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Snow Canyon State Park

One of the favorite destinations here in St George, Utah for our guests is Snow Canyon. Snow Canyon State Park is spread across 7,400 acres, it is a beautiful scenic park gently placed among tall sandstone cliffs and lava flows in a beautiful and delicate desert environment. Grand views of the gentile interchange of dark, light and different color rejoicing across canyon walls which induces exciting reactions from visitors. This amazing snow canyon give you chance to explore the elegant dunes and trails on foot, horseback and bike.

The Canyon provides you the best campsite at serene campground which is surrounded by red Navajo Sandstone and ancient lava flow. Visit the Snow Canyon and discover the real secrets of the striking desert landscape during regular nature programs.

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is located in sixty two thousand acre, managed by the authorities to protect the federally listed habitat and desert tortoise, and also the park authorities offer outdoor activities for all age groups to explore and enjoy their stay. The outdoor actives include nature studies, hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, camping, junior ranger events and ranger talks. The park also provides 38 miles hiking trails, 15 miles of equestrian-trails and paved biking/walking trail.

• Geology
Now we call it as Utah was once covered by tiny grains of quartzite sand that was transported by wind over 183 million years ago. These amazing sand dunes are about 2,500 feet thick and gradually they were cemented into rigid stone. They appear burnt orange to creamy white color. Navajo sandstone is the prime rock in the park, which relics the primeval desert sand sea. Over a period of continuous flow of the water on the stone has made the shape of sandstone to shape canyons. Nearly 1.4 million years ago and around 27,000 years ago, the cinder cones exploded causing lava flowed down the canyons and filled the canyons with basalt. These redirected primordial waterways gradually creating new canyons. Remember do not remove minerals and rocks when you are at canyons it is illegal.

• Plants and Animals
Snow Canyon is home for different wildlife species and for variety of plants that is not found anywhere else in the state. Snow Canyon is situated at the junction of Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, and Colorado Plateau, every year the average rainfall in the park is 7.5 inches. The flora of the desert includes creosote bush, sand sage, narrow leaf-yucca, desert willow, and scrub oak. If the weather condition during spring and fall is perfect, then you can observe wildflowers blooming all over the park, which give the beautiful sight to your eye and inner vision. You can also enjoy watching wildlife all over the canyon; you can catch a glimpse of kit foxes, coyotes, quail, leopard lizards, roadrunners, canyon tree frogs and gopher snakes. You can also find some of the endangered species that are protected by authorities in the park. You can see peregrine falcons, gila monsters, and desert tortoise. Remember, you should not touch any desert plants or wildlife during your stay, it is totally prohibited.

Snow canyon was opened for public in 1959 and it possesses an authentic history to share with. The region was occupied by the Anasazi Indians from 200 A.D. to 1250. They used to hunt and gather in the canyon. From 1200 A.D. to mid 1800s, Paiute Indians used the Snow canyon, and in 1850’s Mormon Pioneers found snow canyon while they were looking for the lost cattle. And now in recent years, you might have seen the canyon in many Hollywood films like a Sundance Kid, and Butch Cassidy, Jeremiah Johnson and The electric Horseman. Visit the place and discover the pleasure staying in the beautiful canyons.