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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.48 mi (5.60 km)
Please respect the outdoors and leave no trace. One tip how to dispose of waste properly: Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. For more information, visit https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

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.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Beautiful views. Cave exploration.

Cons

Can be busy.

Trailhead Elevation

3,616.00 ft (1,102.16 m)

Net Elevation Gain

351.00 ft (106.98 m)

Address

Snow Canyon Dr
1002
Ivins, UT 84738
United States

Features

Rock climbing
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Cave
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

03.25.10
Brandon, I'm so glad you submitted this adventure! It brings back great memories of our '10 SW Sun Seeking Road Trip. Snow Canyon State Park is absolutely incredible and certainly overlooked by many visiting adjacent Zion NP.
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