Local National Parks
Green Valley Spa is the perfect base camp for exploring America's Grand Circle of scenic wonders and National Parks. Three of Americas most spectacular parks are within driving distance of St. George: Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Bryce National Park.
Zion National Park
Utah's first National Park. Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons. Zion's unique geographic location and variety of life zones combine to create a variety of habitats for a surprising array of plant and animal species. Located on the Colorado Plateau, but bordering the Great Basin and Mojave Desert Provinces, Zion is home to plants from each region. The park is characterized by high plateaus, a maze of narrow, deep sandstone canyons and striking rock towers and mesas. (35 minute drive from Green Valley Spa).
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the natural wonders of the world largely because of its natural features. The exposed geologic strata - layer upon layer from the basement Vishnu schist to the capping Kaibab limestone - rise over a mile above the river, representing one of the most complete records of geological history that can be seen anywhere in the world. Geologic formations such as gneiss and schist found at the bottom of the Canyon date back 1,800 million years. This geologic incline creates a diversity of biotic communities, and five of the seven life zones are present in the park. (2 hour 45 mintue drive from Green Valley Spa).
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is a scientist's laboratory and a child's playground. Because Bryce transcends 2000 feet (650 m) of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. This diversity of habitat provides for high biodiversity. Here at Bryce, you can enjoy over 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species. It is the uniqueness of the rocks that caused Bryce Canyon to be designated as a national park--these famous spires, called "hoodoos," (1 hour 45 mintues from Green Valley Spa).