If you are looking for last minute holiday things to see and do, take a trip out to Red Mountain in Southern Utah to stand on top of the most stunning overlook in the nation. This hike is the perfect holiday event for those of you who need a break from the Christmas rush.
You can access the Snow Canyon Overlook by hiking through the dense high juniper forest of the Red Mountain Trail. You will soon be at the most amazing view beyond anything you can picture in your mind.
How to Get to the Trailhead
You want to start at the Red Mountain Trailhead, which is .4 miles past mile marker 15 on Hwy 18. You will find the trailhead between the small towns of Diamond Valley and Dammeron Valley just 12 miles north of St. George UT. The trailhead is marked at the northwest end of the parking lot.
How to Hike to Snow Canyon Overlook
During the first 1.2 miles the trail will steadily gain elevation of about 300 feet. You will find the forest there thinned out; however, it will begin to grow thicker the farther you go. At the half mile marker, you can walk over to enter the Red Mountain Wilderness. This will make the wide open desert below begin to disappear. After the 1.2 miles of hiking, you will find the trail begins to slow its steep climb and begin to vary terrains for the next .4 miles before it drops sharply in elevation.
Look for the two stacks of rocks that signify an informal trail head. They are about 5 feet apart from one another. This trail is what you need to take to lead you to the overlook. Just follow this trail for nearly a quarter of a mile down a sandy slope that quickly goes back up the other side. When you reach what seems like the end of the earth, you will find the spectacular Snow Canyon Overlook.
When you are finished taking in the breathtaking views, simply head back the way you came.