Western Trails

Southern Utah

Southern Utah is a hikers paradise.  In 2019 I was able to hike many of the trails with my Uncle and created some unforgettable memories.  These are some of the trails we were able to hike.

Snow Canyon Petroglyph Trail

This trail is located near Saint George Utah and features many Petroglyphs.  We found the trail heads on Alltrails are blocked by private property and looks like the official trail can be accessed through Snow Canyon State Park and the Gila Trail.  It is unfortunate this trail isn't easily accessible.  The trail is amazing and has some great slot canyons, the first we entered was Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs.  Then you make your way around Sinking Ship Rock which also has petroglyphs. Finally you descend into the Slot Petroglyphs.  This trail is rated moderate and doesn't have any amenities along the way.  

Kanarra Creek Canyon Trail

This trail is located near Kanarraville, Utah and features a waterfall.  The trail begins near Kanarraville parking lot and enters the canyon to follow Kanaraville Creek through some amazing slot canyons.  This trail crosses water a few times before reaching the slots where you must hike through the creek.  The water was very cold and I strongly recommend waterproof socks.  There was much more water than usual when we went so much that it was flowing over the ladder to climb up the waterfall. I can't wait to do this hike again, treking through the water is an experience I'll never forgot.  There is a $12 permit required to hike this and reservations can be made online. https://www.kanarrafalls.com/tickets/

Snow Canyon Trail

This trail is located in Snow Canyon State Park and is a loop of three trails.  Begining at Red Sands you hit the Petrified Dunes Trail, then Butterfly Trail over to West Canyon Road and then back to Red Sands trail.  The trail is very well marked and features a wide variety of biomes.  You begin hiking through red sand, climb petrified dunes, then descend into volcano plumes into a sandy wash which meets up with the road. The road meets back to the Red Sands trail and you loop back to the parking lot.  The petrified dunes were fun to climb with great views and had these uniquge round stones all over them, as if lava had spattered over them.  This is a great hike for all ages.  There is an $10 day use entrance fee into the park.  

The Vortex

This trail is located north of Snow Canyon near Gunlock.  We did this trail the same day as the Snow Canyon loops.  You travel down a dirt road to get to the trailhead where there is a small parking area.  There are no facilities on this trail and not very much shade so plan accordingly.  The trail starts by desceding into a wash and then you follow the cairns and foot paths along some beautiful Navajo Sandstone.  Eventually you climb to the top to find these large unique bowls. Its unknown how they were formed and they are amazing to see.  There weren't very many people on the trail and we enjoyed the pools all to ourselves.  It's probably more popular in the spring and fall.  The views of the surrounding are from the top are amazing as well.  This trail is not aggressive and is good for all ages, just bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen.  

Cinder Cone Trail

We also did this the same day as Snow Canyon and The Vortex hikes as a stop on our way back to St George.  It is located north of Snow Canyon Park and is a Cinder Cone with some great views of the surrounding area.  It loops around the cinder cone where you climb up the back side.  The hike up is pretty difficult so be cautious as you are hiking up loose volcanic gravel, the views from the top are worth it.  

Many Pools Trail

This trail is a lesser known 2.3 mi trail located in east Zions National Park.  It also known as Root Canal and features a tunnel under the road leading up to a moderate unmaintained trail.  It is a pick your own adventure type trail with lots of rock scrambles and views of the park.  Depending on what time of year you go there are "many pools" of water along the way.  

Peekaboo loop and Rim Trail

This is a great well maintained 6.5 mi loop through Bryce Canyon.  We began at the Rim Trail newar Mid Inspiration Viewpoint and went down to Peekaboo Loop.  From their we made our way back to the rim.  There are some rapid elevation changes so this trail is rated hard.  This trail offers some unique views from below of the hoodoos.

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