While we have really been enjoying the snow around here, sometimes it is fun to escape during the winter and head south to slightly warmer weather. During winter break last month we decided to escape the snow and inversion and head down to St George.
While the St George area is very well known for it’s proximity to Zion National Park, not everyone knows about all the other incredible State Parks and Recreational Areas that Southern Utah has to offer. One of our favorites is Snow Canyon State Park. We were absolutely blown away by our visit this December. It was stunning and we practically had the whole park to ourselves.
Snow Canyon is extremely family friendly. It is less than 15 miles from St George and it is only $6 per vehicle. Click here for the website with even more info!
This park is perfect for kids of all ages. There are sand dunes to play in, mini slot canyons, petrified sand dunes, moss covered canyon walls, red rock, white rock, climbing opportunities and volcanoes! There are so many short trails which are great for the younger ones! No need to worry about hauling your kids miles and miles to get to something interesting. If you are up for longer and more challenging trails, you’ll find them here too, there is something for every level. You will find something unique around every corner.
December temps were in the upper 40’s when we went and it was perfectly enjoyable. We stayed all afternoon and even had a picnic lunch. We left with the longing to return, and can’t wait until next time. Below I’ve highlighted a few of the trails. Enjoy!
Link to park brochure and trail guide.
JENNY’S CANYON TRAIL
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy (.5 mile round trip, sandy trail with some rocks)
PIONEER NAMES TRAIL
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy (.5 miles roundtrip, sandy trail with some rocks, rock scaling up to the actual name carvings is not easy)
PETRIFIED DUNES TRAIL
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy Moderate (1.2 miles round trip, some steeps slopes/uneven surfaces)
WHITE ROCKS AMPHITHEATER TRAIL
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy Moderate (1 mile round trip, some steep/rocky slopes and uneven surfaces)