Saturday, May 14, 2011

Snow Canyon in St George

The last step in our trip through southern Utah was St George. We stayed at a very nice spa/resort, the Red Mountain Spa. One of the best features of the resort was its proximity to Snow Canyon State Park. This park is about 6 miles long and is full of trails, both single track and paved.

When we were there, it felt like we had the park to ourselves. We did a 6 mile hike and probably ran across six or eight other people.

Like so much of southern Utah, the scenery is all about the rock. Red, yellow, orange, pink, and white, all mixed together in layers. Here you can see Julie hiking on the appropriately named White Rocks Trail.

There were a number of different cacti growing in the park. Some were blooming in pretty pinks and yellows, but these were my favorites. You wouldn't want to fall into one.

When you got into the white rock and the sun went behind the clouds, you lost all the color. No problem, just start looking for texture.

This is the view from just outside our hotel room, looking back towards the state park at sunset. In addition to the glowing red rock, you can see lots of black lava rock in the field. There were active volcanoes around the park as recently as 10,000 years ago. You can actually climb down into some of the old lava tubes that run through the park.

Snow Canyon is a wonderful little park. To see the best colors, go sometime close to sunrise. Most of the big, colorful walls get morning sun and afternoon shade.
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