St George News

Toroweap Overlook in the Tuweep area of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona,  Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

Explore: Toroweap Overlook offers stunning vistas, but be prepared 

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – Sixty miles south of Fredonia, Arizona, down a long, rough dirt road lies a rare treat called the Toroweap Overlook in the Tuweep area of the Grand Canyon National Park. Toroweap offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon in an extremely remote and rugged location. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, plenty of […]

Desert sunset in Ivins, Utah, Sep. 5, 2014 | Photo by Ali Hill, St George News

A-List: 2015 Southern Utah bucket list 

OPINION – They say life is what you make it. So why not make it extraordinary? As I was writing my resolutions for 2015, I realized I didn’t want this year to be about new routines – I wanted it to be about new experiences. Most “bucket lists” are full of grand adventures that involve passports, plane tickets, and […]

A waterhole famously featured in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is full after a rainstorm, Petrified Dunes Trail, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah, Oct. 1, 2014 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Explore: Make 2015 a ‘trailtastic’ year; where to run, hike and ride in the new year 

SOUTHERN UTAH – It is no secret that Southern Utah is chock-full of gorgeous scenery, and with easy access to several state parks, Zion National Park and acres of protected land, there is an abundance of trails to run, hike and ride all year long. If 2014 saw you desk-bound or spending too much time […]


Camp Yevingkarere reconnects southern Paiute youth with rich history, homelands 

SOUTHERN UTAH — Camp Yevingkarere, pronounced yev ing kahd’ ooh, welcomed 14 campers from the Cedar, Kaibab, Koosharem and Moapa Bands of the Southern Paiute Nation Dec. 5-7. The campers, mostly 5th and 6th graders, traveled from Utah, Arizona and Nevada to spend the weekend camping on traditional homelands in Zion National Park; a place their ancestors called Mukuntuweap, or “Straight […]

Top L-R: No Filter Co-Hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair; bottom Bryce Thompson , general manager of Dixie 4-Wheel Drive in St. George; Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, December 2014 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News

No Filter: 4-wheeling in Dixie 

ST. GEORGE – You haven’t fully lived or experienced the real Dixie until you’ve hopped in a Jeep or some other conveyance of the all-terrain vehicle type and hit the red sands and crawled the red rocks. Thanks to Dixie 4 Wheel Drive in St. George, Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair got to hit the dirt, spin about in the sand and […]


Trail Review: The Green Valley Loop, Bear Claw Poppy Trail 

FEATURE — Let’s get back to St. George’s roots of mountain biking: the Green Valley Loop and surrounding area. One of the earliest well-known trails in the area, the Green Valley Loop is still a favorite.   From trailheads located atop Canyon View Drive in the Green Valley area of St. George and at the end of […]


Geminids meteor shower may blaze, weather permitting 

ST. GEORGE – If you’ve slept through all of this year’s meteor showers, don’t feel bad. The best one of the year is still to come, and barring cloudy skies, this shower could be spectacular. The Geminids meteor shower is considered to be one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers, according to […]


St. George ascends as a mountain biking mecca; new trails, epic scenery, new status 

ST. GEORGE — An abundance of open space, technical trails and community support have combined to catapult the St. George area to the top of the list of premier mountain biking destinations. “As a mountain biking destination, this area is now one of the best,” said Kevin Lewis, director of sports marketing for the St. George […]

L-R: "No Filter Show" Co-Hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair on Utah Highway 59 approaching the border town of Colorado City, Arizona, circa November 2014 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News

No Filter: Behind the walls of Warren Jeffs’ would-be compound 

HILDALE – Getting into the former intended compound of Warren Jeffs, the now infamous and imprisoned prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Hildale proved not as confounding as Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair might have expected. In fact, they were invited in to wander and lounge about and […]

Explore: Earth’s fiery history right beneath your feet; Cinder Cone Trail 

ST. GEORGE – Future volcanologists rejoice! You don’t have to hop a flight to Hawaii to witness firsthand the exciting geology of volcanoes and the power they have, and have had in the past, to shape the land we live on. Located just north of St. George on Highway 18 and within the boundaries of […]


Zion, Grand Canyon National parks announce seasonal changes, closures 

ST. GEORGE – Zion National Park and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are making seasonal changes to services and access, and are closing some campgrounds for the winter. At Zion National Park, the Zion Canyon Shuttle has stopped for the season and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is now open to private […]


Governor declares Nov. 29 ‘Small Business Saturday’ 

SALT LAKE CITY—The holiday shopping season is set to begin and retailers are counting on big sales to end the year. To recognize and support small businesses in Utah, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared Nov. 29 “Small Business Saturday.” This is part of a nationwide effort to encourage holiday shoppers to buy locally in […]


A dirty word: Asphalt, on a mountain bike 

OPINION – A “dirty” word: asphalt.  “Asphalt? On a mountain bike?” you ask.  Now, before someone shouts, “String him up!” let me point out that the mountain bike is the most versatile of bikes. It can do everything from the obvious burn down a trail, to the not-so-obvious run to the store. Several times its been […]


Where, how to get Christmas tree cutting permits for Utah’s national forests 

ST. GEORGE — Holiday tradition for many includes cutting their own Christmas tree. Permits are now available in most ranger districts for national forests in Utah. Below are details and conditions for obtaining permits in Utah’s national forests General conditions for cutting trees in the national forests Trees must always be cut close to the ground leaving the stump […]

L-R: Grady Sinclair, Paul Ford, Bloomington Cave, St. George, Utah, Nov. 2014 | Photo from No Filter Show video, St. George News

No Filter: Lost in a cave in Dixie; it’s cold, so cold 

ST. GEORGE – Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair go on an adventure only the strong survive in Episode 3 of the “No Filter Show.”  Watch it … do it … if you dare. Ed. Note: Permit required to explore the cave – for a more serious report on the Bloomington Cave system, preparation and precautions advised, […]


No Filter: 4-wheeling in Dixie

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