The Ultimate Greater Zion Meeting Planner’s Bucket List
St. George, Utah is home to both innovative meeting spaces and vast outdoor retreats. Unlike other professional conferences and events, attendees are provided with countless opportunities to play and explore. Guests of Greater Zion can attend conventions at world-class venues, as well as participate in fun, off-site activities (all in the same day).
When you’re attending a meeting or convention in the Greater Zion and St. George region, the outdoor calls loudly and it can’t be ignored. Did you know that while attending your convention, you’re only 45 minutes from Zion National Park and even closer to the other local gems? You can’t cross a location off your bucket list when all you saw was a conference room, so when Greater Zion is your meeting destination, don’t forget to leave time for exploration. Hit all the best attractions and plan a group outing led by local outfitters and guides — it’s sure to elevate your next meeting!
Although meetings mean business in Greater Zion, there’s no better place to experience unlimited adventure. Explore our top-10 recommendations to make your next event unfortgettable.
1. Zion National Park
This is a given. You will be blown away by the views and there are hikes perfect for families with little ones (lower pools) up to the Angels Landing for the adventurous ones.
2. The Vortex
This 2-mile roundtrip hike is a local hidden gems, worth adding to your trip itinerary. The trail features incredible views, unique Navajo sandstone, and an oasis including a tiny beach with trees, otherwise known as The Bowl. Even better, this trail is pet-friendly! Though it’s not so stroller/small children friendly so plan accordingly.
3. UTV Rides at Sand Hollow State Park
Little known fact? There are sand dunes in Greater Zion, and riding them is sure to deliver an unforgettable time. Check out local adventure companies for machine rentals, helmets, and even a guided tours so you don’t miss out on anything.
4. Broadway-Style Show at Tuacahan Amphitheatre
This is an absolute must if you are here between May and October. This outdoor amphitheatre is nestled amidst stunning red rocks, offering attendees unparalleled panoramic views of the Southern Utah desert. Check the calendar of events for up-to-date show schedules and tickets.
5. Snow Canyon State Park
In a word, Snow Canyon is breathtaking. Just a quick 20 minutes from downtown, you do not want to skip this bucket list item while you’re here. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the petroglyphs!
6. Kid-Friendly Attractions
Beat the heat at the splash pads located in St. George’s town square, next to the Children’s Museum. It’s a guaranteed hit and the perfect way to cool off in the summer months. Looking for additional parks and outdoor activities for the whole family? Check out the new bike park at Snake Hollow and the Thunder Junction All Abilities Park. Your kids will love it.
7. Local Festivals
With exciting local events happening daily in St. George, you’ll want to check out the local calendar. St. George has several annual events including the St. George Street Fest, Hurricane Peach Days, and the Washington County Fair + Rodeo — all great events to get a taste of the local culture. Check out the calendar for more details.
8. Kayenta Art Village
If you’re feeling artsy, the Kayenta Village is a community of artists who come together to create a space for people to learn and create art collaboratively. Their annual street painting festival happens every April and is a great way to experience local art firsthand.
9. Hike Dixie Rock
While in the area, you might notice people referring to ‘Dixie’ quite a bit — Dixie Rock, Dixie State University, etc. There’s a reason for that! The word “Dixie” was adopted into local vernacular as a result of Mormon pioneers settling the region with southern crops of cotton. St. George eventually became known as “Utah’s Dixie.” The hike up Dixie Rock is quick and easy but the view of town is absolutely worth it and you might even see some rock climbers!
10. Outdoor Adventures for All
No matter what you’re interested in, St. George and Greater Zion probably have it. From hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, boating to cliff jumping, horseback riding, ATV riding, and more, there’s something for everyone. Discover a comprehensive list of guides and outfitters that can help you through your first experience to make sure it’s a good one and a safe one.
Plan the ultimate meeting getaway in St. George and Greater Zion.
Don’t have time to explore them all while you’re here on business? It sounds like you’ve got your next family vacation planned for you and it’s a win-win for everyone. They get to experience Greater Zion first-hand and you get to finish checking everything off your bucket list.