While visiting Southern Utah, you and your loved ones will want to plan a visit to Snow Canyon State Park. We have made a complete list with some frequently asked questions you might have, this will help you resolve all your doubts and be prepared to enjoy your visit with no worries. Enjoy some of the most astonishing landscapes and natural beauties in Southern Utah just the way you planned to!
Snow Canyon State Park Facts And Tips
In this list you will have access to information about the activities you can do at the park, all levels of hiking trails, the main attractions, the best time to visit, fees, and even more important information, so get ready to start planning your visit.
1. Where is Snow Canyon State Park?
The park is located in the state of Utah, specifically in the southwestern part near the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. If you’re staying in St George, it’s just a 30-minute drive. This is the address: 1002 Snow Canyon Dr, Ivins, UT 84738, United States.
2. When to Visit Snow Canyon State Park
The park is open all year round, locals and tourists tend to visit more in Spring and Fall because the temperature generally sits between 73° and 80°. Summer can be very hot but you can find shade in many areas. Winter can have mild temperatures but is less crowded and you can enjoy the hoodoos and landscape more.
3. What is There To Do in Snow Canyon State Park?
Here nobody can get bored, the main activity here is hiking (don’t worry in the next few lines we’re going to give you more information), but you can also enjoy activities like biking, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canyoneering and scenic photography.
PS: If you’re planning to camp you must make a reservation with anticipation. To make a reservation call one of these numbers: 800-322-3770 or 801-322-3770.
4. Are There Any Facilities?
5. Are Dogs Allowed in Snow Canyon State Park?
If you’re planning a trip with your furry friend, this is going to make you really happy because you’re allowed to bring them with you! However, they must be on a leash around the campground and they can only accompany you to the Whiptail Trail and the West Canyon Rim Trail. Take into consideration that the leash must be a maximum of six-feet long.
6. Which Are The Best Hiking Trails?
Here is a list of our favorite hiking trails in Snow Canyon, with some extra information.
- Jenny Canyon Trail: Popular hiking trail because it is a family-friendly hike of just 0.5 miles, to complete this trail, you don’t need any hiking experience. It takes an average of half an hour to finish it. It is closed from March 15 to June 1.
- Petrified Sand Dunes Trail: The petrified Navajo Sandstone makes this hike one of the most popular photography destinations thanks to their beautiful landscapes. It has a moderate level of difficulty, but young kids are going to have fun. It’s 1.2 miles in length.
- Gila Trail: It might look like it would be a difficult hike for its length of 15.8 miles, but it is more strenuous than difficult. We recommended it for teens and adults. It’s a good trail to try if you’re wanting to see the Petroglyphs. The best times to try it are spring and fall.
- Pioneer Names Trail: Another family-friendly trail that is only 1.2 miles round trip. It is a crescent-shaped trail, and it is very fun to try with kids. One of the canyon walls was written on by early St George settlers as early as 1881. Spring, Fall & winter are great times to visit.
- Whiptail Trail: This easy hiking trail is one of our favorites because of the beautiful scenic routes you can enjoy while doing it. It is 5.5 miles long for the loop and it is very easy to follow, your kids will love it.
- West Canyon Road Trail: This trail is easy to follow because of the many signs. It’s almost a straight path but part way through you will run into a little elevation, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s an 8-mile round trip, and it’s close to St George. It’s approximately a 19-minute drive.
7. Are There Hotels Near Snow Canyon State Park?
There are hotel options available, but if you’re traveling with medium and large groups the best choice is to stay at a vacation rental home. They are bigger and in comparison with hotels, are cheaper. Here is a list of the best rental homes near Snow Canyon.
- Estancia Resort: Our rentals are probably the best option because we are located just 20 minutes from the park. We offer 2,3 & 4 bedroom condos, ideal for small and large groups. Amenities like pools, tennis and basketball courts, pickleball courts, and children’s playground are ready for you! More Info
- Coral Springs Resort: The rental homes here have a charming southern style with over 1,000 square feet each. They offer 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites with spacious living rooms, gourmet kitchens, and a private balcony with a fireplace for cool evenings. More Info
- Coral Canyon Resort: This place has luxury rentals. It is divided into two, a collection of condos known as Town Center, some of which feature private hot tubs and access to shared amenities. The other is the collection of a couple of private homes that include private pools and breathtaking views of the Coral Canyon golf course. More Info
8. Can you Enjoy Some Wildlife in Snow Canyon?
Of course!! There are thirteen different wildlife species that are protected by law that you can find in the park. Some of these are the peregrine falcons, desert tortoises, and Gila monsters. Apart from these animals, you may also be able to watch coyotes, kit foxes, quail, roadrunners, leopard lizards, gopher snakes, and canyon tree frogs.
9. What are the Fees For the Park?
These are some of the fees that the park charges for day use, camping fees and group use. You can also use your State Park Pass.
- Utah Residents: $10 per vehicle(up to 8); $5 per vehicle (up to 8) for Senior 65 and older & $5 per person/cyclists
- Non-Residents: $10 per vehicle(up to 8) & $5 per person/cyclists
Group Day Use:
- Lower Galoot Area: $100 up to 3 hours and $30 per hour for each additional hour.
- Group Overnight Camping: Cottontail Group Campground: $125 per night (up to 35) & Quail Group Campground: $150 per night (up to 55)