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Snow Canyon Red Mountain Trail

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Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon Red Mountain Trail is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dammeron Valley, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: This trail is not maintained or marked, and should be considered backcountry travel. Navigational aids are strongly recommended. Search and rescue operations are not uncommon for hikers lost in this wilderness as distances are deceiving and many people go unprepared for the rugged conditions. Also keep in mind that all creeks and washes are subject to flash flooding. Please read Know Before You Go.

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rocky
2 months ago

The view is worth it.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This trail has amazing views that are well worth the visit. it is fairly rocky and sandy so at times it is not easy going. The main thing to remember is bring more than enough water. It is already pretty hot on the trail as of April 29th and will get much hotter. Definitely a must do if you have the time to do the whole trail.

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail today and we love it! The view is breathtaking all the way around! A Gopher snake slithered in front of us on the trail in the really rocky part. We love snakes so it was awesome to see the beautiful guy!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun! Lots of sand and rocks—glad we wore chacos. Looks like it would be a fun trail—we turned around after about 3 miles because of our baby. Beautiful in mid-February, about 50 degrees. Definitely want to come back when baby is a little older and hike the whole thing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

We parked in Ivin’s at trail head parking. We wanted to tackle the step incline first thing. It was not well marked and often treacherous but still fun and worth the effort. At times we couldn’t find the trail and we took some sight seeing side roads so our mileage was 13.4. Beautiful hike with ever changing scenery from red to white sand stone and snow covered peaks. Bring lots of water and enjoy the beauty!!

hiking
5 months ago

We parked a car at the scenic overlook trail parking lot off highway 18 and started our hike from the base of red mountain in Ivins. Very tough and strenuous hike up the mountain with very loose rock and dirt all the up, lucky to find an opening through the rocks at the top. Once at the top views were stunning, with ten more miles to go over sandy areas and incredible rock formations. Approximately six miles of scrambling headed east towards the ridge line of snow canyon until you eventually run into the red mountain trail for the last four miles. We never saw any other hikers the entire way, highly recommend this hike.

hiking
off trail
5 months ago

Great trail. I tacked on the overlook trail and turned into a double ended lollipop. Plan for off route exploration as that was the best part. Remember to step on durable surfaces and avoid trampling fauna.

hiking
Wed Jun 12 2019

Bring plenty of water. I’ve done several longer hikes but I didn’t anticipate the sand being so deep. The views are really only seen from the ends of both Snow Canyon Overlook, and at the end of Red Mountain Trail.

hiking
Tue Dec 04 2018

Going to the Snow Canyon Overlook is definitely worth the time it takes! I strayed from the trail and spent some time hiking on the White Rock which made the views worthwhile!

Thu Oct 11 2018

Lucky it rained and packed the sand a bit, as much of it is deep sand making it tough on the incline. Nice views though.

Sat Mar 31 2018

The views could not be better. The first mile and a half is forgettable but after that was enjoyable, fun, and soul inspiring. First part is mostly rock and dirt, then dirt and sand, then slip rock, and then mostly sand to the overview of Ivins and the lower Snow Canyon. If you plan on doing an out and back be in good shape or make sure you have plenty of time, probably both! In my case, I planned on it but ran out of time and would have been dragging by the time I got back.

Sun Dec 31 2017

Great trail. Lots of rocks and sand. Great views and very little traffic

hiking
Fri Feb 10 2017

This is a nice, easy hike with an amazing view from the top of Snow Canyon. Very enjoyable.

hiking
Fri Jan 06 2017

The hike in to Snow Canyon is easy to moderate - a lot of natural rock stairs at parts. Worth the hike to get such great views of Snow Canyon, though. And good views of the Pine Valley mountains on the way back to the trailhead.

Thu Dec 29 2016

fantastic outlook of snow valley buy trail not clearly marked all the way.

Sun Oct 30 2016

Awesome

running
Fri Oct 21 2016

Sandy and rocky, very challenging to run, ok for walking though.

hiking
Sat May 28 2016

Beautiful view at the top!

Fri Apr 01 2016

Great view of the entire Snow Canyon park and no park fees to enter.

hiking
Sun Feb 21 2016

GORGEOUS view. Definitely worth the hike.

camping
Sat Jan 16 2016

Easy and gratifying trail to get to. Its no more than a couple miles before the views get insane as you can see from everyones photos. Go about a mile or so past the overlook it gets better and opens up. Yucca plants burn like CRAZY! It's good fun. Best sunrises on partly cloudy days, scatters the rays and all. Going up the red mountain face is steep in Ivins, but if you plan on coming back is worth it to overcome your fear of heights. Otherwise you can just use the road access off UT 18.

hiking
Tue Mar 03 2015

This was my mine and my wife's first backpacking trip. We started the hike around 6pm and hiked around 2 miles to the snow canyon overlook and stayed the night. It was a very windy and cold night but the next morning was beautiful. We hiked about another 5 miles to the pools and then hiked back to the trail head. All and all it was a great hike with beautiful views.

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