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Utah Hike of the week: Brooks Nature Park and Owens Loop in St. George

Directions » From Interstate 15 in St. George, exit onto St. George Boulevard and go west. Turn right and go north on Main Street. Brooks Nature Park is at 452 N. Main St. The trail head is there.

At a glance

Destination Loop

Hiking time 2 hours

Round trip miles 3.5 miles

Elevation gain 433 feet

Difficulty Easy/Moderate/Difficult

Trail head restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes

Fees No

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This is a good hike to get a view of St. George. The hardest part of the hike is the beginning. A hill takes you past a large water tank and northeast up a slope. The trail parallels goes north and Red Hills Parkway for a short time, then turns to the south and southwest, putting you on Owens Loop Trail. This part of the hike provides the first views of the St. George panoramic. You can resume hiking to the northwest and north. Soon you’ll see a makeshift granary. Pass it and the trail curves to the west. Pay attention to the cairns. The loop doesn’t begin until the far end of the trail. While on the loop, you’ll see Dixie Red Hills Golf Course below. When you finish the loop, you need to return the way you came.

Nate Carlisle

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