Accomplishments

Our motto – Do Some Good – Have Some Fun – reflects our vibrant organization. We continue to promote good stewardship and a connection to Snow Canyon, this geologic wonder we all love.

Friends of Snow Canyon is proud of our progress since our inception. Check out some of our favorite accomplishments. With your support, we

  • Funded new park benches
  • Funded the design and construction of informative wayside exhibits
  • Funded new visitor-friendly trail signage
  • Funded major trail extensions and maintenance of trails such as the Cinder Cone Trail and the Gila Trail.
  • Offered a Critters in the Canyon photo contest. Many of those photos are now displayed on our website
  • Expanded our website, FriendsofSnowCanyon.org to include a Critter page 
  • Expanded our Wildflowers of Snow Canyon page
  • Implemented a new mobile-friendly membership software program for non-profits
  • Supported the park through hundreds of volunteer hours
  • Offered quality educational talks, hikes and social events for our members

In 2017, Friends of Snow Canyon in partnership with Snow Canyon State Park, revitalized and expanded its signature volunteer program – the Trail Stewards Program. In 2017, the Park received a staggering 375,000 annual visits, but with a stagnant state park budget and limited personnel, the number of paid Park staff has not kept current with the increase in visitors.Trail Stewards help improve the park experience for all visitors. As goodwill ambassadors to the Park, Trail Stewards monitor, guide, instruct and generally foster a meaningful and safe experience in the park. The mere presence of Trail Stewards helps to deter vandalism largely in the form of “modern” graffiti etched into the stunning red rock formations, to deter “social” trails which damages the delicate cryptobiotic soil, and to deter littering (as well as the removal of litter). Trail Stewards engage visitors, as well as help to maintain and monitor trails. Presently we have over 60 Trail Stewards who contribute hundreds of hours to assist park staff especially during times of peak visitation. This volunteer help enables park staff to dedicate more time to park projects to ensure memorable visits to this geological wonder now and in the future.