Scout Cave Trail offers wildflowers, river beds, lava rock formations, beautiful desert landscapes, and of course, a cave!
Scout Cave Trail is a 4.4-mile out and back hike located just outside Snow Canyon State Park, near Ivins, Utah.
The trailhead sign states “5.5 miles”, but my Apple Watch disagrees. It’s about 2.2 miles each way.
Right before the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park, you’ll see a parking lot to the left. The trailhead is located directly across the road from the parking lot.
Trailhead Coordinates: 37°10’41.1″N 113°38’41.7″W
This trail is the perfect combination of both easy and moderate. This hike is also dog and family-friendly, with just a small bit of scrambling to get to the cave at the end.
best time to hike
Scout Cave Trail is best used from March until October. We did this hike at the end of September and the weather was perfect! In the hotter months, this trail would best be done in the early morning. Avoid hiking in the direct sunlight. The desert is no joke.
Keep in mind that like most Southern Utah hikes, there is no shade on the trail, so plan accordingly.
The shadows you see here are from the placement of the sun. We hiked it right after sunrise.
You’ll see the beautiful desert landscape, wildflowers, and lava beds!
easy to navigate
There are many well-placed trail markers along the entire route, making it easy to stay on course.
Apparently you used to be able to drive all the way up to the base of the cave before they built the Entrada community.
Now you must do the entire route around it, which leads you right up to the residential neighborhood.
The trail winds around to a wooden staircase. Great photo opportunities and a great outdoor workout. I called it nature’s Stairmaster. Or Stairmonster, depending on your perspective.
As you get closer to the mountain, you’ll see the cave!
From there, you simply make your way to the top.
Scout Cave Coordinates: 37°10’05.3″N 113°37’44.6″W
The views from the top are amazing!
Explore the cave, enjoy the scenery, take lots of pictures, then head back down!
You can’t beat this easy, relatively short hike that leads to some amazing views and photo opportunities!