Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
521.00 ft (158.80 m)
Trail type
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
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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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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Amazing views. Family-friendly hike. Nice area near the overlook to explore freely.


The trail is not very pretty until the overlook. Gets very hot during the day in summer. Exposed.

Trailhead Elevation

4,692.00 ft (1,430.12 m)

Highest point

5,060.00 ft (1,542.29 m)


Family friendly
Big vistas
Backcountry camping
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Suitable for


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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