Snow Canyon State Park

Events

Naturalist Guided Events September-October 2022

All listed events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required unless otherwise noted. 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.

Lava Land Hike

Dive deeper into the geology of Snow Canyon, quite literally! Join park staff as we climb into one of the lava tubes you will find here in the park. Space is limited; registration required.

Friday, 9/30 8:30 am-10:30 am


Scorpion Search

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.

Sun, 10/02 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm


Tortoise Meet & Greet

Visit our education booth anytime from 9 am to 11 am as we celebrate Desert Tortoise Week with the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve’s ambassador tortoises. No registration required.

Fri, 10/07 at Upper Galoot


Moonrise Hike

Explore a whole new side of the park by moonlight and discover the nightlife of Snow Canyon. Space is limited; registration required.

Sun 10/09, 7:00pm-8:30pm


Star Parties

Join us for a night of star gazing and wonder as we learn about the deep space objects found in the fall night sky. Space is limited; registration required.

Sat 10/22, 7:45pm-9:30pm

Sun 10/23, 7:45pm-9:30pm


Creepy, Crawly, Costume Hike

Bats, spiders, and snakes, oh my! Learn about the most infamous wildlife in the park and find out if that reputation is earned. Costumes are encouraged! Space is limited; registration required.

Sun 10/30, 11:00 am-1:00pm


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