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If you grew up near Salt Lake City, you probably know the drive from Salt Lake City to St. George by heart. It’s always the same monotonous trek: south along I-15 with a few stops in Fillmore, Beaver, or Cedar City to use the bathroom and grab some McDonald’s. 

 

But there’s so much you’re missing along the way! With a few short detours, you can transform the drive from a boring necessity to an exciting addition to your trip.  

 

We’ve compiled a list of four of our favorite stops along the way to St. George to help take your road trip to the next level.

 

Do you have a favorite stop on the way to St. George? Tell us in the comments below!

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1. Timpanogos Cave National Monument

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17 minutes (9.8 miles) from I-15
Directions from Salt Lake City

Hike through the canyon’s gorgeous landscapes on your way to another world. Tour guides lead guests through twists and turns as they venture deeper and deeper into the earth to explore the caverns hidden below. Witness captivating cave formations and the unique ecosystems sustained in their dark corners. 

 

(Note: Tours of Timpanogos Cave are suspended currently due to Covid-19, but click here to find updates on when they’ll resume. The hiking trails and picnic areas leading to the cave remain open as of the day this was published (July 23, 2020).)

 

Click here for more details.

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2. The Alpine Scenic Loop 

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14 mins (8.3 miles) from I-15 -- 1 hr 10 min total for the whole loop 
Directions from Salt Lake City

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Looking for a VERY scenic route (with some fun stops along the way)? Make a quick detour into the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway as you pass through Utah County. The entire loop adds about 1 hour and 10 minutes to your trip but gives you the opportunity to see some of the best that Northern Utah has to offer on your way to Southern Utah.  

 

Most notable on the Alpine Loop are its famously vibrant landscapes in autumn, superb views of Mount Timpanogos and surrounding peaks, Timpanogos Cave (see #1), Sundance Ski Resort, and the opportunity for a short detour to the crystal clear Cascade Springs. 

 

Please note that the loop is only open from late May - late October and that pulling trailers is prohibited.

 

Click here for more details.

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3. Little Sahara Recreation Area

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50 minutes (45.1 miles) from I-15
Directions from Salt Lake City

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Have you ever spent a day at the dunes? If not, we promise that you’re missing out! 

 

Little Sahara is a recreation area less than two hours south of Salt Lake City known for impressive its free-moving sand dunes. 

 

Little Sahara has fun activities for every interest, the most popular of which are:

  • Ride dune buggies or other offroad vehicles

  • Sandboard, ski, or sled down the dunes

  • Look for wildlife

  • Just have fun playing in the sand!

 

Click here for more details.

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4. Brian Head Resort

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20 minutes (13.1 miles) from I-15
Directions from Salt Lake City

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Hike, bike, ski, snowboard….whatever you like to do, Brian Head is there!

 

Southern Utah’s most popular ski resort is packed with fun year-round. Winter, of course, features plenty of ski and snowboard trails, but summer has plenty of activities for all ages including…

  • Mountain biking

  • Hiking

  • Scenic chairlift rides

  • Disc golf

  • Tubing

  • Archery

  • And more! 

 

(Note: some attractions are currently closed due to Covid-19. Click here for updates.)

 

Click here for more info.

  

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