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Red Sands - Snow Canyon State Park

Red Sands - Snow Canyon State Park

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 3.2 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Red Sands is another beautiful trail in Snow Canyon State Park.  The path is marked and somewhat easy to follow though there are short spans without signs.  Starting from a parking lot for Whiptail trail, the trail connects to both Hidden Pinyon and Petrified Dunes.  The trail is pretty rocky and all sand towards the end but not too bad overall.  Obviously the scenery and views are incredible as the trail winds behind red rocks to feature a unique view of Snow Canyon at the Hidden Pinyon connections. Most hikers either turn back after this view which is found a little over half a mile into the hike.  From here, the trail crosses West Canyon Road and continues through sand along Padre Canyon.  This stretch of the hike is a little confusing but ultimately it veers to the right and follows the canyon until ending at a small pond.  There is a sign marking the end of the trail.  Overall, Red Sands is a great trail for the park and really does offer some incredible views.  The full hike used to worth it as there was more water and the end but now Red Sands is usually just used to reach the viewpoint at Hidden Pinyon.n There is very little shade so please be prepared with water.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

3.2 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

23 Miles ( 20 minutes driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Flushing Toilets at Ranger Station/Lodge

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

No

BIKERS ALLOWED

No

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

No

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Great Year Round

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

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 2.6 miles (after passing through the main gate) the parking lot for Whiptail Trail is on your left. Red Sands Trail takes off from Whiptail.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Coming Soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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