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True Grit Epic mountain bike race, Santa Clara, Utah, March 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

True Grit Epic: Cyclists find perfect day for gritty ride; STGnews Photo Gallery 

SANTA CLARA – Gorgeous weather greeted hardcore mountain bikers Saturday morning as the True Grit Epic bicycle endurance race rolled into motion in Santa Clara and the surrounding hills and desert. The event, which started and finished in downtown Santa Clara, featured 50-mile and 100-mile courses that wound through the rugged Southern Utah terrain. The 50-milers, who […]

The view to the upper level tubs from the shallow lower pool, Mystic Hot Springs, Monroe, Utah, March 2, 2015| Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Explore: Mystic Hot Springs 

MONROE – When steam rises from the snowy terrain where water escapes the earth at Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, the collision of temperatures creates an ethereal winter landscape as playful as the kaleidoscope of colors that surround the out-of-the-way sanctuary that offers camping, hotel and cabin accommodations as well as day use recreation and […]

The Lower Calf Creek Falls descends from the Escalante Canyons, near Boulder Town, Utah, Feb. 16, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

Explore: Cascade into Lower Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Canyons; STGnews Videocast 

BOULDER, UTAH — With spring drawing near waterfalls come streaming over Southern Utah rocks and one of those worth a visit descends about 126 feet down the Escalante canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: the Lower Calf Creek Falls. See the falls, click the play arrow    center of image above. The Lower Calf Creek Falls can be accessed by […]

Silver Reef Pioneer Cemetery, Leeds, Utah, Feb. 10, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Explore: Pioneer cemeteries provide link to silver mining past; Silver Reef 

SILVER REEF – Just off Interstate 15 in Washington County, nestled among the foothills of the Pine Valley Mountain Range, lies a tiny town called Silver Reef. Home to Oak Grove Campground and several pioneer cemeteries, this hillside playground is often overlooked by travelers heading to better-known parts nearby. Once known for the copious amounts […]

Enjoying the view from a hike during the Women's Adventure Retreat held at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Mount Carmel, Utah, October, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, St. George News

Explore: Zion Ponderosa announces unique women’s adventure retreat, other adventure packages 

SOUTHERN UTAH – Sitting on 4,000 acres of land designed and created for the adventure seeker in you, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is excited to announce their retreat offering a high-adventure outdoor experience for women only that is sure to invigorate the body, mind and soul. Women’s Adventure Retreat Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort’s annual Women’s Adventure […]

Views from the  top of Padre Canyon or "the saddle" looking south, Ivins, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Explore: Go up ‘the saddle’ for adventure 

IVINS – The towering red cliffs that provide the dramatic backdrop for Tuacahn Center for the Arts are most famously found ringing with the sound of music rising from the “Broadway in the Desert” stage, but a short, steep trip beyond the outdoor amphitheater provides an explore-worthy trail full of adventure and beauty. The Padre […]

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: Mystic Hot Springs


No Filter: 4-wheeling in Dixie

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