Hello out there! It’s Saturday, May 28, 2022. Hubby and I took a quick road trip to St. George, Utah with a quick stop in Las Vegas. A few months ago, we had planned to spend a few days in Utah and Laughlin as Hubby had a week off for vacation. Life happens, as it usually does, the car had issues and we only made it as far as Laughlin. That trip, by the way, was a memorable trip. A month ago, my sister said she would be meeting my cousin in Vegas and let me know what days they would be there. Vegas, I really don’t enjoy anymore, well, as a 52-year-old. It definitely was not a great place to visit with family as my hearing made it difficult to keep up with conversations. I was more than happy to get the heck out of there and head to Utah, a place I had never visited. Our Vegas to Utah adventure started at 11 AM, the checkout time of our hotel. After we fueled up our minds with coffee and the car with gas, we headed north on the 15 Fwy.
Here is a little traveling music from Randy Newman.
The drive along the 15 Freeway is remarkable. As we passed the sign for Valley of Fire, the scenery drew more “oohs and ahs” from me. Hubby laughed and said, “It’s only going to get better from here.” and he was so right.
We arrived in St. George around 1 PM. The drive was quick, around two hours. The landscapes were stunning. As soon as we exited the freeway, my mouth gaped open at the sight of the words DIXIE written in crudely painted capital letters along the side of a deep, reddish orange rock. Instantly, I picked up my phone and went to Google to research. Hubby headed to the hotel, The Red Lion Inn in St. George. Unfortunately, I did not get one single shot of the Dixie sign! Face palm! I just reviewed all footage and pictures and not one. Guess we have to go back and visit again. According to the Washington County Historical Society website, in 1913, students from the Dixie Academy painted “1913” on the side of the Dixie Sugar Loaf. In 1914, it was repainted to read DIXIE. By the way, the Dixie Sugar Loaf was named by early pioneers as it resembled a sugar loaf. After doing a little research, and resting our road weary bones and joints, we headed to Pioneer Park. This park is the sight of the Dixie Sugar Loaf and quite frankly, the most colorful rocks in that town.
The above photos were all shot 5/23/22 around 5:34 PST, according to the time and date stamps. It was nice wondering around the trails with Hubby. He was able to climb on a few of the rocks while I stayed closer to the ground. My brain wanted to follow behind him, but my wobbly legs and balance made me stop. We spent around an hour and a half at Pioneer Park. Hubby then took a drive around the city and hopefully be able to check out the St George Utah Temple.
The temple glowed, really in that colorful town. We passed a park and saw a gathering of kids and parents. The park was within walking distance of the temple. As I took photos, I could hear the faint sound if jazz.
As I mentioned, we heard music and I had to go see who was playing. We got into the car and drove around a bit more before parking at the park.
It was nice to sit at the park and listen to the Dixie High School band play. When I saw the bass player rocking that stand-up bass, I knew we made the right decision to catch their performance. We were back in our hotel room by 7:30 PM, the sun was just about to go down for the day, but we didn’t see it as I passed out before 8 PM. The following morning, we awoke early and started packing for the ride home. Hubby had been busy researching places to check out before we headed home. We checked out just after 7:30 AM and headed toward Snow Canyon Park.
Our last stop in St. George, before we headed home, was Snow Canyon State Park.
The entrance fee to drive the 3.5-mile loop is $15 and well worth it, even if you are just passing through to get to your next destination. We drove through it from end to end twice and stopped at a few of the designated hiking trails. Many of the trails were not accessible to me as I have issues walking. However, there was still plenty of places that I could get around. It was nice to walk in that red dirt and rocks. Truly, this is living!
Snow Canyon is located in the Red Cliffs Nature Preserve. The landscape is other worldly. Lava rocks are seen through the park. These are remnants the lava flow that created this place.
We spent about an hour in the park exploring. Truthfully, I was exhausted and ready to get back to the Coachella Valley. We stopped in St. George, one last time before we got on to the freeway and again, I missed an opportunity to get a photo of the Dixie Sugar Loaf. D’oh!
Our total trip lasted less than 48 hours and covered 410 miles. Even with gas as high priced as it is, it was worth it. If you are from the Coachella Valley and are looking for a quick trip, Las Vegas – St. George may be just the trip for you.
Thank you, dear reader, for visiting and viewing my vacation photos. (Grinning like that family member with all the cameras.) Wherever you are heading today, may you get there safely. Hugs.