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Owen's Loop

Owen’s Loop Trail is a classic St. George area hike perfect for the whole family. This hike follows the edge of the cliffs above downtown St. George, offering panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. This trail is easy to moderately difficult with some steep slopes and uneven terrain. Most healthy adults and children will enjoy this hike, but watch children closely as there are exposed cliff edges along the trail.

Trailhead

The Owen’s Loop Trail hike begins at Brook’s Nature Park at 452 North Main Street in St. George, UT (37.115980, -113.583094).

From I-15

  1. Take Exit 8 from I-15 onto St. George Blvd.
  2. Turn west onto St. George Blvd and continue for 1.3 miles.
  3. Turn right onto Main Street and continue for about 0.4 miles to the end of the road at Brook’s Nature Park.

Parking and picnic facilities are available at Brook’s Nature Park, but there are no restrooms.

The Hike

From Brook’s Nature Park, begin hiking up the trail at the north end of the park. This first section of the hike follows the Brook’s Nature Park Trail, which provides access to Owen’s Loop. The Owen’s Loop Trail officially begins at the top of the gully, about a quarter mile from the trailhead.

Continue past a small pond and an amphitheater as the trail climbs up the steep gully. After about a quarter mile, the trail arrives at the junction with the Owen’s Loop Trail and the paved Red Hills Parkway Trail (37.118979, -113.583035). Turn left onto the Owen’s Loop Trail.

The trail is usually very easy to follow but at times may require extra attention where it passes over areas of slickrock. There are frequent trail markers along the way to aid in navigation. At approximately 0.8 miles, the junction for the City Creek Trail appears on the right (37.120096, -113.588716). Continue on the Owen’s Loop Trail as it turns to the north and follows the cliffs above St. George.

At about 1.2 miles, the trail crosses over a ridge to the final loop section of the trail. This short section of trail is the most difficult to follow, so keep an eye out for rock cairns and other trail markers. Beyond the ridge, the trail arrives at the junction for the loop that gives the trail its name. Follow the loop in either direction to find panoramic views and plenty of places to sit down and take it all in. The loop itself is about a quarter mile long. Return back to the trailhead the way you came. Total round trip distance from Brook’s Nature Park is approximately 3.5 miles.

Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • No littering.

Special Considerations

This hike can be very hot during the summer and in the middle of the day. No shade is available. Bring plenty of water for each member of your group. Hike in the morning or evening for cooler temperatures.

Credits

This trail guide provided by Backcountry Post.