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Snow Canyon Secrets: Petroglyphs

The Greatest Time I’ve Had In Snow Canyon

As far as I’m concerned, Snow Canyon State Park is the little brother to Zion National Park. It’s an amazing place that is widely overlooked, thanks to its impressive sibling. This secret of Snow Canyon will balance the scales a little in their sibling rivalry.

Previously, I’ve written about some of the secrets of Snow Canyon, but this secret is my favorite. Once you see it, you’ll understand why. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this post, I’ll have convinced you how amazing this hike is, and you’ll want to do it yourself. So, here’s a link to the info you’ll need to find it.

This hike is a connector trail to the Gila Trail. You can all so do the entire out-and-back eight miles of the Gila Trail if you are looking for a longer hike with the same great payoff in the end.

Hidden four miles from the main canyon of Snow Canyon is a small slot canyon filled with petroglyphs! What’s a petroglyph? Well, a couple of years ago – okay, hundreds and sometimes thousands – natives of this area scratched out drawings on rock documenting their lives.

There are actually four different petroglyph spots on this loop, and they are each impressive in their own right. However, the small slot canyon petroglyphs are the ones that stole my heart. Everything about it screams childhood fantasy. For a few brief minutes, I felt like Indiana Jones! The entrance is well shrouded by shrubbery, but once you find it, you’re quickly enclosed in tall rock walls.

One of my favorite parts about this spot is the tree that refused to be dismissed and denied growth. In adversity, it grew strong and tall, and makes for an amazing photograph. Instead of gold or an artifact to steal away like Indy, you get beautiful shots of ancient drawings and cool, tightly cut slot canyon walls. You probably won’t get chased out by a giant rolling boulder, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll have had more than enough adventure.

Each time I share a new location to explore, a little bit of me is apprehensive about it. I love sharing beauty and wonder, and I don’t think any one person has a claim to natural features like these petroglyphs. They are there to be enjoyed by everyone. This spot more than any other, though, requires the highest level of respect. Please keep this spot special and treat it with love and care. Follow Leave No Trace rules, and don’t damage the area or add your own version of drawings or markings. It’s meant to be enjoyed, so make sure it’s around to be enjoyed by future generations, too.

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