*In case you are wondering, these new blog style articles are the descriptions published with the new YouTube videos. The YouTube videos are now being embedded in the original Destination West travel articles, which are easy to find in the index pages. The modern imaging presentations are replacing the old outdated photo albums attached to previously published articles. This modernization process is well underway and more destination videos will be published soon!
Snow Canyon certainly is a prime example of the picturesque red rock canyons that Utah is famous for. The experience is like stepping into a dreamland, since the colors of this landscape are so vivid that it appears to be unreal. It is very easy for visitors to separate themselves from the reality they once knew and there certainly is a lot to discover in Snow Canyon State Park!
Snow Canyon is basically an easy going drive-thru experience. Only one paved road runs through this long canyon and there are many points of interest along the way. Starting at the lower elevation is the best way to tour this canyon, because the views will just keep getting better every inch of the way uphill. At the end of the line the terrain completely changes and white rock mountains dominate the surroundings. There are massive black lava flows throughout Snow Canyon, which really add quite a bit of dynamic range for the eyes to absorb. The cobalt blue skies and puffy clouds are a perfect way to top off the colorful visual experience that Snow Canyon is renowned for.
On the flip-side, inclement weather can dramatically change the visual effect at Snow Canyon. Many of the red rock outcrops have an animated appearance and when wet from a rainstorm they can look shadowy dark and sinister. While on the topic, the name of this canyon actually has nothing to do with the weather. In fact, it rarely snows in Snow Canyon. A couple of old west Mormon pioneers named Snow commemorate this park and the history is good reading.
Snow Canyon is a land of discovery and a visit is guaranteed to be educational. This canyon was occupied by indigenous people since ancient times and evidence of habitation can be viewed throughout this landscape. The lava flows and lava tubes are more than enough inspiration for conducting a science class of your own. The same can be said about the erosive forces that carved this colorful canyon.
There are ancient coral pink petrified sand dunes to gaze upon and where the white sandstone mixes with the red rock partway uphill, the scenery really becomes intriguing. The green sagebrush landscape and solitary shade trees add to the range of vivid colors in this splendid arena. To sum it up, this particular canyon is like a showcase of everything awaiting to be discovered in Utah.
Snow Canyon is located in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which works in conjunction with the surrounding Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Snow Canyon State Park is just one part of the complete Red Cliffs tour. It can take more than more than one week to experience the numerous Red Cliffs attractions and there are good camping options in the area for setting up a basecamp. The city of St George is next door, so camping the civilized way is also an option.
Snow Canyon is simply a must to experience and a landscape artist will find many golden opportunities in this unique Utah State Park. Hikers, climbers and bikers will find plenty to do too, so overall, Snow Canyon rates as one of the very best parks in the entire west. This is one destination where you will need a camera to bring the memories back home!
For more information, follow the Destination West website link on the YouTube channel home page. There are no time marks in this video, because it was filmed as an uninterrupted scenic drive through experience!
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