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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
521.00 ft (158.80 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

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.

Trailhead Elevation

4,692.00 ft (1,430.12 m)

Highest point

5,060.00 ft (1,542.29 m)

Net Elevation Gain

368.00 ft (112.17 m)

Features

Family friendly
Big vistas
Backcountry camping
Bird watching
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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