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Make Your Utah Volleyball Road Trip Epic!

It's a tradition for Utah Outdoor Volleyball enthusiasts -- Road trip to St. George

It’s a tradition for Utah Outdoor Volleyball enthusiasts — Road trip to St. George

 

It never gets old. Just like Christmas, going south for the UOVA Spring opener in St. George, Utah is like opening a present with a box full of sunshine, volleyball goodness, and a cold glass of lemonade. It’s time to embark on the classic Utah outdoor volleyball player’s tradition: the road trip! Whether it’s your first time, or you are a seasoned St. George road-tripper, there is much to see and do on your way down. Here’s a couple of tips from some of our UOVA member’s that could make your outdoor volleyball tournament an EPIC road trip!

A Volleyball Player’s Road Trip Playlist

What’s a road trip without the right music to accompany your team and loyal groupies? After all, rolling down the windows and singing along is a tradition! While these tunes won’t help your passing technique, or enhance your hands for butter sets, these ten songs should get you itching to lower your flip flops to the pedal. Have one to add? Let us know.

“Take It Easy” – Eagles

“Send Me on My Way” – Rusted Root

“Ways to Go” – Grouplove

“Shut Up and Drive” – Rihanna

“Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots

“The Distance” – Cake

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

“Hitchin’ a Ride” – Green Day

“Ticket to Ride” – Beatles

“Thunderstruck” – AC/DC

Don’t Forget Your Gear

With all the excitement of hitting the road and strolling down to St. George for some much needed sunshine and a love for the outdoor volleyball game, don’t forget your gear for the tournament. You will want to make sure you bring:

– Sunscreen

– Long Sleeve T

– Shoes

– Collapsible chair

– Umbrella or canopy for shade

– Cooler with water and snacks

– Chapstick with at least SPF 45

– Outdoor Volleyball (its no fun to air pepper!)

– Hat or Visor & Sunglasses

– Swimsuit for the pool

Favorite Pit Stops

Whether you’re built like a professional volleyball player or just getting by with a community rec league physique, every volleyball enthusiast has to fuel up at some point. Here’s some pit stops that we’ve found along the way that should have something for everyone.

  • Fillmore gas station for their potato wedges! It’s the first exit with the Subway shop attached.
  • Cove FortBefore you stop off in Beaver for some yummy cheese, take a break at Cove Fort, just north of Beaver. Built in the 1800’s, this unique fort was home to many pioneers and offered protection and refreshment to the weary traveler.

(Take exit 135 and turn Left onto UT 161. Destination will be on the right).

(Take exit 112 toward Beaver, turn Left onto W Main St, Right onto W Center St, and Left onto S 300 W).

  • As you make your way through Cedar City, take Exit 62 to Highway 130. Parowan Gap Petroglyphs is about a 25-mile detour, but it’s well worth the extra distance and time in your road trip. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans chiseled their stories into the rock faces, and seeing them is like stepping back in time.
  • Located in Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons can be seKoloben in a quick five-mile drive and will give you a glimpse at some incredibly diverse rock formations and colors. There are 2,000 foot cliff walls and narrow canyons cutting into the Colorado Plateau. Make sure your camera is charged up, because you’re bound to see wildlife. To enter Zion National Park, you’ll need to pay an entrance fee or show your pass.

Have a favorite pit stop that you think should make the list? Let us know!

Tournament Lodging and Hotel Tips

A hotel can be hard to find during the busy season so be sure to book early. Priceline can be a great place to find a hotel for cheaper, you can even name your price and get a better quality hotel while paying much less than you would for a regular hotel. Another great option is to peruse the Airbnb app. It offers a variety of options for very reasonable prices. From a private room to a whole house for your family, you can check out pictures, read reviews and book your stay right in the app. While we don’t recommend it, we’ve seen some hardcore volleyball road-trippers bed down in the car. We have no idea how they could play all day!

So outdoor volleyball road-tripper you should have the basics to get you started. Take a look at the UOVA Tournament schedule and get on the road!

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Author: Wing Butler, Board Member

Wing’s love of volleyball has allowed him to play with the Utah Valley State College Club team, many UOVA outdoor tournaments, and as a Coach at Club Utah‘s boys club season and Utah Valley Boys High School League programs. He’s a father of 5, avid fisherman, entrepreneur, and sign language interpreter.