Brooks Nature Park is an oasis in an otherwise hot and arid environment at the edge of St. George. Centered around scenic Cox Pond, this natural spring was a source of water for the original settlers of St. George and remains the source of a beautiful stream that flows near Main Street in St. George today. This is a great family-friendly trail for hikers of all skill levels.

The main loop around the pond is on a smooth gravel path with a small amount of elevation gain. Continuing up the gully on Brooks Nature Trail is slightly more strenuous with some uneven terrain and steep slopes.


Brooks Nature Park is located at 452 North Main Street in St. George (37.115980, -113.583094)

  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 north onto Main Street and continue for about .4 miles to the end of the road at Brooks Nature Park.

Parking and picnic facilities are available however there are no restrooms.

The Route

From the parking area, the well-maintained gravel trail climbs a short distance to the shore of Cox Pond where hikers can often see ducks, toads, and other wildlife that thrive here. There are plenty of trees offering relief from the hot summer sun along most of the hike. The trail continues around the pond before descending back to the parking area at the south end of the park.

The total distance for the main loop is about 0.25 miles, but those wishing to extend the hike can continue up the more rugged Brooks Nature Trail that continues up the canyon from Cox Pond. The Nature Trail ends at the junction with the Owen’s Loop Trail and Red Cliffs Parkway Trail at the top of the gully. There are plenty of places to get off the trail and enjoy great views of the St. George valley along the way.

Rules & Regulations

  • Keep dogs on leash.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • No littering.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.