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Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail

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  • The trailhead has a posted map and plenty of parking. - Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Entering the Red Mountain Wilderness. - Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Much of the trail is boring and consists of just rocks and sand.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • There is some beautiful Navajo Sandstone as the trail begins to get much more dynamic. - Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • The area just before the lookout is a wide open and dynamic spot that would be perfect for doing an overnighter. - Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • A large stone fin near the lookout.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Snow Canyon State Park below.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Views from the Snow Canyon Overlook.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Coming at sunset and sunrise is the key to this hike. - Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Looking east toward Zion National Park.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • The Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness in the distance.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Beautiful sunset from Snow Canyon Overlook.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Looking down the gut of Snow Canyon.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Beautiful sunset from Snow Canyon Overlook.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
  • Beautiful sunset from Snow Canyon Overlook.- Snow Canyon Overlook via Red Mountain Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Family-friendly hike. Nice area near the overlook to explore freely.
Cons: 
The trail is not very pretty until the overlook. Gets very hot during the day in summer. Exposed.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
5,060.00 ft (1,542.29 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
368.00 ft (112.17 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
Total elevation gain: 
521.00 ft (158.80 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,692.00 ft (1,430.12 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There is no better view of the gorgeous Snow Canyon State Park than from high above its northern end. The Red Mountain Trail parking lot starts outside of the Red Mountain Wilderness but soon takes you into the protected area. The trail to the overlook is boring and ugly, but it leads to an absolutely breathtaking view of layered sandstone below with large cliffs above in the far distance. Doing this hike at sunset is an absolute must and really makes the experience far more dynamic. The entire area near the overlook is quite fascinating with large sand dunes, rocks and spires jutting out of the terrain and large pinion pines dotting the landscape. The area gives you several options to decide where you want to enjoy the views with enough space to spread out even when the area is relatively crowded. 

The area is mostly exposed, so bring your water and a hat if you are hiking in the middle of the day. Another great reason to hike at sunrise or sunset is simply to avoid the heat or to improve your chances on seeing some of the elusive wildlife. While rare, there are reports of peregrine falcons in the area.

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