PIONEER NAMES – SNOW CANYON STATE PARK
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.2 miles round trip from south parking lot, 0.2 miles round trip from north parking lot to pioneer names
The Pioneer Names Trail in Snow Canyon State Park is a short and fun little hike from the main road. It is a crescent shaped trail that passes by, among other things, a canyon wall that was written on by early St George settlers as early as 1881. The names were written in wagon axle grease and has remained protected by the arch that it sits under. Early Mormon Pioneers would often picnic in the canyon, and these writings were likely left by members of picnic parties and/or cattle ranchers. Hikers on this trail can now enjoy the beauty of the unique rock formations and the surrounding vegetation, or clip into the climbing hooks and scale the canyon walls. There are two trail heads for this trail. The north trail head is much closer to the Pioneer Names, but it is a short hike from either trail head, and easily passable by people of all ages. The trail is sandy in some places, so proper footwear is advised. Enjoy this beautiful hike and soak in some history too!
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
1.2 miles round trip from south parking lot, 0.2 miles round trip from north parking lot to pioneer names
AVERAGE HIKE TIME
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park
DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE
10 Miles (20 minutes driving)
Flushing Toilets at Ranger Station/Lodge
Out & Back
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE
Spring, Fall, Winter
BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE
Morning, Afternoon, Evening
No Permit Required
WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE
No Water Sources Available, Water Available at Ranger Station/Lodge
No Camping Available on Trail, Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area
Dirt Single Track, Slick Rock, Sandy
Partial Sun Exposure
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
Directions to Trailhead. From St George, head north on Bluff Street and take exit to Red Hills Pkwy/Snow Canyon Pkwy. Turn left onto Snow Canyon Pkwy and travel 3.2 miles until you come to a traffic circle. Proceed through the circle and continue 0.7 miles. At the next traffic circle take the first exit onto Snow Canyon Dr. In 1.5 miles (after passing through the main gate) the trail head will be on your right.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HikeStGeorge is a project that began as a seedling for Tim LeBaron in the early part of 2008, but really didn’t begin to blossom until the latter part of 2011. The original idea behind the site was to bring to light all of the harder to find, or “less known” hidden gems of the area. It was more of a pet project than anything. As excitement about the site began to spread, there was more of a push to develop information about all hikes in the Southern Utah Region.
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