Pioneer Names Trail – Snow Canyon State Park

Posted by Katy Stephens on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 1:27pm.

Trail Tuesday took me back to beautiful Snow Canyon again this week.   There are so many trails in the area, I don’t think anyone could ever be able to find and complete all of the hikes that are available in Snow Canyon.  I hiked the Pioneer Names Trail, a very easy, short .4 mile out and back trail, just outside of St. George, Utah.

This was one of my favorite hikes in Snow Canyon.  The trail passes by pioneer names, written in axle grease, high on the cliff walls.  The earliest date I could see was 1881.  This hike took me back to a time when my ancestors, pioneers, came west to Utah and passed through the incredible red cliffs of St. George.  I pictured young pioneers climbing these cliffs to write their names for all to see and remember them. 

Pioneer Names is a crescent-shaped trail.  There are two places you can park for this hike.  I parked at the southern parking lot where the trail is clearly marked.  I was really glad I hiked from this parking lot.  The hike is in the shade for most of the trail.  You walk through a bit of sand, climb a few steps, view an arch, maneuver around large boulders and hike right next to the beautiful red cliff walls.  (If you have someone who can’t easily hike and they want to see the Pioneer Names on the cliff wall, park at the northern parking area and with binoculars they can see the names).  After you see the incredible Pioneer Names Cliff, you can return to your car the same way you came or you can quickly walk to the road and back to your car. 

I would encourage you to hike the short Pioneer Names Trail, if you haven’t had the chance. 

Live life to the fullest with no regrets!   

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