With so many beautiful places to hike in St. George all year round, there are a few things you should know before you leave for your first adventure. This area, although beautiful can include many dangers if you don’t know what to expect.
Don’t skimp on the water: I can’t say this enough. Bring lots of water. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of St. George should be the hot and dry weather. This makes summer hiking a little more difficult, and water even more important. In the July and August months especially, planning for the weather can mean up to 110° and very dry. With the hot weather and no water in the air, it becomes even more important to stay hydrated. I would also plan on hiking trails that provide shade. There are plenty of trails that will hike through water of some sort, or provide adequate shade, take your breaks here to rejuvenate some energy and drink some more water.
Take a Snack: Along with bringing lots of water (Have I said that enough yet?), bring some snacks. Usually food that preserves well is best. Between the heat, and carrying it in a backpack, you don’t want to add that mess on your hands. Some ides include a simple Trail Mix (Peanuts, Almonds, Granola, and some kind of a sweet), Fruit Snacks, dried fruit, starbursts, something salty to replace what you lose through sweating, and more. Find your favorite, and bring it along. Besides, having something to snack on during your breaks gives you that much more to look forward to
Bring a buddy: It may be tempting to take off alone, and just explore, but this isn’t safe anytime of the year. Traveling in a group provides added resources, help when needed, someone to take your picture, and a friend to share your experiences with. Besides, you need someone to help you carry all that water! Find someone who will enjoy the nature just as much as you do, and there will be no problems.
Be aware of your surroundings: Know where you are going, and pay attention to what turns you make. Often hiking, especially around St. George, has multiple destinations, which includes many possible trails to choose from. Avoid getting lost by watching for landmarks to guide your way. Looking for identifying landmarks not only insures that you don’t get lost, but also provides a great way to make sure you don’t miss the spectacular view as you hike.
Be aware of the Time: We all know how easy it can be to lose track of time while hiking, which could lead to hiking in the dark. Along with being aware of our surroundings, pay attention to the time, and how long it has taken you to get to get this far. Although the weather cools down at night, and I’m sure the sand will provide a great bed, and I‘m sure it would provide a great story, but speaking from personal experience, it makes for a really long day.
Enjoy your hike! Hiking in St. George doesn’t compare with anywhere else. Its unique beauty and a gorgeous landscape are unlike any other. So get out and experience it.