Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate in the Red Rocks
The breathtaking red rock landscape of southwestern Utah is world-renowned for its hiking and mountain biking. But it’s also a perfect getaway for those times when you need some deep rest and rejuvenation. Soak up the warming sun, meditate to the dark Milky Way skies, and nourish yourself at wellness stops each day.
You’ll start in Salt Lake City, where you’ll relax into the big city spas and stroll through the incredible public gardens. From there it's onto southwestern Utah's red rock country — with an overnight on the way down for some mineral hot springs. Once in Southern Utah, you'll pass the next few days enjoying a mix of wellness activities, low-key self-care, culinary adventures, outdoor recreation and natural beauty.
Much of this trip is anchored in the incredible Zion National Park region. From your St. George basecamp, you’ll soak up the majesty of Snow Canyon State Park and an award-winning spa.You'll end your trip in Kanab, a wild-west town full of regional surprises. Fall in love with the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, enjoy an authentic horseback riding adventure, then complete the day at an award-winning restaurant that’s putting Kanab on the map. After this week is up, you’ll feel thoroughly relaxed and inspired by your world-class adventures in an unforgettable red rock desert.
Itinerary designed by Cedar City local: Sarah Braun
Travel tip: If you’re doing a round-trip adventure, try driving one way on I-15, then head home on Historic Highway 89. If you’re flying, you can choose to fly out of Las Vegas or Salt Lake City airports to reduce your driving time.
- Meditative Stroll
- Relax and Refuel
- Mineral Hot Springs Soak
Pleasant Salt Lake City offers just about any kind of adventure you could imagine, set against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains. Enjoy a morning meditative stroll through the stunning Red Butte Garden, then head to a local spa for a unique wellness experience. Top it all off with a healthy lunch at a local cafe. Head south to overnight in a tiny town with a big secret: mineral hot springs!
Overnight in Monroe.
Soak in deep at The Kura Door, a holistic Japanese spa offering Asian-inspired baths, steam sessions, massages and skin care treatments. Once you’re thoroughly relaxed, head to the Oasis Cafe to lounge on the patio over food that will make you glow inside too. Make sure to pop by Golden Braid Books located next to the cafe for books and gifts with a distinct wellness vibe.
Spend the night in the tiny town of Monroe at either The Monroe Inn or at Mystic Hot Springs. Both places offer access to the local awe-inspiring springs that bubble up out of the red dirt landscape. And don’t worry, the water is plenty warm and perfectly relaxing.
- Cedar City Yoga
- Noorish Spa in Brian Head
- Farm-to-Table Dining
Cedar City is the perfect location for easy access to both stunning red canyons and alpine mountain vistas. Start the day off with a local yoga session, then head up the mountain to Brian Head for cooler temperatures and a mountain view spa experience. Wrap up the day with a perfect farm-to-table dinner under a beautiful summer sunset (check calendar for events) or some authentic French cuisine in downtown Cedar City.
Overnight in Cedar City or Brian Head.
Start your day off with a body-nourishing session of yoga at the welcoming, body-positive Cedar Yoga Space. Not feeling the flow? Try out a meditation or Yoga Nidra session for the deepest relaxation experience.
- Yoga Hiking in Zion
- Rejuvenation at Zion Spa
- Locally-Sourced Dinner and Labyrinth Walk
Gaze up at massive stone cliffs while practicing yoga and enjoying a quiet hike through a shallow river in sandstone slot canyons. Then stop at a local spa for some desert-inspired bodywork and relaxation. Finally, round out the day with a dinner sourced from local farms and an evening labyrinth walk for some meditation before bed. This is all possible when you visit Springdale, the town located right at the entrance to Zion National Park.
Overnight in St. George area or Springdale.
Start your day with a guided hike and yoga class in stunning Zion National Park. Check out Zion Guru for an updated schedule in the park or choose from one of the local yoga studios for a more traditional experience. Or, when hiking, try to elevate your hiking with mindfulness.
After breaking a sweat in Zion, one of the most inspiring places on earth, head over to the Spa at Cable Mountain Lodge for serious rest and relaxation. Choose from body treatments, massage, soaking or lounging in this desert-inspired spa experience.
End the day with a satisfying meal of natural and local foods at the Spotted Dog Cafe, overlooking sandstone mountain walls. Wrap up the day with a meditative labyrinth walk at Flannigan’s Inn.
- Hiking at Snow Canyon
- A Red Rock Spa Experience
- Eclectic Dining and Art Stroll at Kayenta
Stroll through the otherworldly canyons in Snow Canyon State Park, taking in the stunning red rock formations and tenacious fauna and flora. Enjoy the solitude of less-frequented areas, allowing you to truly take in the scene and quiet your mind. Soak up a world-class spa experience, then find your center at an arts village in the remote desert. If Zion wasn’t enough “wow” for you, this day will make you fall in love with the red desert.
Overnight in St. George area.
From ancient lava flow formations to petrified sand dunes, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a prehistoric land from long ago. Several hikes are pretty low-key, allowing you to contentedly wander the landscape admiring the resilient plants and animals that inhabit the landscape. Prepare to be amazed and inspired.
Satisfy your inner contemplative artist at the arts village of Kayenta. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the artsy Xetava Gardens Cafe, then wander through the Coyote Gulch Arts Village admiring art in galleries or even jump in to create some art yourself. Don’t forget to visit the Desert Rose Labyrinth while you’re there!
- Contemplate at Coral Pink
- Zion Mountain Ranch on Horses
- Dinner at Sego Restaurant
If you’ve always wanted to sink your feet into the silky texture of sand dunes, this is your chance to do just that. Spend the morning feeling like you’ve stepped into another universe with a side of meditative quiet. Then come back down to Earth on the back of a horse, riding through the stunning high desert landscape. Finish off this blissful day with a restaurant experience that is drawing people from all over the world.
Overnight in Kanab area.
Catch the sun rising up over an ocean of red sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Enjoy a contemplative walk, allowing your mind to sink like your feet in the sand. Feel the brisk morning air combined with the heat of the rising sun, creating a blissful sensation you won’t soon forget.
Spend the afternoon on a horseback riding adventure at Zion Mountain Ranch, with a backdrop of buffalo herds wandering the grasslands with views of Zion National Park. Don’t forget to check out their cafe, featuring local foods sourced right on location.
The American fusion restaurant, Sego, is putting Kanab on the map with its micro-local emphasis and award-winning flavors. You’ll feel satisfied and a sense of wellbeing after a meal with so much love and care poured into it. Learn more about Kanab's unexpected dining scene.