Snow Canyon State Park is Utah’s best kept secret. Sweeping sand dunes and soaring sandstone cliffs merge with dramatic lava fields to create a strikingly colourful and fragile desert environment.
Think burnt orange sand dunes backed by burgundy red cliffs. Imagine the last rays of Utah sun dancing across canyon walls. Slot canyons more accessible than those located within larger National Parks, more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a three mile paved walking/biking trail, technical climbing, and more than 15 miles of equestrian trails.
This State Park has it all.
Snow Canyon State Park is a 10 minute drive from St George, with a $6 entry fee per vehicle. Reductions apply for seniors, pedestrians & cyclists.
The views were mindblowing. Sand dunes up to 2,500 feet thick, eventually cemented into stone, stood frozen by time. (Take the Petrified Dunes Trail). Hiking trails pass by pioneer names, written into rock in axle grease, dating back to 1881. (Pioneer Names Trail).
Lava flows and red rock arches, red sand which forms a giant sandbox for children (and adults in my case) of all ages; jumbled lava fields and caves formed from an ancient volcanic eruption; Snow Canyon is a gem which shines brightly against the arid mountain-desert.
With more diverse geology and FAR less tourism than that of Utah’s famed National Parks, Snow Canyon was a fantastic experience. Take a short hike to Jenny’s Canyon, explore Lava Flow Trail, and don’t miss climbing the Petrified Sand Dunes.
Download the Park Brochure for more information.