Visitors Information for St. George, Utah is readily available at the front desk of Best Western Coral Hills or at the St. George Chamber of Commerce located two doors away.
FREE maps of the Downtown, Historic District are available at either location.
The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Visitors Information inside the Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale
On interesting bits of history regarding the courthouse:
Legend has it that the domed cupola on the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George was designed specifically for hangings, although it never was used for that gruesome purpose.
But that’s not to say the county never had a hanging.
Douglas Alder, a past president of the Washington County Historical Society and Dixie State University, said that in about 1875, a miner working north of St. George in Silver Reef was accused of killing a fellow miner. The alleged killer was arrested and jailed in the basement of the courthouse. But he wasn’t there long. Shortly after he was put in the jail, a group of the murder victim’s friends descended on the courthouse, broke out the prisoner and hung him from a nearby tree.
A common case that was heard within the walls of its upstairs courtroom in the late 19th century was theft charges against ranchers and farmers accused of releasing irrigation water too early, Alder said. Today, visitors to the historic building can watch a re-enactment of a water theft trial.
“We always find them guilty,” said Alder.
Alder tells another story about Will Brooks, a county sheriff in the early 19th century who was responsible for feeding the inmates. Alder said Brooks sometimes ignored jail procedure and took the prisoners home with him for a meal.
The basement jail space is now used for storage, while the Chamber of Commerce occupies the main floor. The former courtroom on the top floor is now used for lectures.
September 3-7, 2013
DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George. The 2013 festival will be it’s fourth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 800 films submitted from 60 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers. These filmmakers are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time embraces the community of Southern Utah.
The DOCUTAH festival is located in the southwestern corner of Utah between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Films and events will be offered in several venues in the towns of Springdale, Kanab, St. George and Ivins.
This part of Utah is renowned for it’s close proximity to several national and state parks which are listed below. The area offers many outdoor activities for visitors such as sightseeing, hiking, camping, off-road adventures, boating, and golfing to name just a few.
Click HERE to link to the DOCUTAH site for Directions, Venues and Scheduling information.
The BEST WESTERN Coral Hills also offers a discount to festival attendees.
Cedar Breaks Star Party
As darkness falls on Cedar Breaks National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects out in space transforms the night from a place of darkness into a place of wonder.
To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks hosts a series of star parties throughout the summer season. Each star party is conducted by park staff and astronomy volunteers at Point Supreme. Once the light fades, the party kicks off with a laser light tour of the constellations, followed by star viewing through several telescopes. Observe swirling nebulae, twinkling star clusters, neighborly planets, and distant galaxies. Learn about everything from constellation mythology to the structure of the universe, all in one night!
Star parties are free of charge and are two hours in duration. Telescopes will be provided for viewing, although visitors who own their own telescopes are invited to bring them along. Please dress warmly for the cool night air at this high elevation!
Star parties will be held every Saturday evening beginning in July and extending through Labor Day weekend. Additional star parties are scheduled for full moons and meteor showers. Please note that start times will change as the season progresses.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is located two hours from Best Western Coral Hills.
In Commemoration of the Americans With Disabilities Act signed in 1990 providing the wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities.
In the Town Square Park in St.George. There will be Entertainment, Speakers, Flag Ceremony, ADA Walk, Rides, booths and more. Come and join the fun!