The ever elusive Lion's Mouth Cave (named because it looks like a lion's mouth.) in Iron County has been on my list for quite some time. We tried to find this hike some 8-10 years ago and never did. (I'd like to to say it's because Pinterest and the Internet were not that helpful then.) This time, we were finally successful!
Now, it seems there is this awesome little pull-out parking area that even has a welcoming gate. (We actually found the instructions on this website.)
The website claims that it's only a 1/4 mile to the cave, which we felt was pretty accurate.
It's a good thing too, because somehow, I forgot a baby carrier. This hasn't happened in many years friends. Having a child strapped to ourselves has become the norm for us for the past 5 years.
When we found the large rock formations there were some trails veering off to the right, which my husband took and I stayed to the left.
While the husband was off trying to find the pictographs, the kids and I had already found them. He took the long way around and we didn't see him for quite some time.
Luckily, we had plenty to look at and see. Be sure not to let your kids touch the drawings!
By the time the husband got around the rock formation, we'd seen it all.
The kids thought the pictographs were pretty cool though. They loved trying to identify what the shapes were.
We also loved climbing all around. There are some steep drop offs, so you'll want to keep an eye on your little ones.
While we didn't see any real snakes, I am always on high alert during the hot weather for snakes. Utah is a desert people!
The views are pretty amazing too.
If you find yourself going West of Cedar City, be sure to take Pinto Road for a quick hike!
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- Directions: Head west on Highway 56 for 16.7 miles to Pinto Road. Pinto Road is a dirt road that is accessible to most vehicles. Follow Pinto Road west for 1.2 miles to the Lion's Mouth Trailhead.
- No restrooms
- Trail is well maintained and fairly flat. I daresay we could have almost brought a stroller.
- My husband said they usually take all the 1st Graders on this hike for school, so it's fairly easy.
- Keep an eye on your kids around the drop offs.
- Watch out for snakes during the hot months.
- Take water just in case.
- Leave no trace.
- Don't touch the pictographs.