St. George launches “Spin” e-scooters at DSU Campus

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It’s a fun mode of transportation that DSU and the City of St. George is hoping won’t be just a fad. The launching of the Spin E-scooters on Thursday on the Dixie State University Campus allowed dozens of future patrons to give them a try for free. The battery powered scooters are expected to be a big hit among students traveling between classes.

MONEY magazine just named Saint George the #9 Best Place to Travel in 2019!

Allana Akhtar, Shaina Mishkin, Prachi Bhardwaj, and Kaitlin Mulhere | Money.com

St. George is the perfect city for the outdoor adventurer hoping to cross off multiple national parks in one trip.

The city sits on the East Veterans Memorial Highway and is an hour from Zion National Park, two hours from Bryce Canyon National Park, and four hours from the Grand Canyon. An $80 pass allows access to all three for a year. St. George also boasts 292 clear days a year—ideal for visiting Red Rock Golf Trail, where 10 courses offer vista views. Following a long day of hiking outdoors, St. George’s historic downtown area offers good food, a friendly environment—and affordable prices.

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Explained: Here’s what’s under the surface at St. George Regional Airport

 / St. George Spectrum & Daily News

An airport runway that was expected to last 20 years will be torn apart and redone after less than half of that time has passed, generating the obvious question: How could this have happened?

After only eight years of use, the runway at the St. George Regional Airport is scheduled to be excavated, repaired and repaved — causing the airport to close its doors for four months this summer.

St. George Regional will close May 29 while an excavation team digs 17 feet underneath the runway to remove Southern Utah’s infamous and destructive blue clay from beneath its surface. The project is expected to last around 120 days, with the grand reopening scheduled for Sept. 26.

Bike Mag: Southwest Utah’s rise to riding fame

Devon O’Neil / BikeMag.com

As I climbed out of a truck in Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa parking lot, toothy, redrock peaks filled the view to the north and east, highlighted by the world-famous skyline of Zion National Park. I’d been told to expect a two- to three-hour ride that was rugged and technical. But perusing our flat surroundings made me skeptical.

Perhaps sensing my apprehension, Jake Weber, a retired Army combat engineer-turned guide with Utah Mountain Biking Adventures, offered a measure of reassurance. “We get a lot of people who show up and say they want to ride 30 miles every day of their trip,” he told me. “But after about 15 miles on their first day, they’re like, ‘Yeah, we’re good,’ and they’re ready for a beer at the trailhead.”

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Nat Geo Traveler: Another Side of Utah

Zion National Park and its gateway, Springdale, are featured in National Geographic‘s Summer Issue 2018/2019 edition. The article, “Another Side of Utah,” pinpoints Zion as a stunning winter travel destination, and calls out surrounding opportunities like mountain biking, canyoneering, and jeep and helicopter tours.

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Old fire station in downtown St. George to be converted into brewery and pub

Joseph Witham / St. George News

A Southern Utah-based brewing company has received approval to open up a new brewery and pub in downtown St. George.

During a public meeting Thursday evening, the St. George City Council unanimously approved an application by Zion Brewing Company for a conditional use permit to convert the now-vacant Fire Station 2 at 150 N. Main Street into a brewery.

Old downtown Fire Station 2, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2019 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Old downtown Fire Station 2, St. George, Utah, Feb. 21, 2019 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

The city is going to sell the building to Zion Brewing proprietor Brooks Pace, St. George Communications Director David Cordero said.

The fire station had recently become defunct, and equipment and personnel were moved to more modern facilities. Plans are in place to build a new fire station elsewhere to replace it.

Read the full article at St. George News

Southern Utah Tourism Summit

An annual tourism summit in Southern Utah gives us the opportunity to collaborate and build bridges of connectivity within our region and with the Utah Office of Tourism and Utah Tourism Industry Association. We want to assist in informing our private sector of state tourism efforts as well as create a dedicated place for conversation, camaraderie and driven comprehension on behalf of Southern Utah’s tourism industry.

We are propelled to offer and promote a space for collective engagement, learning and joining forces.

This will allow us to gain broader perspectives and spark best-case scenarios for our visitors’ experiences, our economy, our resources and our way of life in Southern Utah. Our intended efforts contribute toward elevating and supporting regional connectivity and practices.

By refining our vision, increasing efficiency with our communication channels and following through with improved implementations, we can offer a significant addition to the overall bigger tourism picture for Utah.

Learn More at WeAreSoUtah.com