Favorite Spots in Snow Canyon - Mike Carr

My Favorite Spots in Snow Canyon State Park

Southwest Utah is home to more than just Zion National Park. There are some pretty incredible state parks as well. Snow Canyon State Park is just a stone's throw away from St. George and has some very worthy hikes. I’ve been on most of its trails now and can confidently offer some advice to you on where to go and what to do. So here you go: my favorite spots in Snow Canyon.

Petroglyphs in a Slot Canyon

Tucked away in a slot canyon out by the eastern border of Snow Canyon are some petroglyphs. You can take the Gila Trail to get there. The slogging through sand can be tiring, but it’s absolutely worth it to get to this hidden little canyon. The rock splits with maybe three feet of space and the walls tower up 40 feet above you. The real draw is the petroglyphs that are hidden deep in the slot canyon. The natives of this area really knew how to hide their artwork.

Petrified Sand Dunes

This trail is a short jaunt over from the main paved road to a large rolling section of sandstone. As you climb higher up the wave, you will find little shallow spots that have been worn low and often collect rain water to form little pools or pot holes. I love this spot because of the photographical possibilities these pot holes offer. The all-around view from this spot is really great, too.

Snow Canyon Overlook

This last one is technically outside the state park, but I like to say the view is so good its got to be the best one outside of Zion for southwest Utah. If you keep on Highway 18 and go past Snow Canyon, you will eventually see a sign on the righthand side of the road for the Red Mountain Trail. This trailhead will take you out to the Snow Canyon Overlook, which is a diversion from the Red Mountain Trail about two or three miles in. The lookout will stand you up above the state park and let you take in its full beauty and rugged terrain.


Do you have a spot you think is better? Let me know, I’d love to check it out. If you want more details about any of these spots, I’d be happy to answer your questions. The beauty of these state parks is something to be shared and appreciated.