6. St. George and Hurricane

If arriving in Utah from the south or heading to Zion, you can’t help but drive through or near St. George and Hurricane. The St. George area is host to similar rock types as the rest of Southwest Utah, these under-the-radar towns hold many many single-pitch crags on rock ranging from short Basalt sport/trad areas at Black Rocks, amazing limestone in the Hurricane and Utah Hills and awesome, overhanging sport routes on sandstone at Chuckwalla Wall.  

The Hurricave in Hurricane. Photo by Elizabeth Dalley

Some amazing multi-pitch adventures await in the Snow Canyon State Park, which charges an entrance fee of $10 and $20 per night for camping. I love these areas because when everything else in the country is cold, these areas are often in the sun and warm. I especially appreciate the limestone sport climbing if neighboring Red Rock, Nevada gets rain.  

Where to go in St. George and Hurricane

All of these areas have one thing in common and that is that most are located on or near BLM land that is free to stay on. You must be very wary of camping near towns as many of that land is bordering flashy neighborhoods. Likely due to the popularity of this area, residents are less than psyched to have vans and tents set up on free public land just outside of their doorsteps. The Utah Hills has a plethora of public land that is roadside camping friendly. Near Hurricane and the town of Virgin, there is excellent, but sometimes crowded, free camping! My favorite places to go for eats are the River Rock Roasting company just north of Hurricane and George’s Corner Restaurant in St George.  

About the author

Ebony Roberts

Ebony Roberts

Squamish resident and managing editor at 57hours

Ebony Roberts is the managing editor at 57hours. She's also a freelance writer and outdoor gear reviewer, and has hiked, camped, paddled and pedalled through mud, snow, rain and heat to find the best stuff out there for all sorts of adventuring. When she’s not crafting stories about life outdoors, she’s exploring trails with her family in their home base of Squamish, BC.

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