Leah Roberts, Author at Sunny Vacation Rentals


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Whether it’s your first time booking a vacation rental or just your first time renting from a new vacation home rental agency, there are some important questions that you’ll want to get answered before your arrival. In fact, some of these questions are ones that you should ask before your vacation rental is ever booked.

Asking these questions can help ensure that the vacation rental that you’re choosing is the right fit for your travel party. They can also help you to better understand any rules you might need to follow during your stay. Or help you learn guidelines to help you fully enjoy the property’s amenities.

If you’re planning a stay at Copper Rock Vacation Rentals, keep reading. We’re breaking down some common questions guests have before they arrive in the best vacation rentals Utah has to offer. 

How Many Guests Can a Vacation Rental Accommodate?

One of the most important questions to ask before you book is how many guests a unit can accommodate. This is usually a number that you can find directly on the listing. When you book St. George vacation rentals from Copper Rock, you’ll find the number of guests each unit can accommodate beneath the name of each vacation rental. You’ll also find the number of bedrooms and bathrooms each unit has.

Too many first-time vacation home renters overlook this number. For instance, they might see that a vacation home has a spacious living room or basement. They might think that they could set up inflatable mattresses to accommodate more people than the listing advertises. However, the number of people listed on a vacation rental is often a safety measure, and should never be ignored. This number often reflects how many people a home can legally and safely accommodate due to fire codes.

Before you start planning, know the maximum number of guests that will be joining you. Then, book a vacation rental that can accommodate your entire group. If your plans aren’t set just yet, book a larger rental than you expect to need. Planning a visit to Southern Utah with a large group? Our vacation home rental agency has multiple homes that can sleep more than 20 guests, as well as one that can sleep 25!

What Time is Check-Out/Check-In?

Another important question you’ll want to ask your vacation home rental agency is what time check-in and check-out are. Knowing these times can help you make your travel plans, including flights and other travel arrangements. If you know that you’ll be arriving early on your first day, consider planning a group activity like a fun lunch or shopping trip. That way you aren’t just sitting around waiting to get into your rental. 

Occasionally, early check-ins or late check-outs can be accommodated. However, these are never guaranteed, and should always be viewed as a bonus when available.

What Do I Need to Do When I Check Out?

If you’ve only ever stayed in hotels in the past, you might not be expecting check-out procedures for your stay. But many of the best vacation rentals Utah has to offer have some guidelines that guests are asked to follow before checking out. These help to keep the home safe and prepare it for the cleaning crew’s arrival.

You’ve no doubt heard the horror stories of Airbnbs with multiple pages of chores guests need to complete before they check out. But at Copper Rock Vacation Rentals, we have a few simple guidelines that we ask guests to follow. 

These will take you just a couple of minutes on your way out the door, and include things like locking the doors and windows and starting the dishwasher. These guidelines can be found on our FAQ page. They are also provided in your vacation rental upon your arrival. 

Is There Anything That I Need to Know to Use the Vacation Rental?

Along the same lines as asking about check-out procedures, you may also want to ask if there’s anything you need to know to use the vacation rental’s amenities. Often, any information that you’ll need will be provided in the home when you arrive.

At our St. George vacation rentals, for instance, you’ll find guidelines for how to get your private pool ready for use, if your rental includes one. For instance, your pool may have a cover on it and a vacuum running upon your arrival. You’ll find detailed instructions for removing the cover and vacuum and enjoying the pool in your rental. These can also be found on our FAQ page ahead of your arrival.

Asking Your Vacation Home Rental Agency These and Other Questions

Copper Rock Vacation Rentals’ stunning homes are the perfect basecamp for exploring all that Southern Utah has to offer! Whether it’s your first time booking a vacation home or you’re an experienced traveler, these are just a few of the questions you might have before your arrival at one of our beautiful vacation homes.

The answers to these questions and many others can be found on our website. Many are located on the FAQs page. This page is dedicated to answering common questions our guests have before they arrive in our St. George vacation rentals.

But if you find yourself with more questions that you’d like to ask your vacation home rental agency, we’re just a phone call or email away! Contact us today to get your questions answered so you can start preparing for your arrival at the best vacation rentals Utah has to offer!

There’s no shortage of reasons why millions of people visit Southern Utah each year. The region is home to some of the country’s most stunning national parks, including one of the most popular in the U.S. St. George is renowned for its golf courses, which not only offer incredible views and challenging greens but also year-round great weather. Botanical gardens, museums, galleries, and outdoor sports like mountain biking and off-roading are just a few of the region’s endless attractions. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.

No matter what draws you to Southern Utah, there’s one big decision you’ll need to make ahead of your arrival—where to stay. The area offers countless campgrounds, motels, hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals. 

At Copper Creek Vacation Rentals, we might be a little biased. But we do know that the best luxury rentals St. George, Utah has to offer have features, amenities, and perks that you won’t find at a hotel or motel, or even a luxury resort. 

If you’re ready to start planning your next visit to Southern Utah, keep reading to learn why a vacation rental beats a hotel every time.

Space For Everyone

One of the reasons that many families begin their search for a vacation rental is the opportunity to enjoy more space during their stay. 

Even if you book a suite or several rooms, hotels offer limited space for families, groups of friends, or even couples and solo travelers to relax. In a hotel, your room is your bedroom, living room, dining room, and sometimes even your kitchen. If your family wants to watch a movie, enjoy a meal in, or even just sit around and talk, you’ll be doing so right there in your room. If one person wants to go to bed early, they’ll be stuck in the same space.

A vacation rental, and especially the best luxury rentals St. George, Utah has to offer, has space for every member of your group. Our large Utah vacation homes feature multiple bedrooms, spacious living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, and even private outdoor spaces. There are even multiple bathrooms, which means no fighting over who gets to shower first, and multiple bedrooms so that everyone can get much-needed rest during their stay.

The Comforts of Home

Having space for your whole travel party to stretch out and relax is just one perk of booking a property from our vacation home rental agency. But alongside all of that space, you’ll also enjoy some of the comforts of home.

Fully equipped kitchens are one such perk. In a hotel, you might get lucky enough to get a limited kitchenette, with a mini fridge and a microwave. This hardly makes it easy to enjoy a meal in during your stay. But when you book one of our Utah vacation homes, you’ll get far more than a kitchenette.

Whether you want to whip up some late-night snacks or hire a chef for a private dinner for your friends, the full kitchen in each of our vacation homes makes that possible. Dining rooms make it easy to enjoy your meal together with your friends or family. Prefer to cook outdoors? Backyard BBQs are perfect for grilling up dinner while watching the greens or after taking a dip in your private pool.

Other comforts include multiple large bathrooms so that everyone can get ready for a round of golf or a day trip to Zion National Park at the same time, soaking tubs, plush beds, and even multiple televisions so every guest can enjoy their own binging favorites before bedtime.

Luxurious Accommodations

The best luxury rentals St. George, Utah has might have the comforts of home. But they are also outfitted inside and out with luxury decor for an elevated experience. 

From the plush beds to stylish modern furniture, our vacation homes rival the most luxurious resorts of the region. This means that you won’t have to sacrifice luxury, comfort, and style to enjoy the benefits of a vacation rental.

Unique and Exclusive Amenities

We’ve already covered one of the best perks of booking our Utah vacation homes, and it’s one that you certainly won’t find at your average hotel; our unique and exclusive amenities. While a resort will likely have a pool, what it won’t have is a private backyard oasis that’s exclusively for your family and friends to enjoy. 

Besides beautiful resort-style pools, some of our luxury rentals feature basketball and pickleball courts, cornhole, putting greens, hot tubs, and more. While you no doubt plan to enjoy some of the many attractions that Southern Utah has to offer during your stay, with these amenities, you could easily spend your whole visit relaxing at your vacation rental.

Booking the Best Luxury Rentals St. George, Utah Has to Offer

From full kitchens to multiple bathrooms, private backyard pools, stylish and modern interiors, and unique amenities, there are plenty of reasons why the best luxury rentals St. George, Utah has to offer beat the hotels every time. 

Whether you’re traveling with a large group in need of space, your family who wants to enjoy meals and games together, or just want to enjoy a luxurious getaway, you can’t beat Copper Rock Vacation Rentals’ stunning properties. Check out our selection of Utah vacation homes today to start planning your next visit!

If you’re planning a stay in one of our Zion vacation rentals this summer, you’ll likely find yourself riding a Zion Canyon Shuttle bus at least once or twice.

For all but a few short months, the Zion Canyon Shuttles are the only way for visitors to get around the popular Lower Canyon. This is where you’ll find the historic Zion Lodge and many of the park’s most famous trailheads. 

Riding the shuttle, as well as the accompanying Springdale Shuttle, for the first time can be a little confusing. That’s why the team at Copper Rock Vacation Rentals has compiled this guide. We’re breaking down what you’ll need to know to ride the shuttle like a pro during your stay in our Zion National Park vacation rentals.

Springdale Shuttle Loop

Before we cover what you need to know to ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle system within the park, we need to cover how you’ll get there. The best vacation rentals Utah has to offer are located in St. George, Utah, a short drive away from the main entrance to Zion. If you get to the park early in the day or are visiting during the week or a less busy time of year, you’ll likely be able to park right inside the park, in the lot adjacent to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

But if you get there a little later, or are visiting during a busy time of year, you’ll need to park in a public lot in Springdale instead. Luckily, a second shuttle system ferries guests from nine stops in the town to the entrance to Zion.

The Springdale Shuttle Loop is designed to help reduce traffic entering Zion National Park. With parking spots in the park filling up early each day, this shuttle also allows visitors to park elsewhere in Springdale or even leave their vehicle at the hotel or campground they’re staying at.

The shuttle makes 9 stops in Springdale:

Zion Canyon Shuttle System

While the Springdale shuttle loop is mainly for convenience and to help alleviate some parking issues within the park, the Zion Canyon Scenic Loop is a bit more vital. You can get to the park without taking the in-town shuttle, but you can’t drive the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in your own vehicle. 

From March to late in November, and a few weeks around the December holidays, the shuttle is the only way to enjoy the beauty of this drive or to access the many stops along its path. Depending on how busy the park is and traffic conditions, shuttles leave from the visitors center every 7 to 10 minutes on average. It then travels through the park, making 8 stops along the way. 

Zion Canyon Shuttle Stops

Knowing the stops you plan to visit ahead of time can help you be better prepared to make the most of your time in the park during your stay in our Zion vacation rentals. Here’s where you can hop off the shuttle and check out the park’s trails, overlooks, museums, and more:

Planning Your First Stay in Our Zion Vacation Rentals

Zion National Park is a bucket-list destination for many individuals. With so many people flocking to the park, the National Park Service has implemented a number of measures over the years to manage the crowds and allow everyone to have an enjoyable, relaxing time in the park. This includes the Zion Canyon Shuttle and Springdale Shuttle.

Riding the shuttle for the first time during your stay in our Zion vacation rentals can be a little confusing. But with this guide, you can better plan your route on both the Springdale and Zion Canyon Shuttles. The operating hours for both shuttles are updated seasonally by the National Park Service. Be sure to check the NPS website ahead of your arrival at your Copper Rock Vacation Rental so that you’ll know when you can catch a shuttle during your stay.

Ready to start planning your next stay in the best vacation rentals Utah has to offer? Check out our guide to visiting Zion National Park today to start planning your trip!

Whether you’re planning a getaway with your extended family or a trip with your friends, nothing beats a vacation rental. With more space to relax and spread out than a hotel, while still providing private spaces for couples and individuals, vacation rentals are a great choice for many kinds of vacations.

Copper Rock Vacation Rentals knows a thing or two about vacation rentals. With some of the most unique and luxurious St. George vacation rentals, we specialize in providing an elevated experience for guests looking to enjoy all that Southern Utah has to offer.

While all of our vacation rentals feature luxurious interiors and private outdoor spaces, a few properties in particular stand out, thanks to their unique amenities. Keep reading to learn about some of the special amenities you could enjoy during a stay in one of our St. George vacation rentals.

Resort-Style Swimming Pools

With so many visitors making their way to Southern Utah during the hot summer months, it’s no surprise that swimming pools are in demand at hotels and vacation rentals. But before you book a chain hotel with a standard, shared pool, you’ll want to check out the resort-style pools located at some of the best luxury rentals St. George, Utah has to offer.

Many of our vacation rentals feature private, luxurious pools, hot tubs, or both. These private oases are great for cooling off on a hot day, taking a dip beneath the stars, or spending quality time with your family and friends.

If you’re looking for the feel of a resort pool but the exclusive experience of a high-end vacation rental, the CR Chateau 58 is a great choice. A large swimming pool and spa with in-pool sun lounges and waterfalls offer an incredible getaway during your vacation. A BBQ, cornhole, and multiple seating areas complete this beautiful backyard. 

Putting Green

Many of our St. George vacation rentals are located on Copper Rock Golf Course, so it’s no surprise that they are a popular destination for golf trips. But whether you’ll be golfing in St. George during your stay or using your vacation rental as a basecamp to explore Southern Utah’s many other attractions, a private putting green is the perfect spot to relax with friends.

You’ll find a private putting green at a couple of our vacation rentals. If golf is a must during your stay or you have a passionate player in your group, this is one amenity that you won’t want to miss.

Aptly named the Torrey Pines House, this luxury home is just one of our St. George UT rentals to feature a putting green. Located in your spacious, private backyard, the green is the perfect spot to practice your putts before spending a day golfing in St. George. When you’re finished, hop in the hot tub and relax beneath the stars while swapping stories about that day’s adventures. With views of the golf course, you can even scope out the holes you’ll be playing later in your stay.

A Private Pickle Ball Court and Basketball Court

You already know that Copper Rock Vacation Rentals offers luxury rentals located right on the fairways of Copper Rock Golf Course. But this isn’t the only way that we cater to sports enthusiasts and athletes.

If you’re looking for the ultimate destination for the sports lover in your life, our Lux Sports Getaway is it. A large private putting green and views of the fairways are just the beginning. You’ll also enjoy a private pickleball and basketball court! Shoot some hoops or challenge your friends to a game of pickleball. Then, take a dip in the resort-style pool, warm up by the fire pit, enjoy a game of cornhole, or grill up a homemade meal on the BBQ. There are also plenty of seating areas to complete the ultimate backyard.

This is undoubtedly one of our most unique St. George, UT rentals, and a must for families and groups of friends looking to enjoy some fun and exciting amenities during their stay.

A Roof Top Deck

One of the best reasons to book a stay at one of our St. George, UT rentals is the chance to enjoy Southern Utah’s incredible landscapes. While you’ll no doubt want to plan some day trips to the region’s many national and state parks, you’ll also be able to take in some stunning views right from your vacation rental.

Some of our vacation rentals feature great views of the greens at Copper Rock Golf Course. Others feature large windows that let you take in the mountains in the distance. One of the best vacation rentals for views though is PV 48. This desert paradise retreat has one incredible amenity designed specifically for taking in the views—a private rooftop deck.

Choosing the Best St. George Vacation Rentals

These are just a few of the unique amenities that you could enjoy during a stay in one of our St. George vacation rentals. But Copper Rock Vacation Rentals has so much more to offer. If you’re ready to start planning your next Southern Utah adventure, check out our beautiful vacation rentals today!

Zion National Park is the most popular national park in Utah, as well as one of the most popular in the United States. From its towering red rock peaks to its challenging hiking trails to its vibrant wildlife and plant life, the park is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, families, adventure seekers, and everyone in between.

Anyone can enjoy the incredible natural beauty that Zion is known for. But visiting for the first time can be a little overwhelming. The park has some unique rules and requirements that can be confusing to first time visitors. Its location in a remote part of Southern Utah can also make deciding where to stay during your visit more challenging. That’s why we’ve compiled this first-timer’s guide to visiting the park. 

Whether you’ve already booked a stay in one of Copper Rock Vacation Rentals’ properties or you’re just starting your search for the best Zion National Park vacation rentals, this guide will help you learn everything you need to know.

Where to Stay

The first thing you need to know for your first visit to Zion is where to stay. Zion National Park is located in Southern Utah, to the East of St. George, Utah. The closest town is Springdale, Utah. While this town has a number of hotels and Zion vacation rentals, this isn’t the best location for most visitors. Springdale has limited options for food, shopping, and entertainment. The town also gets very crowded, especially during the summer months, and traffic is a problem. While you may plan to spend a couple of days enjoying all that ZIon has to offer, if you want to explore the rest of Southern Utah, doing so from Springdale is limiting.

Staying in nearby St. George, Utah is a great alternative. When you stay in one of our beautiful Zion National Park vacation rentals, you’ll not only enjoy easy access to Zion but also to the rest of the region. Spend a day off-roading in Sand Hollow State Park, play a round of golf at Copper Rock Golf Course, visit the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site or Red Hills Desert Garden, and enjoy endless shopping and dining options in St. George during your stay. 

Navigating the Zion National Park Shuttle

After you’ve booked one of our Zion vacation rentals, the next thing you need to learn is how you’ll get around the park. While every national park is unique, Zion’s narrow Lower Canyon created a different kind of issue than any other park has experienced. Crowding in the canyon, coupled with a lack of parking, led the National Park Service to launch a shuttle service over two decades ago. 

The Zion Canyon Shuttle is the only way to get around Zion’s Lower Canyon for most of the year. From the beginning of March to the end of November each year, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive closes to personal vehicle traffic. This means that if you want to get to any point in the Lower Canyon, like the Zion Lodge or most of the park’s most popular trailheads, you’ll either need to walk or ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle.

This shuttle is free to ride and does not require a ticket or reservation. On busy days, lines may form at the shuttle stops, but the shuttles run continuously throughout the day, so you’ll likely never wait long for another one. The shuttles make nine stops throughout the Lower Canyon before looping back to make the same stops in reverse. It takes around 45 minutes for a shuttle to run its route in one direction, starting at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and ending at the Temple of Sinawava. The shuttle schedule changes throughout the year. You can check the hours for the dates of your visit here.

Pets are not allowed on the shuttle. You can bring a bike but will need to be able to load it onto the bike rack on the front of the shuttle on your own, and e-bikes are not allowed.

Parking and Entrance Fees

If you’re planning to ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle into the Lower Canyon, you’ll need to park your personal vehicle in the park or in Springdale. Limited parking is available at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. If the lot is full, you can park in one of the public lots in Springdale, and ride the free Springdale Shuttle to the entrance to the park.

You can still drive into Zion’s Upper Canyon any day of the year in your personal vehicle. This drive includes passing through the famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, an engineering marvel built in the 1920s that travels 1.1 miles through Zion Canyon.

Whether you enter the park on foot or in your car, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee. This fee is $35 for a personal vehicle with up to 15 passengers. If you’re entering on foot, you’ll pay $20 per person for anyone 16 or older. These entrance fees are good for seven consecutive days.

Another option is the America the Beautiful Pass, an annual pass that provides entry into any National Park Service site for one year. This pass costs $80 for most guests, and allows access to the park for one cardholder and up to three guests.

Hiking Angels Landing

One common bucket list item on many people’s Utah vacations is to hike Angels Landing. This famous trail in Zion is known for being challenging and dangerous. You’ll climb more than 1,500 feet on this five-mile hike, including a section of trail that has you traversing a narrow ridgeline with steep drops on either side, with only a chain handrail to help you keep your balance.

With any other trail in the park, you can simply show up and hike. But for Angels Landing, you’ll need a permit. Permits are available in one of two lotteries; the Seasonal Lottery, held four times a year and awarding permits for the following season, and the Day-Before Lottery, which provides permits for the following day.

Demand for permits is high, and entering the lottery doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get one. The best way to increase your odds is to book our Zion National Park vacation rentals early so that you can enter the Seasonal Lottery for the dates of your stay.

Planning Your Stay in Our Zion National Park Vacation Rentals

If you’re planning your first stay in our Zion National Park vacation rentals, or it’s been a while since you enjoyed a St. George vacation, this first-timer’s guide can help you plan the perfect stay. 

Ready to see for yourself what makes Zion such a popular destination? Copper Rock Vacation Rentals is the ultimate base camp for your stay. After a long day of hiking and enjoying the park, kick back and relax in luxury. Take a dip in your private pool, enjoy a homemade meal fresh off the grill, or simply sit on your private patio and take in the views of the night sky. Book your stay in our Zion vacation rentals today!

Beautiful landscapes and mild winter weather make St. George, Utah a year-round golf destination. Stunning courses like Copper Rock Golf Course are popular among both casual golfers and serious players. So it’s no surprise that Copper Rock has been chosen to host not one, but two different exciting events this May.

If you’re looking to watch some incredible talent during your spring visit to Southern Utah, these two events are a great chance to do so. And there’s still time to book one of our Copper Rock Vacation Rentals, allowing you to stay close to the action and enjoy plenty of luxurious amenities to help you relax and unwind during your visit.

Ready to start planning a spring visit to St. George? Keep reading to learn more about the two upcoming LPGA events, and why you should book one of our stunning Utah vacation homes.

Two LPGA Events Coming to Copper Rock Golf Course

If you need another reason to plan a visit to Southern Utah this spring, the upcoming LPGA events are just the ticket. Hosted at the beautiful Copper Rock Golf Course, this unprecedented doubleheader is set to bring tough competition and incredible talent to the region.

LPGA Epson Copper Rock Championship

First up is the LPGA Epson Copper Rock Championship. The Copper Rock Championship welcomes over 100 players from around the world each year. This year’s event is taking place from May 13 to 18. This championship was created to elevate and celebrate the talents of women, both on and off the greens. The event has been Utah’s only women’s professional golf event in Utah. Until this year when it will be joined by a second event.

This year, the event is part of the Epson Tour, which has been named the “Road to the LPGA.” The top 10 players in this tour will receive an LPGA Tour membership for the following year. In addition to celebrating the talents of these players, the Copper Rock Championship is on a mission to lessen the gender gap in women’s sports. That’s why they’ve partnered with Epson Tour to continue hosting this event through the year 2028, along with increasing the annual purse by $10,000. A pay equity initiative called Clyde Challenge is set to provide additional purse money.

This women-led event also supports rising players. Three sponsor exemptions are provided to players from three Utah universities. This includes students from Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, and Utah Tech University. These players will have the chance to compete alongside professionals. The aim is to inspire and aid in the development of these young golfers.

LPGA 2024 Senior Championship

Every year, two senior women’s major tournaments are hosted in the U.S. For the very first time, one of this year’s two events is set to take place in Utah. The event kicks off with a qualifying tournament on May 20. Two professionals and the low amateur from the qualifying event will gain entry into the 2024 LPGA Senior Championship.

The LPGA 2024 Senior Championship will welcome LPGA Tour professionals as well as eligible amateurs age 45 or older. This is the seventh playing of the LPGA Senior event. Of the legends that could attend this event, there are 15 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame Members. Combined, these legends have more than 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships.

Planning Your Visit

If you’re hoping to catch one or both of these events this May, don’t wait to book one of our Utah vacation homes. With the best short-term rentals St. George, Utah has to offer, Copper Rock Vacation Rentals allows you to stay close to the action, enjoy plenty of space for your whole family or group, and still enjoy easy access to Southern Utah’s countless other attractions, including Zion National Park.

At Copper Rock Golf Course, our stunning, luxury vacation rentals line the fairways of hole 18. Stay right in the heart of the action. Enjoy stunning views of the course while you take advantage of a wide range of amenities, from private, resort-style pools to water slides, hot tubs, and more.

Take our CR 1550 unit for example. This three-bed, three-bath home can sleep up to 11 guests. The modern interior features an open floor plan with two balconies with views of the 18th hole. But you’ll find the best view outside in the luxurious swimming pool and hot tub. At the end of a long day of following the tour or playing your own round, relax beside the fireplace.

Whether you’re hoping to go golfing in St. George, Utah or want to take in one of the exciting LPGA events coming to Copper Rock Golf Course this spring, our luxurious Utah vacation homes are a great choice. Check out our available units today to start planning your next visit!

Located in the heart of Southern Utah, St. George welcomes millions of travelers from around the world every year—and for good reason! With several national and state parks, beautiful golf courses, a variety of museums, and so much more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during a St. George vacation.

We’re here to help you plan a getaway in the best rental properties St. George UT has to offer. Keep reading to learn five things to do during your stay in one of Sunny Vacation Rentals’ Southern Utah properties.

1. Day Trip to Zion National Park

It’s no secret that Zion National Park is one of Southern Utah’s most popular attractions. This national park is ranked the third most popular park in the U.S. If you’ve never had the chance to marvel at Zion’s red rock peaks, this is a must-see during your St. George vacation.

Zion is just a thirty-minute drive from St. George vacation rentals, which makes it easy to enjoy a day trip or two during your visit. If this is your first time in the park, consider starting with a ride on the Zion Canyon Shuttle. This shuttle ferries guests through Zion’s Lower Canyon for most of the year, when this part of the park closes to vehicle traffic. Nine stops along the shuttle route help you visit some of the park’s most popular hiking trails and viewpoints. 

If you’re looking for an easy hike, the Riverside Walk is a great choice. This short trail is located at the last shuttle stop and will give you a view of the start of one of the park’s most popular trails, The Narrows. This more challenging trail requires hikers to trek up or downstream through the Virgin River, into the narrowest part of Zion Canyon.

Another popular trail is Angels Landing. Thanks to this difficult trail’s popularity, you’ll need to enter one or both of the two lotteries to try for a permit to hike it. If you book one of our St. George UT rentals far enough in advance, you can enter the Seasonal Lottery, which opens four times a year and awards permits for the following year. But if you book a more last-minute trip, you can also enter the Day-Before Lottery for another chance at getting a permit.

2. Hit the Trails in Snow Canyon State Park 

You don’t need to drive to Zion during your stay in the best rental properties St. George UT has to offer to enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. Snow Canyon State Park is a stunning park just minutes away from St. George. In any other state, the incredible canyons, sandstone cliffs, and challenging hiking trails would have earned this property national park status. But don’t let the state park title fool you; Snow Canyon is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

The park is home to more than 16 miles of hiking trails in a variety of difficulty levels. If you’re looking for something even more challenging, you can also enjoy rock climbing and mountain biking in the park. Despite the name, the park rarely sees snow, and enjoys mild winter weather, making it a great stop for an off-season St. George vacation.

3. Get in 18 Holes at Beautiful Copper Rock Golf Course

If a round of golf is a must during your stay in our St. George vacation rentals, you’re in luck. With a number of chic luxury properties located at Copper Rock Golf Course, it’s easy to squeeze in a few rounds during your visit.

This course has been voted the Best Golf in Southern Utah by locals in back-to-back-to-back years. Enjoy 18 holes of pristine greens surrounded by picturesque desert landscapes. You’ll kick off your round with a challenging par 5 stretching more than 500 yards. Strategic bunkers set the tone for a memorable round.

4. Step Back in Time and See Real Dinosaur Tracks

Whether you have a dinosaur enthusiast in your travel party or not, the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site is a stop everyone will enjoy. Step inside this museum to take a step back in time more than 200 million years. The museum is built on the location of a set of preserved dinosaur tracks that were discovered in 2000. Today, it houses a variety of fossils and interactive exhibits that explore the ancient history of Southern Utah.

The museum, including the dinosaur tracks, is housed in an air-conditioned building. This makes it a great choice if you’re looking for an indoor activity on a hot day.

5. Stroll the Red Hills Desert Garden

When you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll during your St. George vacation, make sure to stop by the Red Hills Desert Garden. Utah’s first conservation garden, this 5-acre property features more than 5,000 local plants. Each plant has been chosen for being water-efficient. 

A bubbling stream flows through the garden and is stocked with native and endangered fish species. Make your way through a replica of the slot canyons located throughout the region. Look for the replica dinosaur tracks that mimic those you’ll see at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site.

Planning Your St. George Vacation

Whether you’re looking forward to hiking in Zion or enjoying a round of golf, there’s plenty to do during your St. George vacation. And our St. George vacation rentals can help you experience it all!

Sunny Vacation Rentals offers a variety of vacation rentals in Southern Utah. Our luxury rentals range from large homes ideal for families to intimate retreats perfect for a couple’s getaway. Check out our St George UT rentals today to start planning your future Utah vacations!