St. George, Utah

Best Places to Retire in Utah


St. George (population 55,000) is located in the extreme southwest corner of Utah, near the spectacular canyons and cliffs of Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness Area with timbered plateaus and peaks beyond 11,000 feet above sea level. The area has some of the most magnificent scenery found anywhere in the world. It is 300 miles from Salt Lake City and 110 miles from Las Vegas.

In addition to the almost unmatched natural beauty of Washington County, St. George has a very large array of cultural activities, including art and theater, symphony, opera, ballet, and many forms of music. It has an events calendar that is filled with interesting and exciting happenings throughout the year. The activities are as diverse as the Dixie Downs Horse Race, St. George Art Festival, Washington County Fair, Eclipse Film Festival, St. George Marathon, World Senior Games, Corn Festival, and more. It has good healthcare and its own airport which is two minutes from downtown.

The outdoor opportunities are simply outstanding, whether you are going to a good golf course or tennis courts, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or heading off by car. Day trips can take you to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, or Grand Canyon National Park. There are also a half-dozen beautiful state parks, including Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Escalante Petrified Forest. And there are historic sites, museums, and more. Or, you could choose to visit Lake Powell or Lake Mead. All of this is available here, and there are over 300 sunny days, and mild, low humidity winters.

The area has a very comfortable lifestyle, a low cost of living, and a very stable economic base. National publications have featured St. George a number of times. Among other plaudits, it has been called “a very desirable retirement location.”

Remarkably, St. George has grown from just 7,000 residents in 1970, to 30,000 in 1990, 50,000 in 2000 and its growth continues. Likewise, Dixie Community College grew from about 500 students in the 1970s and has become a state college with over 7,200 students. Washington County, with a population of 106,000, is gaining 5,000 new residents each year.

Arts & Culture

Celebrity Concert Series is a performing arts series of 10 to 13 presentations annually. Performances include symphony, opera, musicals, chamber music, ballet, and ethnic presentations, and are held at Cox Auditorium on the campus of Dixie State College. The college’s Special Artists Series recitals are held in the Browning Auditorium on the campus. (435) 652-7994

O. C. Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale, is a 2,000 seat theater surrounded by the majestic cliffs of Zion National Park. It presents multi-media productions and a performing art series every week, May through September. The weekly concert series includes the Utah Symphony, Randy Anderson Band, jazz, bluegrass and western music.

Southern Utah Heritage Choir presents over 17 concerts annually. The vision of the choir is commemorating the rich heritage of Southern Utah through music. Most concerts are performed in the historic St George Tabernacle. (435) 628-1658 The 85-member Southwest Symphony presents 15 to 20 concerts yearly. Performances are at a number of venues throughout the area. The Eclipse Film Festival is held in November each year.

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St. George Art Festival, held in April, is perhaps the biggest weekend of the year with thousands of visitors from throughout the region.


St. George parks offer many recreation, sports facilities and hiking trails.

St. George Recreation Department operates all recreation facilities and activities.

St George Marathon in October is a very popular annual event, attracting over 4,000 runners.

St. George boasts 11 public or semi-private golf courses, and one private club. It is considered the “golf capital” of Utah, offering year ’round play with breathtaking scenery. Perhaps more importantly, there is a very good per capita ratio of courses to the number of players. Here is a partial list of courses in the area:

Coral Canyon Golf Course –
Dixie Red Hills Golf Course (9 holes) – (435) 634-5852
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Green Spring golf Course –
Sky Mountain Golf Course –
St. George Golf Club (18 holes, 7,217 yds) – (435) 634-5854
Southgate Golf Club (18 holes, 6,100 yds) – (435) 628-0000
Sunbrook Golf Club (3 – 9 hole layouts) – (435) 634-5866
SunRiver Golf Club –

Zion National Park (41 miles away) is a 229-square mile region of majestically sculpted canyons and cliffs. This popular park offers camping, climbing, hiking horseback riding, and snow skiing.

Cedar Breaks National Monument (73 miles away) has a 2,000-foot deep canyon that is three miles wide. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level.

Bryce Canyon National Park (125 miles away) features thousands statuesque spires and pinnacles carved from limestone, sandstone and mudstone. This small park in the southeast corner of Utah is a “must see” for photographers. The park also offers backpacking, birding, camping, hiking, horseback riding, nature walks, and more.

The Grand Canyon is truly one of the natural wonders of the world. The North Rim (180 miles away) features pine and aspen forest and is higher than the South Rim. The South Rim is 272 miles away.

Huntsman World Senior Games are held in St. George in October. This competition attracts more than 7,000 thousand athletes age 50 and older to participate in more than 20 sports. Included are track and field, basketball, golf, mountain biking, softball, swimming, tennis, bowling, table tennis, soccer, volleyball, race walking, square dance, and more. Participants have come from all across the U.S. and from 46 foreign countries.


Dixie State College of Utah, a long-time community college, is now a four-year institution offering degrees in Business, Computer & IT, Elementary Ed, and Nursing. Student enrollment is over 7,200. Senior Programs Dixie State College has a very active Elderhostel program on campus. It is within easy reach of Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks.

The college has offered a continued learning program since the 1970s. The program serves hundreds of members and offers more than 30 courses.


Dixie Regional Medical Center is a full-service acute care hospital with 196-beds on two campuses.


St. George Municipal Airport, located just two minutes from downtown, is served by two commercial airlines connecting through either Salt Lake City or Los Angeles. Shuttle service is available to Las Vegas.


St. George is within the northern extension of the Mojave Desert at 2,880 feet above sea level. It enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. Average temperatures for January are a high of 54 degrees and low of 27 degrees, with 1.1 inches of rainfall. July averages are 102 degrees and 67.8 degrees, with .2 inches of rain. The peaks of Pine Valley Mountain are over 10,000 feet.


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Las Vegas, NV – 110 miles
Zion National Park – 41 miles
Cedar Breaks National Monument – 73 miles
Bryce Canyon National Park – 125 miles
Grand Canyon, North Rim – 180 miles
Grand Canyon Village, East Rim – 272 miles
Salt Lake City – 300 miles

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