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Yes, Utah has 5 National Parks, but how many State parks are there? Over 40 people. Having just recently discovered this fact, I'm pretty sure we're going to need to make a goal to visit each one and soon! Welcome back to Snow Canyon State Park near St. George.

I really wish my favorite red rocks were just a tad closer. We actually went back in May, but I just barely found these photos, and it was pretty cold for some reason.

I've spent very little time in Snow Canyon. The only time that I went was in college and found out after that we did something we were not allowed to do. All good clean fun, but apparently, not quite legal.

10 years later I finally went back with my husband and his family for a little Red Rock Time. We had the nieces and nephews ages ranging from weeks to 10 years old. We had time for only one hike and it was perfect.

This is the start of the trailhead. You might be able to see my nephew (10) running down the face of the red rock. He'll be the dot.

Pioneer Names is a super quick hike. I thought it was an odd name for a hike, but in the arch of the red rock there are pioneer names written with axle grease that date back to 1881. Pretty cool right?!

Makes one stop and think about how crazy Snow Canyon State Park would have been to find without a map and a trail blazed already for you.

The stroll up to the base of the rocks is pretty and sandy, I think that's the easy part for sure. Once there, you are faced with a very large, steep climb up. We were lucky it was a cooler day in St. George.

Not all could make it up the steep incline. My little babies kept trying and could actually make it quite far.
This is on the opposite side of the names on the wall. This side was definitely easier to crawl up.

We let the toddlers have a bit more freedom on this side.
I finally decided to try climbing up to the names. My nephew above had been literally running up and down the rocks like it was nothing.

It wasn't hard going up, even in my dress and badly worn chacos.

Coming down...took me a little bit longer. I'm really not afraid of heights, but something about my outfit choice made me a little bit more hesitant.

The view is amazing from the top though.

Since it's such a short hike, it's quite busy. We saw groups after groups come and go. We probably weren't there longer than an hour.

Little Orion (1) could hardly be contained.

The sand was so fine and cool that day.

If you only have a day, I would totally add this to your Southern Utah Bucket List.

Nielsen's Frozen Custard | St. George

445 E St George Blvd #102, St George, UT 84770

After our short hike we decided to head into St. George for some Nielsen's Frozen Custard. It's a local favorite and I'm not gonna lie, the Salted Cashew Caramel Custard was to die for. (I usually avoid all thing dairy but I couldn't resist a few bites.)

Check out some of our other Snow Canyon post by Stephanie here. Plus Stephanie has 6 things you need to know before going to Snow Canyon.

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Open 6am-10pm year round
Entrance Fee(s)
Day-use Fees: $6 per vehicle (up to eight people); $3 per vehicle (up to eight people) Utah seniors 62 and older; $4 pedestrian/cyclists (up to eight people); $2 per person commercial use or vehicles with nine or more people
Camping Fees: Non-hookup sites: $20 per night; Hookup Sites (W&E): $25 per night Extra vehicle fees (one extra vehicle per site permitted): $10 (non-hookups) or $13 (hookups)
Group Day Use: Lower Galoot Day Use Area: $60 (Reservation / Permit required)
Group Overnight Camping: Cottontail Group Campground: $3 per person + refundable cleaning deposit at park (25 people min – 35 max – 10 vehicles max) Quail Group Campground: $3 per person + refundable cleaning deposit at park (25 people min – 55 max – 20 v
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Helpful Tips

Tips for Pioneer Names Hike

  1. Easy, Family Friendly
  2. .5 miles
  3. Bring water, you never know what could happen in the desert.
  4. Wear tennis shoes, mainly to help you climb the steep red rocks.
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Good for almost all ages.

List of Utah State Parks

  1. Anasazi State Park Museum
  2. Antelope Island State Park
  3. Bear Lake State Park
  4. Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum
  5. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  6. Dead Horse Point State Park
  7. Deer Creek State Park
  8. East Canyon State Park
  9. Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
  10. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
  11. Flight Park State Recreation Area
  12. Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
  13. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
  14. Goblin Valley State Park
  15. Goosenecks State Park
  16. Great Salt Lake State Marina
  17. Green River State Park
  18. Gunlock State Park
  19. Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park
  20. Huntington State Park
  21. Hyrum State Park
  22. Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
  23. Jordanelle State Park
  24. Kodachrome Basin State Park
  25. Millsite State Park
  26. Otter Creek State Park
  27. Palisade State Park
  28. Piute State Park
  29. Quail Creek State Park
  30. Red Fleet State Park
  31. Rockport State Park
  32. Sand Hollow State Park
  33. Scofield State Park
  34. Snow Canyon State Park
  35. Starvation State Park
  36. Steinaker State Park
  37. This Is the Place Heritage Park
  38. Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
  39. Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
  40. Utah Lake State Park
  41. Wasatch Mountain State Park
  42. Willard Bay State Park
  43. Yuba State Park
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