Red Mountain Resort is the perfect getaway for couples. This wellness resort features hiking, wellness activities and a relaxing spa. It also offers delicious dining and stunning scenery.

Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah was our wellness resort destination for 2022. My husband Ira, and I were hooked by the idea of spending a few nights at a wellness resort that focused on both the mind and body. We have had great experiences on previous couple getaways. Ira was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in July 2020. I wanted to expose him to new challenges to his brain. I chose health conscious resorts to our travel plans.

Red Mountain Resort: Traveling to Red Mountain Resort

By flying into St. George Regional Airport, we reduced travel time and costs. George Regional Airport. Red Mountain Resort provided a free shuttle service from the airport to the resort. This small airport near the border between Nevada and Arizona services smaller planes from SkyWest Airlines on behalf of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. Harry Reid International Airport has more flight options, including larger planes. After landing in Las Vegas, it will take you a little over two hours to drive the rest of the way.

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Accommodations and inspiring grounds

As our shuttle approached Red Mountain Resort, we were instantly struck by the beauty of the red mountain cliffs. In this desert habitat, with its many photo opportunities and activities on site, it was easy to forget about our daily worries.

The spacious Villa King Bedroom featured an oversized bathroom, with a double-bowl vanity, a large, separate shower and a deep, soaking tub, with whirlpool jets. We could see the pool area from our balcony on the second floor.

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Red Mountain Resort Main Pool Area. Sandy Bornstein Photo

If you want to avoid paying a la carte, I suggest choosing a package that includes everything. The Red Mountain Essential retreat package included three meals per day at Canyon Breeze Restaurant on site, two early morning hikes of our choice, fitness classes in the late morning or afternoon, access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center time, bicycles and walking trails. This package includes a few classes but many other activities are extra. Other guests, for example, visited Zion National Park or participated in a Canyoneering Class, or used off-road electric bikes.

Red Mountain Resort Schedule

We were able to walk to all the amenities on site, even in August’s intense heat. Golf cart rides are available for guests who prefer it. A number of the hotel’s rooms are only accessible by walking up several flights of stairs.

We timed our dinner so that we could walk on the Inspiration Trail and visit the Labyrinth daily to capture the spiritual essence. The labyrinth greets visitors with a sign that reads, “Enter the labyrinth to let go and leave filled with inspiration and peace.”

The evenings were cooler than the mornings. We would have hiked on trails that were easily accessible from the resort property if the heat had not been so intense.

Red Mountain Resort Spa: Morning hikes

On two of the three days, we participated in an early morning challenge hike. Both hikes were moderately aerobic and mid-level, but the terrain and pace varied dramatically.

Hiking the Gila Trail

The first hike along the Gila Trail, in the Red Cliff Desert Reserve was a breeze. It had steep rocky terrain and deep sand. The highlight of the two-and a half-hour trip was a slot canyon with petroglyphs.

The Gila Trail is a popular hiking trail in the Red Cliff Desert Reserve. Sandy Bornstein, Photo

Snow Canyon State Park Hiking

The second day at Snow Canyon State Park was less enjoyable due to the steep sandstone walls with uneven surfaces, and a younger energetic group that wanted to maximize their cardio workout. I did not want to race up the steep slopes of the trails, but rather enjoy the beauty and natural features. Because I did not want to race up the steep slopes of the Butterfly, Petrified Dunes and Lava Flow Trails, I was unable to complete all four peaks. We returned to the resort in under two hours. Had we not rushed back, there would have been plenty of time for us to complete all four peaks within the two and a quarter hours.

Snow Canyon State Park: Hikers climbing up steep sandstone surfaces. Sandy Bornstein Photo

Hiking the Paradise Loop Trail

We chose a much easier explorer hike in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, the Paradise Loop Trail. The gradual ascent of this partially shaded trail allowed us to capture the beautiful geological formations in St. George and its surrounding area from an overlook. This guided hike is less challenging than the two previous hikes, and it’s designed for those who don’t like to be challenged.

Rock Formation in Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Sandy Bornstein took this photo

Red Mountain Resort Spa: Daily Activities

We spent the afternoons trying out new activities. Katrina led our Melt class. She is a woman who has a remarkable story of recovery. Katrina found relief after eight years of pain following an ATV accident which left her with a broken pelvis and back, three broken bones, and a collapsed lungs. She became a Melt instructor and personal trainer after this experience.

We were taught to use a special ball to gently compress and tension the fascia to bring fluids back. Katrina says that “not only does it provide pain relief, but also creates a better living environment for cells.” It can increase athletic performance and improve neurological function.

Melt Class is led by Katrina. Sandy Bornstein Photo

Hyperice vibrating ball was also used. The instructor gently cautioned me to not use the ball near artificial joints. I was not sure if this device would be a good match for my hip replacement.

In another class, we were able to test our stamina, balance, and coordination by jumping on round trampolines individually. Ira was astonished when I stared at him. I thought that after being diagnosed with terminal cancer of the brain, it would be impossible to follow a routine on a trampoline. The remaining classes we took were similar to the other classes offered at other wellness centers, such as water aerobics and yoga.

Each afternoon we finished by swimming laps in the pool close to our accommodation. It was a great way to relax after a long day of activities.

Sagestone Spa & Salon

A spa visit is always a treat, particularly when you try a new treatment. Before booking a hotel, I always read about the resort’s offerings and inquire about their signature services. The Red Mountain Revitalizer Treatment, which was billed as “our most luxurious body treatment” at the Sagestone Spa & Salon caught my attention.

I accepted without hesitation to take part in this 75 minute indulgence, which included my first Vichy shower experience, an invention from Europe that dates back hundreds of years. Kristi, an experienced massage therapist, used water pressure and her touch to change my mood while I was lying on the table. I left with hydrated hair, clean skin, and a massaged, body.

I was curious about Kristi’s perspective on this transformational experience after performing the ritual for over a decade. “Touch is very important. Touch is soothing, healing and connecting. It is not an exchange that only benefits one party. I love giving. I consider it a great gift to be able give this way in such an environment. It’s a beautiful exchange.”

Ira, who was not interested in spa treatments went to the gym. He was happy to continue his strength-training routines.

Canyon Breeze Restaurant at Red Mountain Resort

The resort was very busy during our stay and breakfast and lunch were provided in a buffet format to accommodate guests’ varied schedules. The buffet menu changed slightly every day, but there were less choices than expected and fewer organic or healthier options.

Red Mountain Resort House salad Photo by Sandy Bornstein

The sit-down dinners were the best part of the menu. Menus were divided into three categories: inspired cuisine, plant-based food, and casual dining. Red Mountain Essential Retreat included a salad or soup, an entree and a desert. The labels indicate gluten-free or dairy-free choices. Each night, only one type of fish was offered. We were still very pleased with the quality and freshness of the entrees despite this restriction. Also, the seasonal fruit crisp with gluten-free coconut sorbet that was served was a hit.

Tuna Entree with Broccoli and Pineapple Pico de Galo Sauce. Sandy Bornstein

Red Mountain Resort Revitalized

Ira, my husband, and I were much more relaxed after our Red Mountain Resort vacation. We enjoyed our time away, and we appreciated the Navajo sandstone mountain views, the morning hikes in the desert, and the enrichment of our minds and bodies through familiar and new experiences. If you are planning a trip to Utah or your next health getaway, consider using Wander With Wonder as inspiration.