September 27, 2012

St. George Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm

dinosaur discovery museum

In 2000, local optometrist Dr. Sheldon Johnson was leveling a hill on his property in St. George, Utah. As he removed layers of sedimentary rock, he encountered a thick level of sandstone. As he tore it up in large blocks, a fantastic object was revealed – a three-dimensionally preserved dinosaur track. It was to be the first of thousands of tracks made by dinosaurs and other animals that have now been recognized or recovered from the numerous layers of sandstone and mudstone that formed almost 200 million years ago on the shores of an ancient lake in the vicinity of St. George.

 Dr. Johnson had seen dinosaur tracks in the region, but at first he was confused. The footprint he saw was visible in both the brittle clay below and also on the bottom of the sandstone block he had overturned. Experts, including Utah State Paleontologist, Dr. Jim Kirkland, came to help identify additional tracks at the site which revealed the extensive trackways to be found here.

Realizing that these tracks would be best served if they were maintained for scientific and educational purposes, Dr. Johnson and his wife, LaVerna, worked to set aside the land and its fossils. Eventually the Johnsons donated the tracks that had been found and arranged for the land to be cared for by the City of St. George. They worked with scientists, local businesses, and government officials on the local, state, and national level to create the museum that is here today. They founded the DinosaurAh!Torium Foundation that continues to preserve this site as a creative learning environment with hands-on activities that challenge, enlighten, and entertain the minds of all who come.

johnson farm dinosaur museum

The best preserved and most numerous of the tracks today form the in-place trackway and exhibits of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Many other fossils, including bones of dinosaurs and fish, shells of small aquatic animals, and leaves and seeds of plants, have joined the footprints to enable paleontologists to reconstruct the nearly 200 million year old ecosystem preserved here with unprecedented clarity, an extreme rarity for rocks of any time period.

Since the initial discovery, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including paleontologists from all over the world, have marveled at this unique discovery.

September 20, 2012

Harley Davidson Motorcycles – 110 Years

Harley-Davidson is a company that marks its anniversaries with pride. 2013 represents the 110th anniversary of H-D production, and the Motor Company will not let the milestone go unrecognized.

Ten Harley-Davidson models will be available as 110th Anniversary Editions, with unique serial number plates, Anniversary Vintage Bronze/Anniversary Vintage Black paint (CVO models get Diamond Dust/Obsidian paint), solid bronze commemorative fuel tank badges and anniversary badging and trim. The Anniversary Editions will each be loaded with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment with a premium price of between $665 and $2,495 over the corresponding non-Anniversary models.

Click HERE  to link to the full article written by Bryson Forbes


The local Harley Davidson shop is located only 8 miles up the road just off interstate 15 taking exit 16, on the way to Zion National Park. You will see the sign and building just off to the left. Riders, when you check in at the front desk, we do have buckets and rags available to wipe down your bikes. See you soon!

Harley Davidson Motorcycle

September 17, 2012

Tuacahn’s Indoor Christmas Show – Forever Plaid


FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS is a brand-new show that offers the best of FOREVER PLAID tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. 

At first Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” – this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! This truly “heaven-sent” holiday treat will lift audiences’ spirits and remind youngsters that not all good music has to be auto-tuned. 

Tickets now on sale!


Season Schedule

Nov 23 – Dec 29, 2012 in the Cox Auditorium at Dixie State College
Weds, Thurs, Fri & Sat
Evenings – 7:30 PM
Matinee (Fri & Sat Only) – 2:00 PM

To be performed at: Cox Auditorium at Dixie State College

September 13, 2012

Dixie Center Convention & Visitors Bureau


The Dixie Center at St. George a premier convention destination has always maintained the highest quality service while providing an outstanding value for our customers. Schedule an event at the Dixie Center and you have single-point of contact for all services. The Dixie Center offers in-house audio visual, full decorating services, high speed internet, event management and “white glove” on site catering.

The Dixie Center is designed with maximum versatility to accommodate groups from 5 to 5000. Featuring a 46,000 sq ft column free exhibit hall, 32,000 sq ft of flexible meeting room space in 19 Meeting Rooms ranging from 185 sq ft to 13,205 sq ft, 2 Board Rooms and a state of the Art Theater/Auditorium. The round atrium style Garden Room situated in our North Lobby, elegant rotunda, spacious indoor lobby and pre-function area are all ideal locations for receptions, banquets and vendor displays.

Convention Center Features

  • 47,500 square feet column free convention hall
  • 32,000 square feet in 21 functional meeting rooms
  • 5 small meeting rooms or 9 luxury suites overlooking exhibition hall (mezzanine level)
  • 3 separate pre-function area – plus indoor/out door areas to enjoy the great year round weather
  • Full production and staging capability for a wide spectrum of events and entertainment
  • Seating for up to 6,200 at special events or concerts
  • Full-service in house catering providing excellent food and beverage services
  • Concession areas in Exhibition Hall

The Dixie Center is located just 7 minutes and three miles south of the St. George Historic District and Best Western Coral Hills.


September 10, 2012

St. George Parade of Homes 2013

The schedule for the St. George UT area Parade of Homes has been released:
Dates: February 15 – 24, 2013
Times: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Prices: $12.50. Access to every house once during the 10 day period.
Purchase Location: Lin’s Market or the Center Court at Red Cliffs Mall
What: 25 beautiful homes in the Washington County, Utah area

What is so great about Saint George Utah’s Parade of Homes?

26 of the best built homes in Southern Utah surrounded some of the most unique landscapes and amazing views. Come see the most innovative home designs including a completely automated home, green design, home theaters and infinity pools and spas.

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September 8, 2012

Salt to Saint Bike Relay Race

What is Salt to Saint?
The Salt To Saint Relay is Utah’s most exciting bicycle relay challenge. Teams of cyclists, consisting of 8 riders, 4 riders, 2 riders and even Solo riders, will push themselves, their sleeping habits, their cycling abilities and their idea of a good time to new limits. Imagine the bragging rights, inside jokes, camaraderie and stench that will be built up after 24 hours and 430ish miles of riding together, working together and cheering each other on.
Creating their own strategy, teams will try to get from Salt Lake City Utah to St George Utah as fast as possible. Cyclists, starting in the heart of Salt Lake City at the State Capitol building, will leapfrog their way south, riding and relaying on roads that have been chosen for their safety, beauty and challenge. Following historic Hwy 89 for the majority of the route, riders will pass through towns they never knew existed and through some of the most stunning scenery Utah has to offer.
With the distance of 430ish miles divided into 24 legs, each team will need to decide which distances and legs fit their individual teammates’ abilities. Legs vary in distance, but have an average distance of 17 miles. So not only will this event challenge even the toughest of on the road, but it is also achievable by the novice cyclist.

 The Best Western Coral Hills is located only three blocks from Vernon Worthen Park, the finish line of the Salt To Saint Relay.  Rooms have been put aside for the participants of the this event.

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September 6, 2012

Southern Utah Night Life


Cedar Breaks, America in Lights

Cedar Breaks, America in Lights

Cedar Breaks National Park, just under two hours away from the Best Western Coral Hills, has spectacular views, both in the day and nighttime.

Due to its high elevation and remote location, Cedar Breaks has one of the darkest night skies in the country. However, this often overlooked natural resource is in danger of being completely lost as increased light pollution from nearby cities obscures the stars. Instead of a deep black expanse punctuated by the brilliant pinpoints of stars and the iridescent glow of the Milky Way, light pollution reduces the night sky to a faintly orange haze.

Light pollution has become so prevalent in urban areas that it’s becoming difficult to remember what the night sky is supposed to look like. For example, after a 1994 earthquake knocked the power out in Los Angeles, emergency centers received numerous calls from anxious residents regarding a strange, silvery cloud in the sky. They didn’t realize they were looking at their own galaxy. National Parks and Monuments are one of the few remaining places where the wonders of the night sky can still be seen. In fact, two-thirds of the people in the United States will never see the Milky Way unless they travel to remote places like National Parks.

September 3, 2012

St George Marathon 2012 Is Almost Here.

Rated by Runner’s World as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthern Park. The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner`s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. A fun race indeed–and scenic

The Best Western Coral Hills is located only three blocks from the buses and the finish line.  We offer a shuttle to the buses if needed and start breakfast at 4:00 a.m. for the runners and anyone else who would like to get up that early.


 Click HERE to join St. George Marathon’s Facebook Page


September 1, 2012

Jeffery R Holland Centennial Commons Dedication

DSC Jeffery R Holland Centennial Commons

DSC Jeffery R Holland Centennial Commons

 In anticipation of the upcoming dedication of the new Dixie State College Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons, DSC officials have announced contingency plans for the ceremony slated for Friday, September 7th, in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium.

In an effort to accommodate all visitors to the campus that day, Dixie State officials have set up an overflow venue next door at the Burns Arena and will provide a live television feed of the ceremony on a projection screen. Seating in the overflow venues will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The formal ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and will include remarks from DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and the building’s namesake, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who is a 1963 graduate of Dixie College and a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The dedication festivities will shift to the new Holland Centennial Commons at 11:15 a.m., and will include the official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by the dedicatory prayer offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of the LDS Church. Following the ribbon cutting, Dixie State will host an open house with refreshments.

In addition, the ceremony will be available via free live streaming video on DSC’s website ( and broadcast live on Dixie’s Community Education Channel (CEC). CEC will also re-broadcast the ceremony throughout the month and beyond, and the broadcast will be available online at

All dedication events are free and open to the public to attend. For more information on the Holland Centennial Commons dedication, please contact DSC Public Relations Office at 435-652-7544