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“If you're visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon, make time for this park as well.”

Snow Canyon State Park
Ranked #50 of 1,089 things to do in Utah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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“If you're visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon, make time for this park as well.”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Don't miss this fantastic state park just 20 minutes outside of town –large red and white rocks, lava flows, petrified dunes and incredible views are all here. The trails are generally well-marked, and all seem to be of easy-to-moderate difficulty. Great road cycling in the park as well (wish I had brought my bike). Lots of parking right next to trail heads. Bathrooms and water are also available at the larger parking lots.

I was so surprised by the level of noise on trails - all I could hear was the wind. Quite a change from the Grand Canyon where all you hear are helicopters.

Although the SCSP brochure indicates that Johnson Canyon is closed from March 15 to June 1, it was closed on the day of my visit (Aug 20).

Jenny's Canyon is a very quick and easy trail ending in yes, a small canyon. Don’t forget to look up and see the large rocks lodged between the two walls. If you can handle a bit more of a climb, do have a look from Jenny's outlook - a great view of the valley.

I recommend doing the Hidden Pinyon trail but don't do it with running shoes – you will need more sturdy shoes or hiking boots. I totally lost the trail about a quarter of the way in – it looked like the trail ended (hence the term "hidden"). There is a very narrow entrance obscured by a tree to what I can only describe as a short tunnel formed my massive rocks leaning against each other - a very nice surprise and quite fun. This trail does have some small shaded areas for breaks. Blue birds nest in the trees along the trail and make an incredible contrast with the red rocks.

**FYI - bring a pen and exact fee (in bills). The day I visited, the main guard house was closed. You have to fill out details on an envelope and detachable form. Form goes in your car, envelope with fee goes in a secured box.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice little park!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Cross between Valley of Fire and Sedona.. Love the red rocks!! Hiked only one trail because the weather was a little warm. But will be back in the Fall to check out the different trails. Loved the different views. Not busy with people at all. Nice to be out there... very peaceful!

Visited August 2013
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Oxford, Ohio
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“Gem of a Park”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Stopped by Snow Canyon SP to break up the drive on the way back to LAS from a Zion/Bryce/Grand Canyon trip and were pleasantly surprised. though not nearly as large as the national parks, The park still has a bit of everything - canyons obviously but also lava flows, caves, a cinder cone, sand dunes and petrified dunes. It is just a little ways off I-15 in St. George. The beautiful park was not crowded at all and had plenty of nice trails. My 5 and 7 year old particularly enjoyed climbing the cinder cone volcano and climbing down into the lava tube cave. We also found a nice shaded picnic area. Detailed maps available at the entrance to help you choose your hikes.

Visited July 2013
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Columbus, OH
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“Beautiful park with unique landscapes”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed in St. George after a week at Zion and Bryce as both a stopover on the way to Las Vegas, but also to visit Snow Canyon. The road out from 'downtown' St. George to Snow Canyon took us through gorgeous new residential developments in the desert and right into the park. The park had an interesting mix of sights to experience, from a short hike into a small slot canyon, to red sand dunes, to a nature trail that identified desert plants, to a variety of stunning rock formations, to lava fields.

My favorite experience was walking along the sand dunes and looking at the animal tracks along the edges where the sagebrush met the dunes. We visited in mid-morning so there were numerous tracks visible from a wide variety of animals. The tracks of snakes, lizards, rabbits, birds, coyotes, and mice told a whole host of stories, leading me to imagine what must have taken place on those very dunes under the dark of night. Fascinating!

Visited July 2013
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California
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“Fantastic and Beautiful Place to Camp”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed in the Cottontail Group Campsite for four days. We had plenty of space, shade, picnic tables, grass area, showers, water supply (for cold water, visit the ranger station), and parking. The rangers do not permit climbing on the rocks immediately adjacent to camp. Climbing, however, is permitting across the road, which is where the most beautiful rocks are, along with the trails. We hiked on petrified sandstone, saw lava tubes, and were treated by stunning views every time we stepped out of our tent. We planned to use this place as base camp while we did day trips to Zions and went canyoneering. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this place was and how much there was to do.

Visited July 2013
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