Rock in Snow Canyon
Snow Canyon State Park
is in the area of the city of Saint George
, perhaps an hour from the heart of Zion National Park
This large state park boasts a little of everything, from short sport clip-ups to mixed multi-pitch routes or even long, infrequently traveled adventure climbs. I have only sampled the area, but am writing it up here to get the ball rolling. The crags are sandstone, some reminiscent of the good stuff at Red Rock
, NV, some resembling the softer formations of Zion National Park
, and some fit for climbing by only the truest of desert rats.
No matter if you are chasing sun or shade, or wanting crimpers, slopers, pockets, or an occasional crack there are climbs of various flavors facing in any given direction at any given time of day, depending on which crag you are at. The Island In The Sky
area sports the Aftershock Wall
, Circus Wall
, The Doghouse
, and other walls with good sport and mixed climbs. The West Canyon
area has adventure routes and much adventure potential for those looking for touble and in possession of an emergency bolt kit. The nearby town of Saint George has plenty of services and hotels as well as nearby 'improved camping' at Snow Canyon State Park
($14 in addition to $5 daily entry fee) or free camping just outside town on BLM land.
The following guidebooks contain more details on the area and the park: Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip, Second Edition
; Rock Climbing Utah
; and an article in Climbing
magazine #225 (article by Tim Kemple).
The directions for each individal crag will be more telling, but to reach the state Park entrance, exit I-15 on the Bluff Street (I-15 Exit 6) in Saint George. Go north a few miles to the Snow Canyon Parkway, then left on that for 6 miles to Highway 8, then right (north) on that for ~3 miles into the park. Maps are available for the park at the entry kiosk where they will collect your $5 entry fee.
I kid you not, these directions are listed under the 'season' section of the Goss guidebook.
Weather station 6.4 miles from here
45 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snow Canyon State Park:
Featured Route For Snow Canyon State Park
Roar of the Greasepaint 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a UT
: Saint George
: ... : Circus Wall
This route might be the best route on the "Circus Wall" section of the Island In the Sky, and at the very least makes a great warm-up for the longer routes on Aftershock Wall. The route is 2 pitches, but is easily lead as a single 50 M pitch. Approach Circus Wall via the Pioneer Names Trail and stop at the slab at the base of the names cave. P1: (30M, 5.10b) "Roar Of the Greasepaint" scrambles up into the Names cave and then moves out it's top left edge (5.6, S) to clip a single pin before pull...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Looking West from the Enclosure
Joseffa Meir walks in to Snow Canyon for a cold mo...
Blurry ( due to rain) look at the canyon coming do...
BETA PHOTO: A map of the crags in Snow Canyon. Free at the vis...
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 10, 2004
Two summers ago a couple friends and I grabbed our climbing gear and hiked into snow canyon. We found a sweet rock that had definitely not been climbed before. Climbing sandstone is a lot harder than climbing granite as we soon found out. We still had a great time and we plan on going back this spring (04). If you are only looking for climbing try nearby Zions park, but if you want unbelievable scenery topped with some great day-hikes snow canyon is your spot. The crappy thing is they wont let you backpack in and campout, they want you to stay in the "designated campground" with all the other shmucks. Plus they charge you five dollars admission plus $14 for a tent spot, per night. My advice is go to nearby gunlock reservoir and stay there for free. It isnt a very scenic place to camp, but it gets the job done. Good luck.
TD from Salt Lake City, Utah
By Ben Folsom
Nov 29, 2009
Be sure not to bring dogs here expecting to climb, as all the climbing area trails are closed to dogs.
Mar 9, 2012
Hey I am just wondering if theres anything to top rope?? Taking my family down there tomorrow thanks
Mar 21, 2014
I'm getting ready to explore this area for the first time with a group of friends next weekend. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some useful beta on camping options near Snow Canyon State Park? I just called the BLM office, and they were unhelpful to put it nicely. The MP post mentions dispersed camping on BLM sites - does anyone have any more info on this?
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Mar 21, 2014
There is nice camping in the park, or there was last I knew anyway. It has been a while, but $14/night wasn't bad for a picnic table, trash services, fire ring, and toilets... it might be more now - probably.
There is camping outside of town on public land. I took this photo (below) from a little road we camped off of the first time I was there climbing at Chuckawalla, on the way to Vegas.
I'd say call the climbing shop, or stop buy there to buy a few bars and ask.
The Town of Saint George & some of it's surrounding crags, as seen from a mesa above, where there was once free camping... Photo by Tony Bubb, 11/03.