I’ve seen some amazing views in Southern Utah. The best view I’ve seen outside of Zion is, hands down, the one you get from the Snow Canyon Overlook on the Red Mountain Trail. Here, two small canyons converge into one making a perfect capital Y. I’ve previously discussed what three elements make for a great hike: trail quality and experience, geographical anomalies, and a great view at the end of the hike.
For trail quality, the Red Mountain Trail gets a dismal score. It’s rough and broken up with large rocks jutting every which way. It really is terrible and rough on the ankles. That’s the downside to this hike for sure. The entire Red Mountain Trail will take you from just below Dammeron Valley to the actual Red Mountain butting up against Ivins. When I did this hike a week or so ago, I opted to turn off the main trail and go to the Snow Canyon Overlook and hike back out the same way I came in. It was a shorter hike with a big pay off of a view.
The view you are rewarded with at the overlook is definitely the crowning jewel in this hike, but there are a couple other additional aspects that make it special. The first add-on is that it is on BLM land, allowing for a couple of things you won’t find in state or national parks. For one, you can camp anywhere you want! It may not be a long hike for a great backcountry backpacking experience, but it could be a really cool one-night campout. You can also bring dogs with you, which is a pretty rare bonus.
There are several reasons you could end up loving this hike, but in the end, you just need one. So get out there and give it a try! You’ll be glad you did, and don’t forget the camera.