Monday, October 4: West Canyon Road and the southern portion of the Whiptail Trail will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to accommodate the Senior Games 10K Road Race. You may experience slight delays along Snow Canyon Drive as runners cross the roadway at the south entrance station. The campground will not be impacted. Tuesday, October 5: Snow Canyon Drive through the park will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to accommodate the Senior Games Cycling Hill Climb. You will need to leave the campground by 7:45 a.m., otherwise you will not be allowed to exit the campground until after 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 8: Snow Canyon Drive through the park will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the Senior Games Cycling Road Race. You will need to leave the campground by 9:15 a.m., otherwise you will not be allowed to exit the campground and access Snow Canyon Drive until after 12:30 p.m.
Fun, easy walk with the parents and grandparents. The arch is cool to see. Lots of people out and about this Thanksgiving weekend. It was unfortunate to see a few people disregarding the rules (dogs, walking off the path, breaking branches or throwing rocks). Please respect the landscape.
Took us about an hour there and back.
Silver S. on Butterfly Trail
Neither difficult or boring. A great family hike. And yes, we did see butterflies.
This was a fun hike with great scenery and a little adventure. Parking is easy and the trail is well marked. Easy walking, passing by lava flow, with vistas of the the snow canyon cliffs ahead of you and white rocks to the side. There are two large lava tubes areas which are marked on the trail map. Bring headlamps if you'd like to really get in there and explore. Otherwise you can just walk in the entrance for a taste of what it's like. There are a few other smaller tubes along the way, not on the map, that are also fun if you are ready for a squeeze and a slither. The nice thing is that the lava tubes are only about half way on the trail, so you can really customize how long or short you want your hike to be. After the lava tubes (where we lingered for quite a while) we took time to climb to the very top of the slickrock hill where an overlook is marked on the map. See our photos above. It was a fun easy scramble and a spectacular view at the top. Then we hiked back to the car. Overall we only did 2.2 miles and 2 hours of hiking. You can follow the trail to the end for a 4+ mile hike. You can crawl around in caves or just hike. We went at the end of September and temps were mid 80's on the surface and 50's in the big caves. Perfect, in other words :)