Short family friendly hikes at Snow Canyon State Park
February 13, 2017
If you were looking for 2 short easy hikes for the family while you're in the St George area well Snow Canyon State Park is the place. With just a short drive north of St George and $6 fee you'll have a place to let those kiddos run. When we visited Snow Canyon State Park half of the park wasn't accessible because they were fixing the road, so our hike choices were slightly limited. But with our choices we decided to go on the Jenny's Canyon and Johnson Canyon.
Jenny's Canyon is a short 0.5 mile hike that leads to a small slot canyon. The hike is seriously a walk in red sand to the slot canyon, you can continue up to the overlook area which does include a small incline but nothing those crazy kids couldn't handle. It was cool to walk and then turn a corner and bam there was a slot canyon. I could see the kids really having fun in there climbing the walls and running to the end. The overlook isn't really anything fantastic but you might as well check it out since it's a short climb.
The other hike we went on was Johnson Canyon. This hike was longer, 2 miles but rated as easy. The trail head is located right before the fee booth and starts on the right side of the road. The trail takes you from the road into the red sand, there was a dry river bed, then walked on the base of the mountain and turned into the canyon. When the trail went along the base of the mountain it had a small cliff side that looked over a dry river bed, so watch your kiddos during this part. After that the trail crossed a small river, which I'm guessing is bigger during the summer, and walked next to an arch. At the end of the canyon we walked 3 people repel down the canyon wall, it looked fun and I guess a company does guided tours of canyoneering there. The trail was fun and super pretty and I would do it again once baby N gets older and can walk herself.
Those are the 2 trails we were able to do while in Snow Canyon. Up the road there was also a small sand dune that I saw tons of kids playing on and parents pulled out a blanket to have picnic on.