Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Desert Cliffs HIKING Spa

We have been known as Desert cliffs fitness Spa, and Desert Cliffs Hiking
Spa since we opened, but after so many successful 'Extreme Hiking' weeks, we
have decided to focus solely on Hiking.
We have guests each week with different goals in fitness, weight loss, and
health, but the ONE thing they all have in common is their LOVE for our hikes.
We have blown people away by the diversity in our hikes, and we can hike every
day of the week because of all the different locations, and altitudes around us.
Here are a few different areas we go to when the weather is a little too hot, or
a little too chilly.....Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, Pine Valley Mountain,
Kannaraville, Valley of Fire to name a few. Most of the days we can stay around
our area here and experience beauty beyond what people expect. We now take our
guests out early in the morning and hike all day, eating lunch out on the
mountain. Our hikes are different every single day, some will consist of two
separate hikes, and some will be one long beautiful hike. We cater to every
level because we have excellent guides that understand that each guest is at his
or her own level. Some of our guests will travel an easier path while some will
climb every peak available. And we are always very proud of them when they get
back to the van.
After an exhausting but incredible hike, we will provide a stretch for our
guests, and then many will choose to jump in the hot tub or pool until
We are so excited for this small change we are doing, it may not be much
different from what we were originally doing, but it sets us apart and allows us
to do exactly what we LOVE to do. So get out of the gym, and hike the weight
off. Take a break from being inside, and join us on the mountain, and 'Take a
Of course we still have access to a beautiful gym that a lot of our guests
choose to still attend the early morning classes, or head over after dinner and
get a workout in, we will not keep you from working out more.:) There is a
beautiful indoor/outdoor pool that many of our guests swear keeps them from
tightening up and becoming too sore to hike the next day.
I can't leave you without some incredible pictures from our hikes......

Sunday, April 1, 2012

From our Incredible Hiking Director Cindy........

My humble journey with hiking started many years ago when we first moved to So. Utah. A good friend of my oldest son remembered me when a hiking guide opportunity became available at a little known establishment called The Body Shop Spa. Over time they evolved, as did I; and I landed happily and gratefully at Desert Cliffs. And I must say that from that very first day of strapping on a camelback and cinching on a good pair of Keen hiking sandals there has not been a morning when I havent uttered a prayer of gratitude that I was hiking another day. And my gratitude always included thanks for the great people that would come and stay and "play" with us.(working hard was the point...but we had fun doing it!!!) I soon discovered that there was rarely a hiker that couldnt be persuaded to move and hike just by the beauty or energy that our red rock can inspire. It has been my joy and my great privileged to spend a few hours a day with some of the most lovely people gracing this planet and sharing with them all there is to love here in Southern Utah. Hiking with Desert Cliffs has brought me more dear friendships, health benefits-both mental and physical, and deep pleasure than I can count or could have dreamed of. It may come as a surprise...but Im a women of few words...and heartfelt emotional words are the most difficult of all. I am leaving Desert Cliffs with such a profound feeling of sadness and a broken heart. My "bosses"--John and Leanne are family. We've been through thick and thin together. We share the same dreams and passions. We "get" each other and I love them. And the same can be said for our amazing hiking guides- my partners in crime...Nick and Cheryl and the recently departed Melanie! ....not to mention dear Lynette and Kim at the house!!! Oh how it hurts to part from ones family. There will be a void in my life when I pull out of here and head north. A void that feels unquenchable, resembling the feeling I had on that dang North Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon!! I will try to fill it with hope, and grandbaby #8, and learning new hikes as I brave the cold of the northern regions. I know I'll be returning to St George often...for I have adorable grandchildren living here...and as I have repeatedly told our guests...this desert gets in ones blood, never to leave the heart again. My heart will long for my red rock, the divine blue skies and the guests that return here feeling the same way I do about this place. For you must know that there is absolutely nothing like a good hike with great people under Desert Cliffs tutelage!! How grateful I am for the opportunity I've had working for Desert dream job. We are a small band of folks who are committed to serving and helping our guests to have the best experiences possible here in the St George area. We've got a good thing going here with amazing cooks, guides and staff!! And I was nothing but blessed to be a part of it!! Thank you all for enriching my life in so many ways!!!
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