Travel & Culture

Restless in St. George

In “Restless In” series, Annie and Juliet talk about what they did in a particular city – good and bad. This includes places they visited, restaurants they tried, and activities they did, as well as what they thought of them. Check out other city reviews here.


St. George is a small city – a good escape if you want a break from the crazy big ones like Los Angeles and New York, but still want to have network service. We spent a week in St. George because we wanted to be close to Zion National Park.

What we did around St. George:

1. Try a butterburger at Culver’s, a Midwestern fast food chain.

Just like you cannot go to California without eating In-n-Out, you cannot go to the Midwest and not eat Culver’s. It’s most well-known for butterburgers (literally what it means, a butter toasted bun), frozen custard, and Wisconsin cheese curds. I’m not the biggest fast food lover, so I thought it was good – it didn’t make me feel sick, does that count for anything?

Location: 1586 S 270 E, St. George, UT 84790

2. Do a short hike to Gunlock Falls.

This was a recommendation by our Airbnb hosts. Due to the huge amount of rain and snow America has experienced this year, the falls were particularly full and gorgeous when the snow melted. You don’t need to bring hiking backpacks like we did because it’s quite short and easy. We saw a bunch of small kids and dogs running the trails.

At the top of the falls is a reservoir, so it’s nice and peaceful. Great for swimming and picnics! In the middle of our trip, a freak storm came through though, so maybe bring a rain jacket if you are so inclined.

3. Check out slot canyons at Kanarra Falls.

Annie wrote about her experience at Kanarra Falls here – check it out! Like she mentioned, you do need to get a permit to visit Kanarra FallsIt is totally worth it! It’s a good alternative to hiking the slot canyons in Antelope Canyon because there you need to have a tour guide.

I would say that 85% of the hike to the falls was in water, so wear appropriate footwear. There are no signs that lets you know where the trail is, but it isn’t that hard to figure out: just follow the river.

4. Soak up some golden glow at Kayenta Art Village.

Kayenta Art Village is near Gunlock Falls (#2 on the list), so I would definitely recommend doing these two together for an afternoon. We went around sunset time, and it was so beautiful seeing the sun kissing the red mountains and red dirt. There’s just something so calming about the huge mountains and open roads.


You Also Might Want to Know…

We stayed at this apartment by Tom and Kim via Airbnb. It was quite convenient to all the places we wanted to check out:

  • To Culver’s: about a 5-minute drive
  • To Gunlock Falls & Kayenta Art Village: about a half-hour drive
  • To Kanarra Falls: about a 45-minute drive
  • To Zion National Park: about an hour drive
  • To Las Vegas: about a 2-hour drive

Check out this post for additional things to do around St. George.

If you have ever or do visit St. George, let us know down below what you enjoyed (or didn’t)!

xo Juliet

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