Welcoming thousands of visitors since its opening in 2015, the Red Hills Desert Garden is the first desert conservation garden of its kind. The nearly 5-acre garden features 5,000 water-efficient plants, a 1,150-foot stream stocked with native and endangered fish species, a replica slot canyon and prehistoric dinosaur tracks found onsite dating back 200 million years.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
The Virgin River is home to some of the rarest fish species on Earth and you just might be lucky enough to see them in the Red Hills Desert Garden’s 1,150-foot meandering stream. With a fish viewing area located in the replica slot canyon, kids and adults alike will ooh and aah when they see these rare floundering friends. Another fun activity that’s sure to delight is following the dinosaur tracks located throughout the garden. Home to several boulders found locally that contain real dinosaur tracks that are over 200 million years old, this is a scavenger hunt in which visitors of all ages will revel. Did you even know there was a place that you can follow real dinosaur tracks?
Events and Classes at Red Hills Desert Garden
Be sure to check the Red Hills Desert Garden website for upcoming events. With special events held throughout the year, you don’t want to miss out on the fun. For example, the annual Desert Duck Derby is held in January to celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day. Prizes are awarded to the top-finishing ducks and everyone has a quack-tacular time. In the fall, the Garden hosts the Scarecrow Walk & Haunted Canyon. It’s an event where guests can explore the dozens of scarecrows that are displayed by local organizations, as well as tour the haunted canyon. And naturally it wouldn’t be the holiday season without a Holiday Lights Show. The Red Hills Desert Garden transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights on display, ready to jumpstart your holiday cheer the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Not only does the Desert Garden host fun events for the community throughout the year, but they also offer more than 20 free classes heart to educate and entertain their water savvy friends.
What You Need to Know
Red Hills Desert Garden is located at 375 E. Red Hills Parkway, St. George, UT 84770. They are open daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and admission is free. For questions, check out their website. They can also be reached at (435) 673-3617.