"Snow Canyon State Park, a Place of Many Colors" Top 5 Page for this destination Snow Canyon State Park by KimberlyAnn

Snow Canyon State Park Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 119 photos

Originally called Dixie State Park, Snow Canyon State Park was renamed to honor Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, early Utah pioneering leaders. The name therefore has nothing to do with snow, in fact the winters are usually mild in Snow Canyon, and very little snow actually falls in the park. Located in the southwestern area of Utah, northwest of St. George you will discover 7,400 acres with strikingly beautiful colors of Navajo sandstone that ranges in color from burnt orange, to red, to creamy white. These formations are sometimes capped by an overlay of black lava rock. With more than 18 miles of hiking trails, including a three-mile paved walking/biking trail, and technical climbing opportunities, there are many activities available for people who enjoy the outdoors.

At onetime a desert of quartzite sand dunes covered much of what is today the state of Utah. Some of these sand dunes reached up to 2,500 feet thick. Eventually these were cemented into Navajo sandstone, which overtime was cut and shaped by water to form canyons. As long ago as 2.5 million years, and as recently as 10,000 years ago, cinder cones erupted causing lava to flow down through these canyons, filling them with basalt. Waterways continued to carved new canyons through this basalt covered sandstone. As you travel through the park look for areas where this ancient lava flow can still be seen capping some of the red rock formations and cliffs.

Snow Canyon is very photogenic due to its variety of colors, mountains, and rock formations. In this photo, taken along the Lava Flow Trail to West Canyon overlook, you can see the contrast of the red and white sandstone.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting hiking trails, beautiful vistas.
  • Cons:Some areas of the park are closed on a seasonal basis. Summers can be very hot.
  • Last visit to Snow Canyon State Park: Mar 2014
  • Intro Updated Mar 16, 2014
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Really nice park with many different geological features. Thanks for sharinng. SL:)

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    Nov 25, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    What an excellent job you have done with your Snow Canyon State Park page! Brilliant photographs. Terrific warnings and dangers tip. Details, descriptions, and insights are all just outstanding.

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