Saturday, October 5, 2013

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

Nice, sandy ride in desert country. St. George was our base camp.  We boarded the horses at Reinmaker's Equestrian.  Good facility with room for RVs to camp if you wish with no extra charge. We did get reservations in advance.  Others in the group opted for motels. There is camping in Snow Canyon, but no facilities for horse camping.  April was a nice time to do these rides.  It just gets too hot in the summer months. February, March, October and November would also be good.

This particular trail is reserved for Horses Only.

(remember, if you click on any photo, a larger image opens)

April 18, 2013; Distance covered: 9.68 miles; Maximum Elevation: 3,740 feet; Elevation Change: 1,130 feet; Trail conditions:70% sand, 15% lava rock, 10% gravel/rock, 5% dirt

I hiked up to the entrance to pay my entrance fee ($6), but was told we didn't have to pay unless we actually drove the vehicle into the park.  As long as we stayed parked in that area, we could ride our horses into the park with no fee.
Parking area, about 100 yards before the entrance gate.
Ready to ride out

If you look closely in the upper left hand corner, you can see the "Cowboy" behind the rock

Sand and more sand

This close up shows the sandy trail up the left that was In and Out.  Then went north up to the lava rocks and overlook.
Heading up out of the sand valley onto a ridge overlook.  Now leaving the
"Horse Only" trail.

Lava Caves

Looking back out the valley we rode up

What gorgeous red rock country!

Happy trails...

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    Your web page is great!
    I am hoping you can help me. I am taking two horses (from around Grand Junction area) and looking to go camping in Utah this weekend. I have a beginner rider with me so nothing to treacherous, although my horse will take care of him. I am really looking for lots of water, lakes, rivers etc while still having that Utah warmth! Do you know of a place that we can camp at that is, ideally, near trails or water that is good this time of year? Or trails that lead to water? Do you think it would be really buggy?

    Thank you so much for your help!