An unforgettable destination in St. George is Dixie Rock, aka Sugarloaf.

Once upon a time, Dixie Rock (accessed via St. George’s Red Cliffs Drive with the handy help of a couple of parking lots on either side) was called “Sugarloaf.” What’s a sugarloaf, you ask? Writer Brian Passey offers you more details along with interesting historic photos here.

It’s easy to see why the prominent landscape feature is more often called “Dixie Rock” these days.

Dixie Rock is part of a multi-acreage area known as Pioneer Park. You can accomplish the fairly easy climb up the famous formation, or continue exploring further afield on more challenging hikes.

If the Boy Scout Cave interests you, be sure to take your canteen of water, like a good Scout.

Convenient parking lots on either side of the prominence provide easy access to the top. (Wear good walking shoes!)

For your convenience, a bridge runs from a smaller rock to the larger Sugarloaf formation. I haven’t seen the plaque at the bridge myself, but Brian Passey’s article (above) identifies it as a 2000 Eagle Project. He also mentions that this newer bridge replaces an old one that was already there, its origins apparently lost in the red dust of history.

A bridge for crossing!

After you… no, after you… no, I insist… (Did anyone bring a picnic? This could go on for awhile…)

Some people take exception to the tame practice of merely walking along the top. They must lower themselves down over the side of the iconic hill. This fellow (below) was standing on the wall, perpendicular to the cliff face. I wasn’t in a good position to get a stand-out photo of him. He also forgot to wear his fluorescent orange jumpsuit so he would be visible from any angle!

Can you spot him? He’s about 1/7 of the way down the cliff face between the curvy arrow and the cleft in the rock, but nearer the cleft. His arms are out flung as he stands horizontally on the nearly vertical Dixie Hill/Sugarloaf cliff face.

It’s like finding a lion in the grass, a moth on a tree trunk, or a frog among the lily pads!

You could visit every day from sunrise to sunset and see new things. Vistas from the top of this promontory offer changing clouds, birds, planes, para-gliders, traffic, and other visitors. This timeless sentry continues to watch over St. George as it has since before man entered the red rock valley.

You’ve got to go at least once, just to say you did!