6 Reasons Why a Wellness Weekend is Great for Guys Too

6 Reasons Why a Wellness Weekend is Great for Guys Too
Relax and rejuvenate at Red Mountain Resort on a guys' wellness weekend.

Often typical for a girlfriends’ getaway or the perfect vacation for the mom who needs a little “me time,” wellness retreats can be great mini-breaks from reality for men too. A little yoga and some quiet meditation time followed by a hard day out on the trails does nothing if not help you relax and rejuvenate. Just because wellness weekends for guys haven’t yet received the popularity they have for women, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.

At Red Mountain Resort, a few miles outside St. George in southwestern Utah, guys can experience authentic outdoor adventures, breathe in the fresh desert air, enjoy healthy living, and calm their inner dialogue. Here are six ways to rejuvenate and relax while still having an adventure with your friends.

1. Relax and Rejuvenate

Red Mountain Resort sits on the edge of adventure beside Snow Canyon State Park, an unspoiled landscape filled with cliffs and canyons, inspiring views, and rugged recreation, while the natural wonders of Zion National Park are an hour to the east. It’s a place for you to relax and rejuvenate with healthy meals for every diet and taste, fitness classes to gain strength and lose weight, and spa treatments, especially for men to de-stress, re-energize, and unplug from the hectic pace and distractions of everyday life. The resort will also help you design a multi-day wellness package that addresses your goals and an Adventure Concierge will recommend and reserve your outside adventures.

2. Red Mountain’s Desert Playground

Snow Canyon is full of cliffs and canyons that make for fun and close adventures from your base at Red Mountain Resort. – Colin J. McMechan

Snow Canyon State Park is Red Mountain Resort’s secret playground with gorgeous views, soaring cliffs and sandstone mountains, 38 miles of trails, and plenty of vigorous activities. It’s easy to head into Snow Canyon to climb a vertical cliff, rappel down a slot canyon, or ride an e-bike on the paved park road. Red Mountain’s expert guides make it all happen for you.

3. Hiking Snow Canyon’s Trails

Hiking is an essential part of Red Mountain’s DNA, with the resort offering daily guided hikes in Snow Canyon, only 10 minutes away, on three categories of trails that cater to every guest’s ambition. The Explorer level offers moderate three- to four-mile-long hikes to iconic views and historic sites. For fit hikers, the five-mile Challenge level picks up the pace, scrambling up slickrock slabs to exposed overlooks. The Endurance category is reserved for expert hikers who want the ultimate test by moving fast on trails up to eight miles long, with plenty of heart-pumping elevation gain over varied terrain. The resort also offers other Snow Canyon hikes, including sunrise treks, underground hikes in lava tube caves, and walks to remote rock art sites.

Farther afield are more grand adventures. Guides lead hikers through spectacular Zion National Park, a wonderland of rainbow-colored rocks chiseled into pointed peaks, high mesas, and deep canyons. Take a hike to the Emerald Pools or wade up The Narrows of the Virgin River beneath 1,000-foot-high cliffs.

4. Best Mountain Bike Adventures

Red Mountain Resort has mountain biking terrain nearby for all skill levels. – Bureau of Land Management

Some of the best mountain biking terrain in the United States surrounds Red Mountain Resort. Scenic singletrack trails wind over mesas and down sharp canyons, offering technical rock-hopping, sandstone pavement, screamer downhills, and fast-flowing rides. With both expert and novice trails, every rider can push their limits and find two-wheel fun at places like Guacamole, Gooseberry, and Little Creek Mesas east of Red Mountain. The resort’s adventure guides lead you to the best trails or customize nearby rides to suit your experience. For a leisurely ride, leave the resort and pedal an e-bike up Snow Canyon’s paved road past looming red- and cream-colored cliffs and petrified sand dunes to spacious views across the desert.

5. Canyoneering, Climbing, and Kayaking

Red Mountain Resort sits in the middle of one of the world’s premier places for canyoneering, the sport of descending deep, narrow canyons, often filled with water. The resort’s experienced guides lead you down sinuous slot canyons sculpted by a million years of erosion. Some of the best nearby descents include Arch Canyon in the state park, Water Canyon, and Yankee Doodle Hollow. If you want to go rock climbing, Snow Canyon State Park is perfect for testing your strength and nerve on vertical sandstone cliffs. The Circus Wall offers a wide assortment of routes for climbers of every ability. On a warm desert day, there’s nothing more refreshing than getting on crystal-clear water and paddling a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Close to Red Mountain are Quail Creek and Sand Hollow State Parks with sparkling water, red-sand beaches, and cliff-lined coves for wet and wild adventures.

6. Steak and Beer to Soothe the Soul

Eat Well, Feel Well is the mantra at Red Mountain Resort, so there is no lack of gourmet food to help nourish the body and soul.

Besides offering enriching outdoor experiences that feed a man’s soul, Red Mountain Resort serves gourmet cuisine that nourishes the body and promotes health and wellness. Red Mountain’s mantra is Eat Well, Feel Well, a philosophy that infuses every meal with fresh ingredients, traditional staples, locally sourced meat, and vegan options. After playing hard all day—hiking backcountry trails, climbing sandstone walls, and rappelling down a slot canyon—there’s nothing better than heading back to the resort and relaxing on the patio of the Canyon Breeze Restaurant with a chilled craft beer or a glass of wine while the sunset reddens the cliffed skyline. For dinner, order a delicious entrée like a strip steak with au gratin potatoes, a crusted rack of lamb with purple mashed potatoes, Sonoran fish tacos with black beans, grilled elk steak, or vegan meatballs and red pepper marinara over spaghetti squash. Afterward, indulge in an elegant dessert that skimps on the calories but not the taste.

Written by Jenny Willden for Matcha in partnership with Red Mountain Resort.