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Kayenta Art Village and Historic St. George, Utah

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An Evening in St. George

Looking for a relaxing evening in St. George, Utah?  We found plenty to do an evening to visit Kayenta Art Village and Historic Downtown St. George.  This gave us a chance to drive around the area a bit and see some fun local sights. These areas would be become places we’d pass quite often while in the area for six weeks.

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Kayenta Art Village

We started by driving to the outskirts of St. George to the Kayenta Art Village. It was fun to see the southwestern style houses and landscape at the edge of town.  This area is known for some beautiful upscale communities. This area offers a beautiful place to live with red rock views on one side and views of the city of St. George on the other. 

The art village features several types of studios and galleries, as well as, shops with an abundance of photography, pottery, jewelry, gifts, etc.  There is also a cafe, outdoor plant garden, yoga studio, art classrooms and probably so much more that we didn’t even get to see. You are not permitted to take pictures inside the buildings so that is why we only have a few pictures from outside.  We met some of the owners of the shops and they were super friendly and shared with us a lot about the artists and the art (in various forms) within their studios/shops.

Visiting Kayenta Art Village

Visiting Kayenta Art Village

3-D Street Art

3-D Street Art

3-D Street Art

3-D Street Art

Plant Garden at Kayenta Art Village

Plant Garden at Kayenta Art Village

What a peaceful place!

What a peaceful place!

Historic Downtown St. George, Utah

The historic area of St. George covers a few blocks with various restaurants, shops, a park with splash pad, etc. By the end of the trip we visited this area several times for dinner, ice-cream, etc. On this night we had dinner, walked to the splash pad and around the park, then drove to nearby Pioneer Park to walk around and watch the sun set.

Historic St. George, Utah

Historic St. George, Utah

Historic St. George, Utah

Historic St. George, Utah

words of encouragement found on the sidewalk

words of encouragement found on the sidewalk

it was inspiring to read these messages

it was inspiring to read these messages

thoughtful and fun

thoughtful and fun

Riggatti’s Wood Fired Pizza

First, we had an early dinner at Riggatti’s Wood Fired Pizza.  This location is quite small, but does offer some seating. The door was pretty busy while we ate our pizza with takeout orders.  There is another larger location in nearby Hurricane.

Our pizza was really delicious and we ate way too much!  I’ve been loving wood fired pizza lately and this was top notch.  I like the balance of thick crust, sauce and toppings.

Riggatti’s Menu

Riggatti’s Menu

Yum!!

Yum!!


Riggatti’s Wood Fired Pizza

Riggatti’s Wood Fired Pizza

Splash Pad and Park

Next we headed to the splash pad and park. This area was so pretty and peaceful! We were there on a weeknight around dinner time and there really weren’t many people around. The park consists of picnic tables, sculptures, the splash pad, a carousel, etc. It’s a really nice place to relax, take a stroll and enjoy the park right in the middle of the historic town.

Historic St. George, Utah

Historic St. George, Utah

St. George splash pad

St. George splash pad

sculptures at the park

sculptures at the park

St. George splash pad

St. George splash pad

it was fun to see all the different sculptures

it was fun to see all the different sculptures

more sculptures

more sculptures

fun art displays in the area

fun art displays in the area

so fun to look at the all individual pieces

so fun to look at the all individual pieces

all the water felt so relaxing at this park in the middle of town

all the water felt so relaxing at this park in the middle of town

so many water features

so many water features

Historic St. George, Utah

Historic St. George, Utah

even a carousel downtown

even a carousel downtown

Judd’s General Store

We intended on having dessert at Judd’s General Store, but they were already closed. Judd’s is an old fashioned ice-cream and candy shop. They also serve these enormous breadsticks and soup. We did end up making it there another night for ice-cream. We saw the breadsticks and they were huge and looked really yummy. Next time we are in the area, I’m going to make sure we stop in for lunch.

Judd's General Store

Judd’s General Store

candy bins

candy bins

flavored sodas

flavored sodas

Hand dipped FARR ice cream made in Utah since 1929

Hand dipped FARR ice cream made in Utah since 1929

always amazed to how many things remind us of home

always amazed to how many things remind us of home

absolutely delicious ice cream!

absolutely delicious ice cream!

Dixie Academy

Originally built to house advanced education, this building has gone through a number of changes over the years.  You can read more about its history here: Utah Historical Markers: Dixie Academy

This building is currently used as the St. George Children’s Museum and there is an event center on the top floor, according to what I read online.  We did not enter the building, just admired it from the sidewalk.

Dixie Academy

Dixie Academy

St. George Tabernacle

This building originally opened in 1876 as a public works building that hosted church service and court hearings. Today this building is used for public events such as concerts and other events. Again, we did not enter the building, just admired it.

St. George Tabernacle

St. George Tabernacle

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park was quite a nice surprise! It’s a rather large park right at the edge of town that backs up to red rock area that normally you’d have to be I began to think about several people I know who would really enjoy this park. This would be a great way to share the red rocks with young kids, those with mobility restrictions, etc. Everyone can enjoy this park, but sometimes it’s hard for us to recommend activities to those who aren’t able to hike, bike, jeep, etc. Pioneer Park is a great stop while in the area and can provide you with several hours of fun and worth the stop if you only have a few minutes. Later in our trip we would come back to visit the Red Hills Desert Garden which is located right next door.

A great place to enjoy the view of the city!

A great place to enjoy the view of the city!

Would love to have a picnic here!

Would love to have a picnic here!

lovely sunset

lovely sunset


lots of sandstone to explore

lots of sandstone to explore

great views all around

great views all around

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