Out and Back
To find the trailhead for Snow Canyon Overlook from St. George, you must follow Bluff Street going north—which turns into State Road 18—past Snow Canyon Parkway. After about 15 miles, you will find the turnoff to a gravel road with a big highway sign. You will find the trailhead map near the bathroom at the northwest end of the parking lot.
Snow Canyon Overlook is a spur trail off of the Red Mountain Trail that will lead you to one of the best viewpoints in Southern Utah. The trail leading to that viewpoint is a moderate climb up the high desert terrain of that area. The trail starts out fairly rocky and uneven. But after 0.5 miles or so, it begins to smooth out to packed earth and gets much more pleasant. The views along the way are nothing to write home about, but, on a clear day, you can glimpse the tall, red walls of Kolob Fingers.
Because the trail leading to the destination is so humdrum, it will take you by surprise when you suddenly reach a drop-off of nearly 1,000 feet down to the bottom of Snow Canyon. From here, you can see all the way out to the Arizona desert. The Y-shaped canyon of Snow Canyon State Park stretches out in front of you, making the perfect place for a picnic or a photo-op.