Snow Canyon State Park, St. George

We know a place with towering sandstone cliffs, brilliant sunsets and pioneer graffiti. Sitting on the crossroads between the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts, Snow Canyon State Park is the perfect destination for families, nature lovers and anyone looking for a challenge in the wild. Founded in 1962 as Dixie State Park, it was later renamed in honor of Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, famous Utah pioneers.

What makes Snow Canyon special?

Scenery across Snow Canyon might remind you of a classic western movie for good reasons. In fact, it was featured in films such as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Electric Horseman," and "Jeremiah Johnson."

Snow Canyon State Park is just outside of St. George, Utah and home to unique flora, fauna and geology. If you were able to visit 1.4 million years ago, you'd find Snow Canyon in a massive sand dune, with the piles stacking over 2,500 feet high.

Since then, these dunes have hardened and formed massive cliffs. Such dramatic scenery is only accented by 27,000 year old lava let loose from the local cinder cone volcanoes. These days, Snow Canyon is home to wildlife such as kit foxes, roadrunners, leopard lizards and protected species like peregrine falcons, desert tortoises and Gila monsters. If you're lucky enough to visit in spring or fall, you can see the desert wildflowers speckled across the sandy landscape.

Things to do in Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon State Park is open year round and has enough to keep the family entertained for days. The friendly park rangers often host events like night hikes, craft workshops and close encounters with animals found in the park. Other activities include biking, hiking, camping and golfing. For anyone who'd rather stay indoors, St. George, Utah is only minutes away from Snow Canyon. Here, you can find a wide variety of shopping and restaurants to keep you busy while your family explores.