Often, when looking for something different, we search for a place that meets our vision of how we would like to spend our retirement years. Many of us want
a near-perfect, dry climate, 300 days of sunshine a year, surrounded by natural beauty where we can live and play with
people of similar interests.
Deep in the Southwest amidst an infamous red rock backdrop, is SunRiver in St. George, UT, an award-winning master-planned, active retirement community that has set a high
standard for adult retirement living and seems to meet these
requirements. Some 1,600 homes have already been built and
more are on the way at this community in southern Utah,
almost on the Arizona border. But its location isn’t what
you might think of as remote. With up to 200,000 people in
the surrounding area, including 75,000 people in St. George,
there are plenty of restaurants featuring unique cuisine, art
galleries filled with novel and conventional pieces, interesting boutiques, and inviting antique shops. Only 10 minutes
away from SunRiver, the Dixie Regional Medical Center has
been rated among the top 50 hospitals in cardiac care. At its
core, St. George exudes a small town environment and offers
something seniors often feel is important: clean air, light traffic, low crime, plus enjoyable companionship.
St. George, the focal point of Utah’s red rock country, is
located 117 miles north of Las Vegas, NV on Interstate 15,
and is a key gateway to six breathtaking national parks con-
taining some of the most sensational natural wonders on
Earth, including Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion National
Park, Lake Powell, and Grand Staircase Escalante National
For Chief Boettcher, a twenty-one-year Navy veteran, and
his wife, Pat, it’s the perfect place. Looking for a community
to move to, they found SunRiver in an advertisement in ideal-
LIVING magazine. Visiting they found a friendly, hospitable
community. Chief Boettcher said, “When I walk down the
street, everyone passing by says ‘hello.’”
A similar comment was made by Loretta and Sherm Mul-
lins who came to SunRiver a year and a half ago from Idaho.
On their first trip to SunRiver they asked a woman on the
street if she liked it there. “I only wish I’d come here sooner,”
The Mullins chose SunRiver for its majestic scenery, well-built houses with a strong, enforceable HOA, and neighbors
who took pride in their homes. “And, the physicians here
can’t be beat,” Sherm said in appreciation of the successful
knee surgery that has him heading out to the golf course after
a three-month recuperation.
The Huntsman Senior Games held at SunRiver show the
over 50 crowd at their best. There are competitions in a variety of areas: tennis, swimming, fast walking, lawn bowling,
archery, and more to go along with the normal activities such
as lawn bowling, pickleball, tennis, and square dancing.
An active senior over 55 can find great weather, exceptional scenery, almost unlimited companionship, and a well-built home in one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, St.
George, UT. I-L
Red Rock Living by William Burr