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Pioneer Park in St. George (with Dixie Rock)

One of the most fabulous and FREE places to visit in St. George is Pioneer Park. It is amazing – but it definitely isn’t your typical park.

There is NO grass or playgrounds.

BUT the entire 52 acre park is a natural playground full of exploring fun.

pioneer park in st george

Pioneer Park in St George has easy, medium and difficult hikes for all ranges and ages.

What is Pioneer Park/Dixie Rock?

This rustic community park is a rock climber’s paradise – both expert and beginner. You can stay close to the parking lot and still climb several rocks or you can hike and venture out of find a Boy Scout Cave, historical pioneer cabin, slot canyons and a connection in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

Dixie Rock at Pioneer Park in St George

One the other side of this rock, the word Dixie overlooks St George. It is a fun and easy hike will steps and a bridge – even though it looks difficult from most of the angles.

Dixie Rock (which is a big red rock with DIXIE written on it and also called Sugarloaf) can be climbed and gives beautiful views of downtown, the St. George Temple, Zions National Park, White Dome and even to Arizona.

Dixie Rock (which is a big red rock with DIXIE written on it and also called Sugarloaf) can be climbed and gives beautiful vies of downtown, the St. George Temple, Zions National Park, White Dome and even to Arizona. 

View of St. George temple and downtown from Dixie Rock.

 

This park has a large trellis pavilion with two barbecues and fire ring, several smaller picnic areas with tables, two with metal trellis pavilions, and a separate fire pit with an amphitheater.  Bathrooms are close to the parking area too.

Pavillion at pioneer park in st george

The pavillions are spread out and some have spectacular views

What Do I Bring to Pioneer Park

Where is Pioneer Park (Dixie Rock)?

240 Red Hills Parkway St George Utah

 

There are several areas to park. Any parking spot works because you can start to hike anywhere!

Parking at pioneer park

 

What do you love most about Pioneer Park/Dixie Rock?

Springville Art Museum

The Springville art museum is a HUGE and wonderful fine arts museum. One of the finest in Utah, the exhibits are exquisite. The building itself is classic and historical with more than 45,000 square feet of art.

Springville art museum

The Springville Museum of Art is located in a gorgeous building not far from downtown Springville and I-15.

Why Should I Go?

There are 29 exhibit rooms and over 2500 pieces of art at the Springville art museum, which gives something for everyone. There is a Utah exhibit and there are also several exhibits that change every few months, so even if you have gone once, you will experience something new by going again.

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It is peaceful and pretty and a great time to reflect and think about what the artists wanted to portray.

Outside the building is a sculpture garden. The sculpture garden is pretty and secluded in a courtyard. It is worth your time.

What are the Hours at the Springville Museum of Art?

Closed Mondays (except the first Monday monthly from 6pm to 8pm for Community & Family Night) and Holidays

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm,

Wednesdays 10am to 9pm

Sundays 3pm to 6pm.

How Much Does it Cost?

Admission is FREE

Where is the Springville Art Museum?

126 E 400 S Springville UT

What Should I Know Before I Go to the Springville Museum of Art?

1. Museum etiquette is to view the artwork from 3 feet back and do not bring food or drink.

2. Children and strollers are welcome

3. There is a store at the museum

4. Several of the exhibits change. You can check out current exhibits here. You can check out upcoming exhibits here. 

5. The museum is free, but you can purchase a membership or donate to help the museum. All donations are tax deductible.

 

 

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Formerly Utah Hotel, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a must see part of Temple Square in Salt Lake City. It was originally built in 1911, but was completely renovated and reopened in 1993.

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The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is gorgeous – both inside and out. When you walk in, the 2 story lobby is just gorgeous. The best part is there are free tours. Ask anyone with a name tag and they will get a tour for you. The best part is you can learn lots of fun facts like which church presidents lived at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

 

Why Should You Visit the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

1. The HISTORY: Hotel Utah (now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building) is on the Utah Historic Registry. The tours and neat that the building is spectacular. One quick fun fact is that several of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) leaders have lived there as they aged and needed to be closer to the church offices and have care.

hotel-utah-marker

2. The Theater: The Legacy Theater always has an LDS (Mormon) Video playing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) changes the movie every several years, but they are always educational, historical and uplifting.

3. The Restraunts: (See section below!)

4. The VIEWS: Even if you can’t stay long, this is a MUST SEE.

5.  FREE: The only costs are the restaurants.

 

Joseph Smith Memorial Building Restraunts

There are three restaurants at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

1) The Roof: This evening buffet is unique because of the view of the Salt Lake Temple. The restaurant has an excellent menu, considered elegant dining and has the price tag that comes with it.

2) The Garden Restaurant: The plaza-like atmosphere is charming and still carries great views of Salt Lake. The menu has variety and while not as expensive as The Roof, pricing is similar to other formal/informal restaurants in Salt Lake.

3) The Nauvoo Cafe: Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, this cafe has limited seating. It’s a great idea for a quick lunch or take out! The menu is great and the prices are all under $10.

Where Do I Park When Visiting the Joseph Smith Memorial Building?

There are three parking locations for which the restaurants will give validations.
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building (primary lot) – 15 East South Temple
  • Social Hall / Eagle Gate – 51 South State St.
  • The Plaza Hotel – 122 West South Temple

Directly under the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is definitely the best and easiest.

Where is the Joseph Smith Memorial Building?

15 E South Temple Salt Lake City