Snow Canyon State Park


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Summer Heat Has Arrived!

Don’t let Snow Canyon’s name deceive you.  This is a desert park and daytime temperatures during the summertime can range from the low 100’s to 117 (F).  If you plan on a summer visit come prepared for hot, dry conditions and follow these safety tips:

  1.  Avoid hiking between 11a.m. and 7p.m.  The park is open from 6a.m. to 10p.m. daily so plan on getting an early start to your day.  If you arrive late plan on a driving tour and picnic lunch instead.
  2. Every person in your group should drink a minimum of 1-liter of water per hour.  Everyone should carry their own water and drink frequently. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. 
  3. Don’t be fooled by the thermometer.  If the air temperature reads 100 degrees (F), the surface temperature will be over 150 degrees (F).  Not only will the sun be beating down on your head but the heat from the ground will be radiating up – creating an intense heat bubble. 
  4. Most park trails are fully exposed (i.e. there is no shade). Wear a hat and sunscreen.  Long sleeve shirts can protect you from the most intense rays and a wet bandana or cooling cloth can provide some relief.
  5. Check the local forecast.  Excessive Heat Advisories are common and should be taken seriously.
  6. Cell phone coverage is limited.  Don’t hike alone and tell others of your plans.
  7. Heavy sweating, nausea, weakness, dizziness, and muscle cramps are signs of heat exhaustion which can quickly lead to heat stroke and death.  Listen to your body. Rest and rehydrate if possible or turn around.
  8. Infants, young children, and the elderly overheat much more quickly than other age groups.  Even if you arrive early, adjust your hikes to accommodate the youngest and oldest in your party, and stick to the shortest hikes.