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Small Town Big Adventure - A Guide To Visiting Hurricane, UT

I am a Hurricane UT girl born and raised so I know first hand how easy it can be to overlook this amazing this little town. I had a picturesque childhood. My parents never locked the doors to our house, we would roam the streets without a care in the world and Zion National Park was practically in my back yard. It was the classic small-town Utah childhood and I had no idea how lucky I was. The minute I graduated from high school I was off to college with hopes of never returning. After graduating from Utah State University I moved to Los Angeles to prove to myself and everyone one else that I was, in fact, a big city girl. I even took off two days before my graduation......I was that ready to be out of Utah!

It took me three years in the city of angels to realize that Utah wasn't as bad as I had originally thought. So with my newly acquired California husband by my side, I moved back to Utah. Still thinking that I was definitely not a small town girl we lived in a suburb of Salt Lake for 10 years.

During this time my parents lived in Hurricane and we would visit them often. My husband slowly started to fall in love with Southern Utah and I would tell him over and over again there was no way I was ever going to move back home........but I slowly started to crack. I started seeing Southern Utah with new eyes. I remember taking a little day trip to Zion one Easter when we were home visiting my parents. The entire drive I looked out the window in wonder and awe at all the beauty. How did I not appreciate this place when I lived here!?!

It took me getting pregnant with my third baby to seal the deal. Three kids is no joke and I wanted to live close to family so we packed up and moved back to Hurricane. The one place I swore I would never live. And guess what!!! I couldn't be more happy about it. With my love for the outdoors in full swing, I have discovered that Hurricane UT is a red desert paradise.

*For all intents and purposes when I say Hurricane I am including La Verkin, Virgin & Toquerville into the mix.


Hurricane is tucked in the south/west corner of Utah. 20 minutes east of Saint George and 30 minutes west of Zion National Park. Click here to view full custom map.


Hurricane is within easy driving distance to so much and is a great option as your home base when exploring all that Southern Utah has to offer.

  • Lake Powell - 2 hours

  • Grand Canyon - 2 hours

  • Snow Canyon State Park - 35 minutes

  • Valley Of Fire State Park - 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Zion National Park - 30 minutes

  • Bryce Canyon National Park - 2 hours

  • Las Vegas - 2 hours

  • Cedar City - 45 minutes

  • Saint George - 20 minutes


Hurricane is not known for its culinary delights, this is true, but it does boast one of the best views ever while drinking a fabulous cup of coffee, so there's that. Below are some of my favorite local spots to eat.

  • Costa Vida is a fresh and fast Mexican food. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. We eat here at least once a week. Get the pork anything.....it's the best!

  • Fort Zion in Virgin has the best burgers in Southern Utah and bonus there is a petting zoo for the kiddos.

  • River Rock Roasting Co has great salads, sandwiches, pizza, and coffee and the views can't be beat. Also the best cinnamon roll you will ever eat!

  • Stage Coach Grill is a really great spot for a good steak dinner.

  • Muddy Bees Bakery is your place if you are looking for some good bread and pastries. They also sell local honey.

  • Dixie Pizza Wagon has the best pizza in the Hurricane Valley! Flavorful hand crafted gourmet pizza, fired to perfection in their custom wood burning brick oven. Arguably the very best pizza for the price on the planet for sure. This is another spot that we hit up about once a week.


I had a hard time narrowing down this list.....so I didn't haha! There is just so much great hiking