Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy.

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”

State Parks Near St George

We aren’t going to beat around the bush. It’s summer in St. George and we love it. The heat has arrived and made some of the typical outdoor adventure activities less likely… So here we are coming up with a list of our favorite ways to stay cool and have fun in the summer, in St George Utah! Check out our list below and feel free to add your own ideas in the comments below. We will cover as many water spots as we can, but surely there are always more!


Ahhh. Boating. Who doesn’t love sitting back on a lake with friends and family. The boat is one of the most fun ways to enjoy your summer vacation! Kick up your feet, turn up the tunes, and pull out the tubes.

True- St George Utah is the desert. You may wonder where on earth you can find lakes good enough to boat on in St George but the answer might surprise you! There are 3, that’s right THREE lakes to boat on in St George!

Sand Hollow State Park, Gunlock State Park, and Quail Creek State Park. Each one amazing in their own right.

Sand Hollow (the newest reservoir in southern utah) seems to be the most popular. With soft, red sand beaches, rental gear, and a beach restaurant, Sand Hollow Reservoir is a great place to swim, play, and generally get sun soaked. Enjoy the playful atmosphere on the stunning clear blue waters, with 360 degree views.

Gunlock State Park located on the opposite side of town, is more of a quiet getaway. A little higher elevation gives this lake a more mountainous feel and a little cooler water. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, and boating are all welcome here. The lake is a bit smaller, but it’s quaintness invites you to come and relax in the southern utah desert.

Quail Creek is located just minutes away from Sand Hollow State Park.  Great for boating with friends, and fantastic fishing abound here. Bring  cooler and kick up your feet at Quail Lake.


Pools pools and more pools! Sunny St George has pools for everyone! Outdoor and indoor alike, there are sure to be fun times at the pools in St George Utah!

Sand Hollow Aquatic Center– Not to be confused with the Sand Hollow Reservoir, the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center (SHAC) is located in St George near the town of Santa Clara. This indoor pool is fun for all ages and provides lap pools, slides, competitive swimming, and more. Don’t forget to check the sand volleyball courts just outside in the sun!

St George City Pools– This outdoor pool is awesome! A giant tube slide, diving boards and a kiddie pool off to the side! You can enjoy swimming here with the entire family and soak up some rays on the outdoor decks.

Washington City Community Center– The award of “largest aquatic center in all of Utah” goes to the WCCC. Crystal clear lap pools, deck parties, foam pits, activities, and a kids pool that will make you never want to leave.