In addition to the outdoor opportunities that Snow Canyon State Park offers, great hiking, biking, and fishing can be enjoyed in the Dixie National Forest and on nearby lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. For information, contact the Interagency Office.
Quail Creek and Gunlock state parks are the local fishing holes. For equipment, licenses, and tips on where they're biting, visit Hurst Ace Hardware & Sports Center, 160 N. Bluff St. (tel. 435/673-6141; www.hurststores.com).
Utah's golf capital attracts golfers from around the country to a variety of public courses, known for their challenging designs, well-maintained fairways and greens, and spectacularly scenic settings. Rates given below are for winter; summer rates are usually lower. The area's best course, encompassing three 9-hole, par-36 courses, is the 27-hole Sunbrook Golf Course, 2366 W. Sunbrook Dr. (tel. 435/627-4400; www.sgcity.org/golf), tops in both design and magnificent scenery. Greens fees are $26 summer and $51 to $56 fall to spring for 18 holes ($17 summer and $29-$32 fall to spring for 9 holes), cart included. Also highly rated, and considered by many to be the area's second-best course, is Green Spring Golf Course, 588 N. Green Spring Dr., Washington (tel. 435/673-7888; www.golfgreenspring.com), several miles northeast of St. George. Challenging Green Spring is an 18-hole, par-72 course, with fees of $22 to $34 for 9 holes and $40 to $64 for 18 holes, cart included, likewise with the lowest fees in the summer.
Other 18-hole courses include the par-73 St. George Golf Club, 2190 S. 1400 East (tel. 435/627-4404), and the par-70 Southgate Golf Course, 1975 S. Tonaquint Dr. (tel. 435/627-4440). Fees at these city-owned courses are $13 to $21 for 9 holes and $19 to $33 for 18 holes, cart included. The par-34, 9-hole Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, 645 W. 1200 North (tel. 435/627-4444), charges $13 to $21 for 9 holes.
A marketing cooperative dubbed the Red Rock Golf Trail (tel. 888/345-5551; www.redrockgolftrail.com) offers golfers a number of packages that run $60 to $200 per day for 18 holes and a room in an area hotel, based on double occupancy.
Some of the best hiking in the area is at Snow Canyon State Park and in the Dixie National Forest to the north, which has some 200 miles of trails. Check with forest rangers for current trail conditions and be sure to carry detailed maps on any long hikes, especially if you're venturing into the Pine Valley Wilderness Area. Stop at the Interagency Office and Visitor Center for maps and details.
Mountain Biking & Road Biking
With hundreds of miles of trails in the St. George area, mountain biking has been rapidly gaining in popularity. For information on the best mountain-biking areas, plus maps, mountain-biking trail guides, bike repairs, bike accessories, and rentals, stop at Bicycles Unlimited, 90 S. 100 East (tel. 888/673-4492 or 435/673-4492; www.bicyclesunlimited.com); it's open Monday through Saturday 8am to 7pm. Top-quality mountain bikes rent for $38 to $50 per day; ask about multi-day rates.
A popular road-biking trip is the scenic 24-mile loop from St. George through Santa Clara, Ivins, and Snow Canyon State Park. The route follows paved roads with narrow shoulders but generally little traffic. Allow 2 to 3 hours. Head north out of St. George on Bluff Street (Utah 18) and follow it to its intersection with U.S. 91. Turn west (left) and go about 6 miles to the village of Santa Clara, where you can visit the Jacob Hamblin Home. From Santa Clara, continue west about a mile before turning north (right); follow the signs to Ivins and the Tuacahn Amphitheater. At Ivins, turn east (right) onto the Snow Canyon Road, following signs for Snow Canyon State Park, where you can easily spend from several hours to several days exploring the red-rock formations, lava pools, and sand dunes. From the park, continue east to Utah 18, turn south (right), and pedal back into St. George.