{TRAVEL TUESDAY} St. George, UT: Snow Canyon

by Mary Edwards

Family travel st. george utah My husband and I choose to Honeymoon in Moab Utah because of the incredible hiking.  When we learned we were having twins, we bought two child backpacks in order to continue our traditional hikes and to help our children gain a love for the outdoors.

Family travel st. george utah

When our girls turned five, we decided it was time for them to hike on their own.  My husband and I could hike for hours and hours, and we learned the hard way that our five-year-old girls had less stamina.  However, we’ve figured out some techniques that have helped our family enjoy hiking together:

1. Pack good snacks and water

2. Make frequent stops to observe the scenery, flowers and animals

3. See how many lizards/squirrels/snakes one can spot

4. Choose a hike appropriate for their age

Family travel st. george utah

We travel to St. George almost every three months for work.  Recently, we’ve discovered a local gem in Snow Canyon.  It’s like a mini Zions National Park with  its red and white sandstone cliffs, black lava rock, sand dunes, and petrified dunes.  The backdrop is stunning and there is a hike for any ability.

A favorite spot of my children’s is the Sand Dunes.  It is about a 1/4 mile hike through sand and rock.  We usually spend two to three hours playing and racing up and down the hills, making sand castles, and digging pits.  We take plenty of water, sun block, packed lunches, and pails and shovels.   It is perfect for a short morning or mid-afternoon hike.  The sand gets hot in the warmer summer temperatures, so remember to bring good shoes that cover your feet.  You can change into sandals once you arrive.

Family travel st. george utah

Snow Canyon is close to St. George and costs $6 per vehicle.

Family travel st. george utah

Contact Information
Snow Canyon State Park
1002 Snow Canyon Drive
Ivins, UT 84738
435-628-2255

Family travel st. george utah



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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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