Today we spent the day exploring Snow Canyon, a state park outside of Saint George, Utah and off of Interstate 15. It was only a 45-minute drive from the Zion River Resort RV Park and a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The park is famous for its white and red Navajo sandstone and for solidified, black lava caves. There were also a couple of vernal pools and the trails were well marked and easy to explore.
The landscape is one of sage, yucca, and creosote, juniper, scrub oak and cactus, with the petrified sand dunes in red and white as a stark backdrop. Gila monsters favor this desert along with peregrine falcons, coyotes, Mojave sidewinder, scorpions, the desert tortoise and a banded gecko.
It was an unusually warm day for the end of January and we hiked with our jackets off. The park was popular as it was a Saturday, but I still felt comfortable taking lots of photographs without people interfering with my landscape shots.
There are RV Campsites with biking, rock climbing, and hiking as a big draw to the area. It is not Zion or Bryce Canyon, but still a very attractive natural park in which to spend the day doing any or all of the above. I for one felt it was a very rewarding day of photography.