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Snow Canyon Petroglyphs

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The Snow Canyon Petroglyphs are a very cool, unique slot canyon near St. George, Utah. When you are there it feels like it’s straight out of Indiana Jones or The Labyrinth movies. They are in Snow Canyon State Park, but it is out of the fee area and not well-known. In the past there was an easement on private property to make this a very short hike, but now you have to go around.

Finding the Slot Canyon Petroglyphs

This hike begins on the side of the road, where the shoulder expands to make plenty of room to park. If you look directly west you can kind of see a trail. Shortly after, you leave the side of the road you pass a paved bike trail that is part of the Snow Canyon Loop. You can see the neighborhood in the distance. The petroglyphs are directly west of that. Keep heading west.

There is a sand path.

As we were walking that first half mile to the opening in the fence, we watched the beautiful sunrise!

You will pass dirt road that is a sewer line and then will come to a cattle fence. Some reviews of the trail indicated that you had to crawl under the fence, but we found an obvious opening to walk through.

After you go through the fence you will need to head north. Shortly you will arrive at petrified sand dunes you will walk over. You can see the homes to the right in this photo.

Map to Petroglyphs Slot Canyon

It is helpful to have a map to know exactly where it is. On Google it is called “Petroglyphs Slot Canyon” and on AllTrails it’s “Scout Falls to Snow Canyon Petroglyph Trail”, but that is a long 11 mile route. Here is a map I made. The little yellow dot halfway is the fence opening.

There are also signs as you get near. The entrance to the slot canyon is from the north, so you will have to go just beyond it to get in. When you get to the signs, it’s still kind of hard to see because the entrance is obscured by some cool trees.

When you see this second sign, head ahead to the right of the rock. At first it seems all overgrown.

There is a super cool curved tree that is at the entrance of the slot canyon.

Once you climb over that bigger tree, you are in the incredible slot canyon! It seems more like the rock split many years ago, rather than being worn away by water or wind, but either way, it’s super cool!

It is such a remarkable place. It is clear that this isn’t a traditional slot canyon, but a place where the rock split, but it is fascinating!

As you walk along, look for the petroglyphs carved into the walls. These are just a few!

Most of the way down there is a place where the rocks wall allows you to walk up a little higher, kind of like a ramp.

If you have more time you can explore more around the petrified sand dunes and the rest of the area, but if you head straight back it makes it about 2.5 miles round trip.

There are many more cool hikes nearby if you have more time. Inside Snow Canyon State Park there is Jenny’s Canyon, Petrified Sand Dunes, Butterfly Trail, and Lave Tube Trail to name a few. If you want more awesome petroglyphs nearby, I love the Anasazi Valley Trail. The Parowan Gap Petroglyphs are also impressive. To see all the trails in Washington County click here.

Stats for Snow Canyon Petroglyphs

Distance – 2.5 miles round trip (can easily expand it)
Approximate biking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 308 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – None
Seasons to hike – Year Round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Map to parking and trailhead

Map of destination


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. utahhikingbeauty

    I took all the photos on this site.

  2. Wendy

    Sorry I didn’t mean to give it two stars😬 I was clicking on the stars to read reviews and it clicked and wouldn’t let me change it. Sorry. It’s a great hike. I have done it from the old starting spot but not this one.

  3. Andre

    A shame to publish a map to such a special place. Discretion.

    1. utahhikingbeauty

      I know it’s a hotly debated topic. There are many incredible places that I have only found thanks to others’ kindness in sharing. I do hope that people will care for it.

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