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St. George, UT

See Also Our Guide to Nearby Zion National Park

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St. George is a city of 100,000 located in southwestern Utah on the Arizona border, with the Mojave Desert to the south, and the Pine Valley Mountains to the north. It’s a fast-growing city, and serves as sort of a gateway to Zion National Park. The surrounding desert scenery and spectacular rock formations make for some attractive running options in St. George. See also our guide for running in nearby Zion National Park.

Two easy ways to get acquainted with running in town are our downtown tour and the Virgin River Multi-Use Trail. Snow Canyon State Park is our favorite place to run in St. George, with great scenery and paths for all abilities. For a road running challenge, combine a run up Webb Hill with the adjacent Halfway Washington/Virginia River South Spur trails. There are incredible trail running opportunities in the hills north and west of town.

Runners should note that St. George weather is seriously hot in summer, with temps flirting with 100F from June-September. Also, it’s desert-like terrain so all our routes are quite exposed.

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Virgin River Trail

St. George, UT

The signature off-road trail in St. George. The paved multi-use path follows the Virgin River for 9 miles between Confluence Park and Washington. Mostly open terrain, with views of the surrounding mountains & rocks. There are several offshoots and spur trails.
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Snow Canyon State Park

St. George, UT

A favorite for running in St. George. The 7,400-acre scenic park is tucked amid lava flows, soaring sandstone cliffs and colorful desert scenery. Easy, scenic running on paved Whiptail Trail. Also some more moderate & challenging trail running.
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Snow Canyon State Park

St. George, UT

A favorite for running in St. George. The 7,400-acre scenic park is tucked amid lava flows, soaring sandstone cliffs and colorful desert scenery. Easy, scenic running on paved Whiptail Trail. Also some more moderate & challenging trail running.
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St. George has a very sunny, desert-like climate with hot summers and mild winters. Runners should note that St. George weather is seriously hot in summer, with temps flirting with 100F from June-September. Also, it’s desert-like terrain so all our routes are quite exposed. Winters are mild during the day, but things cool off at night. Most of the area’s 10 inches of average annual rainfall occurs between November and February.

 

St. George is lucky to have an indy running store, the St. George Running Center.

GROUP RUNS

St. George Running Center operates a run club. Info

Running events calendar, courtesy of St. George Running Center.