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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4 Things To Plan Before Your Trip To St. George

St. George Express and Salt Lake Express make visiting St. George convenient and memorable. However, trips are not fun unless you know what is in store. There are four things you need to consider before planning your trip to St. George. These things include museums/history, activities, parks, and food.

The Museums & History of St. George

St. George has loads of history and museums to display the amazing artifacts from history. Just outside of St.George is The Jacob Hamlin house. Inside there are preserved artifacts from the 1800s. These artifacts depict what life was like from Jacob Hamlin who played a huge role in serving the American Indians and settling St. George. Another key player in the history of St. George is Brigham Young.

St. George

In St. George you can find the Brigham Young Winter home. Tours of the home show what life was like for him and his growing family in the 1870s as well as his participation in the community.

Another gem found in the heart of St.George is the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum which is packed with pictures and artifacts from the pioneers. They offer tours and have a fun scavenger hunt to participate in.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is another fun place to visit. There you can find wildlife from every continent. You are free to walk around on your own or pick up an electronic wand and be taught by individual narration about the creatures that roam and have roamed our continents.

The Activities

If you are looking for an outside adventure, St. George does not disappoint. The winters in St.George are pretty mild but if you go to certain resorts the mountains are full of skiers and snowboarders.

The summers on the other hand are hot. But there is nothing better than spending a hot summer afternoon near the water. St. George is home to three perfect water locations. Whether you choose to go fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or boating you will enjoy yourself at Sand Hollow State Park, Gunlock State Park, and Quail Creek State Park.

If you like shooting come practice your aim at “The shooting experience”. Horseback riding or ATVing is a unique way to view some of the canyons and trails in St. George. All of these activities are loads of fun but nothing beats hiking through the canyons of the state and national parks.

The Parks

St.George is known for its red rocks and national and state parks. You can visit one park or go see a few. Each park has unique wildlife, vegetation and rock formations.

Chuckwalla Trail

At the head of the Chuckwalla Trail you can find people rock climbing or repelling down the rocks. As you head down the path you can see several caves in the rocks, as well as a variety of trees, flowers and wildlife.

At the end of the trail there is a mini arch. That looks over a beautiful view of the red rock land below.

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon is a State Park that offers 12 unique trails just off of one road. Throughout the park there are several parking places, picnic areas and bathrooms. In the middle of the park, surrounded by red rock are one of a kind camping sites. It is also home to a diversity of plants and wildlife that are only found in this state park.

You can check out the Snow Canyon State Park Trail Map here.

In the middle of all this red rock however, is some white rock mountains. Due to its color one of the first trails at the top of Snow Canyon is called White rocks trail. It is a 4 mile trail that passes through red, white and black rock. A Quarter mile into the hike there is a fork in the path. If you take a right at this point you will come to the White rocks Amphitheater. This trail is a total of 1 mile that leads your to an amphitheater of natural sandstone and back.

Further down the road is the Lava Flow trail. This trail 2.5 miles of uneven surfaces due to the jumbled lava rock. There are also two lava tubes that are big enough to climb into.

Petrified Dunes is another fun hike. It is 1.2 miles long. There are some steep, uneven surfaces but a pretty moderate hike. This hike walks along Navajo sandstone outcrops and sand dunes that are petrified and frozen in time.

Snow Canyon is family friendly park. The shorter length hikes make it possible to enjoy more than one hike and see a variety of different views.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is open everyday of the year, however some facilities and services may be closed during certain parts of the year. A free shuttle is in operation March through late November. The shuttle starts at the Visitors Center and goes to the end of the park. There are 8-9 stops depending on the time of year and weather. Due to the weather and rock slides some trails may be closed as well. It is smart to have an idea of what trails you want to hike before you arrive to make the most of your time.

Here is the Zion National Park Shuttle and Trail Map.

Angels Landing

One of the most famous hikes in Zion is called Angels Landing. Although the view from this hike is breath taking, this hike is not for everyone. This hike is 5.4 miles with and elevation change of 1488 ft which means long drop offs. Since 2004, 10 people have died falling from the cliffs on this route. The path is often snowy and icy. It is not for young children of people with fear of heights.

The Upper Emerald Pools

The Upper Emerald Pools is another popular hike. It is a mile long hike across a sandy and rocky path. The hike ends at the Upper Emerald Pools at the base of a cliff. In the winter the pool is covered in snow and ice but is still beautiful. In the summer when the snow has melted the pool is an emerald green color with vegetation surrounding the pool.

The Temple of Sinawava

Temple of Sinawava is the last stop that the shuttles go to. It has a beautiful view along with bathrooms and water. This stop takes you to the trail head of Riverside Walk and The Narrows. The Riverside Walk is just what its name says. It is 2.2 miles of paved trail along side the river. It is wheelchair accessible and very easy but can get pretty cold in between the canyons. At the end of this trail is the start of The Narrows trail. This hike is one of a kind but pretty strenuous. It is an additional 7.2 miles and most of that is through water. However, there are boots and dry suits available at the visitor center for this hike.

The Food

Food is always an important part of a vacation. No matter what you are in the mood for, they have it in St.George. Some of the local favorites are as follows. The Painted Pony is a well loved fine dining restaurant that serves American Contemporary food. The Hawaiian Poke Bowl is another option. It has 5 stars on trip adviser and its seafood, Polynesian food and Hawaiian food does not disappoint. Red Fort Cuisine of India is another favorite. It is a traditional Indian food restaurant. Another cheaper, yet popular option is Irmita’s Casita which is a Mexican restaurant. They offer all types of options from authentic to Tex-Mex.

Whether you want to relax and enjoy the scenery with some good food or experience an action filled adventure, St. George is the place to visit. So when you plan your trip to St. George, remember that the Salt Lake Express and the St. George Express are here to help.

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Salt Lake Express Travel Bucket List

The Salt Lake Express is not simply a shuttle. Yes, it is a convenient way to get to from point A to point B. Yes, they offer you WiFi, water, and comfortable seats. However, the Salt Lake Express also allows you to experience places that you never knew existed or never dreamed of visiting. With nearly 100 stops across six different states, there are a lot of trips you can take and a lot of memories you can make. So let’s check out just a few of the many places you can visit.

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A Few Places We Stop

Sun Valley

In the middle of the Sawtooth National Forest and Challis National Forests is a town called Sun Valley which is the first stop on our tour. Sun Valley, Idaho is known for its famous Sun Valley Resort. In the winters the mountain and lodge is filled with snowboarders and skiers. With 18 lifts on bald mountain and 4 more on dollar mountain, people are left with several options for runs both easy and challenging.

Salt Lake Express Sun Valley

In the summers, however, the mountain changes completely. The wildflowers color the mountain and line the trails for hikers and horseback riders. There are people camping and fishing and enjoying the warm weather. But the Resort is not all that makes Sun Valley such a great destination. In the city of Ketchum there are museums and shops for people to visit as well as events throughout the year. There is an art festival July 10-12 that includes art booths, live music, and food. The Tour de Force is July 23-25 where up to 200 cars gather for admiring and then a high speed race to finish off the week. You can also go visit the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve for some star gazing and astronomy. After you visit Sun Valley take a trip farther south and see what else Idaho has to offer.

Jerome

An hour and a half south of Sun Valley and just north of Twin Falls is a little town called Jerome. The area, although small in population, is exploding with activities and memories just waiting to be made. Country scenery with plenty of different hikes and adventures. The most famous activity in Jerome is the County Fair. It will be held on August 10-15 this year (2020) and will include a rodeo, live concert, fair food, and fun. Outside of the events and small town experiences are beautiful hikes and wildlife. The following is just a small list of hikes in and near Jerome County.

  • Perrine Bridge
  • Wilson Butte Cave
  • Devils Coral
  • Minidoka National Historic Site
  • Cauldron Linn
  • Pillar Falls
  • Shoshone Falls
  • Snake River Canyons Park
  • Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs – Buhl ID
  • Shoshone Ice Caves – Shoshone ID
  • Shoshone Falls – Kimberly ID
  • Thousand Springs – Hagerman ID
  • Balanced Rock – Glenns Ferry

Cedar City

If you keep traveling south you will come to beautiful Cedar City, Utah. Cedar City is famous for their tony-award winning, Shakespear festival in the summers. During the summer months there are numerous fun events. On Wednesdays from July through October the city of cedar hosts an open-air farmers market with locally grown produce, art, and handmade crafts. In July they host the Midsummer Renaissance Faire as well as the Jamboree car show. The Championship Rodeo is one month later in June. And in October there is the Cedar Live and Heritage Festival.

They also have attractions that are available year round. In the mid 1800s, the pioneers settled Utah. They found iron in Cedar City and sent volunteers to settle the area. Hundreds of years later we have the Frontier Homestead State Park to commemorate those settlers. The park offers several activities and displays for people and families to enjoy. Cedar Breaks National Monument is another beautiful site to see. It includes a dense forest of trees against the bright red and orange colored rock. The Coal Creek Parkway Trail is perfect for hiking. It features coal creek, underpass trail, gold medal mile walk, and more

Las Vegas

Even further down south we have arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, the city that never sleeps. Las Vegas is full of life and a place where you will never be bored. The Las Vegas Strip is the perfect place to party. Vegas has several amazing places to stay, but the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is one of the highest recommended places to stay. While you enjoy the hype of the city do not miss out of the live music and comedy shows. They have new people every night to keep you entertained. The Adventuredome Theme Park is right in the heart of the city and is a perfect place for kids and adults to enjoy the thrill of the rides. It is also a great place to experience different foods from a variety of cultures.

Many, however, miss the beauty just outside of the city. If you travel just beyond the city, you will find mountains and canyons that will blow your mind away. If this is more your scene, carve out some time for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail, Gypsum Cave, and Ice Box Canyon. You can enjoy hikes or rock climbing or even ziplining over Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon. If you want to see all of this beauty from farther above, take a hot air balloon tour.

Locations Farther Out

The Salt Lake Express transports you to locations all over Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana, as well as additional locations in Arizona and Wyoming. If these locations are not enough for your adventurous lifestyle then we suggest catching the Salt Lake Express to the nearest airport and traveling from there. The shuttle makes stops at the Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City airports.

Salt Lake Express Airport

From these airports there are endless places to visit. Take a trip to New York to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, to go shopping, and eat some delicious pizza and street hot dogs. Or you could fly to California to visit Disneyland or learn to surf. Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans all have tons of history, culture, music, and food. We could make this list a mile long!

No matter where you go, remember that The Salt Lake Express can take you there. We ride in style and offer comfort, safety, and kindness your whole way there.

Book now at www.saltlakeexpress.com.

St. George Express Las Vegas LDS Temple Route

St. George Express Provides Routes to the Las Vegas LDS Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced last week that the St. George temple will be closed until 2022. It will be undergoing some major renovations over the next couple of years.

Regular temple attendance is important for devout Latter-day Saints. With this change, many members in southern Utah will be searching for a new temple to attend temporarily. So, which temple should you attend while the St. George temple is closed?

That’s a great question! Let’s walk through it together.

Las Vegas LDS Temple

Take a Trip to the Las Vegas LDS Temple

As many of our readers know, we have over two dozen stops along the I-15 corridor. Several of those cities house Latter-day Saint temples. Two of the closest temples to St. George is the Cedar City LDS Temple and Las Vegas LDS Temple. Routes are provided on both the Salt Lake Express and St. George Express to Cedar City and Las Vegas. However, until now we have not added any stops that take patrons directly to the temple.

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints initially announced renovations to the St. George temple, Jacob Price immediately saw a need. As the owner here at the Salt Lake Express and St. George Express as well as a resident of St. George, Price wanted to help his community.

“We felt that many would benefit from having a simple solution to get to and from the temple,” Price said. “We believe that having a stop right in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Temple will allow many to continue to attend the temple without inconvenience.”

That’s why we have happily decided to add FOUR daily routes that will shuttle temple attendees directly to the Las Vegas temple.

Travel time between St. George and the Las Vegas temple will take less than 3 hours.

Shuttle Times Built Around Temple Schedule

We’ve also arranged for these new shuttle schedules to allow temple patrons to stay in the area for a few hours, a half day, and a full day, depending on how long they wish to extend their trip. Our shuttles will arrive at the Las Vegas temple at 6:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 3:55 p.m., and 8:25 p.m. Departures will be 10 minutes after each arrival, as per usual.

We love our dedicated travelers, and hope that these changes will be of great value to southern Utah communities!

For more information about the new routes, or more about us here at the Salt Lake Express, contact Kathy Pope at 208-317-8211 or at kathy.pope@saltlakeexpress.com. If you’re interested in booking a trip visit taketheexpress.com or call 208-656-8824.

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The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express

The A-Z of Traveling Up & Down the I-15 Corridor

Travel like a pro with our A-Z guide for trekking west with the Salt Lake Express. As we share our A-Z of traveling list, think of your own and what you might do differently and feel free to let us know!

A: All-Inclusive

Gone are the days without extra legroom and drop-offs right at your door. The Salt Lake Express has countless perks – check out some of the best right here! It’s the perfect way to kick off our A-Z of traveling with us!

B: Beaver Dam, AZ

Beaver Dam, one of our stops in Arizona, may not seem like party central at first. However, if casinos are your thing, Beaver Dam is just 17 minutes away from the Nevada border! It’s also only a 37 minute drive away from St. George, Utah. Check out inexpensive things to do in St. George here.

C: Cedar City, UT

Next on the list, we’re headed to southwest Utah! Cedar City has plenty to offer – not only is it close to Zion National Park (only 34 miles away!), but it also boasts other fabulous outdoor opportunities, such as Cedar Breaks National Monument and Dixie National Forest.

D: Darby Canyon, WY

Darby Canyon sits on the border of Idaho and Wyoming, and is only approximately 1 – 1.5 hours away from our stops in Rexburg, ID and Jackson, WY, respectively. Whether you’re headed out to hike the trailhead or explore the wind caves, stopping at Darby Canyon if you’re staying in either state is a must.

E: Emigration Canyon, UT

If you ever wonder where exactly Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place,” then Emigration Canyon is the spot for you. If you’re stopping in Salt Lake City, Emigration Canyon houses the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, perfect for hiking or biking, as well as a couple of local places to eat, such as Ruth’s Diner.

F: Falls, as in Great Falls, MT

Great Falls, our northernmost stop here at the Salt Lake Express, has much to offer with multiple heritage museums, hundreds of local restaurants, and over 57 parks. It’s the perfect blend of big city excitement and small town charm.

G: Grand Teton National Park, WY

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Hop off at our stop in Jackson, Wyoming, and head over to Grand Teton National Park! Teeming with alpine views, crystal lakes, and adventurous animals, it’s definitely a sight to see.

H: Helena, MT

Next stop on our list is Helena, Montana! Did you know there’s a gorgeous European-style cathedral right in the city? You’ve also GOT to check out the Gates of the Mountains wildlife area. It showcases some of the most beautiful views Montana has to offer.

I: Island Park, ID

You haven’t really been to Idaho until you’ve been to Island Park. If you love the outdoors, Island Park is the Salt Lake Express stop for you, with access to so many mountains, lakes, springs, and more.

J: Jerome, AZ

Say hello to the nation’s largest ghost town, just half a day’s trip from our stop in Page, AZ. Once known as “America’s Wickedest City,” Jerome once boomed as a mining camp in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Once the mines closed in the 1950’s, Jerome’s population became virtually nonexistent – however, it’s now a thriving tourist hub with plenty to see.

K: Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

Kodachrome Basin State Park, named after one of the first color films developed in the 1930s. And rightfully so – the park is bursting with color! Seeing those red rock formations contrast against a brilliant blue sky will leave you speechless.

L: Las Vegas, NV

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Las Vegas is one of our most popular stops here at the Salt Lake Express. It’s most popular tourist spots seem to span the entire city, with plenty of nightlife, gambling, and faux world attractions covering the entire surrounding areas.

We have also added a direct stop at the Las Vegas LDS Temple to accommodate patrons while the LDS temple in St. George is closed until 2022.

M: Montana

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We love Montana! From stops in Dillon, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, and more, we have I-15 covered. The state is home to seven state forests and 53 state parks – talk about adventure!

N: National Parks

What’s better than a shuttle service that takes you straight to the great outdoors? Here at Salt Lake Express, we stop at three national parks, of which are Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Zion National Park.

O: Ogden, UT

If we had to pick one word to describe Ogden, it would be eclectic. Ogden’s got rock climbing, a dinosaur park, indoor water sports, axe-throwing, a trampoline park, and so much more. Check out all the entertainment that Ogden has to offer right here.

P: Lake Powell, UT

Did you know that Lake Powell is not technically a lake? It’s a reservoir located in southern Utah! While it’s a little further out from our stops than some of the other locations on this list, we definitely recommend visiting at least once – there’s tons to do, like boating, hiking, fishing, and camping.

Q: Quail Creek State Park, UT

Quail Creek State Park, located in southern Utah, is a short 20-minute drive from St. George and boasts some of the state’s warmest waters. Learn more about it here.

R: Rainbow Rocks, Nevada

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Okay, we had to get a little creative with this one. We’re actually talking about the Seven Magic Mountains, a desert art installation that features rock towers painted in a myriad of beautiful colors! It’s only 10 miles south of Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be available on view through the end of 2021.

S: St. George Express

Did you know we also operate another shuttle service? The St. George Express has fares as low as $19, and travels to Nevada and southern Utah! Currently, we have stops in Beaver, Cedar City, St. George, and Hurricane for Utah. We also have stops in Mesquite and Las Vegas for Nevada.

T: Twin Falls, ID

Twin Falls hosts Shoshone Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the United States! It’s taller than Niagara Falls, which is probably why it’s called the “Niagara of the west.” While you’re at it, check out these awesome attractions and trails in the area!

U: Utah State University

At the heart of our stop in Logan is Utah State University, the “fifth best public university in the nation,” according to their website. Know someone who’s applying for college? Stop in Logan and take a tour of USU!

V: Virgin River, Utah

Much of the Virgin River runs through Zion National Park, so if you’re headed that way, make sure to hike through the Narrows and feel the water splash your feet!

W: Wasatch Mountains

The Wasatch Mountain Range is one of Utah’s defining characteristics. Cities in the Wasatch area are sprawling with beautiful canyons, exclusive ski resorts, world-class golf, and more. Start planning your trip right here, right now.

X: Cross something off your bucket list!

See what we did there? With the Salt Lake Express, you have easy access to hundreds of beautiful destinations across the west. Plan a trip. Make it happen. We’ll take you there!

Y: Yellowstone National Park

Did you know that Yellowstone is the world’s first national park? Amazing! National Geographic has much to praise about it. Yellowstone’s most popular (and most accessible!) months are between April and September. Plan your trip today!

Z: Zion National Park

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There’s a reason that “Z” on our list of A-Z of traveling is Zion. Get ready for the most spectacular views of your life at Utah’s first national park. Check out our blog post about six things you HAVE to do when visiting Zion.

There you have it, the A-Z of traveling with Salt Lake Express! We hope that many of you will treat this like a bucket list of sorts as you continue to travel with us in the future!

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Visit the 2018 Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City

To go or not to go — is that even really a question?

The world-renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City is ready to kick off another fantastic season this summer with a great lineup of plays and events, including Henry VI, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and more. Whether you are a Shakespeare buff or not, these performances will have you swooning in your chair at the sweet sound of declarations of love, laughing out loud as Shakespeare’s wordplay tests your wit and awe and humble you as you witness the tragic downfalls of heroes pitted with human foibles. Stunning reproductions and performances are sure to leave you inspired, uplifted, and of course, entertained.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival street signs

A Festival Rich with History

The Utah Shakespeare Festival was founded with the mission of presenting life-affirming classic and contemporary plays, with Shakespeare’s work as the cornerstone. They hope these performances will entertain, enrich, and educate. And they have done just that, for over fifty years. Today, the festival attracts attention all around the country every year, as people come from far and wide to act in or watch the plays. Since its formation, the Festival has received multiple awards including the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the 2001 National Governors Association Award, a 2011 Emmy award, and many others, including Best of State in arts and entertainment.

When the Festival first began in 1962, it attracted a little over 3,000 visitors. Today, it brings in over 120,000 each season. They now have four different theaters, including the famous Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, a beautiful reconstruction based on Elizabethan-era theaters, similar to The Globe,  the theater in London Shakespeare worked in and then part-owned. Of course, some adjustments have been made to make the Engelstad Shakespearean Theatre comfortable and accessible to modern audiences. Overall, however, it is still a unique opportunity to see Shakespeare’s work in a near-authentic setting.

To learn the whole story of the festival’s formation and growth, check out this article on their website.

Performers at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City

Your Quick Guide to this Season’s Lineup

Not sure which play you should attend? That’s okay — we have got you covered. Here is a quick and easy guide to each play that will be performed this season.

The Greenshow – Ashton Family Greenshow Commons

June 28 – September 8, 2018

The Greenshow is Utah Shakespeare Festival’s free nightly entertainment. Lighthearted song and dance serve as the festival’s nightly welcome to help guests get in the spirit of theater before they enter the play. There are three different shows, which are presented on alternating nights. The show often includes singing, magic, dance, and lots of fun.

Henry VI Part One

June 29 – September 6, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Henry V has died, leaving his son to be crowned king. With war raging in France, various factions vying for power in England, and approaching civil war, Shakespeare weaves together this seldom-told piece of history into a stunning tale of political intrigue.

Othello

June 28 – October 13, 2018 – Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Shakespeare’s Othello is a powerfully tragic story of passion and anguish. It is a fast-paced, devastating tale of how jealousy and fear can unravel the most intelligent minds and purest loves. It’s the story of a Venetian general who secretly marries the beautiful Desdemona. Iago, spiteful and jealous of Othello, is led to believe that Othello has had an affair with his wife. Iago’s anger transforms into a nefarious plot to get revenge on Othello.

Crowd at the Shakespeare Festival

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 28 – September 8, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known comedies. It is the story of a quirky old man, Falstaff, who has his lusty eyes on a couple of middle-class housewives. These women, however, will not easily let Falstaff get the better of them, and their wit ultimately gets the better of him. This play is lighthearted and fun.

The Foreigner

June 29 – October 13, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

Written by Larry Shue, the Foreigner is a comedy about Charlie, a vacationer seeking solitude at a Georgia hunting lodge. To avoid having to interact with the other guests, he pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. However, he soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people who think he can’t understand a word they say, leading to confusion and non-stop hilarity that set up one of the funniest endings in all of theater.

Big River

June 30 – September 1, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

From a book by William Hauptman, adapted from a novel by Mark Twain, gives us another look into the adventures of the beloved classic-American character Huck Finn as he tries to help his friend Jim escape slavery. Featuring original lyrics and music by Roger Miller, audience members describe this play as hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming.

Dancers at the Shakespeare Festival

The Merchant of Venice

June 30 – September 7, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

This play is often described as a comedy, and yet, throughout the years, we have begun to call attention to many of the deep-rooted themes Shakespeare wove throughout this play.  When Antonio, a wealthy Venetian merchant, borrows money to help his dear friend Bassanio pursue love, things turn south when the moneylender learns that Antonio may not be able to make good on his bond. The Merchant of Venice is as much a suspenseful tragedy as it is a heartwarming romance-comedy. It is a story of racism, revenge, love, humor, greed, justice and mercy.

An Iliad

July 12 – October 9, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

This play is a modern retelling of the ancient classic, written by By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. An Iliad is the tale of the events following the Trojan war, sung by the Poet, who witnessed it all.

Pearl’s in the House

August 23 – October 13, 2018 – Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Workshopped at the Festival in 2017, this musical play focuses on Pearl Bailey, performer and special delegate to the United Nations in a racially-charged mid-twentieth century America. Bailey was a trailblazer for African-American women, yet a talk-show host in 1987 questions many of her motives. So Bailey responds the only way she knows how—through her music.

The Liar

September 14 – October 13, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

In this play by David Ives, the charming Dorante cannot tell the truth, and his manservant Cliton cannot tell a lie. From this simple premise springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a spirited seventeenth-century French farce brilliantly adapted for today, complete with mistaken lovers, suspicious fathers, sparkling romance, frothy comedy, and an abundance of breathtakingly intricate “alternative facts.”

Crowd shot at Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah

Plan your trip to Cedar City

With so many different plays to choose from, from a variety of Shakespearean classics to modern comedies and dramas, the Utah Shakespeare Festival has something for anyone to enjoy. Tickets fill up fast, so now is the time to plan your trip to Cedar City!

Things to do in St. George for Cheap

St. George, Utah is one of the best cities in the world for inexpensive activities. Outdoor activities reign supreme. Because of temperatures that average over 70 degrees seven months of the year, people are always looking for new things to do. Here’s a list of 10 inexpensive ideas of things to do in St. George.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park could have a list of ten things to do just by itself. This world-famous national park is just 45 minutes from downtown St. George. Because the whole family can experience some of the best hiking, backpacking, climbing, and biking in the world, it comes at a cost – $25 per car.

Zion National Park is a world-famous park in St. George's backyard

Pioneer Park / Dixie Rock

Similarly, Pioneer Park is 52 acres of the famous red rocks of Utah. Feel free to explore the hills and cracks, or climb up Dixie Rock for a view that overlooks St. George.

Snow Canyon State Park

If you think Zion National Park is too big, and Pioneer Park is too small, Snow Canyon State Park will be just right. With all of the same features as the other two, some people prefer Snow Canyon State Park because it’s often overlooked by the common tourist. Just 20 minutes away from St. George, Snow Canyon State Park is popular among locals.

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Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Because of the rapid expansion of southern Utah, the government took action in 1996. Over 60,000 acres were set aside to protect plants and animals alike. The desert tortoise, Gila monster, and other snakes and reptiles are often found here. The visitor center is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Gila Monsters are common in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Chuckawalla Climbing Wall

The Chuckawalla Climbing Wall is located at the beginning of the Chuckawalla trailhead. Climbers of any skill level can climb here, making it one of the most popular climbing areas in the state.

Coyote Gulch Art Village

So, you’ve had enough of the red rocks? While that’s what most of the outdoor activities in St. George entail, there are other things to do in St. George. The Coyote Gulch Art Village is a fun place to explore and experience Utah’s Kayenta Community. The art village is open to the public and free, although the actual art is very expensive.

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St. George Tabernacle

There’s a strong Latter-day Saint (Mormon) culture in St. George, dating back more than 150 years. A white temple stands tall in the St. George landscape. Anybody is able to walk around the grounds, but only members of the church are able to actually go inside. Because of that, many people choose to visit the St. George Tabernacle instead. The tabernacle opened over 140 years ago and is now a historic St. George building. Close to the city center, the tabernacle is a nice place to stop by to experience a little bit of the history of St. George.

Parks on every corner

St. George and neighboring cities have worked hard to make sure parks are central to the outdoor life in St. George. Families can spend a warm afternoon at any one of the many parks in the city.

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Events

Since it’s over 70 degrees for seven months out of the year, there’s always something going on in St. George! Click on the link below to find a month-by-month list of all of the different events going on in this busy city.

https://www.visitstgeorge.com/calendar/2017/05/

Outdoor Activities

While on this list were specific places about where to hike, backpack, climb, and mountain bike, St. George (and all of southern Utah) is your playground. Get outside, head any direction, experience the diversity of the beautiful landscape of southern Utah. There’s plenty of things to do in St. George.

 

A Weekend Getaway to St. George, Utah

 

Need a weekend getaway from the stresses of everyday life? St. George, Utah is a great escape location full of complete relaxation and amazing activities. You’ll experience warm sunny weather, gorgeous scenery, hiking, art, heavenly food, and so much more.

St. George is located in southern Utah. It enjoys a desert climate with mild winters and over 300 days of sunshine per year. The town is surrounded by red rock summits and deep canyons. It’s within a two-hour drive of the Grand Canyon, an hour to Zion National Park, and 90 minutes to Las Vegas. Lastly, the elevation changes from 2,860 feet in St. George to over 10,000 feet just 20 miles north.things-to-do-in-st-george-utah-getaway

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Downtown St. George itself hosts community events, concerts, and street fests each month. Town Square and the Red Hill Golf Course alone make it a worthwhile stay. To get started on the ultimate weekend getaway, below are some great ideas of places to stay, eat, and experience.

 

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Places to Stay

There are three places we recommend to stay, ranging from from least expensive to most expensive. First is The Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites. It has an indoor whirlpool spa, a heated outdoor pool, exercise room, and guest laundry. Next is Inn On The Cliff which is moderately expensive, but well worth the cost. It was featured by trivago.com in an article as one of 18 spectacular hotels that must be added to any bucket list. It is known for “simply luxurious rooms” and an enhanced cliff side view overlooking St. George. Finally, and most expensive, is Red Mountain Resort. It is one of the most luxurious destination spa resorts. Features include daily guided morning hikes, walking trails, bicycling, fitness classes, and indoor and outdoor pools.

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Places to Eat

With so many options available in St. George it is hard to find the perfect place to eat, but The Black Bear Diner, Sakura, and The Cliffside Restaurant are fantastic options. The Black Bear Diner offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is beautifully decorated, has a friendly staff, and has more menu selections than imaginable.  Sakura is a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, hibachi, and Thai dishes. All aspects of the sushi cooking process is performed in front of your eyes. Prepare to be dazzled by the skillful mastery and showmanship of the chefs. And then Cliffside Restaurant offers not only an amazing view, but also a unique experience that you will not find anywhere else in southern Utah.  It is a local favorite and has a great variety of American-based foods.

Things to Do

activities-in-st-george-utah-getawayThat brings up the topic of things to do. First on the list is going toZion National Park and hiking, camping, and watching the wildlife. It has over 100 miles of trails and 15 miles of paved walkways. Canyoneering is also one of the more popular things to do in Zion National Park. Another great weekend getaway activity is stopping by the Coyote Gulch Art Village in Kayenta. Kayenta is an artsy, desert community a few minutes northwest of downtown St. George, and is also home to the Desert Rose Labyrinth with more than 1,800 indigenous rocks patterned. Next is exploring Gunlock Resevoir. It is 20 minutes from St. George and has soft orange sand and blue water. Top features include kayaking, exploring caves in the rocks, and some cliff jumping.

Top 5 Hiking Trails in St. George

St. George is a top travel destination for many reasons. It has red soil and rock formations, historical sites, golf courses, palm trees, and extremely fun sand dunes. With so many options available, St. George offers endless opportunities to all ages. But there is one activity that brings people to St. George from all over the world: the hiking trails.

There are so many great hiking trails available around St. George it’s hard to not find a hike you’ll enjoy.  If you’re looking for a family friendly trail or just an adventurous trail St. George has options. However, below we have provided a list of the top 5 hiking trails in the surrounding areas of St. George to get you started on the right hike.

1) HellHole Canyon – Kayenta Canyon

First is Hellhole Canyon Trail. This hike takes you into a canyon that is not visible from the road, and, depending on the time of year, will reward you with a spectacular waterfall! The hike does have a few steep climbs and takes you along some drop-offs. Plan on taking a couple of hours, as this trail is roughly 3.2 miles round trip.

2) Johnson Canyon – Snow Canyon State Park

Next is Johnson Canyon Trail. This hike is a great option for families! The trail passes through a lava flow field and into a canyon where you will see a spring and a 200-ft arch. As you make your way, there are many places to rest in the shade as well as a place to sit and have a picnic. Plan on taking about an hour of hiking there and back as this trail is roughly 1.8 miles long.

3) Petrified Dunes – Snow Canyon State Park

Another great hike is Petrified Dunes Trail. This trail has mounds of petrified Navajo Sandstone and has some of the most incredible views in the park. The hike is one of the most photographed places in the area and accessible for exploring and wandering off the trail! Plan on taking about an hour of hiking as well. The hike is roughly 1.2 miles long.

4) Lava Flow – Snow Canyon State Park

Following Petrified Dunes is Lava Flow Trail and it is also great for families. It takes you past three lava tube or cave entrances, and through a lava field. The trail is also very educational; signs along the trail explain all about the lava tubes. There are opportunities to explore the lava tubes, so make sure to bring flashlights! Plan on taking about two hours to hike this two-mile trail.

5) Kanarra Creek – Kannaraville Falls

Last is Kannara Creek Trail. This trail takes you up a canyon and through lots of little streams and creeks. You won’t be able to complete it without getting wet, so plan accordingly. The trail crosses Kanarra Creek and eventually enters a slot in the canyon where hikers will enter a slit in the canyon. The slit has roughly 3-6 inches of water you have to cross in order to see the falls. Plan on taking about three hours to hike the trail, as it is about 4.8 miles long.

5 Things To Do in St. George Utah

Are you in need of a warm weekend getaway? Then St. George, Utah is the place for you! Visit St. George to enjoy a variety of activities. Explore the beautiful red rock sandstone during all times of the year. Enjoy watching outdoor plays as the sun goes down. Go site seeing through the many different parks and see breathtaking views unlike any other. These are just a few of the many things to do in St. George, Utah! Read below to see what our top 5 things to do in St. George are.

 

1. Zion National Park

You can’t visit St. George, Utah without exploring Zion National Park! Zion National Park is an amazing canyon with over 147,000 acres of parkland. Enjoy breathtaking views as you hike to the top of Angels Landing or walk alongside the river at Riverside Walk. Take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive to see landscapes unlike any other. You can also spend the night camping at either Watchman, South or Lava Campgrounds. Zion National Park has it all! Come to St. George and experience hiking, biking, rock climbing, canyoneering and camping at Zion National Park!

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2. Tuacahn Amphitheater

If you like movies, plays, concerts, musicals or being outdoors then Tuacahn is for you! Tuacahn Amphitheatre let’s you enjoy an outdoor show unlike any other. In the spring of 1995, Tuacahn Amphitheatre opened its doors for the first time. Seating 2,000 people, the outdoor Amphitheatre brings a show to life right before your eyes. Enjoy their 2017 Broadway Season filled with the amazing shows Shrek the Musical, Newsies, and Mamma Mia. You can check ticket pricing or purchase your tickets online. Visiting Tuacahn is just one of the many things to do in St. George, Utah!

 

 

3. Snow Canyon State Park

Located in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park is a 7,4000-acre scenic park. Enjoy majestic views as you explore the 38 miles of hiking trails. If you plan on visiting for the day, it costs $6 for a vehicle with up to eight people and $2 for a vehicle with nine or more people. Explore views of nature at Snow Canyon State Park by looking for wildlife while hiking, biking or camping. This is a family friendly park to visit on your next vacation to St. George, Utah!

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4. Kanarraville Falls Hike

Enjoy the heat of St. George by going on the Kanarraville Falls Hike! This is a water hike that you’ll want to cool off in during those hot summer days! The hike is 4.8 miles round-trip and is covered with lush trees and plants. The best time of the year to go is late spring, summer, and early fall. It  doesn’t cost to hike Kanarraville Falls, but if you are parking a car then there is a $10.00 parking fee. Enjoy walking through the flowing stream the entire hike! Remember to visit Kanarra Creek and enjoy the hike to the falls next time you visit St. George, Utah!

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5. Pioneer Park

If you are a person that enjoys exploring and rock climbing, then Pioneer Park is for you! Pioneer Park has over 52 areas of land and offers an amazing view of Zion National Park and part of Arizona. This is a free park that is fun for people of all ages. Venture out to find Boy Scout Cave, slot canyons or Dixie Rock. Spend the day exploring with family and friends at Pioneer Park! This is another fun thing to do in St. George, Utah.

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