Red Sands (Three Ponds) Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Red Sands (Three Ponds) Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dammeron Valley, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November.

3.2 miles
364 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

2 months ago

This was stunning!!! Cold but worth the off season timing. The pools had water in them and the trail was all but vacant. Fantastic hike!

2 months ago

Absolutely stunning!

3 months ago

Some great scenery! The trail was not particularly difficult (was mostly flat) but the dimension that I didn't expect that made it a little more tricky was that the actual trail was literally sand. Good hiking boots are helpful, as those of our friends with just running/tennis shoes ended up with a lot of sand in their shoes. We went in November and the weather was perfect with a little briskness in the air.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Amazing and fun trail in Snow Canyon State Park. We hiked between Christmas and New Years and had a blast. Amazing red rock, pinyon pines, and scenery. We continued on and overlooked the Tuacahn theater. We had the place to ourselves and loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A good trail - now renamed as the Red Sands Trail - this hike traverses through some spectacular, diverse terrain.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fairly strenuous because of the loose sand! Ponds are really small and not much to look at but the area is beautiful and the hike was fun. Can be very hot and dry in the summer, take lots of water with you!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lots of loose sand, was difficult to walk on after a while since most of the trail is like that. The ponds weren't much to speak of.. and the last one really was more of a puddle. Needless to say, if you are just looking to have a fun walk with friends it works. If you're looking for ponds it's not great, but the rest of the scenery is definitely beautiful.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Do this hike after a rain. The otherwise very deep loose sand will be much easier to walk on. Also the pools will not be so stagnant. If you can time it right this hike can be very enjoyable. If not I would suggest any of the other hikes in the area. There are some great ones.

Then again, if walking in deep dry sand is your thing then mark this trail down as a must do. Like Rex Jones said you should make sure to wear appropriate foot wear.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A fun little trail. You'll spend much of your time walking through sandy dry river beds. So plan for shoes to accommodate (and a great calf workout). The trail ends at the three ponds...which are pretty stagnant in the summer, you'll find more water in the spring. The ponds themselves are tucked back into one of the canyons in the middle of the Snow Canyon State Park. A fun hike...great if you don't have much time for a bigger excursion.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

First thing to know is the trail head for this hike is actually located inside Snow Canyon State park. You either have to have a Year pass or pay a small fee for daily use. The park has a ton of great hikes and the views are breathtaking so the fee is definitely worth it.
We really enjoyed the hike. Its a good aerobic workout and the views are amazing. We had several young kids with us and they also loved it.
When we did the hike (April) the ponds were pretty much dried up. I'm guessing the months to go if you want to see water would be round end of may to end of June/July.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cool trail. It was the middle of summer so one of the ponds was completely dried up. Toads everywhere in the other two ponds! The riverbed is pretty sandy so its better to traverse the wall of the last bend to get through to the ponds. Its pretty sketchy getting down though! Decent trail overall.

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