Snow Canyon/Southern Utah Adventure Trip, Feb. 13 - 16, 2009
Red Navajo sandstone, capped by an overlay of black lava rock, makes photography, hiking, biking and camping in Snow Canyon State Park a double treat. Early spring and fall use of the park is especially appealing due to southern Utah's moderate winter climate. Two recent volcanic cones are found near the head of the canyon.
This strikingly colorful canyon is 11 miles northwest of St. George. Facilities include a 35-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers, electric hookups, sewage disposal station, a covered group-use pavilion and overflow camp ground.
Elev: 3200 ft.
Snow Canyon sits at the junction of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau. The climate is typical of that of a desert climate. In the higher elevations the climate tends to be both dry and cooler. In the lower elevations the climate is also dry, but the temperatures are much warmer.
According to the map from the Ranger station: Created in 1959, Snow Canyon has a long history of human use. Anasazi Indians inhabited the region from AD 200-1250, utilizing the canyon for hunting & gathering. Paiute Indians used the canyon from AD 1200 to the mid- 1800s. "Mormon Pioneers" discovered Snow Canyon in the 1850s while searching for lost cattle. The canyon has been the site of Hollywood films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Electric Horseman, and Jeremiah Johnson. Originally called Dixie State Park, it was later renamed for Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, "Prominent Pioneering Utah Leaders".