Out and Back
Johnson Canyon Trail lies outside the fee area of Snow Canyon State Park and is accessed from a trailhead parking area on Snow Canyon Drive just below the Park’s south entrance station. From I-15 take exit 6 on Bluff Street and head north toward Pine Valley Mountain for about 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Snow Canyon Parkway and continue for about 4 miles. Turn right on Snow Canyon Dr and follow this road for about 1 mile. The parking area is adjacent to the south entrance station, adjacent to the restrooms. The trailhead is on the east side of the road, but the parking area is across the street.
Because of endangered habitat this trail is closed seasonally from March 15 – September 14. Check with Park Rangers for more details.
Johnson Canyon Trail is a short, but exciting hike at the mouth of Snow Canyon State Park. This is a great hike for the whole family! It is an easy trail that features a lava flow field, natural spring, and a magnificent arch spanning 200 ft. near the end. As with a lot of trails in Snow Canyon State Park, there is sand so boots are recommended if you have them.
This short 2 mile round trip takes around 1 hour to complete. There are no dogs allowed on this trail. There are only minor up-and-downs on this route; the trail gains almost nothing in elevation between the road and the arch. Portions of the trail are soft sand or hard lava rock with little elevation change. Nearing the canyon, visitors will encounter some slick rock sections. This hike allows great views of the Red Mountain and Paradise Canyon. The canyon has a lot of shade and is a cool place to sit and have a picnic with the family.