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Snow Canyon State Park

1002 Snow Canyon Drive
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Snow Canyon State Park Ivins Utah United States
Snow Canyon State Park Ivins Utah United States
On top of the world in a balloon Ivins Utah United States
Snow Canyon State Park Ivins Utah United States
Snow Canyon State Park Ivins Utah United States
On top of the world in a balloon Ivins Utah United States

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Snow Canyon State Park

Don’t let the name fool you—snow rarely falls here. In fact, winter temperatures are fairly mild, making Snow Canyon a popular destination year-round. The park includes 38 miles of hiking paths and more than 15 miles of horseback-riding trails. Visitors can also look forward to dedicated mountain-biking areas and a six-mile paved route for easy strolling. Thanks to past volcanic eruptions in the area, the park features remnant lava mixed in with the dominant red Navajo sandstone. Some years when enough moisture makes it into the soil, dormant wildflower seeds germinate, filling the park with vibrant colors in the spring.

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over 4 years ago

Snow Canyon State Park

Often overshadowed by southern Utah's national parks, Zion and Bryce, Snow Canyon State Park holds its own when it comes to beauty and activities. With stark red Navajo sandstone and ancient lava flows as its base, the surroundings are worthy enough just for a scenic drive, but if you have the time, get out and take a hike. Trails range from short, simple loops to longer hikes that require a bit of rock scrambling. This is a popular destination for cyclists, runners, and campers, so if you have time to really enjoy the area, feel free to do so. Do note that a lot of the hiking trails are sandy, so pack an extra pair of socks to change into after your visit.
over 4 years ago

On top of the world in a balloon

Once a year I'm fortunate to go to Utah - getting away from the hustle and bustle of NYC is worth the drive up from Las Vegas. On one of my hikes I heard a strange sound on an otherwise quiet early morning. The only noises I normally heard on my walks were my labored breathing and birds (yes, in the dessert!) so I had to climb to the top of a hill and see what it was. I looked down in the valley of Snow Canyon State Park just as the hot-air balloon was taking off. How I wished I was on top of the world in that basket, but watching the effortless flight across the clear skies and red rocks was food enough for the soul.