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Road Trip to St. George for Trails, Tacos, and a Sweet Hotel

Hit the road and head south to St. George for a weekend of trails, tacos, and a boutique hotel stay.

With Aimee L. Cook June 27, 2022 Published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Park City Magazine

Drink in rooftop views at The Advenire.

In just under five hours by car from Park City, you can arrive in southern Utah for a weekend escape to sunny St. George. As one of the fastest-
growing cities in America, St. George boasts no shortage of things to do, places to eat, and adventures to be had within and just beyond the city limits: some of the most famous natural beauty in the American West can be found right outside St. George, from Zion National Park to the Mojave Desert. This town has it all for those who want to explore the red-rock landscape and also enjoy some R&R.

Where to Stay
St. George’s new-ish boutique hotel that’s all the buzz is The Advenire, an Autograph Collection hotel by Marriott—the second in the collection for Utah; Hotel Park City is the first. Completed in 2020, the 60-room hotel is located in historic downtown, and the aesthetic can best be described as modern meets pioneer chic. The property is warm and welcoming, much like St. George itself. Guest amenities include a bike valet for mountain bike enthusiasts and a signature cocktail bar where talented mixologists shake up Utah spirits. A concierge service is also available to help guests take advantage of nearby activities like golfing, horseback riding, and even helicopter tours. Furry friends are allowed (additional deposit required), and electric car charging stations are available (good news for road-trippers). And did we mention the rooftop hot tub and scenic deck with firepits? It’s the perfect perch to watch the sunset and soak it all in.
25 W St. George Blvd, 435-522-5022,

Where to Eat
Farmstead Bakery
This charming, European-style bakery offers delightful doughnuts, flaky croissants, fresh salads, crispy pizzas, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches like tuna, caprese, or turkey and havarti. Covered outdoor dining provides a shady spot for a leisurely brunch, or pop by for a sweet midday pick-me-up.
18 S 200 West, 435-986-7777,

Tacos Plaza
This authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant serves up all of the favorites: classic tortas, nachos with so many layers you’ll need a fork, and birria tacos served with a rich consommé for dipping.
250 Red Cliff Dr, Ste 16A, 435-922-0739,

Located inside The Advenire, this hip eatery pays homage to the area’s pioneer past with its name and atmosphere—wood for warmth, ash for cleaning, and lye ... well, that was changed to rye to fit the bar theme. Featuring regionally sourced ingredients that rotate with each season, the American cuisine is elevated and comforting—think grilled romaine salad, chile verde, mushroom pappardelle, prime rib, and burgers with house-made potato brioche buns—the type of fuel you crave after a day of high-octane activities. Carb-loaders, take note: the in-house bakery makes fresh bread and pasta daily.
25 W St. George Blvd, 435-522-5022,

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Things To Do
Sand Hollow Reservoir
Cool off in the emerald-green waters at this desert oasis. Sunbathe on the sandy shore, or take to the water for swimming, paddleboarding, boating, Jet-Skiing, and cliff jumping.

Skydive Zion
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, skydive miles above Zion National Park and enjoy a true bird’s-eye view of the scenic landscape.

Enjoy a show set against the spectacular red rocks at Tuacahn Amphitheater.

Tuacahn Amphitheater
Check out a Broadway musical under the stars at this massive outdoor theater set against a backdrop of 1,500-foot red-rock cliffs. Tuacahn’s 2022 season includes Mary Poppins (through Oct 22), Wonderland (through Oct 21), and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 16–Oct 20).
1100 Tuacahn Dr, Ivins, 800-746-9882,

Zion Adventures
Plan a day of canyoneering or rock climbing, pedal an e-bike through Zion Canyon, or get a permit to hike to Angel’s Landing with the help of experienced pros.

Zion Jeep Tours
Hop in a Jeep and set out on a group safari tour of Zion National Park, a Grand Canyon backcountry tour, or a private Jeep tour with a custom itinerary.

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