Out and Back
To access the trails at the Red Mountain Trailhead, from St. George, take Bluff St. North ( State Road 18) through Snow Canyon Parkway, for about 15 miles where you’ll see the turnoff onto a gravel access road with a large highway sign. You’ll see the trailhead maker in the northwest end of the parking lot and there should be a bathroom available for use.
The Red Mountain Trail is tough to beat if you want some of the best views in the state – and that’s saying something! It’ll take you from just below Dammeron Valley to the Red Mountain next to Ivins. Along the way, you have the option to turn off the main trail and take the awe-inspiring Snow Canyon Overlook, a decision you’ll be grateful you made because the fantastic view from the overlook will capture your heart like no other trail in southern Utah.
Be aware that the trail can be strenuous in parts, with sandy and rocky footing, especially if you head up to Ivins, where it can get a little steep. If you just take the trail to the Snow Canyon Overlook, it’s fairly moderate. Also, after you get to the Overlook, the trail is not marked anymore, so you’ll definitely want a good topographical map and a GPS if you decide to explore beyond that point.
Great for hikers, equestrians, and even dogs, you can choose to make it a day hike or a full-on backpacking trip. In partial wilderness, be sure to come prepared with lots of water, and remember that much of the trail is exposed to the sun. Finally, all creeks and washes in the area are subject to flash flooding, so be safe and enjoy the Red Mountain Trail!