7 Fun Things To Do In Southern Utah With Your Friends

Things To Do In Southern Utah

Southern Utah provides the perfect playland for outdoor enthusiasts. Utah’s impressive “Mighty Five” national parks are all located in the southern part of the state, perfect for outdoor recreation.

Trekkers find plenty of hiking trails among the scenic parks scattered throughout the area. You can search for wildlife in the surrounding mountains, including elk, black bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and moose. Water sports are abundant in Lake Powell, Sand Hollow State Park, and Quail Creek reservoir.

St George, UT is a hidden gem with spas and retreat centers for relaxing and reconnecting with friends.

If you are looking for a heart-pounding adrenaline rush, there are rock cliffs to climb and trails for an off-roading adventure.

Explore, share a laugh, and reconnect with friends with our list of fun things to do in southern Utah.

1) Capitol Reef National Park

Visit the unique rock formations at Capitol Reef National Park, thus named for the reef-like appearance of the landscape. Take the short scenic drive from the visitors center to Capitol Gorge, with several stops to admire the view.

Explore Capitol Reef National Park by horseback riding or hiking on the many trails. Take the Hickman Bridge trail hike to see the natural rock bridge that stands 125 tall at its highest point.

2) Sand Hollow State Park

Spend the day on the red sand beaches of Sand Hollow State Park. This 20,000-acre park is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management Land (BLM) public land, with the 1,322-acre Sand Hollow Reservoir at the center.

Fun things to do with friends at Sand Hollow Park include:

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • ATV rides on the sand dunes
  • Water sports – On-site rentals are available for boats and jet skis

3) Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

Hop in the car with a few buddies on a road trip to see incredible scenery on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. This is a short drive, only 6-miles, along the canyon floor of one of Utah’s most popular national parks.

You will be surrounded by nature’s grandeur, with colorful sheer cliff walls towering as much as 3,000 feet high.

4) Quail Creek State Park

Spend a few days camping and exploring at Quail Creek State Park. This park, with its 600-acre reservoir, is smaller than neighboring Sand Hallow and not as crowded.

Quail Creek Park is conveniently located for an added road trip to explore St George, UT, just 20 minutes away, or Zion National Park, just 45 minutes away.

5) Lake Powell

Grab your kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and fun-loving friends for a trip to popular Lake Powell. This lake straddles the border between Utah and Arizona, and it’s the second-largest reservoir in the US. Bring your own water gear or rent while you are there.

Popular things to do here include:

  • Kayak
  • Stand-up paddleboard
  • Swimming
  • Staying on a houseboat
  • Power boating
  • Jet skiing
  • Hiking in Antelope Canyon
  • Camping

6) Bryce Canyon National Park

Spend the day with your active friends and “Hike the Hoodoos” at Bryce Canyon National Park.

This fun activity was created at Bryce Canyon to encourage people to be active and enjoy the national park. A series of nine markers are located on the hiking trails around the famous hoodoos, inviting hikers to search for all or some of the markers. Challenge your friends or work together as a team to find the markers, and have a whole lot of fun doing it.

7) St George

Spend some quality time in St George at one of the many spas, wellness centers, and retreats.

Options range from a moderately priced day or overnight spas to high-end luxury resorts. Spend your time with yoga classes, hiking, studying healthy eating habits, and relaxing with a massage. This is quality time spent with friends at its best!

Take In The Scenery With A Fast-Paced Atv Tour!

Let us take you on a thrilling adventure in the beautiful Southern Utah mountains. We’ll be your guide while you drive a 2 or 4-seat Polaris RZR along off-road tracks just outside of Zion National Park.

Take the Zion Rampage tour and see the famous Red Bull Rampage route, where world-class mountain bikers compete. Or take the Zion Boondockers tour of the western side of Zion by the Virgin River. Our knowledgeable local guides will be there to show you the way.

We look forward to showing you and your friends the beautiful desert mesas with an added adrenaline rush!

Grab your friends, and go online or call to book today. It’s time to create some fun memories with your best friends!


2 hours
Group Size
2 to 4

Sand Hollow Private Tours

Among our most popular recreation areas is Sand Hollow. Featuring rock crawling, sand dunes, and endless trail rides with spectacular views, Sand Hollow has everything you need for a fun day. We offer several tours in the Sand Hollow park located in Hurricane, Utah. With so many sights to see and trails to explore, we are confident we've covered everything!

2 hours
Group Size
2 to 4

Quail Creek Private Tours

The Zion Boondockers tour is a beautiful route out on the west side of Zion by the Virgin River. You will see river overlooks, mesas surrounding you, and Zion National Park just to the east. Ride a 2 seat or 4 seat Polaris RZR, we offer corporate tours as well!