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Snow Canyon State Park

snowcanyon?Snow Canyon State Park is a small park located just northwest of St. George Utah. The park is only 5,738 acres, but offers several amazing hikes and wonderful scenery to its visitors. The little known canyon has very distinctive beauty. Red and white sandstone with a scattering of black lava rock provide a color contrast that is seldom seen outside of the park. Visitors to Snow Canyon during the spring season will be treated to an extra splash of color as the native cactus and wildflowers come into full bloom.

 

Snow Canyon is filled with petrified sand dunes, towering cliffs, dormant volcanic cones, lava tubes/caverns, sandstone arches and rainwater ponds. There are several hiking/biking trails available within the park that offers visitors a chance to see one or all of these incredible attractions. Hikers should also keep watch for the desert wildlife found in the area. Some of the more interesting creatures include Gila monsters, desert tortoises, scorpions, Mojave sidewinder snake and Utah banded geckos.

 

snow-canyon-state-park1Snow Canyon State Park also offers visitors a 35-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers, electric hookups, sewage disposal station and covered pavilion. Snow Canyon attracts many rock climbers and other adventure seekers to its towering cliffs. Also found in Snow Canyon are lava caves which attract hikers from around the park. The caves are located in a field of lava and are open to those who desire to explore their passages and cavernous rooms. Ancient Indian petroglyphs can also be found throughout the park. The park is located just north of St. George, Utah on state highway 18.

 

When entering the park, visitors will be given a detailed map of the park with its recreational opportunities.

 

Some of the more popular hikes in the canyon include the following:

 

Trail Name Length of Trail Difficulty
White Rocks Trail
Butterfly Trail
Petrified Dunes Trail
Three Ponds
Hidden Pinyon
Pioneer Names
West Canyon Road
Sand Dunes
Jenny’s Canyon
Johnson Canyon
Whiptail Trail
4 miles
2 miles
1 mile
3.5 miles
1.5 miles
.5 miles
7 miles
.5 miles
.5 miles
2 miles
6 miles
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy