Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
154.00 ft (46.94 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.70 mi (2.74 km)
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Johnson Canyon starts just outside of Snow Canyon State Park and heads east toward a small canyon that is very popular with tourists and locals alike. The high sandstone cliffs hold a decent sized arch within its confines, which is a rare treat in the park and adds to the interesting desert geology that the area has in abundance. The trail leading to the canyon is also pretty and sits above a deep ravine from previous heavy rains. The views toward the south are wide and sweeping with the edges of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in the distance. Just like anything nearby this hike can get super hot, so having a hat and water is a must. Even though the trailhead is outside the tollbooth at the park entrance, it's still within the official boundaries. This short hike is very family friendly, and you can even bring your dog on a leash.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great for the whole family. Beautiful canyon.

Cons

Short. Dusty. Very hot during the day in summer. Exposed.

Trailhead Elevation

3,146.00 ft (958.90 m)

Highest point

3,171.00 ft (966.52 m)

Net Elevation Gain

25.00 ft (7.62 m)

Features

Family friendly
Geologically significant
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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