with your visit. Next time you’re in St. George, go check out The Chalet Motel!

Hampton Inn

Saint George city view

While the Hampton Inn is no resort, it is a very nice place to stay at when visiting St. George. It’s a little more money than a motel but cheaper than a resort.

Located in the middle of the shopping district, the Hampton Inn offers a complimentary hot breakfast, two pools, an indoor and outdoor whirlpool, coffee maker, TV, air conditioning, fitness center, and much more. The Hampton Inn is a great place to stay at with good value.

Don’t overlook a lot of the “normal” hotels. You might be surprised at the value you can find. Plus, if you’re a Hilton Rewards member, then you’ll be able to bank some extra points when staying at The Hampton Inn.

 

St. George Inn & Suites

St. George Inn & Suites is perfect for anyone. It’s great for families, people on a business trip, or if you just need a place to stay for the night. They have great prices for everyone. This place is especially great if you have kids because they are very family friendly, they have a playground, an indoor and an outdoor pool, big rooms, they are pet friendly, they have a fitness center, plus they offer complimentary breakfast so you don’t have to buy breakfast for your whole family.

This hotel is also in a good location. It is pretty close to the shopping district where you can enjoy some nice shopping and dinners. Personally, I have stayed there myself with my family and I can vouch for them and say that I had a wonderful visit. I would definitely stay there again.

The Estancia Resort

Saint George tennis court with red rock

This is another luxurious resort that you will love. They are a top-rated hotel in all of St. George. They offer air conditioning (you’ll find that while this seems like a basic amenity, it’s really important in a place like St. George), hot tub, big pool, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, self-serve laundry, plus other amazing amenities.

If you are into hiking, this place has wonderful trails behind and nearby the resort. You can enjoy the beautiful red rock and amazing views from these trails. The staff here make sure that the rooms are well maintained and cleaned very often. The rooms are pretty big which include a nice full kitchen.

This location is also fairly close to a couple National Parks in Utah if you are looking for a place to stay that is close to the National Parks. This resort is a little cheaper than some other high end resorts but it is a great value because it is truly very nice and beautiful.

And don’t forget, if you’re looking to charter a trip to nearby Las Vegas, check out our charter bus site at slecharters.com.

Holiday Travel with Salt Lake Express

Are you a homesick student? Or perhaps it’s been forever since you’ve visited your extended family. To many people, the holiday season represents a time to come together. To celebrate relationships and enjoy the end of the year. However, getting home for the holidays can be a challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with winter travel you may not feel comfortable traveling home. But fear not. No matter how far you go, Salt Lake Express is here to help with all the ways we help with holiday travel.

Travel to Utah or Idaho

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We have routes all throughout Idaho and Utah. Traveling is as simple as picking your destination. The most popular route goes from Idaho Falls to Salt Lake. However, the bus does stop in towns along the way. If you are traveling from Idaho to Utah, or vice versa, you need to think about the weather. Utah and Idaho weather is often similar, however Utah can be slightly warmer. In the winter, your best bet is to pack for cold weather either way. If you travel to St George, you have the option to get dropped off at your door. Which can come in handy if you’re hoping to save time.

Travel to Nevada

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip, in front of teh Bellagio
Getting to and from Las Vegas is simple and affordable with our shuttles.

Salt Lake Express has several popular routes from Utah to Nevada. The most popular destinations lie near Las Vegas, but there are several other options. If you do travel from Utah to Nevada, planning for weather is key. Nevada weather often reaches the 70s in the winter, while Utah rests below freezing. You’ll want to dress warm for the trip, but have layers you can remove as it gets warmer. Pack for warm weather, but bring a light jacket just in case. Pack a swimsuit in case you want to enjoy warm weather at it’s fullest. Once you’re packed and ready to go, you can relax and enjoy the show of Christmas lights and Vegas neon.

Travel to Wyoming or Montana

We have several routes if you’re traveling to Wyoming or Montana, most being to Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. You’ll need to prepare for very cold weather if you’re traveling that far north. You’ll want to pack heavy clothing for your trip. Especially if you’re planning any outdoor activities or ventures. Bring a large suitcase to carry sweaters, pants, and thermals. Dress appropriately for travel. Check weather conditions for Wyoming and Montana before you leave. Bring extra layers in your carry-on bag to add as you travel and wear a heavy coat that is easy to remove on the bus. Your coat can double as a pillow if you’re hoping to sleep on the bus. If you can, bring an extra dry, warm pair of clothes, just in case.

Further Travel

Salt Lake City's international airport
The Salt Lake International Airport has become a major hub connecting the mountainous West with the rest of the world.

If you’re traveling further east, you’ll need to travel by airplane. However, bus travel can help you save on gas and airport parking. Salt Lake Express provides transport to airports in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming. Simply pick the one closest to you and we can get you to the destination. But if you are planning to travel by plane, you’ll need to plan how you pack. Most airports have a weight limit for your luggage. The standard limit comes to around 50 pounds per suitcase. Salt Lake Express allows you to bring two suitcases, but you can pay an additional fee if you need to bring more. However, additional baggage fees can add up. If you’re only traveling for the holidays, try limiting yourself to one suitcase. It’s a good idea to leave with one suitcase, then return with two after the holidays.

Check out the closest stop to your destination.

Reasons To Visit Cedar City

Cedar City

If you’ve ever traveled from Salt Lake to Las Vegas, you’ve most likely passed through Cedar City. Residents of Utah will tell you it’s a great stop. But, if you’ve never stopped there, you’re missing out on some of the great things Cedar City has to offer. Cedar City has access to the outdoors, entertainment, and views you can’t find anywhere else. Whether you’ve been there before or not, Salt Lake Express is here to show all the great reasons to visit Cedar City!

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is one of the five National Parks in Utah. The Canyon has more than fourteen hiking opportunities. Each with their own unique views and access to the park. Visitors to Bryce can find a hike for them no matter how much experience they have. The park also offers opportunities for horseback riding, bird watching, camping, and much more. If you’re traveling with Salt Lake Express, you should definitely add Bryce Canyon to your travel plans.

Zion National Park

Like Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park provides hiking, camping, and other activities for visitors. However, Zion is known as one of the premier national parks in the country. In addition to the activities we’ve already mentioned, Zion provides opportunities for rock climbing, cycling, canyoneering, and more. Visitors with an interest in adventure can go to the extreme in this park. For travelers with a more laid-back approach, there are several tours, small hikes, rivers, and picnic opportunities to enjoy. If you travel to Cedar City, know there is something for everyone in nearby Zion National Park.

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Crowd at the Shakespeare Festival

If you’re looking for something closer to the city, you can always stop by the Utah Shakespeare Festival while they’re in season. We’ve mentioned this festival before. But, no matter how long its been, we always have to mention it again. Because the Utah Shakespeare Festival is amazing. The Festival runs from June through September, and provides entertainment and opportunities for both theatre enthusiasts and thespians. Southern Utah University has hosted the Shakespeare Festival for over fifty years. Each season, actors perform three classic Shakespeare plays. While volunteers help run activities, competitions, seminars, and tours. The festival has also won several awards. Including a Tony, Emmy, and an award from Utah’s governor. If you travel to Cedar City next summer, be sure to stop by the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Kanarra Falls

Visitors willing to go a short distance outside of Cedar City can visit the beautiful Kanarra Falls. The falls lie in a slot canyon. Hikers have to traverse the narrow canyon floor and climb a short ladder in order to get to the falls. The hike is relatively difficult, so inexperienced hikers had better travel in a group. As always in these situations, bring a first aid kit and let someone know where you are going just in case. The hike requires visitors to wade through water at some point so be willing to get a little wet. The view is definitely worth the trip.

Skiing Opportunities

Cedar City is a short distance from Brian Head Resort. One of the best skiing resorts in Utah. The resort opens ski runs Nov 19, 2021 and will close at the end of ski season. Anyone who loves skiing knows that Utah has the best snow on earth. Professionals love the light, soft, powdery snow that you find in the Rocky Mountains. What better place to enjoy winter weather than a resort with over 71 runs and skiing opportunities. Even if you have no desire to ski, the resort offers plenty of activities, hot and cold, to keep you entertained. If you’re a Salt Lake Express traveler looking for a vacation in the winter, this is the place.

Travel Stops & Photo Ops Along Salt Lake Express Routes

Photo Ops Along Our Routes

At Salt Lake Express, we’ve seen every corner of the west from Vegas to Yellowstone. But, there’s always a new way to see things. For example, going cross country in a bus provides unique travel photo ops that most people miss. Which is why we’re here to highlight the few exceptional spots and remind you of new ways to capture them!

Antler Arch – Jackson Wyoming

Salt Lake Express travelers can’t miss the chance to take a shot under the famous Antler Archway in Jackson. Directly in the town square, Jackson’s archways are built from real elk antlers. Visitors to George Washington Memorial park in Jackson have the opportunity to snap a pic under each of the four archways. Families near Jackson line up for family portraits and photos. For any traveler, the archways provide a great place to for some quick travel photo ops.

Boise Idaho – Kathryn Albertson Park

Travelers can find this park off Americana Boulevard near the Boise River. Builders designed the park to attract wildlife which makes it a great place to capture nature shots! Most of the park is off limits to dogs and vehicles so be prepared to do a lot of walking. But travelers to this park can find opportunities for pictures of deer, turtles, birds, and other wildlife. The park is a can’t miss for photographers and a great place to go even if you’re just out to look.

Idaho Falls – The Falls

It’s ironic how many people visit or drive through Idaho Falls every day, but never go to visit the actual falls. This section of the Snake River is amazing. Smack in the middle of downtown Idaho Falls, the view of the river is spectacular. As an added bonus, next to the falls lies the Japanese Friendship Gardens. The gardens are filled with cherry trees and traditional style Japanese architecture that add character to the scenery. I’ve gotten some great shots from this part of Idaho Falls. The LDS temple is across the street from the river. It’s a fun challenge to get both the falls and the temple in one shot.

Salt Lake City – Temple Square & Architecture

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Utah travelers probably know the majority of the sights Salt Lake has to offer. But, from a photography standpoint you can see these sights with new eyes. Take Temple Square for example. Most people who visit Utah will have seen it once or twice. Maybe they’ve seen the lights for Christmas. But, what if you took up the challenge to get a new outstanding shot of the temple at night or with the Christmas lights? That adds a layer of interest to your visit. There are several different areas in Salt Lake with great architecture. You just need to find a unique angle for your shot. On your next trip, try going up to the top floor of one of the Salt Lake buildings. That will give you a great new perspective.

Las Vegas – The Strip

Most Salt Lake Express travelers headed to Vegas are traveling to the airport. But, if you plan your trip well you could have several hours before your flight for travel photo ops of the Vegas strip. People recognize Las Vegas for its lively and energized atmosphere. On your trip to Vegas, we’d suggest getting some shots of people in action. Try to capture the fast paced feel of Vegas. If you’re down for a challenge, try to get a unique shot of the neon strip. Look for a new angle or perspective that can really stand out against the usual shots of the city.

Yellowstone – Grand Prismatic Overlook & Old Faithful

These geysers are known worldwide for a reason! They are outstandingly beautiful and a great shot of a geyser is breathtaking. However, most travelers settle for a simple shot over the viewing area. For photographers and the adventurous traveler, we’d suggest taking a hike to a more interesting vantage point. However, be aware of the wildlife and prepare so that you’re as safe as possible on your trip. Bears live in Yellowstone. Shots of wildlife are interesting, but you should never put yourself at risk. So, take every precaution. Alert park rangers of where you are going and don’t wander from the designated trails.

Overlooking St. George from the red mountains on the edge of town.

Reasons To Visit Utah In The Fall

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Fall is one of the best seasons of the year. The trees change color and people pack every month with festivals and attractions! Here at Salt Lake Express we want to keep you up to date on everything our destinations have to offer. And boy does Utah have a lot to offer during the fall! Check out Salt Lake Express to book a trip to these events! Let us show you just a few reasons to visit Utah in fall 2021.

Oktoberfest  – Snowbird

Dancers at the Shakespeare Festival

Located up at the Snowbird Mountain Resort outside of Salt Lake, the Oktoberfest celebration is one of the most anticipated things about autumn. This traveling cultural festival livens up the first month of fall! The family friendly celebration includes traditional food, games, drinks and activities. Admission is free, making this one of the best things to do in Utah on a budget.

Nature Hills Harvest Festival – Cedar City

Nature Hills annual harvest festival has arrived. It doesn’t get much better than picking a fresh pumpkin and sipping apple cider in Autumn. And Nature Hills sure takes the metaphorical pumpkin cake this time of year. Admission is at a low 5 dollars and the farm has enough activities to fill a whole day. Stop by on your next trip to Cedar City and take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, or stop by the harvest store for their original pumpkin spice hot cocoa!

Field Of Screams – St. George

Try testing your courage this fall at the field of screams! This haunted attraction takes it above and beyond. The Field of Screams has been voted Utah’s number one haunted attraction. With realistic props, special effects and costumes, the Field of Screams is a walking nightmare. This corn maze is a must go for any Halloween enthusiast! But we suggest not taking any small children. Stop by next time you travel to St. George. If you Dare!

Comedy Performances – Salt Lake

Fall shows provide a way out of the cold and an escape for a few hours, and Salt Lake packs these shows in at the end of the year. Most local comedians have been itching to perform and several clubs have reopened. The comedy scene in Salt Lake is livelier than ever with contests and performances! They don’t limit themselves to local performers either. Clubs in Salt lake plan to host national comedians such as Cameron Esposito, David Spade, Jeff Allen, and Kristina Kuzmic, through the end of the year. Swing on by on your next trip to Salt Lake!

Temple Lights – Salt Lake City

Residents of Utah know that the last day of November marks the start of Christmas lights in Salt Lake City. The LDS temple in Salt Lake is famous for its Christmas lights at this time of year. The light display can be seen throughout the whole city and are lit every night till Christmas 2021. Cross country travelers often go out of their way to make sure they catch a glimpse of the beautiful displays and feel the Christmas spirit. It has to be a stop on your winter trip to Salt Lake. Make sure to bring a cup of cocoa, it does get cold.

Skiing – Various locations

People around the country know Utah for it’s amazing powder snow and ski resorts! People travel far and wide for their ski trips and to drift down that fresh powder. These early months of mid November through December provide some of the best skiing weather! But, most locations get booked incredibly early. So don’t wait, Salt Lake Express can provide you transportation to your destination in Utah. Plan your ski vacation on your next visit to Utah!

What To Do On The Road To Elko?

Salt Lake Express now travels to Elko, Nevada! Wondering what there is to do along the way? We’ve got you covered! Let us help you plan a memorable trip that will have you going time and time again! Whether you’re traveling from Boise, Rexburg, or even Salt Lake, there’s something along the way for everyone.

Jackpot, NV

The moment you cross the border from Idaho into Nevada you’ll enter a little casino town with a population of only 1,195 people. Although small, the excitement that can be had here is not to be underestimated. Top attractions include the following:

Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino

Try your luck at one of the most popular casinos in Jackpot. Great food, drinks, and excitement can be found throughout Cactus Pete’s.

Horseshu Hotel & Casino

The Horseshu may not be the most popular destination in town, but is a perfect way to beat the crowds and still get all of the excitement that its neighbor, Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino, has to offer.

Jackpot Golf Course

Not too big into casinos? Golf your stresses away at Jackpot’s one and only golf course. This course’s challenging, yet beautiful, landscape and is a must stop for any golf enthusiast. If you’re lucky, many people have reported seeing wildlife running across the course. So be sure to keep an eye out!

Wells, NV

If you are looking for a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors then Wells is a great place for you. With breathtaking mountains, relaxing hot springs, and a beautiful lake, Wells is low-key an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Twelvemile Hot Springs

Don’t let the name of this 2-mile-in-2-mile-out hike deceive you. Grab a backpack and some water, and take a moderate hike to one of the most relaxing destinations in Wells. This popular destination can get pretty crowded so start your adventure early and claim your space at the hot springs.

Angel Lake

Get ready to visit one of the most beautiful places in Wells. With crystal clear water, abundant wildlife, a variety of small trails and amazing views from the mountain, this local gem is sure to become a personal favorite.

West Wendover, NV

Wendover is known for its luxurious casinos and high payouts. With five casinos and a total of 3,839 slot machines and 126 table games, there’s something for every casino lover. Not a huge casino fan? You can also visit the Bonneville Salt Flats that are sure to make for a memorable adventure.

Montego Bay Resort & Casino

Montego Bay is one of the most popular casinos in Wendover, and for good reason. Known for their friendly staff, clean rooms, exciting atmosphere, amazing food, and variety of games, Montego Bay is sure to make for a fun getaway.

Rainbow Casino & Hotel

Great payouts, variety of games, beautiful décor, and delicious food can all be found at Rainbow Casino & Hotel. Try your luck on one of the 890 slot machines or order some steak and lobster from the steakhouse. Take your weekend getaway to the next level by upgrading your hotel room to a mini suite, and enjoy a room equipped with a jetted hot tub for long, uninterrupted, relaxation.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Visit a unique destination frequently described as out of this world. A rest stop right off of I-80 allows you to easily access and walk on the beautiful terrain. With mountains as a backdrop, this destination is the perfect place for a stunning photo op. Stop by and make the Bonneville Salt Flats a memorable part of your trip.

Elko, NV

Elko is the largest city in the county, and continues to grow in size, population, and popularity each year. This continually changing city is known for its vast array of historical attractions, including a variety of outdoor adventures, museums and historical landmarks.

California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

This interactive museum is a fun stop for people of all ages. View and interact with life size exhibits that focus on helping you experience what it was like for the people who walked the 2,000 mile trek across the United States. Take a walk on an approximately ¾ mile hiking trail that leads to an amazing view of the Ruby mountains. Be sure to check out the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center calendar on their website to plan your visit around any special events that may be taking place.

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Take a trip to the past by stopping by the Northeastern Nevada museum. This 20,000 sqft museum covers the history and culture of early settlers of Nevada. You can expect to see exhibits featuring the art and local history of Nevada, as well as extensive wildlife habitat diagrams. The Northeastern Nevada Museum is a must stop for anyone visiting Elko!

The Star Hotel Restaurant

The Star Hotel Restaurant is a Basque restaurant known for its family style dining, rancher inspired atmosphere, and variety of comfort foods. Take a stop at a local favorite that is sure to win both the hearts, and stomachs, of you and your family.

“Go west, young man.”

Book your trip out to Elko and head west across the Utah and Nevada deserts. There’s more to do than you might think!

10 Things To Do In & Around Reno, Nevada

Get ready for 10 Things to do in and around Reno, Nevada. Thanks to the new route linking Salt Lake, UT to Reno, NV you can now experience all the fun, thrills, and excitement Reno has to offer. Looking for an exciting detour from school or work? Reno has several getaway experiences to offer.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort

If you’re itching to hit the slopes, but don’t want to make the trek to Lake Tahoe, consider heading to Mount Rose. Situated a little more than 20 miles southwest of downtown, Mount Rose is the closest ski area to Reno. And at 8,260 feet, it’s also Tahoe’s highest base resort, making for optimal ski conditions. According to recent visitors, this is a great ski area with varied terrain and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • Suggested Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Mt. Rose Ski Resort
Mt. Rose Ski Resort

Steamboat Hot Springs

Nevada boasts the highest concentration of natural hot springs in the United States, many located within a short drive of Reno. Remote hot springs and hot spring resorts are popular options for those seeking a more adventurous spa experience. Just a short drive outside the downtown area Steamboat Hot Springs provides a truly spa-like experience. Complete with facial treatments, massage services, as well as other traditional hot spring services.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Casino at the Eldorado

Recent travelers still rate the Eldorado as one of the best places to gamble in Reno. It boasts 13 restaurants and bars — a point of major praise for visitors who appreciate not having to leave the casino to dine. The Eldorado Resort also features several on-site nightlife venues and hosts regular concerts.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Lake Tahoe

If you have the opportunity to take a car out of Reno and visit Lake Tahoe, you certainly won’t regret it. This crystal-clear lake is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Best known as a skiing destination in the winter but is equally exciting in the summer.

  • Suggested Duration: Full Day
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Constructed in 1968, the Pioneer Center is an excellent example of mid-century Populuxe architecture. This Non-profit 1,500-seat performing arts venue in the heart of downtown Reno, presents Broadway, ballet, philharmonic, and more shows to be enjoyed with you and your loved ones.

  • Suggested Duration: Show Run Time

Wilbur D. May Center

The Wilbur D. May Center is a year-round destination. It contains a museum, arboretum, and botanical garden – dedicated to preserving the legacy of Wilbur May, a Reno rancher, world traveler, and philanthropist. The museum contains a beautiful, permanent collection of rare and exotic artifacts and animals from around the world. The 20+ acre arboretum and botanical garden features beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, along with hidden groves, ponds, waterfalls, and a meditation labyrinth.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Reno Arch & City Plaza

The iconic Reno Arch is a great place to take a picture. Not far from the arch is the City Plaza which is home to two former Burning Man pieces – BELIEVE and Space Whale. With Several restaurants nearby this is a great place to walk around before or after a meal.

  • Suggested Duration: Half an hour to 1 hour

Reno’s Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a place you can stroll free of cost any time of day. It’s a clean and pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the busier Reno area. Take your time and enjoy the downtown sights. You’ll find everything from up-and-coming establishments to a collection of galleries and restaurants. Recent visitors highly recommend this walk for those traveling with kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest established cultural center in the state. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at it. After its 2001 renovation, this building is a fantastic example of modern architecture inspired by the landscape. The four main permanent exhibits include Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art, and the Work Ethic. Their outside exhibits boast two outdoor sculpture gardens, a suspended atrium staircase, and stunning views of the Reno skyline. This smaller museum (spanning 60,000 square feet across four levels) is perfect for exposing kids to the arts at a young age.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Animal Ark

If you’re planning a trip from the end of March to the beginning of November, consider visiting Animal Ark. Sitting on 38 acres and 25 miles north of Reno, this facility is not a zoo, but rather a safe haven for non-releasable wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity to watch the ark’s residents – which include several species of North American predators and some exotic species from other geographic areas – interact and play. Though it is a bit of a drive from Downtown Reno reviewers said it was worth the extra effort, especially if you’re traveling with young kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Book your trip to Reno today and enjoy all the amenities of riding the Salt Lake Express.

Wildlife in Yellowstone: What Can You See?

Yellowstone National Park is known worldwide for the wildlife and natural wonders it contains. Photographers wait for hours to get the perfect photograph of anything they can find. If you find yourself in the northwestern United States, why not hop onto a Salt Lake Express bus to West Yellowstone and learn why?

Here is a short list of some of the wildlife you can see!

The Gray Wolf

The gray wolf, also known as the Timber Wolf, is on the endangered species list. Though they once roamed through about two thirds of the United States, they only have populations in seven states now. Gray wolves typically weigh between 60 and 145 pounds, with size varying by gender. Females are usually smaller. They are generally about 5-7 feet long from nose to tail (the tail is usually about 2 feet long) and move in packs of up to 15 members! To learn more about gray wolves, you can visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Website.

The Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear is a type of brown bear. They actually come in a wide variety of colors ranging from almost white to a dark brown. One of their more distinguishing features is the hump on their shoulders, which is where muscle connects to their backbone. Females can reach up to 800lbs while males can reach up to 1700lbs. Apparently the term “Grizzly Bear” originated because during the colder months they can be seen with the tips of their fur coated in ice. This can give them a “grizzled” or gray look. Learn more here!

The Mountain Lion

The Mountain Lion has many names. Some of the common ones are Puma, Panther and Cougar. They are located all throughout the Americas, and where they live has a profound influence on their size! Near the equator, they are much smaller, and the further north you go the larger they get. Smaller cats weigh between 64 and 115 pounds and larger cats can reach 141-220 pounds depending on gender. They are solitary creatures with wide ranges, living wherever food and shelter can be found. If you are interested, you can learn more here.

Red Fox

Red Foxes typically have red fur, with white fur across their bellies and chest. They can have gray patches, however, which sometimes causes them to be mistaken for their cousin the gray fox. The best way to tell the difference is to check the tail: gray foxes have a black tipped tails and red foxes have white tipped tails. Red foxes prefer to eat rabbits and mice, but are efficient scavengers when necessary. Their hearing is so good they can hear mice and other rodents digging underground! Click here to learn more!

Coyote

Coyotes are close cousins to wolves and are some of the most common wild canines in North America. They are rated as being of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Coyotes weigh between 15 and 44 pounds, and mostly feed on bison, deer, moose, elk and other large herbivores, though they will hunt and eat smaller game when they can. They have been known to stalk and attack humans from time to time, though this has only resulted in 2 known deaths and 130 injuries in the last 30 years, mostly in California where humans are encroaching on their habitat.

River Otter

River otters are highly social, playful animals. They live in families, usually a female and her offspring, or a group of males. Otters like to eat fish, which they hunt by hiding and ambushing them. They also eat insects, birds and some frogs and lizards. Otters have have few water predators, but on land they are hunted by everything from bobcats to grizzly bears. They are not considered endangered or at risk. If you want to know more about otters, here is a good place to start.

American Buffalo

American Buffalo are commonly called Bison. They can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh upwards of 900 pounds. They live about 20 years when not raised in captivity, that’s why we love seeing them free in Yellowstone. Bison are identifiable by the hump on their back and their shaggy brown fur, They often grow beards and and the fur on their front is longer than the fur towards their rump. The eat constantly, and often do so even while on the move. Find more information about Bison here.

Yellowstone Elk

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 Elk in Yellowstone at any given time. They are the most populous hooved animal in the park. Each elk weighs between 500 and 700 pounds. Males grow antlers which have on average 6 tines or points. They use them to establish dominance over other males during mating, or “rutting”, season. The word elk originated with European settlers. The closest thing they had seen to an elk was a Moose, and so they used their name for moose. European still use the term Elk to refer to Moose, and this causes some confusion among European visitors.

Moose

Moose are the largest members of the deer family. They stand 6 feet tall and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Because Moose are so tall, they have a hard time bending over to eat grass. Instead, they eat twigs and leaves. The word “moose” was the Algonquin word meaning “eaters of twigs”. Interestingly, each of their hairs is hollow, which allows the them to act as insulation in the winter. Unlike females, males grow horns in the spring for use during mating season in the fall. The antlers can grow to up to 6 feet and are used to fight other bulls for territory or mates. To find out more about moose in Yellowstone, go here!

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep are compact animals, with thickly bunched musculature. They are well adapted to living in steep places such as slopes and mountainsides. Typically, bighorn sheep are white and males can be distinguished by their large curved horns, which weigh up to 30 pounds. They can weigh between 160 and 350 pounds, and stand around 40 inches (3′ 4″) high. They have been on the endangered species list, but made a recovery. There are still efforts to continue protecting them. Read here for more.

Mule Deer

Mule deer get their name from their large ears, which reminded settlers of a mule. Their other defining feature is the “mask” on their face. Mule deer range between 3 and 3.5 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet long. They usually weigh between 130 and 280 pounds. They are actually very picky eaters: they will eat only the most nutritious foods. This means they have more robust requirements for foraging and fewer places to live.

Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn Antelope are easily identifiable by their horns, as shown in the picture above. They are remarkably agile, and can reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour. Pronghorns also have excellent vision, which allows them to spot predators from further away on their long migrations. They will eat grasses shrubs and most other greenery, and they seldom drink water since they get all the water they need from the plants they eat. If you’d like to know more, go here.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer are the smallest member of the deer family. They live throughout most of the Rocky Mountains, Arizona and most of Mexico. White Tailed Deer stand almost 3 feet tall and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Males grow antlers as seen in the photograph above and when frightened they raise their tail to signal other deer that danger is near by. More information on White Tailed Deer can be found here.

Beaver

The American Beaver is the largest rodent in America. The distinguishing feature of the beaver is it’s long flat tail, which it uses to navigate more easily in the water. It also uses its tail to raise the alarm when there is danger by slapping the water. The Beaver builds dams by chewing down trees or chewing through branches to build their homes. Their teeth are always growing, so chewing on trees prevents their teeth from getting too long. Find out more here!

Chipmunks

Chipmunks are rodents that can often be seen playing, fighting for food and generally scampering around the Yellowstone area. They are small and striped, and they hoard food in preparation for winter. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem because it moves seeds around for plants and trees. They are also an important source of food for predators, such as foxes and coyotes. Information on Chipmunks can be found here.

Yellow Bellied Marmots

Yellow bellied marmots are also called Rock Chucks and are a member of the ground squirrel family. They are found across the mountainous areas of Canada and the Western United States. Marmots are typically brown in color and weigh about 11 pounds. They are very common and not considered to be under threat. They like to poke their heads out of their burrows and look at anything they are curious about that might be passing by. If you’d like to learn more this is a good place to start.

Red Squirrels

While Red Squirrels may be very common they are also very cute! The are another animal that hoards nuts and berries leading up to the winter months and are therefore important for the life cycles of trees and other plants. They also serve as prey for most ground predators and even some larger birds. They can be fearless around humans when they live in cities and towns, and their habitat crosses readily into areas with large human populations. For more information about squirrels, here is a good place to start.

Bats

Yellowstone is home to 13 varieties of bats, and all eat insects and are active at night. Unfortunately, due to a fungal infection, many of the bats populations are falling. Several species of bats have become extinct, and the other cannot recover quickly because they raise only 1 pup per female per year. If you see a bat, don’t be scared! Instead, thank them for controlling the insect population and leave it in peace so the population can rise. To learn more about bats, you can go here or here.

While this may seem like an extensive list, there are many more animals to see in Yellowstone Park! Go to Yellowstone National Park’s Website to learn more.

St. George Express Is Now Salt Lake Express

St. George Express is now Salt Lake Express

We decided to consolidate our two brands under one name. Moving forward there will no longer be the southern Utah-branded St. George Express, rather, everything will fall under our main name of Salt Lake Express.

There will be no changes in routes, schedules, or the booking system. Everything will continue to operate as it always has.

“Our riders will only experience two differences with this change,” said Jacob Price, owner of Salt Lake Express. “They will ride on a bus that says Salt Lake Express instead of St. George Express and they will experience even better customer service than before. We are more committed than ever to provide our riders with top tier service, especially during this complicated time.”

The pandemic has been tough on the the travel industry, which is why we wanted to hit the road running. As we reintroduce our brand to the southern Utah and Las Vegas communities we want to emphasize our commitment to providing the best possible customer service and most flexible routes and schedules.

We will host a grand reopening event that will take place in early October at our St. George office (805 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84790). Community members are encouraged to stop by and enjoy complimentary refreshments as well as guaranteed discounts on future bus fares.

As a company, Salt Lake Express operates routes all around St. George, as far south as Las Vegas, NV, and as far north as Great Falls, MT. We travel heavily along the I-15 corridor as well as I-86 and I-84 between southeast Idaho and Boise, ID. Offering routes to many getaway destinations including Jackson, WY, Sun Valley, ID, and of course St. George, UT and Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about the new name or the company contact Lisa Young at 800-356-9796 ext. 6145 or at lisa.young@saltlakeexpress.com. If you’re interested in booking a trip visit saltlakeexpress.com or call 800-356-9796.

Read the official press release HERE.

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Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Health Screenings, & More

How can we help you travel more confidently?

As we enter back into a realm of normalcy, we understand that it’s going to take some time. However, we’re here to help that process along. Our goal here at Salt Lake Express is to earn the trust of our travelers. Even if that takes a little time. In order to improve confidence among our travelers, we’re implementing the following practices on our buses.

Health Screenings

To ensure our riders’ safety on our end, we’re making sure that all of our drivers are taking necessary precautions. They will all receive a basic health screening before their shift. This will help us know if anyone is feeling ill or showing early signs of illness. If a driver is unfit, then a different driver will take their place.

We have and are considering screening our passengers. However, it is a large undertaking so at the current moment we are adhering to social distancing practices. We have scaled back the amount of passengers allowed on a single bus.

Hand Sanitizer

Along with health screenings and the current disinfecting practices employed, we are now offering hand sanitizer. To be direct, we know that it doesn’t matter how often we tell you that we clean our buses if you don’t see it happen with your own eyes. In order to help with this effort, we will provide hand sanitizer on our buses as well as cleaning wipes that you are able to wipe down your area with.

You will find the hand sanitizer near the passenger entry of each bus. This way you are able to use it before touching any surfaces on the bus.

Face Masks

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In doing our part to continue to slow the spread, we have been providing masks for all travelers for weeks now. When used in accordance with CDC guidelines, face masks can be effective at helping slow the spread of the virus.

While our drivers and riders employ these safety standards combined with common sense, we believe our buses are a safe transportation option during this time. With the addition of these provided face masks in conjunction with the daily deep cleaning of our vehicles, we are prepared for people to start traveling again.

The CDC recommends wearing face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Social Distancing

We are able to accommodate social distancing whenever possible. What we mean by this is that it’s really difficult to have a true 6 foot separation on buses. We are social distancing by limiting capacity on our vehicles whenever possible. This will help to make way for better social distancing while riding one of our buses.

In sum, our goal is to continue to do everything in our power to ensure safety while traveling with us. We believe that by taking these measures we can help people begin to feel comfortable when resuming regular travel again.