The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Snow Canyon State Park near St George, UT
Hey! It's Simone here, and today, I am sharing one of my favorite State Parks in Southern Utah, Snow Canyon State Park. This Utah state park is filled with great hiking, beautiful Navajo sandstone formations, ancient lava rock (basalt), and out-of-this-world views, so come along, and I will show you how to visit Snow Canyon like a local!
One of the things I love most about Snow Canyon, besides the stunning landscape, is that the park is lightly trafficked all day & very spread out. So even on a busy day, I can still find peace and solitude.....my favorite.
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I also love that it is within minutes of some of Southern Utah's best shopping, hotels, and cuisine. Thus making it a great day trip & easy to pencil into any adventure schedule without skipping a beat!
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Where is Snow Canyon Located?
Snow Canyon is located in Dammeron Valley, Ut - just 10 minutes north of St. George & about a one-hour drive from Zion National Park.
Zion National Park - 1 hour
Lake Powell - 2.5 hours
Kanab - 1 .5 hours
Coral Pink Sand Dunes - 1 hour
North Rim of Grand Canyon - 3 hours
Valley of Fire State Park - 1 hour 40 minutes
Bryce Canyon National Park - 2 hours 40 minutes
Las Vegas - 2 hours
Cedar City - 1 hour
Brian Head - 1.5 hours
Duck Creek - 1.5 hours
When to visit
Winter, spring, and fall are the best times to visit this magical desert landscape because of the mild temps but have no fear; summer is still a great time to visit. Just make sure you get out early in the day or later in the day to beat the heat, and bring plenty of water.
Where to hike & adventure
Now it's time to go explore this amazing park! As I said earlier, there is a plethora of landscape versatility in Snow Canyon State Park! From slot canyons, to painted white rocks, to sandy trails soft enough to run around barefoot, to overlooks that will take your breath away! These are some of my favorite places to explore.
-IN THE MAIN CANYON
These trails are located within the main entrances of the park. Don't let the daily fee deter you if you do not have a Utah State Park annual pass. These views are priceless & 100% worth it for an incredible experience. Check out my favorite hikes below.
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Petrified Sand Dunes
This is one of the most popularly visited locations in the park, and you'll see why! Popular for family photography (wink wink....click here to book a photoshoot), wedding and engagements, this 1.2-mile out-and-back trail is family-friendly and packed with incredible views. The dunes are essentially massive hills of Navajo sandstone that cascade around you. Although there are uneven surfaces and some steep hills - the dunes are reasonably easy to navigate and make for a fantastic family outing!
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A short, sandy walk to a quaint yet magnificent slot canyon. This trail is only a .5 mile round trip walk and is lightly trafficked throughout the day. You can run your fingertips along the soft red walls of the canyon, and it offers a cool refuge from the hot desert summers.
Lava Tube Trail
Bring your headlamps or flashlights to explore this one! This 2.3-mile out-and-back hike is considered relatively moderate and offers 360-degree views of the open desert. Although it would seem unsuspecting, you will stumble across three different caves you can explore! You'll see a lot more basalt and white rocks in this area, which is an excellent experience outside of the red rocks you'll get used to seeing on your travels!