For a scenic retreat with plenty of natural beauty and outdoor recreations, Southern Utah certainly offers its own distinct flair.

For active adults who want to settle in the American Southwest, Southern Utah offers spectacular scenery, beautiful homes and plenty of outdoor recreations. The southern portion of Utah is home to the exciting St. George resort area, but the attractions do not end there. The whole region boasts canyons, campgrounds, scenic lakes, state parks and much more.


With mountains, deserts and the Great Salt Lake, Utah has a diverse geography that experiences extreme temperatures in both the summer and winter months. The state is largely a semi-arid region, but it receives plenty of rain in the fall and spring, as well as snow in the winter. Summers are hot, and the southern portions of the state can also have ample periods of rain during the hottest months.

Where To Go

When it comes to visiting Southern Utah, most active adults head straight to the resorts in St. George. This beautiful area in Utah’s southwest corner features a wide range of activities to entertain both locals and visitors alike. There are luxurious spas, challenging golf courses, historic shopping districts, educational museums and performing arts centers. Just a few of St. George’s unique attractions include Coyote Gulch Art Village, Silver Reef Ghost Town and the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. No wonder we included it on our list of the best places to retire


St. George is also home to some inviting active adult communities which are perfect for those who decide to retire in the area. SunRiver at St. George is an age-restricted golf community with a host of recreational and social activities.

Entrada at Snow Canyon is a private equity country club built around an 18-hole championship private course. And Brio is a non-age-restricted community that will have 610 single-family homes upon completion.

Local Attractions

In addition to their on-site amenities, St. George active adult communities are also located within easy access to a weekend getaway at the glittering Las Vegas Strip. Yet there is more to Southern Utah than the city of St. George. An hour east, active adults can enjoy plenty of outdoor recreations at Zion National Park.

With towering rock structures and deep canyons, this scenic park is Southern Utah’s top tourist attraction. Adventurous hikers will love exploring this national treasure, but anyone can enjoy the natural beauty with accessible trails like the paved Riverside Walk which meanders beside the Virgin River.

Just a little way north, the area around Cedar City also contains many natural wonders including the Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Parowan Gap. In the mountains above Cedar City, active adults can take in the beauty of attractions like Navajo Lake or Duck Creek Lake. Other Southern Utah hot spots include the Old Western towns of Kanab, Boulder’s Anasazi State Park, and the Bryce Canyon National Park in Tropic.

For a scenic retreat with plenty of natural beauty and outdoor recreations, Southern Utah certainly offers its own distinct flair. Whether choosing resort-style living in the fabulous St. George area or a more rustic home in the state’s mountainous terrain, active adults are sure to find impressive destinations in Southern Utah.