Snow Canyon State Park

If you’re looking for a place to explore the beauty of the Southern Utah desert, go spend a day at Snow Canyon State Park. Although it may be called Snow Canyon, it is far from a snowy area. It offers some of the best outdoor desert activities. You can go hiking, explore lava caves, play in the sand dunes, go bouldering, rock climbing, and even spend a night camping in the canyon. There is a unique variety of adventures in Snow Canyon. From little kids wanting to play outside to adults that love an outdoor challenge, there is something for everyone.

Hiking and More Hiking

Snow Canyon State Park is most popular for its number of unique hiking trails and beautiful views. Those who want a moderately challenging yet pleasant hiking experience should check out Scout Cave Trail. A little over 4 miles long, this hike takes 2 hours to complete. It passes over stream beds, Navajo sandstone, and lava flow fields. It’s a journey that is easy enough for children ages 5 and up and it’s a great dog-friendly trail. 

In Southern Utah, the alluring lava rocks are the hidden gem of the desert. Lava Tube Trail, about 2 miles long is a trail that is perfect if you want to explore the lava rocks. It’s moderately easy, takes a little over 1 hour to complete, and is a one-of-a-kind experience in the park.

The Petrified Dunes are in the heart of Snow Canyon and they are one of the most photographed views in the park. The small hills of petrified Navajo Sandstone look like the real desert frontier. The hike to see the dunes is moderately difficult but is short and sweet - only about 1 mile long.. You will not be disappointed!

Sand Dunes

Not only does Snow Canyon have Petrified Sand Dunes, it also has traditional sand dunes of soft, fine sand. The Sand Dunes are an easy, accessible, and open place to explore. The smooth red hills of sand are fun and enjoyable for all ages. They’re beautiful, refreshing, and the best place to play in the park.


For those who can’t get enough of the geographical wonderland that is Snow Canyon, you can also camp overnight. It is a well-kept and clean area with campgrounds that are a great place to set up a tent and camp with family and friends. Or, if you want to camp RV style, Snow Canyon offers some great RV campgrounds as well. A night under the Southern Utah stars surrounded by the red rocks is a camping dream come true. 

A trip to Southern Utah would not be complete without a visit to Snow Canyon State Park. It’s a natural playground with so much to participate in. Get on your hiking gear and go spend a day exploring it all!

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