VEYO – Located just 17 miles north of St. George, the Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon Rock Climbing Park offers an oasis in the desert for locals and tourists alike who want to beat the summer heat – temperatures in Crawdad Canyon are generally 10-15 degrees cooler than St. George – chill in the pool or discover adventures in spades.
The Veyo Pool was built in 1927 and is fed by a natural spring that tumbles into the pool at a balmy 87 degrees. Pool employees said they empty the pool every night and then refill it with the crystal waters daily.
The pool hearkens back to its early beginnings, there are no fancy slides, splash pads or retractable awnings and the bathrooms could use some renovations; but, this simple, rectangular, cement pool is deep in fun.
The whole place smells of summer as the tantalizing food offered at the snack counter wafts across the ample patios and mingles with the scents of sunblock and tanning oils.
There is plenty of wet and wild fun for patrons of all ages. The pool is roped off in the shallow end allowing younger children a place to play. In the deep end the water reaches seven feet and allows for jumpers and more advanced swimmers to splash and play all day.
Chilly swimmers can head to the spring inlet and get washed in the warm waters as they cascade into the pool.
When swimmers get hungry there are a variety of options available. The snack counter offers hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, fries, onion rings, frozen treats and more. Patrons can also bring their own picnics and eat at one of the many shaded tables.
Visitors with a more sensible palate can participate in a Canyon Sunset Dining Adventure with Fio’s Culinary Adventures where guests are taken on an “amazing culinary journey guaranteed to fulfill the senses,” according to Fios’s brochure.
If you are craving more adventure head up or down the canyon and enjoy climbing the many routes available. Crawdad Canyon is an ideal place for summer climbers wanting to stay out of the heat but still get their climbing fix.
“It’s hot,” Ian Hellman of Springdale said, “and this place is an anomaly, it’s just way cooler than any of the other climbing spots.”
Climbers with their own equipment can climb all day for an $8 fee or, if you want a guide, hire Paragon Adventures.
Paragon Adventures is offering a 20th anniversary adventure package that includes, rappelling, hiking, swimming and zip-lining above the canyon. They also do guided climbs.
Inside the canyon there are campsites with fire rings – camping is $5 per person per night – picnic tables, a volleyball court, and a babbling brook where children can run and play, watch the fish and catch crawdads.
To get there head north on state Route 18 toward Veyo. As you drop down the famous “Veyo Hill” and before you cross the bridge look to the right for the Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon Climbing Park sign. Make sure to slow down and take a sharp right turn after the sign. Follow the road around and down into Crawdad Canyon.
The pool season opened May 1st and will remain open until Labor Day. The pool is open from noon-8 p.m., seven days a week. Climbing is open 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Adults are $7, Children are $5, and toddlers ages two and under are free.
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- For more information or reservations at the Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon Rock Climbing Park click here.
- For guided adventures with Paragon Adventures click here.
- To reserve your culinary journey with Fios Culinary Adventure click here.
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