Over the past decade, St. George has been "discovered" as a great place to retire, relax, recreate. The attention that St. George has received has not spoiled what newcomers and residents cherish most - the sense that it is still an undiscovered gem. With its historical charm and peaceful desert living, St. George offers breathtaking scenery, amazing weather, and a vibrant art community. The area features a broad collection of championship golf courses, two renowned outdoor theater venues and plenty of shopping opportunities including farmer’s markets, boutique and factory outlet stores.
St. George is located in a region that includes the largest concentration of natural recreation areas in the contiguous states. The area includes three national parks, two national monuments, two national recreation areas, six state parks, three national forests, and four wilderness areas. Within easy driving distance from St. George lie: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Lake Powell, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Gunlock Reservoir State Park. Quail Creek Reservoir State Park and Sand Hollow State Park, the regional Confluence Park, and sections of the Virgin River are located within the city boundaries.