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St. George / Zion National Park - June 8, 2009: Trip advisor recently published rankings for the best national parks in the United States. Zion National Park not only made the top-ten but was top-of-the-list.

Here's what trip-advisor had to say about Zion National Park. "The stunning red monoliths and canyons of the park invite visitors to explore its beauty by camping, biking, touring by car, hiking and more.  Adventurous travelers can embark on the exciting Angel's Landing hike and the views make the daring climb well worth it."  Speaking of Angel's Landing, Trip Advisor also quoted a Zion National Park visitor as follows, "It's the best view in the entire park, and best hike I have ever done! Do not miss it!"

Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for Trip Advisor had this to say about travel in 2009." As Americans look for inexpensive travel ideas this summer, many are seeking out the amazing natural beauty that lies in our country's own back yard. National Parks can offer travelers an active, affordable and often awe-inspiring escape outdoors."

Zion is 30 miles in length and over 15 miles across at its widest point.  Elevations in the park range from 4,000 feet on the valley floor to over 8,700 feet at the highest point. Zion is one of the most easily accessed national parks with roads that traverse the valley floor and others that bring travelers close to scenic overlooks.  April through October there is a very convenient shuttle-system that transports visitors into the main canyon. In other words you can experience the park without ever leaving a vehicle, but visitors also have myriad options for easy and moderate walking/hiking trails.  For those with a passion for a little more adventure, there are breath-taking rewards on trails such as Angel's Landing and Observation Point.

The world-famous Zion Narrows is accessible to those with a willingness to walk in the shallows of the Virgin River. If desired, local outfitters can provide water-shoes and other gear for hiking in this slot canyon.  Zion National Park has two major entrance points, on the southwest and east side of the park.  Visitors to Zion National Park will find great lodging, dining and other services in the towns of Springdale, Hurricane and St. George, Utah.  Use this web-site or you may also visit to learn more about planning a trip to Zion National Park. For more details on this story from Trip Advisor - click here:

See details about St. George's Rankings in Trip Advisor - below the Ironman story.


Washington County (St. George Area)
Selected as Newest Ironman Triathlon Location

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Ironman Triathlon - Announces St. George as newest Triathalon Destination
St. George, Utah - March 18, 2009 - Officials have announced that Washington County will host a new Ironman Triathlon event beginning May 1, 2010. The Ford Ironman St. George will be a qualifier race for the Ironman World Championship held every October in Kona, Hawaii. “Ironman is an event tailor made for this area,” said Kevin Lewis, Sports & Events Director for the St. George Area Convention and Tourism Office. “The determination and tenacity of Ironman athletes represents the fortitude of the early settlers here.

The course we've planned will highlight the striking scenery and contrasting landscapes that make this area so attractive. It will be a remarkable experience for athletes and spectators as they immerse in both the beauty of the land and the heart of the people. For the locals, the energy of the event and the economic benefit will be outstanding.” “St. George is the ideal setting for our newest Ironman event,” said Steve Meckfessel, Chief Operations Officer for World Triathlon Corporation. “The community's experience in hosting the popular St. George Marathon, the scenic landscape of surrounding Washington County and the proximity to core triathlon markets in the region will contribute to Ford Ironman St. George quickly becoming one of our most popular races.”

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St. George, Utah - December 22, 2008 - St. George Utah has been selected by Trip Advisor as the number one emerging hot-spot in the U.S. for 2009. This is the result of an annual survey, conducted by Trip Advisor, of over 3,000 U.S. travelers.

Trip Advisor's annual travel-trends survey identified that Americans "appear to be going lean and green" as they plan to visit more national parks, and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking and other adventure activities. St. George is in a prime position to satisfy the demands of this
trend with it's close proximity to Zion National Park and several scenic state parks. Even Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and several national monuments are within a one to two-and-a-half hour drive of this southern Utah scenic mecca.
St. George Utah
"Several factors are likely contributors to St. George's ranking," says regional Director of Tourism Roxie Sherwin. "For one, St. George has experienced a recent growth in the development and promotion of outdoor adventure. We have many companies offering experiences for guided hiking, mountain biking, jeep tours, ATV tours, scenic flights and a lot more." A second strong influence is the growth of entertainment offerings in St. George. A key to this growth is the Tuacahn Outdoor Amphitheater where Broadway-style musicals and live concerts are performed.

The 2,000 seat amphitheater sits at the base of 1,500 sandstone rock formations and this offers a breath-taking backdrop to the wide array of entertainment offerings. In 2008 Tuacahn was one of a few theaters nationally that presented the Broadway production of Les Miserable. A total of 150,000 people attended various productions at this outdoor amphitheater in 2008.

Perhaps a third and excellent feather, in the communities cap, is the expansion of golf in the area. The new Sand Hollow Resort golf course recently opened for play, and word is that this is one of the best new courses in the west and certainly one of the most scenic desert courses in existence. "We've created a system where visitors to St. George can either call us or go on-line to book hotels and tee-times all in one simple package," says Sherwin. St. George offers 12 different courses ranging in their degree-of-difficulty from community courses to the championship level. The community of St. George is situated in the southwest corner of Utah and is just a few miles from the Arizona and Nevada borders. It's location is in a region where unique desert life-zones come together and the plants, wildlife and geology of this area is exceptionally diverse.
Elevations around St. George range from a low of 2,000 feet to over 10,000 feet, leading to great geography for outdoor adventure. To learn more about this #1 emerging hot-spot visit, or

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St. George, Utah - December 22, 2008 - St. George has recently been named as one of the 2009 "Top Places to Thrive" for Baby Boomers. The selection by the website is based on research from the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, New York Times, and other sources. St. George is one of just 21 communities in the United States to be selected. “This honor along with the recent Trip Advisor selection of St. George as the “Top Emerging Hotspot in the U.S.”, gives additional credibility to St. George as a premier destination,” says Roxie Sherwin, Tourism Director for the St. George Area Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Baby Boomers represent the largest segment of the U.S. population and are comprised of people born between 1946 and 1964. Many of these people have left or will soon be leaving the workforce, and each may consider a new location for their retirement or a second home.
St. George was selected as a top-spot for Baby Boomers because of it strong base in the following areas; airport, higher education, hospitals, social opportunities, cultural activities, variety of housing costs and good weather. St. George is in the midst of constructing a new regional airport to be completed in December 2010 and presently there are five daily inbound and outbound flights between St. George and Salt Lake City, along with daily flights between St. George and Los Angeles (LAX). Dixie State College is a four-year institution with quickly
expanding opportunities for graduate degrees, and St. George city has two excellent hospital campuses with some of the top health care offerings in the region.

Cultural offerings in St. George are diverse, with a symphony, regional choir, concerts and Broadway style theater at the Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, along with some fine museums and art galleries. Housing in the region appears to be diverse and plentiful, including high-end resort style communities such as Entrada, which was recently the centerpiece of the Disney movie “High School Musical II”. The elevation of St. George is 2,800 feet and its location in the southwest corner of Utah places it in a high-desert environment, creating mild winter temperatures and a good environment for year-round golf, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, and other outdoor activities.
“This kind of attention will go a long way toward continuing the strong interest in St. George and the Zion National Park area,” adds Sherwin. The St. George Area CVB promotes tourism for Utah's Washington County including Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park
and other destinations and attractions. For more information about St. George and the surrounding area you may visit or,

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