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Tonaquint Nature Center

Located along the banks of the beautiful Santa Clara River, Tonaquint Park and Nature Center is a great place for everyone in the family to get out on a healthy walk. This trail is mostly level and is paved or graded gravel for its entire length. Those wishing to extend this trail may continue along the beautiful Santa Clara River Trail used to access the nature center.

Trailhead

The Tonaquint Nature Center is located in Tonaquint Park at 1851 S Dixie Drive in St. George. UT.

From I-15

  1. Take Exit 6 and turn east onto Dixie Drive.
  2. Drive for 2.2 miles before turning right into Tonaquint Park.
  3. Continue through Tonaquint Park to the large parking lot at the end of the road.

The Hike

From the parking area, locate the paved Santa Clara River Trail at the northwest end of the parking lot. A large stone marker at the entrance to the trail indicates the Nature Center is ahead. Continue down the paved walkway for about 150 yards before arriving at the entrance to the Tonaquint Nature Center on the right.

Once inside the Nature Center, follow the various paths through the trees and dense foliage. A large pond is home to a healthy population of migratory birds and other aquatic creatures. A bird blind at the west side of the pond gives quiet visitors a chance to approach without scaring them off. Past the pond, the trail loops around before crossing a picturesque bridge before eventually leading back to the Nature Center and pond. An amphitheater and plenty of benches are available along the way.

Return the way you came or continue walking the Santa Clara River Trail as desired. Total round walking distance through the Nature Center and back to the parking area is approximately one half mile.

Rules and Regulations

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

Special Considerations

Tonaquint Nature Center is particularly nice on hot summer days thanks to all the trees and foliage that provide a shady place to sit and enjoy nature.

Credits

This trail guide provided by Backcountry Post.