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Snow Canyon State Park, Utah: Hours, Address, Snow Canyon State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Snow Canyon State Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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vaughanm1976
Amarillo, TX464 contributions
Dec 2021
We went to this park for a scenic drive. It is just a short distance north of St George. In December it was not very crowded which made driving the entire park road easy. Great scenery of lava flows, petrified sand dunes, red rock formations, and historical areas. Plenty of hiking trails and picnic areas too.
Written December 23, 2021
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Oct 2021
With Zion National Park just 46 miles east of St. George, Utah, why would you bother with Snow Canyon State Park, seven miles west?

Think of it as Zion Lite.

Deep canyon? High cliffs? Arch? Slot canyon? Hiking trails? Overlooks? Rock formations? On and on and on. It's all in Snow Canyon -- without getting to the park at 6 a.m. so there's a place to park. (I'm not suggesting that you skip Zion, by the way, just that this is a similar but more accessible experience.) If you base yourself in St. George (see my B&B review, "A house with character -- and characteristics"), you can do Snow Canyon, then take your training wheels off and go to Zion an hour away.

TIPS:

-- Two entrances: south and north. I'd suggest entering at the south if you want to get to hiking right away. The Johnson Canyon trail (200-foot arch) actually starts just outside the park entrance, and the Jenny's Canyon trail (slot canyon) is a short distance north. If you enter south and leave north, it's very convenient to access the Scenic Overlook via southbound Utah 18 back into St. George. Fantastic views from there over the ground you've just explored.

-- Absolutely carry water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, etc., for even the shortest hikes. We found a "quick" half-mile roundtrip hike could turn into something much longer by the time you followed branching trails, stayed longer than expected, etc. (We were still making this mistake well into our visit to Utah's Mighty 5 national parks. "Did you bring water?" "No, it's only a half-mile hike." "I wish I had water.")

--Both in our late 60s, my wife and I recommend these two hikes: Johnson Canyon and Jenny's Canyon. Both are considered easy, but for seniors always upgrade one: moderate! Johnson Canyon leads to a 200-foot-wide arch. Jenny's Canyon leads to a tall, narrow slot canyon. Oh, all those holes you see in the dirt along the trail? Tarantulas!
Written October 19, 2021
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giwpriestap
Erie, PA143 contributions
Sep 2021
As a part of a bike tour, we stopped at this location for a picnic lunch. The grounds were clean and well kept. The restrooms were about what you would expect for a rural state park. The bike trail in and out of the park is very well maintained and just a lovely, peaceful ride.
Written October 11, 2021
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TennesseeRiver
Tennessee42 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Another spectacular view in souther Utah. You can easily park and enjoy a walk with small children. Great views. We went through the week and had very little traffic. Great place for picnic or pictures.
Written October 11, 2021
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Gordon S
40 contributions
Oct 2021
Gem of a park. Great in spring and fall.
Many places to visit including lava tubes (caves), canyons with redrock, colorful slickrock and high vistas. Find what you want here and enjoy.
Written October 10, 2021
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VICTORIA G
Reno, NV16 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This place is beautiful...not to far from St George, UT. Great place to hike, bike or camp. Back and forth thru park you will see something different each way. Great place for kids to use their energy.
Written September 22, 2021
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World_Traveler_DR
Palm Springs, CA220 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
An amazing state park, located very close-to St. George Utah. Stunning landscapes, excellent walking trails. A slot canyon for the kids to explore. Worth a visit.
Written September 2, 2021
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lucsimsthomas
San Antonio, TX217 contributions
Jul 2021
Some of the locals at St. George told us about this state park so we decided to visit since we could not get to Capitol Reef National Park because of monsoon flooding.
This park is nice but almost devoid of trees, so wear lots of sunscreen because shade is a rarity.
it is a beautiful gem though with some great scenery. We hiked the Lava Rocks Trail where you can see the remains of a long ago volcanic eruption. The terrain is gorgeous, but this trail is also filled with lava rocks that you must walk over so it seems longer than the 2.5 miles round trip that it actually is. It didn't help that we started too late in the day and it is very hot here in July.
There are lava tubes (caves) that the adventuresome can climb down into -- but they are not for the faint of heart.
Bring cash to pay because there is no one working at the entrance and it is on the honor system to pay and get a pass.
Written August 29, 2021
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Karen C
Matthews, NC13 contributions
Jul 2021
We stayed in St. George for one night after visiting Bryce and Zion, and I'm so glad we did! We hiked to the lava tubes, drove around, and explored. The park is really unique with the lava tubes, petrified dunes, sand dunes, white and orange terrain. My son loved exploring and enjoyed it more than the national parks. It wasn't crowded at all, only a few other hikers and cars around. We came in July and it was HOT! Definitely a must see!
Written August 8, 2021
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maldenmusic
Malden, MO1,866 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were just passing through and not prepared for anything. All we had time to do was explore around the scenic overlook. This is ong the most beautiful spots we've ever seen. Will definitely return on our next visit to St. George.
Written August 3, 2021
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