If you are looking to escape the Hot Desert sun and cool off we've got you covered with 4 key tips!
Beat the Heat!
#1- Find Shade
Although the sun can bring in excessive heat during the day, the arid, low humidity of the area will allow you to cool off by 10-25 degrees just finding shade. A breeze can make it feel 5 more degrees cooler. Trees, awnings, and even slot canyons are perfect for a cool down in the shade.
#2- Get Wet
If you are staying at one the Headquarter Hotels or RV park, hit the pool for a refreshing cool down. The Washington City Aquatic Center will be a hit with the kids with is pools, slides, lazy river, and more. The Historic Town Square in downtown boasts a splash pad and stream. If you are in Zion, a wade in the Virgin River can be refreshing (avoid flash floods).
#3- Go Up
A climb in elevation can reduce temperature by about 4 degrees for every 1000 feet. St George is surrounded by some very scenic high elevation destinations. Nearby Pine Valley sits at 6,500 ft and is in the tall Pines. The peaks of Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness exceed 10,000ft and can hold snow throughout the year. The town of Enterprise (5,300ft) is the site of the Pioneer Day Rodeo, an evening there will have you refreshed. Up I-15 in Cedar City (6,000ft) is the Utah Shakespeare Festival with plays under the stars. The Kolob Section of Zion National Park averaging about 7,000ft (accessed via I-15 en route to Cedar City) is much cooler than the main canyon of the park near Springdale. A short drive up Cedar Canyon on highway 14 will find you on top of the Markaguant Plateau on the Dixie National Forest will alpine forests and meadows at elevations over 10,000 feet. Nearby is Cedar Breaks National Monument (10,500ft), a higher "cooler" limestone amphitheater similar to Bryce Canyon National Park (7,700ft). The Town of Brian Head is a ski and summer resort town just north of Cedar Breaks. Brian Head Peak (11,300ft) is accessible to cars over a short gravel road just off highway 143 and will put you literally on top of the world with spectacular views of Cedar Breaks, Brian Head, as well as vistas that reach for hundreds of miles across Utah into Arizona and Nevada; bring a jacket, it will cool you off that much.
#4- Be active at Night
When Sun goes down, so too do the temperatures. After sundown is the perfect time to hit the town. Whether out for a walk or jog, or chasing St George's nightlife, you will find out the secret of many of the locals is to be active at night.
To avoid dehydration and sun burns ALWAYS drink enough water and apply sunblock.