Snow Canyon State Park is just 10 minutes north of St. George. Named for one of the early settlers of the region with the last name of "Snow", the park rarely sees real snow, but is a geological wonder of red and white sandstone formations with a coating of lava for which some experts say was laid down as recently as 1,000 years ago. Erosion has created arches, towers and fins of stone in the park. Other features in the park include; sand dunes, caves and desert foliage.
Rock climbing is popular in Snow Canyon State Park, with many established climbing routes. Mountain biking, hiking and horse-back riding are also common activities. Snow Canyon is known for its unique variety of formations and colors. Red and white Navajo sandstone, ancient black lava beds and the brilliant blue sky will leave any visitor standing in awe.
Bring your camera as you enjoy hiking on scenic trails throughout the park.
The moderate winter climate in the St. George Utah area makes early spring and fall the most popular times to visit the park. . There are several volcanic cinder cones that are remnants of the recent volcanic activity and you can actually hike up into on that is on the northeast side of the park. Three endangered species are found in the area; peregrine falcon, desert tortoise and gila monsters. These are just some of the birds, reptiles and animals that you may spot if you are in the right location at the right time of year.
Camping spots are available but call ahead for reservations. 36-unit campground, rest rooms, hot showers, electric hook-ups, covered group-use pavilion. Day-use fee of $4.00, per vehicle, to stop enter the park. More Information - Snow Canyon State Park - P.O. Box 140, Santa Clara, Utah 84765-0140, (435) 628-2255.