Snow Canyon State Park

Events

Naturalist Guided Events Spring (May-June) 2022

All listed events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. Program registration is held two days preceding the scheduled event. Register by phone or in person. For more information or to register for a program contact park staff at (435) 628-2255.

Scorpion Hike

Join the Park Naturalist to find the hidden world of one of our more notorious nocturnal residents. Debunk some myths and get to know your friendly neighborhood arachnids. Space is limited; registration required.

Fri 5/6, 8:30pm-10:00pm


Moonlight Hike

Watch moonrise over the sandstone cliffs as you learn about Earth’s only satellite. Explore a whole new side of the park by moonlight to discover the nightlife of Snow Canyon. Space is limited; registration required.

Fri 5/13, 8:30pm-10:00pm


Deep Space Special Event

Snow Canyon welcomes a special guest for a night of star gazing. Learn about the deep space objects found in the spring night sky. We will be staying beyond regular day-use hours for this one-time special event. Space is limited; registration required.

Fri 5/27, 9:00pm-10:30pm


Johnson Canyon Guided Hikes

Discover an arch, a spring, and one of the beautiful box canyons of Snow Canyon as you learn about the wildlife and human history of Snow Canyon. Space is limited; registration required.

Fri 5/20, 9:00am-10:30am

Fri 6/3, 9:00am-10:30am


Please check below for activities that you can print and do during your next visit to Snow Canyon.

Longer nights and cooler temps generate excellent stargazing! Click on the link below to discover what’s up in the night sky during the month of NOVEMBER!


Participate in our Desert Tortoise scavenger hunt and help us celebrate this iconic desert species. Desert Tortoise Week is officially October 4-8, 2021. Click on the link below to download a handout copy.

https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/09/DesertTortoiseWeek.pdf


Planets, bright star clusters, conjunctions, and multiple meteor showers! Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky for OCTOBER!


Exceptional starry skies in Snow Canyon this month! Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky for SEPTEMBER!

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What’s up in the night sky this month? Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky for AUGUST!

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Enjoy the Summer Triangle and view the majestic Milky Way this month! Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky for JULY!

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What’s up in the night sky this month? Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky for JUNE!

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Enjoy Our Park’s Dark Sky and Starry Views! Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky this month! MAY

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Discover the Night During Dark Sky Week! Click on the link below to see what’s up in the night sky this month! APRIL

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Desert Tortoise Awareness

Watch Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, take a morning hike in Snow Canyon State Park and look for signs of tortoise.   Learn more about the Desert Tortoise and their unique desert adaptations.  


Nature’s Bounty
(activity/handout)

To live in this region, earliest inhabitants of the area learned to use the natural resources available to them.  From West Canyon Road, learn to identify a few of the canyon’s native plants and some of their traditional uses.  Use link below to download the activity:

https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/09/Natures-Bounty-handout-1.pdf


Sand Dunes Bingo
(activity/handout)

Visit the Sand Dunes area and see how many features you can find. Four in a row is Bingo! Use link below to download the activity:

https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/10/Sand-Dunes-Bingo.pdf


Make a ‘Big Dipper Star Clock’
(activity/handout from Big Dipper Star Clock 2006, Astronomy From the Ground Up)

You don’t need a watch to tell what time it is at night as long as you can find the Big Dipper.  Long before digital watches or even grandfather clocks, people used the sky to tell time at night.  Follow their example and build a star clock that you can use to tell time by the stars.  Use link below to download the activity:

https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/09/BigDipperStarClock.pdf