Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah
Julie Register experienced this destination spa for the second time in April 2012
Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah*
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Red Mountain Resort in November 2011. I didn't want to leave, but I had made plans to attend ISPA conference in Las Vegas. While at the conference, I had the good fortune to be the highest bidder for a 2-night stay for two at Red Mountain Resort at the ISPA Foundation auction. As soon as I got home, I started planning the trip. My husband loves the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. I knew he would love this red rock area, too.
In April, we flew into St. George (instead of Las Vegas) and stayed a few days in St. George before and after our visit to Red Mountain Resort. SGU is a lovely little airport, and we enjoyed exploring the town. It was easy to navigate, and we felt very safe. Our routine, while not at Red Mountain Resort, consisted of breakfast (the Bear Paw Cafe and The Egg and I were our favorites) followed by a long day of hiking. We drove less than an hour to Zion National Park on our first day. We took advantage of the shuttle bus and hiked on many of the shorter trails. My absolute favorites were the Upper and Lower Falls.
Jeff at the Upper Falls in Zion National Park
We walked behind The Lower Falls
Julie at the Temple of Sinawava,
the Last Shuttle Stop in Zion National Park
Even though it was before the busy season, there were a lot of people in the park. Rather than return for a longer hike in this section of Zion, we decided we would explore the more remote and less visited Kolob Canyons on another day. But before then, we had our experience at Red Mountain Resort...
Red Mountain Resort is situated near the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park on fifty-five acres of black lava fields and beautifully landscaped gardens that offer lovely views of the nearby mountains. The resort's buildings are terra cotta colored to blend into the surroundings.
Canyon Breeze Restaurant at Red Mountain Resort
We checked in just in time to enjoy lunch at Canyon Breeze Restaurant. Three meals each day were included in our stay. Red Mountain Resort offers a nice variety of healthy and delicious selections at every meal.
We moved our things into our room, a ground level Deluxe King room in the Deer Building. It was not nearly as large as the Villa King room I had in November, but we were in it only to bathe and sleep. The central location was close to everything and very convenient. The resort offers 82 Deluxe Rooms and 24 Villa Suites.
Deluxe King Guest Room at Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah*
We headed over to the Wellness Center for fitness classes. I participated in Drums Alive, a fun cardio workout using large balls and drumsticks. Jeff went to Total Body Conditioning. He had been doing the P90X fitness program for about a month before our visit. I think he thought exercises at a spa would not be challenging, but he found that they gave him a good workout. We both enjoyed the Evening Stretch. Other classes we took during our stay - some individually and some together - included Chiball Stretch, Psyched to Hike, Sports Training (Kickboxing/Cross Training/Tabata), Yoga Flow, Core Conditioning, M.E.L.T.™ Hand and Foot Treatment and Total Stretch - I may have missed a few. There are more than 50 different fitness classes offered each week.
Drums Alive Fitness Class at Red Mountain Resort*
My favorite fitness class was Canyon View Yoga. It cost an additional $35 but was well worth it for me. Our instructor, Ian, drove us to a lovely area in Snow Canyon. After a short walk, we found ourselves on flat rocks perfect to roll out our yoga mats. I love yoga outdoors. It was really special surrounded by red rocks.
Red Mountain Resort Yoga Instructor, Ian Phillip White, after Canyon View Yoga Session in Snow Canyon State Park
We also enjoyed the daily morning hikes. They were the highlights of my days there. The scenery is just so spectacular. Jeff and I went on separate hikes each day. I went on the easier, interpretive Explorer hikes. Jeff went on the intermediate Challenge hikes. They did not disappoint.
Views from a Hike in Snow Canyon State Park
While Jeff and I went our own ways in the fitness and hiking activities, we got together for some time in Sagestone Spa.
View from the Relaxation Lounge in Sagestone Spa*
We treated ourselves to an 80-minute couples massage at the end of one day. Jeff found his massage very relaxing. I asked for extra attention to my ever tight neck and shoulder muscles, and my therapist did a great job! After "recovering" in the relaxation lounge until the spa was ready to close, we strolled back to our room in a very mellow mood. We were asleep before we hit the pillows.
Couples Treatment Room in Sagestone Spa
Jeff and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Red Mountain Resort. It was really a great place for the two of us. We had the flexibility to choose hikes and activities that best fit our interests and fitness levels, and there were plenty of things that appealed to both of us. Again the stay was all too short, and we wished we could have stayed longer. Jeff is interested in running the St. George Marathon if not this October, then in 2013. I have a feeling we will be back soon. I can't wait!
The day after our experience at Red Mountain we returned to Zion National Park. I was looking forward to hiking to Kolob Arch, the second longest natural arch in the world at 287.4 feet - about three feet shorter than Arches National Park's Landscape Arch. However, when we spoke with the park ranger at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, I was
to learn that it was a 15 mile, strenuous hike that takes at least 12 hours. We decided we would hike some of the other shorter trails in this part of the park instead. We drove five miles from the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, past
canyons and red rocks, to the end at Kolob Canyons Viewpoint. A very short, easy hike on Timber Creek Overlook Trail (.4 miles and elevation rise of only 100 feet) led us to an altitude of over 6,300 feet and spectacular views.
Julie and Jeff a Kolob Canyons Viewpoint in Zion National Park
We then hiked Taylor Creek Trail to the end of the box canyon where we found Double Arch Alcove (five miles and ~3 hours round trip).
Taylor Creek Trail in Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park
Jeff at Double Arch Alcove on Taylor Creek Trail in Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park
Although we had originally planned to go to Bryce Canyon National Park, we decided that there were plenty of other things to do in and around St. George for the rest of our vacation including a visit to Coyote Gulch Art Village in the Kayenta Community in Ivins, Utah, a 6 mile bike ride from Red Mountain Resort.
Sidewalk Art in Coyote Gulch Art Village in the Kayenta Community in Ivins, Utah
Kinetic Sculptures in Coyote Gulch Art Village
Desert Rose Labyrinth, close to Coyote Gulch Art Village in Kayenta, is an eleven-circuit labyrinth surrounded by a sculpture garden
Perhaps we'll get to see Bryce Canyon after the marathon...
Red Mountain Resort
Address: 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle
Ivins, UT 84738
• Reservations: 877-246-HIKE (4453)
• Fax: 435-652-5777
• Guest Services: 435-673-4905
• Adventure Concierge: 435-652-5712
• Sagestone Spa & Salon: 435-652-5736
• Web Site: http://www.redmountainresort.com/
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When should I make my Sagestone Spa reservations? To ensure your received all the spa treatments you want, when you want, not only is advance booking suggested, it is highly recommended.
What is the cancellation policy? 24 hour notification is required for all cancelled or changed spa and salon appointments to avoid a 50% cancellation fee. Missed appointments will be charged 100% of service fee.
What should I tell my treatment provider? At Sagestone all guests receiving spa treatments have not only the right, but also the responsibility to communicate openly with their therapist, aesthetician, hair stylist and/or nail technician about their service during the treatment. Any special expectations, personal preferences and/o possible concerns about how a treatment is progressing should first be addressed directly with the individual who is providing the treatment during the treatment. If you have a special request to make your treatment more enjoyable such as dimmer lights, softer music, a lighter or heavier touch, an extra blanket, etc... please do not hesitate to ask. If there are certain things you wish your therapist NOT to do such as work on your feet, your face, your abdomen or scalp/hair, please communicate your desires. In addition, you have the obligation to let your therapist know about any health related conditions that could potentially cause you discomfort or harm during the course of your treatment. This would include, but is not limited to pregnancy, recent surgeries, diabetes, injuries, high or low blood pressure, heart conditions, shellfish or iodine allergies, and any other allergies. All services are designed to nurture, relax, restore and meet your specific needs. Your input and feedback are welcomed.
should I wear? A robe, slippers and lockers are provided for your convenience at the spa or you may choose to wear the robe from your room. It is recommended that you shower before receiving your treatment and that you disrobe for your spa services. Your therapist will leave the room as you disrobe and you will
under a sheet on the table. Upon completion of the treatment, your therapist will again step out of the treatment room to allow you to redress into your robe. The therapists are trained in proper draping techniques for your comfort. You may elect to receive treatments in your bathing suit or undergarments. Please remove all jewelry before visiting the spa. If you have scheduled a Thai Yoga Massage, Salon Treatment or Reflexology, please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
What if I have some physical ailment, disability or allergies? Please notify the spa receptionist at the time you are making your appointments and your therapist at the beginning of your treatment. You will be informed if treatments are not recommended.
Should I avoid the spa if I am pregnant? Your physician can best advise you on which treatments are safe. We also suggest that you avoid treatments using deep pressure and heat.
Can I choose to have a male or female therapist?
If you have a gender preference, please advise the spa reservationist at the time of making your appointment.
Should men shave before a facial?
Shaving is recommended but please be sure to do so at least two hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
Are there any rules of etiquette?
Honor the environment with silence; it is one of tranquility and relaxation. Remember that your treatment will end on time so that the next guest is not delayed. The use of cell phones, cameras and electronic devices is not permitted in the spa. Arrive early. Don't cheat yourself out of your relaxation time.
How should I handle gratuities?
Treatment and package prices do not include gratuity. A 15% gratuity will be added to all services.
Will I be able to purchase the products that are used in my treatments?
The Spa carries a full array of professional spa products so you can duplicate the benefits at home. We also ship direct to you should you want to reorder upon returning home.
How do I determine which facial to choose?
The aestheticians at Sagestone are trained to customize each of our facial treatments for your particular skin through skin analysis. This may mean that you do not receive the facial you booked but one rather more suited to your skin type.
Should I shave my legs before my massage or body treatment?
Shaving is recommended but please be sure to do so no less than four hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Certain products may irritate newly-shaven skin.
Young adults between the ages of 12–17 may freely enjoy the following without the supervision of a parent or guardian:
Personal training sessions and one-on-one fitness sessions
Sagestone services such as make-up, facials, pedicures, manicures and hair services.
Young adults must be supervised by parent or guardian while participating in Spa Services including massage and body treatments, facials or any one-on-one services.
copyright 2012, Julie Register
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