The closest major airport is McCarran International Airport, in Las Vegas, Nevada (tel. 702/261-5211; www.mccarran.com). Most major airlines fly into McCarran, where you can rent a car from most major car-rental companies and drive the 120 miles northeast on I-15 to St. George.
The St. George Shuttle (tel. 800/933-8320 or 435/628-8320; www.stgshuttle.com) provides daily van service to and from the Las Vegas airport ($20 each way or $35 round-trip), and also offers transportation between St. George and Salt Lake City ($55 each way); reservations are required.
St. George Municipal Airport, located on a bluff on the west side of the city (tel. 435/627-4005; www.sgcity.org/airport), is served by United (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) to Los Angeles and Delta (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) to Salt Lake City. Both routes are operated by SkyWest Airlines (tel. 435/634-3400; www.skywest.com). A new airport southeast of town is under construction at press time and expected to open in 2011.
St. George is on I-15. Take exit 6 (Bluff St.) or 8 (St. George Blvd.).
Before your trip, contact the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce (tel. 435/628-1658; www.stgeorgechamber.com) for a visitor's guide. When you get into town, stop in at the information center operated by the chamber in the historic Pioneer Courthouse, 97 E. St. George Blvd. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
For information on the state and national parks in the area, as well as Dixie National Forest and land administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, stop by the Interagency Office and Visitor Center, 345 E. Riverside Dr. (tel. 435/688-3246; www.fs.fed.us/r4; www.nps.gov; www.ut.blm.gov). This is a good place to ask questions about the area's public lands, get trail recommendations, and pick up backcountry permits for the Grand Canyon. A variety of free brochures are available; and maps, books, posters, and videos are for sale. To get there, take I-15 exit 6 and turn east. The center is open Monday through Friday 7:45am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm; closed Sundays.
The street grid system is centered on the point at which Tabernacle Street (running east-west) crosses Main Street (running north-south), with numbered streets increasing in each direction by hundreds. St. George Boulevard takes the place of 100 North, Bluff Street runs along a bluff at the western edge of the city, I-15 cuts through in a northeast direction (from exit 6 at the south end of Bluff St. to exit 8 at the east end of St. George Blvd.), and River Road lies at the eastern edge, becoming Red Cliffs Road north of St. George Boulevard. Other than that, the system stays true to the grid.
Car-rental agencies with offices in St. George include Avis (tel. 435/627-2002; www.avis.com); Budget (tel. 435/673-6825; www.budget.com); and Hertz (tel. 435/652-9941; www.hertz.com), all at St. George Municipal Airport; and Enterprise, 289 E. St. George Blvd. (tel. 435/634-1556; www.enterprise.com).
Free on-street parking is available in much of the city, and many streets are tree-lined and shady.
For a taxi, call Quality Cab (tel. 435/656-5222).
One of the larger hospitals in this part of the state is Dixie Regional Medical Center, 1380 E. Medical Center Dr. (tel. 435/251-1000), which provides 24-hour emergency care. The post office is located at 180 N. Main St. (tel. 800/275-8777 for hours and other information; www.usps.com). The regional newspaper is the Spectrum (www.thespectrum.com).