Red Mountain Spa's Pound Puppy Hike

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Top Destination Spa Encourages Guests to Explore the Red Rocks with a "Pet"igreed Companion

The puppies will be rewarded with additional hours of playtime and Red Mountain's guests will feel good about sharing their fitness time with a cuddly four-legged friend.

Red Mountain Spa introduces the Pound Puppy Hike, in partnership with Ivins City No-Kill Animal Shelter, encouraging guests to share their exploration of southern Utah with man's best friend.

According to the Travel Industry Association, 29.1 million U.S. adults have traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more. For those who can't bring their own beloved pet along, the Pound Puppy program provides the opportunity to hike with a shelter dog, and in the process bring smiles to canine and human faces. Red Mountain Spa already offers pet-friendly accommodations, dog runners and pet supplies and treats in its Red Mountain Outfitters Store. Underscoring its pet-friendly policy, Red Mountain Spa's Pound Puppy Hike supports facilities which maintain the animal's right to enjoy a fruitful life with the prospect of being adopted into a loving home.

"We feel the Pound Puppy Hike is a healthy win-win situation for guests and shelter animals alike," said Red Mountain Spa General Manager, Tracey Welsh. "The puppies will be rewarded with additional hours of playtime and Red Mountain's guests will feel good about sharing their fitness time with a cuddly four-legged friend."

The Pound Puppy Hike is part of Red Mountain's inclusive package with offerings such as daily morning guided hikes and awareness walks, healthy gourmet cuisine, complimentary bike rental and high-speed Internet service, unlimited fitness classes, healthy living classes, cooking demonstrations and full use of resort facilities. The Pound Puppy Hike is available year-round every Wednesday morning. Guests gather at the Spa and are then escorted by professional outdoor guides to Ivins City No-Kill Animal Shelter. A shelter staff member will provide a leash and assign a friendly puppy or dog to each Pound Puppy Hike participant. The joyful jaunts, emphasized by happy wagging tails, traverse three to four miles (approximately 1.5 hours of hiking) through St. George Valley and Padre Canyon. Guests are also supplied with doggie treats for their hiking buddy.

Guests who opt to adopt their new friend will be assisted by the knowledgeable staff at Red Mountain Spa in making travel arrangements home.

To learn more about the Pound Puppy Hike or arrange a stay at Red Mountain Spa, visit Red Mountain Spa (book on-line and save five percent) or call toll-free 877.246.HIKE or direct 435.673.4905.

Red Mountain Spa, nestled in the red rock bluffs of Snow Canyon State Park in Southwest Utah and a picturesque two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is an extraordinary fitness and health destination featuring outdoor adventure, luxurious pampering and one of the most extensive hiking programs in the Southwest. Highlights include the Sagestone Spa & Salon offering more than 50 treatments and services, many incorporating indigenous ingredients. Specializing in outdoor adventure fitness programs for all levels, Red Mountain Spa has been named as one of the World's Greatest Hotels, Resorts + Spas by Travel + Leisure and one of the Top Spas by Condé Nast Traveler, Allure magazine and Forbes.com; named a Top Five Destination Spa by Women's Health magazineā€¦as seen on NBC's TODAY Show; and designated a Top Detox Spa by USA Today, About.com and Healing Lifestyles & Spas. Red Mountain Spa is also the recipient of Six Luxury SpaFinder Reader's Choice Awards and voted Top Destination Spa and Top Spa for Traveling Solo in Spa Magazine's Silver Sage Readers' Choice Awards 2007. Celebrating its 10th anniversary and ownership by Phoenix-based Pivotal Group, Red Mountain is located at 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, St. George, Utah 84738. For reservations call toll-free:877.246.HIKE, direct: 435.673.4905, or visit the Web site, Red Mountain Spa.

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