Since we had to leave our campground on Zion due to the flash floods, we moved to Hurricane/St George KOA. This allowed us to explore the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, as well as Kannara Falls, the Kolob Canyon part of Zion, St George and even visit the indoor pool/water park at Washington City Community Center.
Hurricane/St George KOA
Pros: There was no mud 🤣, pull thru sites, really nice bathrooms, a great pool. Cons: Little shade and lots of issues with washers/dryers working.
Red Cliffs Recreation Area- Red Reef Trail
Our new campground was near Red Cliffs Recreation Area, so we decided to do the Red Reef hike. This hike was easy and 2.2 miles round trip. In spring its a waterfall, but no water was flowing. There wasn’t much shade and it was pretty hot so we were glad to go early. The girls loved climbing the rope to the top.
Washington City Community Center
After the hike we were all ready to cool off, so we headed to Washington City community center. This was super fun! They have a spray ground, a slide, and a lazy river. The best part was it was only $5 per person for the day.
That night, we headed to Cliffside Restaurant in St George. The views were amazing! The kids loved the Italian sodas, and the food was great too! We don’t eat out a ton on these kind of vacations so this was a nice break from cooking.
The next day we headed over to Kannara Falls. This was my favorite hike of the trip! You do need to reserve tickets in advance as they only allow 150 a day. They were sold out well in advance. Each ticket cost $12 per person. We got there early and practically had the place to ourselves! You will get your feet wet on this hike, there are a ton of water crossings followed by walking through the water. It’s 3.8 miles round trip to do it all (there is actually 3 falls)
After we finished this hike, we decided to explore the Kolob Canyons section of Zion since we were so close! This section of the park is beautiful and uncrowded and no shuttle is needed. Since we had already done a hike, we opted for the short Timber Creek Overlook Trail (1 mile round trip but steep uphill climb). This was at the end of the 6 mile scenic drive and had plenty of parking (the scenic drive alone is worth it)
After our 3 nights staying at the Hurricane/ St George campground our next stop was Bryce Canyon!