Sand Dunes (Snow Canyon)

Sand Dunes (Snow Canyon)



Southern Utah isn't known for long, expansive beaches or salty waves lapping up against the shore - but if you know where to look there can be plenty of Sand. These sand dunes are inside Snow Canyon State park, and despite a complete lack of ocean they can be a fun place to spend an afternoon as a family.

Elevation Range:   10 ft
Low Elevation:   3310 ft
High Elevation:   3320 ft
Distance:   0.1 miles
Area:   Snow Canyon State Park
Cost:   $6.00 Per-Vehicle Park Entry Fee
Rating:    (3.0)
Aerobic Intensity:    (1.0)
Technical Difficulty:    (1.0)
Scenery:    (3.0)
  1 ratings
Last Edited: Mar 25, 2018


Even though Southern Utah is distinctively a desert environment, there aren't too many traditional sand dunes.  One of the largest ones is located here inside Snow Canyon State park, ready for the whole family to come and enjoy.

The sand is perfect for kicking off your shoes, sitting down, and wiggling your toes until buried.  Kids can run around until tired, and build sand sculptures as long as they want.

The dunes should be avoided during the heat of summer, since the sun can heat the sand well past the point of discomfort.  Enjoy it the rest of the year though!


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 Getting There

  • From Bluff Street in St George, drive North
  • At W Snow Canyon Parkway, turn left and drive East for 3.2 miles
  • At the traffic circle, follow the signs for Snow Canyon and take the first circle exit onto Snow Canyon Parkway
  • The park entrance is one mile north of the traffic circle.
  • The south (longer) trailhead for the trail is 1.3 miles inside the park entrance.
  • The north (shorter) trailhead for the sight is 1.5 miles inside the park entrance.
  • Park at the designated parking on the side of the road.