Snow Canyon State Park
On the edges of ecosystems, eras or civilizations, you’ll find some of the most remarkable travel destinations. Snow Canyon State Park is one such place. Located at the edge of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, Snow Canyon State Park explodes with dramatic geology perfect for your outdoor adventure — and photo opportunities.
Cut by water, sculpted by wind and time, Snow Canyon’s Navajo sandstone cliffs share the same history and geology as Zion National Park to the east. You may find yourself wondering why it isn't a national park.
As recently as 27,000 years ago, lava flows exerted their powerful force, reshaping the canyons and creating the park’s distinctive landscapes. The blend of Navajo sandstone cliffs, petrified sand dunes and broad lava fields make this terrain a fantastic playground for both adventurous travelers and families looking to give kids an outlet to expend some of their boundless energy.
Things to Do in Snow Canyon
Snow Canyon is popular with road cyclists touring the park’s scenic drive and hikers exploring the network of trails through the main canyon and numerous side canyon options. At dawn and dusk, the park provides unique wildlife viewing when coyotes, kit foxes, quail and roadrunners come out to feed. Harder to find are the protected desert tortoises, peregrine falcons and Gila monsters.
The attraction of numerous bolted routes throughout the canyon lures rock climbers of all skill levels. The Circus and adjacent Aftershock wall are the most popular, with routes from 5.7 through 5.10. Read our Snow Canyon State Park Rock Climbing Guide for more helpful information.
Kids love playing on the parks’ sand dunes just off the main road or scrambling on the boulders scattered across the canyon floor. The trails are ideal for hiking with children because of the park’s relatively flat canyon floor. Stop by for short hikes to stretch your legs during a long road trip with friends or stay in the campground for an extended exploration. Pets are only allowed in the campground, on West Canyon Road and Whiptail Trail.
Snow Canyon is a national park-caliber destination with incredible vistas and outdoor recreation. Learn more here. It is also connected to the larger Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, a unique national conservation area that protects sensitive habitats and endangered species.
Where to Stay
The campground at Snow Canyon State Park includes partial hookup and standard sites. View a campground map and reserve your campsite. Sites are $20 a night for standard, or $25 for hookups.
Nearby St. George, meanwhile, is Utah’s warm-weather haven for people of all ages and interests. With a wide range of local dining and accommodations for your basecamp, visitors have access to nearby national parks like Zion and Bryce, multiple scenic state parks and Lake Powell. Within town, experience championship golfing on one of dozens of courses or relaxing in world-class health and fitness spas like Green Valley Boutique Hotel and Spa.
Visiting Snow Canyon State Park
The 7,400-acre Snow Canyon State Park is a short distance from other area attractions — only a 20-minute drive from St. George, Utah, and just an hour from the entrance to Zion National Park if you follow I-15 and Highway 9 east.
Fees and Hours
Day-use Fees: $6 per vehicle (up to eight people); $3 per vehicle (up to eight people) Utah seniors 62 and older; $4 pedestrian/cyclists (up to eight people).
Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
St. George, Utah
Red rock mesas and lush waterways create the setting for one of Utah's fastest-growing cities. Enjoy family adventures, luxury spas, extensive shopping, championship golf and easy access to Zion National Park.
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
A 60,000-acre convergence of multiple desert ecosystems with scenic hikes for nature lovers and solitude seekers. A national conservation area protects sensitive species.
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Snow Canyon State Park
1002 Snow Canyon Dr
Ivins, Utah 84738