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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!

Horse and Girl at Snow Canyon State Park Southern Utah

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 favorite.

Boy and Girl at Snow Canyon State Park Southern Utah

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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!

Red Rock at Snow Canyon State Park Southern Utah

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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.

Driving Distances…

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.


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.

Petrified Dunes two girls hiking Snow Canyon State Park Southern Utah

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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 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!

Jenny's Canyon bride and groom Snow Canyon State Park Southern Utah

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Jenny's Canyon

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!