Fall has arrived and so have cooler temperatures. It is a perfect time to explore and to learn more about Snow Canyon State Park. Friends of Snow Canyon offers walks, talks and hikes to members.  To learn more go to our Events Page



A  new day-use pavilion at the Chuckwalla trailhead and parking lot. Thanks to a cooperative effort and funds from Friends of Snow Canyon and Snow Canyon State Park, visitors will soon have a place to recharge and refresh out of the sun.

The structure will be 20’x27’ in a trellis design. The pavilion will feature an attractive “umbar” roof with a laser cut leaf pattern. This pattern is not only attractive, but allows for a mix of shade and dappled sunlight.

The existing vault restrooms will also be getting a facelift, including new doors, stuccoed exteriors and improved floors.

Here are some renderings to give you an idea of what to expect!

Donations and memberships in Friends of Snow Canyon State Park help to make these improvements.  Your continued suport is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to make a  donation to help with  other projects to support the park, click here.


Friends of Snow Canyon Receives Spirit of Service Award!

SALT LAKE CITY (July 27, 2023) –  Gov. Spencer Cox honored individuals and organizations who rendered exemplary service to others throughout the state. Four individuals and four organizations received the second annual Governor’s Spirit of Service Award in a ceremony in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted to the Governor’s Office earlier this year.

“The Spirit of Service winners are amazing examples of why Utah leads the nation in volunteerism and service,” Gov. Cox said. “I am honored to pay them tribute and recognize the good they are doing in our great state.”

THANK YOU to all Friends of Snow Canyon Members, Donors, and the Park staff for their support and efforts in making Snow Canyon State Park such a great place.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park awarded a $12,000  Ironman Foundation Community Grant

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park has been awarded an Ironman Foundation  Community Grant in the amount of $12,000. The grant funds will be utilized to build a shade and picnic pavilion at the Chuckwalla Trailhead in the Paradise Canyon management unit of the Park.   The pavilion will be completed by February 2024. The structure will be completed using monies from an estate trust and Friends will be seeking other financial grants.

         The Tortoise Sculpture 

The Tortoise Walk is complete and available for your enjoyment.  Watch the arrival and placement of the sculpture, click Here to open Utube video Weighing in excess of 4000# uploading, positioning and lowering into place was quite a project. The process took over 2 hours. Enjoy this short video that captures many of the moments.

Tortoise Sculpture

The Tortoise has arrived

This short walk features educational wayside exhibits and culminates in a seating area centered around a large desert tortoise sculpture. Financial support by The Friends of Snow Canyon has been essential to the completion of the sculpture and the walkway leading to the sculpture.  We are grateful for the many donations we have received.  If you would like to make a new or additional donation to Friends of Snow Canyon, please click Donate. Many thanks to the sculptor, Matthew Gray Palmer, for sharing the interesting videos of the sculpture in progress.

Earlier video of the sculpture taking shape

The Friends of Snow Canyon annual report is available online

2022 was a busy year for Friends of Snow Canyon.  Read about the many events and projects of 2022. Learn how membership monies, donations, and the many hours of volunteer time help to make Snow Canyon a memorable experience for visitors to this amazing park.  2023 promises to be a bigger and better year with more events and opportunities to help the park. If you are not a member you might want to consider membership or make a donation. As a totally volunteer organization you can be assured your membership or donation monies will go directly to support the park.

Videos Available

Videos of our online presentations are now available for your viewing at your convenience. View recordings of our educational presentations now on YouTube. No password is needed and you can view in the YouTube app on your phone, computer or television. To view a listing of available listings on the Friends of Snow Canyon YouTube channel CLICK HERE.