Visiting Snow Canyon State Park

Article by Grant Olsen

Snow Canyon State Park

When Snow Canyon State Park was created in 1959, it was actually known as Dixie State Park. The name was later changed to Snow Canyon in honor of Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, two early Utah leaders with St. George ties. What never changes is the year-round opportunity for fun within the park.

With its stunning dunes and jagged lava, Snow Canyon offers wonderfully unique views. In fact, the 7,400-acre has served as a backdrop for Hollywood films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Jeremiah Johnson.

Snow Canyon has something for everyone. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities, lava tubes to explore and a year-round campground. The elevation varies from about 3,100 to just over 4,000 feet, so by Utah standards, it’s quite hospitable to sea-level visitors.

Wildlife is abundant in the park, and you may be lucky enough to see kit foxes, roadrunners, coyotes and leopard lizards. Occasionally, cars even have to stop on the main road to allow a reclusive desert tortoise or Gila monster to cross.

The rangers and staff at the park offer many free resources to visitors. Events include nature studies, guided hikes and ranger talks. Here are some of the upcoming events you may want to attend:

May 13 - Desert Reptile Awareness- Slide Presentation

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Are you aware that Southern Utah has the greatest number of reptiles in the state because it is in a transition zone between the Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and the Colorado Plateau? Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist, and learn more about their unique desert adaptations during an evening slide show. Next day, join us on a morning hike and look for signs of reptiles!

Space is limited, registration required. All programs are free and open to the public. To request more information, register for a program, or receive a list of upcoming activities, please phone (435) 628-2255.

May 14 - Desert Reptile Awareness- Hike

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Are you aware that Southern Utah has the greatest number of reptiles in the state because it is in a transition zone between the Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and the Colorado Plateau? Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist, on a morning hike and look for signs of reptiles!

Space is limited, registration required. All programs are free and open to the public. To request more information, register for a program, or receive a list of upcoming activities, please phone (435) 628-2255.

May 21 - Morning Sketchwalk

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Admire the morning glow of the canyon and enjoy the magic of sketching nature on this short stroll.

Space is limited, registration required. All programs are free and open to the public. To request more information, register for a program, or receive a list of upcoming activities, please phone (435) 628-2255.

May 28 - West Canyon Walk & Talk

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Join us on this two-mile, roundtrip walk with a ranger and talk about the discoveries we make along the way–you can even bring your canine pal!

Space is limited, registration required. All programs are free and open to the public. To request more information, register for a program, or receive a list of upcoming activities, please phone (435) 628-2255.

June 4 - Lava Tube Hike

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join park staff for a two-mile, roundtrip hike and the chance to explore the unique formations of a lava tube!

Space is limited, registration required. All programs are free and open to the public. To request more information, register for a program, or receive a list of upcoming activities, please phone (435) 628-2255.

More Information:

Phone: (435) 628-2255

Park Elevation: 3,100 feet

Nearby City: Ivins / St. George Utah

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