St. George is famous for its amazing hikes through red rock formations and beautiful desert scenery. The best time of day to go on these hikes is normally in the morning and evening while it’s cool. In this blog, we want to show you the best hikes in Snow Canyon and Zion National Park. Come down to St. George for the beautiful outdoors and stay at Estancia Resort!
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Best Hikes Around St George
Jenny’s Canyon in Snow Canyon State Park
Round trip length: 0.5 mile
Trailhead coordinates: 37°11’17.6″N 113°38’39.8″W
Directions: From St George, head north on Bluff Street and take exit to Red Hills Pkwy/Snow Canyon Pkwy. Turn left onto Snow Canyon Parkway and travel 3.2 miles until you come to a traffic circle. Proceed through the circle and continue 0.7 miles. At the next traffic circle take the first exit onto Snow Canyon Dr. Continue for 1.5 miles (after passing through the main gate), the trailhead will be on your right. This is family friendly and one of the easy hikes near St George. This hike leads up to a little slot canyon that you can climb around in, or to a nice overlook that looks over the Snow Canyon State Park. Part of this hike may be impassable if it is raining. If you want to explore more of Snow Canyon, here are 5 fun activities to do at the park.
Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site
Round trip length: 1 mile
Trailhead coordinates: 36°58’58.3″N 113°30’11.0″W
Directions: Follow River Rd. South until it turns into a dirt road. Follow the dirt road for about 1/4 mile until you see the sign on the left that says “Black Mountain Petroglyph Site”. Turn left. Follow the main dirt road for about 3 miles. Around 3 miles in, you will see a dirt parking lot with a picnic table and an outhouse. This is Little Black Mountain. Be sure to stay on the main road and do not follow the many ATV and 4WD roads that jut off from the main road.
This fun little hike takes you around sandstone formations that feature ancient petroglyphs. It is located just south of St. George across the Arizona border.
Snow Canyon State Park Petroglyphs
Round trip length: 1.8 miles
Trailhead coordinates: 37 11’6″ N 113 37’24” W
Directions: From I-15 take exit 6 on Bluff Street and head north toward Pine Valley Mountain. Bluff Street turns into Hwy 18 as you head up the hill. Continue up the hill about 4 miles until you come onto a plateau where you will see a ranch and some houses on the left. Take the last dirt road on your left (4400 North) and travel slowly down to the gate and park.
This is one of the coolest hikes in Snow Canyon State Park. It will take you on a loop through several beautiful canyons as well as some small slot canyons with petroglyphs, Newspaper Rock, and Sinking Ship Rock. Some of them are easy to miss, so keep your eyes open!
Paradise Rim/Gecko/The Gap Trail
Round trip length: 1-4.5 miles (depends on the loop you take)
Trailhead coordinates: 2072 N Cascade Canyon Drive, St. George, Ut 84770
Directions: This trailhead leads right out of a neighborhood and onto the Gap Trail loop. If you go left at the first fork it will put you on the Gecko trail loop which leads to the Paradise Rim trail. They are all pretty interchangeable and you can see the red rock formations that they lead to. This is a great family-friendly trail that leads to several red rock formations that are fun to scramble up. This is an easy hike near St George you should consider if you’re travelling with kids.
Scout Cave Trail
Round trip length: 3.5 miles
Trailhead coordinates: 37°14’15.9″N 113°38’11.3″W
Directions:From I-15 take exit 6 on Bluff Street and head north toward Pine Valley Mountain for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Snow Canyon Parkway and continue for about 4 miles. Turn right on Snow Canyon Dr and follow this road for about 1 mile. You will see a Trailhead on your right. You can park on the left.This fun hike takes you through some beautiful scenery and drops you in an incredibly large cave with amazing views that Native Americans used to use to scout the area.
Yant Flat (Candy Cliffs)
Round trip length: 2.5 miles (could be longer if you explore the area)
Trailhead coordinates: 37°14’05.2″N 113°28’37.5″W
Directions: From St George, head north on I-15 for about 13 miles and take exit 22 to Leeds/Silver Reef. Turn left onto Main Street and head north for about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Silver Reef Rd and follow for 1.2 miles until it turns into a dirt road (Oak Grove Road) and continue for about 2 miles. At this point the road forks and there is a sign that says St George left and Oak Grove right. Head left toward St George. On a map this road is FR031. You will follow this road for about 7 more miles until you reach your destination on the left. (It is about 1.5 miles past Yankee Doodle Hollow Creek if you are looking on a map.) You will recognize the trailhead when you see a forest service road (FR903) head north to the right, and a little pull out to the left. Pull into the ‘pull out’ on the left and that’s your trail.
This amazing hike leads you to uniquely colored sandstone formations that have orange and white swirls. This is an incredible hike that has two massive main areas that are just begging to be explored!
Kanarraville Falls/ Kanarra Creek Trail
Round trip length: 5 miles
Trailhead coordinates: 37°32’15.2″N 113°10’32.5″W
Directions: From St George, head north on I-15 for about 33 miles and take exit 42 to New Harmony/Kanarraville. Turn right on Hwy 144 and take an immediate left onto Harmony Ridge Dr/Old US 91. Continue for about 4.5 miles into Kanarraville and turn right onto 100 North. Follow 100 North 3.5 blocks until you see the parking lot on your left.
Observation Point-Zion National Park
Round trip length: 8 miles
Trailhead coordinates: 37°16’15.3″N 112°56’18.6″W
Directions: From St George, head north on I-15 for about 21 miles and take exit 27 to Toquerville. Turn right onto UT-17 S/UT-228 and follow it for 6 miles. Turn left onto UT-9 E/W 500 N and continue 20 miles to the Zion National Park Entrance. During the months of November-March the shuttle system is not running and you will have to drive to the trailhead – in which case, continue 1.5 miles and turn left onto Floor of the Valley Rd/Zion Canyon Scenic Dr, and follow for 4.5 miles until you see the parking area for Weeping Rock on the right. During the months of April-October you are required to ride the shuttle unless you are staying at the Zion Lodge and have a Red pass – You will turn right after the entrance gate and park in the Visitor’s Center Parking and follow signs for the shuttle. Board the shuttle and ride until you get to the Weeping Rock stop and exit the bus.
This difficult trail gains a lot of elevation and is similar to the Angel’s Landing hike but it is less dangerous and has an even better view! This trail is mostly switchbacks with a brief slot canyon but the view it leads to is simply stunning!
Kolob Arch- Zion National Park
Round trip length: 14.5 miles
Trailhead coordinates: N37 27.131 W113 11.476
Directions: Kolob Canyon is located at Exit 40 on I-15, 40 miles north of Zion Canyon and 17 miles south of Cedar City. The Zion Visitor’s Center at the mouth of the canyon marks the beginning of your adventure. All visitors must pass through to show passes, pick up permits, and/or pay before entering. Drive 5 miles up the scenic canyon and the Lee Pass Trailhead is on your left toward the top of the hill. Park your car in the stall.
The Kolob Arch is the world’s second longest free-standing arch and very few people actually see it. This strenuous trail is a beautiful well-kept secret in Zion National Park. It goes along the Lee Pass and drops you in the La Verkin Creek and connects to the Kolob Arch trail.
We wanted to give you a hand with some of the best hikes in St George to consider in your next family trip to Southern Utah. Hiking is one of the best activities to do in Utah, and with incredible places like Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park it’s a no-brainer!
Tips to Enjoy the Best Hikes Around St George
- Always Check The Weather Before: It’s important that you check the weather 1 day before you’re planning to do any hiking trail. This way you will ensure a great experience and avoid any accidents due to poor weather.
- Bring The Essentials: It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been hiking, you should always carry these things with you: water (a lot of it, especially in summer), food (energy bars), a simple first-aid kit, a paper map, sunscreen and a backpack.
- Shoes and Clothes: We recommend using proper shoes like boots that are made for hiking,you might also use sneakers, but you have to be sure that they are comfortable and won’t get destroyed while hiking. For clothes, you should wear a long sleeve t-shirt and a hat/cap. Don’t forget sunglasses especially in summer.
- Don’t Go by Yourself: Hiking is a very popular outdoor activity that is normally done in groups because it can be dangerous if you go by yourself. Bring a friend or any family member for an amazing time!
Bring your Camera and Cellphone: All the hikes near St George have incredible views from the red rock formations, and also stunning landscapes that are perfect for taking pictures and will provide a great reminder of your adventure.