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Snow Canyon Overlook/Red Mountain Trail

Photo Jan 15 2 49 30 PM

Also known as “Snow Canyon Overlook Trail” by locals, Red Mountain Trail is a 4.8-mile round trip hike near Dammeron Valley that offers breathtaking views of Snow Canyon State Park from the backside.

You can continue this hike for a total of 12.1 miles out and back if you’re feelin’ frisky. A little over 2 miles in you’ll get great views of Snow Canyon, and bonus, no park fees to enter. Most people only go to the lookout point, then turn around and go back the way they came. You also get great views of Pine Valley Mountain on your way back to the trailhead.

If you’d like to see all the available trails IN Snow Canyon, you can find them here!

Trail head to Snow Canyon Overlook

Keep in mind that the sand struggle is real with this one. It’s a pretty intense workout trudging through it, mixed with the length, but the views are totally worth it. You’ll find a mixture of deep sand and large rocks throughout the trail. The sand makes the trek feel a lot longer than it actually is.

Snow Canyon Overlook/Red Mountain Trail views

I told you it was worth it! No photos will do the views that come along with this hike real justice! You need to see it for yourself!

A view of Snow Canyon Overlook/Red Mountain Trail with a dog

Buddy loved it, too!

Rain puddles against white sandstone formations

If you continue past the Snow Canyon overlook, you might be lucky enough to find some pools amongst the white rocks (depending on the season). I’ve always loved finding water in the desert!

Sandstone formations with water pockets
Red Mountain Trail/Snow Canyon Overlook Trail views

For another killer view of Snow Canyon State Park, see the Cindercone Trail, here!

Trailhead GPS coordinates: 37.16784, -113.39163

Directions: From I-15 Exit 6, take Bluff Street north (State Route18). Go 3.7 miles to Snow Canyon Parkway and continue straight through the intersection. Continue north for another 11.4 miles. Turn left onto a gravel access road leading directly into the trailhead. The turnoff from SR 18 is marked with a large highway sign.