Snow Canyon State Park
The Butterfly Trail is one of the most overlooked trails in Snow Canyon. This trail is advertised more as a connector trail than anything, but it really can and does stand on its own! After parking, head down the Petrified Dunes Trail and continue West where the Petrified Dunes Trail turns south. The trail drops down and follows along a huge petrified dune until if finally climbs up and turns west again. You will feel like the only person in the Park on this trail. The views are fantastic as you look up and down the canyon. Eventually this trail connects with the Lava Flow Trail, where you can turn around or follow down to the West Canyon Overlook (adds another .8 miles round trip). This is a great trail to take your family on, even if you don’t hike the whole trail. The views and colors on this hike will not disappoint!
The Pioneer Names Trail in Snow Canyon State Park is a short and fun little hike from the main road. It is a crescent shaped trail that passes by, among other things, a canyon wall that was written on by early St George settlers as early as 1881. The names were written in wagon axle grease and has remained protected by the arch that it sits under. Early Mormon Pioneers would often picnic in the canyon, and these writings were likely left by members of picnic parties and/or cattle ranchers. Hikers on this trail can now enjoy the beauty of the unique rock formations and the surrounding vegetation, or clip into the climbing hooks and scale the canyon walls. There are two trail heads for this trail. The north trail head is much closer to the Pioneer Names, but it is a short hike from either trail head, and easily passable by people of all ages. The trail is sandy in some places, so proper footwear is advised. Enjoy this beautiful hike and soak in some history too!
Lava Flow Overlook Trail – also known as Lava Tubes – is a family friendly trail that takes you down past three lava tube/cave entrances in the heart of Snow Canyon State Park. The original trail has been recently modified and begins from the newly installed parking lot. The trail meanders through a lava field that is beautifully decorated with typical low land plants. The whole park is open to your view as you travel along this well traveled single track. There are signs along the trail with little explanations about the lava tubes and the plants and animals. This trail is not only fun, but educational as well! The lava tubes are an adventure to explore, so be sure to carry a flash light. Down past the last lava tube entrance, the overlook is a great reward for this trip!
Hidden Pinyon Trail in Snow Canyon State Park is a moderate trail that takes you into the heart of Snow Canyon and affords some of the best views in the park! It is a short hike and can be done fairly quickly. The Park has placed markers on the trail and provides a corresponding brochure to point out different flora and geological information along the route. This is a fun trail that is suitable for most hikers. There are a couple of steep climbs and a drop off for a small section.
Petrified Dunes in Snow Canyon State Park is right in the heart of the park. These incredible rolling mounds of petrified Navajo Sandstone are fun for hikers of all ages. You need not worry about staying on the trail, because there is plenty of exploring to do! Make sure you bring your camera, as this hike provides some of the most incredible views in the park, and is one of the most photographed places in the area! Now go and explore!
Snow Canyon Overlook Trail is part of the Red Mountain Trail system and is accessed from the same trail head in Dammeron Valley. Although only 15 miles from downtown St George, Dammeron Valley is just shy of a 2,000 ft elevation gain, so it is cooler and provides different flora and fauna from the typical St George hike. This provides a unique experience for your next adventure! This trail is easy to moderate, with some sandy patches. The overlook is worth every step! You can see all the way through Snow Canyon, past St George, out to the Arizona Strip. Put Snow Canyon Overlook on your list for your next trip to St George!
Jenny’s Canyon is a nice short walk up into a slot canyon and an overlook. This is a great hike for families and small children. There is also climbing available up the slot canyon walls. The trail winds down a path and crosses a dry wash that may be impassible in a rain storm. A few steps up to the left take you into the canyon. To the right is a nice overlook where you can see the Snow Canyon Sand Dunes across the way.
The Scout Cave trail just south of Snow Canyon State Park is a great mix of easy and moderate. It passes over lava flow fields, stream beds, and Navajo Sandstone rocks. Trail is open all year, but watch for flooding in rainy seasons. This trail is not stroller friendly, but is passable by young children (5 and up). Great morning or evening hike!
This is a great hike for the whole family! It is an easy trail that passes through a lava flow field, dry stream bed, and into a canyon. This hike allows great views of the Red Mountain and down through Paradise Canyon. As you enter the canyon you will see a little spring down to the right and as you look up you will see a magnificent arch spanning 200 ft. The canyon has alot of shade and is cool place to sit and have a picnic with the family. This hike is there-and-back, so head back the way you came.
This is one of the most popular hikes that no one in St George really knows about that I have found. In other words, I am surprised at how many people have heard about the petroglyphs, or even know where they are, but they are not clearly documented anywhere! To follow the purpose of this site, they will now be documented forever more. There are four main petroglyph sites (that I have been able to find) in this area. If you know of more, feel free to comment below, or send me a personal contact through the site. Two slot canyons you could almost trip over and not know what you missed, a wall of petroglyphs rightly called “Newspaper Rock”, and a rock cleverly named “Sinking Ship Rock”. An approximately 5 mile moderate hike through the red rocks and sand will bring you in a loop to see all these sites. You would never guess it is right off the road, and you could almost throw a rock and hit some of the houses in the neighborhood – they are so close. One of Snow Canyon State Park’s true treasures, and now it can be one of yours! (Updated 5/27/17)
The Red Mountain Trail holds some of the most incredible views of any hike in Southern Utah. The trail passes along the Snow Canyon Overlook, which is a site to behold, and carries along through wilderness area that few have seen. This trail can be done on foot, or horseback. The trail cuts through all different types of vegetation and scenery. It can be done as a long day hike, or as a backpacking trip. Be aware of the weather before you go. Although there are small trees along the way, the trail is primarily fully exposed, so prepare accordingly. Be safe and have fun out there!