3 Easy Hikes for Children in Snow Canyon

3 Easy Hikes for Children in Snow Canyon

In my twin girls’ opinion, a trip to St. George isn’t complete without a visit to Snow Canyon. I call it the mini Zion’s because it boasts of the same red rocks Snow Canyon and natural wonders but has more manageable hikes for younger children with various landscapes from sand dunes to petrified sand dunes to volcanic rock to white rock.

With an entrance fee of $6 per car it is also less expensive than a trip to Zion’s.

I love Zion’s National Park but with young children it can be a hassle to get on and off the bus and the hiking can be arduous for little feet.  Snow Canyon is simply the more convenient option.

If you happen to find yourself in St. George this President’s Day weekend there are three hikes you should consider in Snow Canyon:

Sand Dunes (1/2 mile)

Ready, set, JUMP! My kids jump off the hills and land in the deep soft sand to see who can beat the longest jump. In the winter/spring the sand is cool and slightly wet, perfect for making sand castles and wearing sandals.
Snow Canyon
In the summer/fall we learned the hard way that sandals and bare feet get burned quickly and make for a short trip. And if you want to make sand castles you’ll need to bring water to moisten the sand.

Petrified Sand Dunes (1.2 miles)

Snow Canyon Wear shoes with good traction and scramble around the slopes crossing massive Navajo sandstone outcrops and petrified sand dunes. This is a great spot for a picnic and scenic pictures. 

Johnson Canyon (2 miles)

This level hike has few rocky slopes and winds through lava and red rock to an arch spanning 200 feet and ending in a sheltered canyon.

Like me, you may even fall in love with the canyon and consider running the Snow Canyon Half Marathon in October without the children :)

Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

No matter which hike you choose, be sure to pack a Hydro Flask for each of you!

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I live with my twin girls and husband at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer I like to run, hike, and camp. In the winter I like to snow shoe, cross country ski and cozy up to a stack of novels. My family delights me with their love, humor, and desire to go on outdoor adventures with me from catching butterflies to dipping toes in rivers, to making s'mores up the canyon. I earned a Master of Professional Communication at Westminster College and was marketing manager for the Utah Symphony & Opera Deer Valley Music Festival and Program Director at Brighton Girls Camp. Both opportunities fueled my love for the outdoors.

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  1. Posted by Sarah

    Thank you! I actually am going to St. George for Presidents’ Day and I kept thinking I needed to ask the adventure moms where the hikes are in that area. Thanks!

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