A while ago we investigated going to golf camp in St. George, as we once did in Wisconsin. The price took our breath away. We had a suspicion that there were some toney golf resorts out here and today we stumbled upon some as well as some very attractive gated communities a few miles northwest of St. George. The homes were lined with windows to take in the view of the red rocks. The yards looked professionally landscaped with rocks, sand, and cactus. The brown was accented with lush little patches of bright green lawn. Roses were still blooming. We were in the area to see the Saturday Artisan Market at Tuacahn. The market is in a red rock canyon that also contains a stage area where touring Broadway shows and musical acts perform regularly. Any show would be greatly enhanced by being in such a gorgeous setting. The market featured some lovely work done by local folk, but we managed to resist. We are supposed to be downsizing in our old age!
A short drive from Tuacahn we found Snow Canyon State Park. This is a holiday weekend and admission to the park was free today, but there was plenty of room for everyone in another magnificent setting. We've seen lots of red rock here in southern Utah, but in this park it was combined with jet black lava rock and limestone-looking white cliffs. The variety of colors and formations was awesome. Cactus grew next to succulents. It all was here. Hiking trails of varying lengths connected with the main road. We hiked to some lava tubes, but were not prepared to climb inside them. Should have brought headlights. Another hike went to a slot canyon. It was obvious that the soft rock was carved by torrents of water, but we couldn't imagine where the water came from or left from the canyon. It's been about six weeks since we have seen a drop of rain. No complaints. Every so often we could glimpse young folks clambering around on the tops of the cliffs like the mountain goats we saw yesterday. Everyone was having fun in Snow Canyon - including us.