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Lava Tube Loop

Snow Canyon State Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • View from the parking area.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Walking to the caves along the sandstone.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Trail markers keep you on track as the path crosses sandstone.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Big views from the overlook.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Climbing up to the overlook.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Lava Tube Loop in Snow Canyon State Park.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Prickly pear cactus.- Lava Tube Loop
  • A desert hare.- Lava Tube Loop
  • The entrance to the lava tubes.- Lava Tube Loop
  • The entrance to the lava tubes.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Exploring the Lava Tubes.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Exploring the Lava Tubes.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Yucca flower.- Lava Tube Loop
  • The trail becomes sandy in the basin.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Sections of the loop follow the road.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Black rock remaining from the lava flows.- Lava Tube Loop
  • The trail continues along the rock spine.- Lava Tube Loop
  • Exploring the surrounding formations on the Lava Tube Loop.- Lava Tube Loop
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  • Back to the parking area along the Lava Tube Loop.- Lava Tube Loop
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Cave exploration.
Cons: 
Can be busy.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
351.00 ft (106.98 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.48 mi (5.60 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,616.00 ft (1,102.16 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Snow Canyon is a 7,400-acre state park in Southwestern Utah. Named after Mormon explorers Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, the park was established in 1958 and is famous for its short, moderately technical canyons, as well as a healthy desert tortoise and peregrine falcon population. But perhaps some of the most unique and exciting features of Snow Canyon are its extinct lava tubes.

This 3.4-mile loop includes five different trails that showcase a nice variety of terrain and environments. From the trailhead, you will begin on the Butterfly Trail for half a mile until you hit the Lava Flow Trail. Be sure to watch for trail markers as you move through erosion-resistant terrain. From this junction you can climb to an overlook with fantastic views of the entire park, or you can explore the two lava tubes that are close-by. Backtrack northeast up the Lava Flow trail to a smaller, 15-foot cave, or continue west along the Lava Flow Trail to find the largest cave in the park. This tube cuts over a hundred feet into the hillside, containing a large cathedral room within. Make sure to bring a powerful light, and watch your step while you are in the cave as the rocks are sharp and loose.

After exploring the cave, continue along the Lava Flow Trail to West Canyon Road in the canyon basin. Follow this fire road south for a mile until you reach Three Ponds Trail. Take a left here for a short connection to the Petrified Dunes Trail. Enjoy the black rocks, then take another left and follow the trail markers up and over the rock hill, finally continuing to the parking area.

 

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