Snow Canyon State Park

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Tucked away in the red rock wonderland of southern Utah lies a hidden gem just waiting to be explored by van lifers seeking adventure and natural beauty: Snow Canyon State Park. With its towering sandstone cliffs, ancient lava flows, and breathtaking vistas, this park offers an unforgettable experience for those looking to immerse themselves in the splendor of the desert Southwest. 


Snow Canyon State Park is steeped in geological and human history, with evidence of ancient volcanic activity and Native American presence dating back thousands of years. Volcanic eruptions and erosion over millions of years shaped the park’s dramatic landscape, creating the breathtaking scenery visitors enjoy today.


Snow Canyon State Park is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Whether you’re into hiking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, or simply soaking in the scenery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy:

1. Hiking: Lace up your boots and hit the park’s network of trails, which wind through stunning red rock formations, past ancient petroglyphs, and into hidden slot canyons. Don’t miss iconic hikes like the Petrified Dunes Trail and the Lava Flow Overlook Trail, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

2. Climbing: Snow Canyon is a paradise for rock climbers of all skill levels with its sheer sandstone cliffs and challenging routes. Test your skills on classic routes like the Crawdad Canyon Climbing Area, or explore the park’s lesser-known crags for a more secluded experience.

3. Wildlife Viewing: Look for the park’s resident wildlife, including desert tortoises, mule deer, and a variety of bird species. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to spot animals, so be sure to bring your binoculars and camera.


For van lifers looking to spend the night under the stars, Snow Canyon State Park offers both developed and primitive camping options. The park’s campground features sites with amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms, while primitive camping is available in designated areas for those seeking a more secluded experience.


While boondocking is not permitted within the boundaries of Snow Canyon State Park, there are plenty of opportunities for dispersed camping in the surrounding area. Simply find a secluded spot on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or other agencies, and set up camp for the night. Be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles and respect the environment while boondocking.

General Information

– Weather: Summers in Snow Canyon can be hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 100°F. Spring and fall offer more moderate temperatures, making them ideal times to visit. Be sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and protective clothing for outdoor activities.
– Services: While Snow Canyon State Park is relatively remote, nearby St. George offers all the amenities and services that van lifers might need, including grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and outdoor gear shops.
– Entrance Fees: There is a per-vehicle entrance fee to access Snow Canyon State Park. Check the park’s website for current fee information and hours of operation.

  • No-Resident: $15
  • Resident: $10

It’s a privilege to have Snow Canyon State Park for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.


Getting to Snow Canyon State Park is easy for van lifers traveling through the Southwest. The park is located just a short drive from the city of St. George, Utah, and is easily accessible via Interstate 15. Simply follow signs for Snow Canyon State Park and prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty that awaits.

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