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Old 09-27-21, 06:38 PM
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Anyone been to or lived in St. George Utah?

Was thinking for applying for a job out there. Looks like an up and coming place, regional airport for travel, excellent location to hiking, dry heat. Cost of living doesn't seem that bad either. Any thoughts about this place?
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Old 09-27-21, 07:01 PM
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I drove through there, quite regularly, until I retired. It seems like a nice town. I only made quick pit stops, so I don't know too much. I think that it's a popular choice for retirees.
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I have no specific information about that exact place. I have visited Salt Lake and the area around (Sundance) and driven through the area for Vegas. Utah is a bit of a trip according to where you are. I would highly suggest that if this turns into a serious offer or situation that you go and stay there for a couple of weeks.

Some years ago we had an opportunity in another state and almost bought a home there without any real experience with the area. We went and stayed there for a week and come to find that there was a lot about the locale that we did not like. It's hard to get a feel for an area that quickly, most certainly, but well more informed than a blind jump.

Wish you the best of luck either way.
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Old 09-27-21, 07:11 PM
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A buddy lived there, he moved from Long Island when he retired from the NY fire department, first went to Park City, found it too cold. It gets pretty hot in St. George in summer, often same temps as Las Vegas, so we'll into the low hundreds. He was a triathlete, got used to getting done with his summer runs and rides before 9 or 10. Also revised his year so a lot more training in winter. He loved the area, it's heavily Mormon, whom he liked as neighbors. Lots of good road riding and mt. biking. He had just purchased a gravel bike when he passed away.
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Old 09-27-21, 07:11 PM
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There's a nice ski resort just outside of town which is why a lot of folks went there. About 20 years ago I used to know a couple that had a house there and it was a nice base from which to go exploring the national parks in that area of Utah and visiting the ski resort in winter. Not a big town back then, but it was a nice 'get-away' place, especially if you didn't like LAs Vegas. I couldn't image moving there permanently as I'm a pretty solid city boy and would not like dealing with the winter snowfall (minimal as it is).
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Old 09-27-21, 07:29 PM
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Cruised thru a few times. Mountains near by then open desert to the west.
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Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase, Vegas, etc, all a stone's throw away. I'd definitely strongly consider it if I had reason to.
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase, Vegas, etc, all a stone's throw away. I'd definitely strongly consider it if I had reason to.
Went to the area for these things. But took a couple of bike rides in St George and as a visitor, like the place.
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Old 09-27-21, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase, Vegas, etc, all a stone's throw away. I'd definitely strongly consider it if I had reason to.
Right?! I'm still in early 30s so a few years there seems like a dream and have a good friend in Vegas, ah decisions.
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plenty of outdoors opportunities. viable sustainable employment/bill-paying ability is a biggie. sleeper town. could be huge in two decades.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
There's a nice ski resort just outside of town which is why a lot of folks went there. About 20 years ago I used to know a couple that had a house there and it was a nice base from which to go exploring the national parks in that area of Utah and visiting the ski resort in winter. Not a big town back then, but it was a nice 'get-away' place, especially if you didn't like LAs Vegas. I couldn't image moving there permanently as I'm a pretty solid city boy and would not like dealing with the winter snowfall (minimal as it is).
Where are you thinking of. Nearest ski area I'm aware of is Brian Head which is about 90 miles north.
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Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
Right?! I'm still in early 30s so a few years there seems like a dream and have a good friend in Vegas, ah decisions.
If I were moving there I would take at least 2 or 3 weeks just to hit all the parks within reasonable driving distance. I went to Zion and Bryce last year and I'm pretty sure I'm going back beginning of next year to hit the Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase and "the wave" at Coyote Buttes if I can get a permit. I'll probably have to stop at Zion to do the narrows, which I regret not doing.

However, to be frank, considering demographics, I'm not entirely sure how friendly the area would seem if I weren't Caucasian.
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Old 09-29-21, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Where are you thinking of. Nearest ski area I'm aware of is Brian Head which is about 90 miles north.
Yes, Brian Head Ski Resort. IIRC it was about 60 miles from the northeast end of the St. George area (the 'Washington' area, which I think is now its own town ) and would take about an hour to get there, up the I-15 highway then off on the 143(?). MAybe 60 miles/1hour might seem a lot, but when you live in Los Angeles and have to drive 100 miles/2 hours for any type of decent skiable terrain (San Bernardino Mountains east of L.A.), that distance (with its nice scenery) was pretty easy. We'd also spend time XC skiing (more to my liking than downhill), and could usually find some decent stuff in the Pine Mountains just outside of the St. George area

Might be time to take a trip there and check it out to see how its grown over the past two decades, maybe its grown into something I'd like.

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Old 09-29-21, 07:55 PM
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It is a nice small city/town. Predominantly Mormon. Excellent weather, schools, and infrastructure. It is well within striking distance of Zion and other attractions. The only thing that would worry me is that it was heavily exposed to fallout during the atmospheric testing years.
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